The CMS academic year consists of two 17 week semesters (with an inclusive 5 week mini-semester for Early Childhood Music Program classes) and a 10 week summer session. Some classes run for fewer than 17 weeks, typically 10 or 15 weeks.
Regular attendance is expected. Full tuition is due for all scheduled lessons/classes/sessions, including those missed by the student. Lessons/classes/sessions missed due to faculty absence or school closings caused by weather will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time. Faculty are not obligated to make up lessons/classes/sessions missed by students. Refunds will not be granted for student absences.
Three payment options are available to choose from:
Spring registrants only: pay one-fourth tuition at registration with remaining payments due on the first of March, April, and May.
Statements are mailed on the 15th of the month and payments are due on the 1st of the month.
A processing fee of $20 will be added to each account using the monthly payment option. All registrations include a non-refundable registration fee of $20 per student.
A $25 late fee is assessed on all past-due accounts. Accounts over due by 90 days will be sent to collections.
A notice of withdrawal by phone or in writing must be submitted to the Community Music School Registrar for a student to be withdrawn. Notifying the teacher is not sufficient. Students may not withdraw from classes or ensembles for credit or refund once the semester begins. Students who withdraw from lessons must pay for the first half of the semester. If students withdraw from the second half of the semester before November 1 (first semester) or April 1 (second semester) they do not need to pay for the second half of the semester. Students who stop attending lessons during the second half of the semester are still obligated to pay for the entire semester.
CMS awards limited financial aid to students based on need. The CMS Financial Aid Fund is supported by the proceeds from CMS benefit concerts, sponsorships, and donations. Aid funding is limited each semester and awarded in order of application. Documentation of household income on a 1040 tax form from the previous year must be submitted with the application form. See financial aid page for more information.
Withdrawal from any program during the semester for any reason except for special circumstances approved by the CMS Director will result in revocation of the financial aid award. Approved withdrawals will result in prorated aid according to the number of lessons/classes/rehearsals received at the date of withdrawal. In some cases, an additional payment may be required. Early withdrawal without the approval of the Director will result in revocation of the financial aid and full payment will be required. This is based on the CMS refund policy: withdrawal from lessons before November 1 will result in a refund or credit of 8 lessons for the fall semester tuition and no charge for the spring semester. Withdrawal from lessons for the spring semester before April 1 will result in a refund or credit of 8 lessons. Refunds for classes or ensembles are not possible after the first class/ensemble meeting.
In the event of inclement winter weather, classes will be rescheduled when possible or account credits will be arranged. When CMSl is closed, announcements will be posted on our website, an outgoing phone message, as well as on school closing lists with local radio and television stations. Please remember that CMS closes independently of area schools, including East Lansing Public Schools. If you have a question about whether or not CMS is closed, please check our website or call the office.
CMS uses photography and video to document lessons, classes and events. These photos may be used in brochures, advertising or public relations activities. Photographs featuring registered students are considered eligible for publication or public use unless a student (or parent/guardian of a student under age 18) submits a Request for Non-Use, available through the Registrar.
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