We make every effort to ensure an excellent placement between students and our professional faculty. Placements and
lesson times are determined by a combination of factors including:
For private lessons, there are 36 lessons in a full school year. Students may enroll at any time during the year, and lessons will be pro-rated based on how many lessons are remaining in the school year.
For group classes and ensembles, there are 34 classes in a full school year. Not all classes all available for late registration. Please speak with Brooke Hopkins, Director of Enrollment, about pro-rating class tuition.
Registration fee for new students:
Family: $10 for each additional child
Registration fee for returning students:
Family: $10 for each additional child
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We are not currently accepting applications for Financial Aid. Please check back in March 2019 to apply for aid in the 2019-2020 school year.
CMSS offers financial aid to students in grades K-12 who are 18 years of age and under. Financial aid is considered a need-based award and is awarded based on financial need, seriousness of purpose and motivation, & consistent attendance and progress.
To apply for Financial Aid, applicants must fill out an online financial aid application
These Financial Aid Reference Forms must be completed by a teacher, coach, instructor, community leader, religious
leader or faculty member. They will not be accepted if they are filled out by a family member. All applicants must
submit two (2) Financial Aid Reference Forms. All applicants currently studying at CMSS must have one Financial Aid
Reference Form from their CMSS individual instruction teacher. It is preferable that the second Financial Aid Reference
Form also be from a music teacher. However, a reference from an elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school teacher
is acceptable. It is preferable that the reference forms be sent directly to CMSS rather than returned to the
scholarship applicant for delivery. Reference statements can be filled out online at this link.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION
All applicants are required to submit copies of their Federal income tax returns (FORM 1040) and W2s (state returns are not necessary). You may include other supporting financial data (such as private school tuition etc.) with your tax returns.
If parents are married but filing separately, copies of financial information for both parents must be submitted. Your
application is not considered complete until copies of your federal tax returns are submitted. This means that those
applicants who do not submit tax forms by the application deadline will not be considered. CMSS cannot be responsible
for returning forms and supporting documentation. Therefore, applicants should send only copies of all tax and
supporting material. Please also include record of non-taxable income such as veteran, social security, welfare
benefits, AFDC or ADC, if applicable, as well as documentation of other pertinent information you wish to have
Mail or in-person: Brooke Hopkins, Director of Enrollment and Family Engagement, Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Financial aid awards are given as a specific dollar amount and are valid for the full academic year. Federal tax
records from the most recent filing period are required as documentation. Financial aid recipients may receive funding
for one lesson, class, or ensemble. Notification of awards will be emailed, along with a link to accept the award via
an online form. Awards are stated as specific dollar amounts, valid for the full academic year. Families with more than
one child may receive financial aid funding for up to two children.
How do I register for lessons upon acceptance?
Students who would like to reserve a preferred time slot with their instructor may register early (in the spring) and
make a four-lesson deposit (calculated to include the financial aid award). The remainder of the tuition will be
divided into 9 monthly bills dated from September 2018 to May 2019.
Important Information for all Applicants