How to Register for Lessons or Classes

  1. If you were registered at CMSS for the 2017-18 school year, please fill out our online Re-Registration Form. For all others, please fill out our New Student Registration Form. Please note that submitting the form online obligates the student and/or parent/guardian to abide by CMSS Policies and Procedures.
  2. Speak with our Director of Enrollment and Family Engagement, Brooke Hopkins, to determine placement of the student.
  3. Arrange payment plan with Director of Enrollment.


Student Placement

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:

  • The student’s interest in a particular instrument or genre
  • The student’s age, personality and learning style
  • A faculty member’s availability and the student’s ability to attend lessons during a particular day and time

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.

Tuition Information

Registration fee for new students:
Individual: $50
Family: $10 for each additional child

Registration fee for returning students:
Individual: $40
Family: $10 for each additional child

Private Lesson Prices

Length Price Per Lesson Semi-Annual Payment Full Year Tuition
30 minutes $36 $648 $1,296
45 minutes $47 $846 $1,692
60 minutes $62 $1,116 $2,232

Financial Aid

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

Applicants must submit 2 Confidential Reference Statements

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.

Financial Aid Reference Form

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

More about Financial Aid at CMSS

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

  1. Funds are limited and applying for financial aid does not guarantee that it will be awarded. A complete application form is necessary to be eligible for consideration.
  2. Because funding is limited, priority for financial aid is given to current CMSS students. Financial aid for new students, if available, will be granted to qualifying families who complete their application by the due date (April 30).
  3. Those students who have made less than satisfactory progress according to teacher evaluation, not registered on time, not submitted their financial aid application on time, and/or not paid any owed balance by prescribed deadlines may be placed on probation or denied financial aid funding outright. Funding for subsequent semesters during the year will be contingent upon the student’s ability to meet CMSS standards of good attendance, progress and practice, adherence to CMSS policies and procedures, and availability of funds.