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Registration for classes and private lessons may be completed online. There is an annual registration fee of $30.00 per student ($50/family) and $15 per student for group classes. When registering, students are expected to commit to the entire duration of the class or semester.

The fall semester begins the first week in September and runs till the end of December. Spring semester begins the first week in January and runs through the end of May. Summer lessons begin in June.

Most private lessons are 14 week fall semester and 18 week spring semester.  (Some faculty schedules may vary.)

Most group classes are held in 10 week sessions.

Recitals are scheduled regularly throughout the year. S
tudents are expected to participate in at least one recital each

Attendance Policy

  • Regular attendance is expected of all students.

  • Students who are late for their instruction cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time.

Makeup Policy

Individual Lessons:

  • For lesson cancellations, please contact the teacher directly.

  • For private lessons, each student is permitted one excused absence per semester. Exceptions may be made in the case of family emergencies. 

  • Unexcused absences are charged as a lesson and will not be made up. Cancellations may be excused if the teacher has been notified at least 24 hours in advance.

  • Teacher absences will be made up.

  • If inclement weather causes CMSP to close, all missed lessons and classes will be rescheduled.


Ensembles, Group Classes, or Seminars:

​In the case of group classes or ensembles, if the teacher misses a session, that session will be made up. If a student misses a session, the student will not receive a makeup for the missed class or ensemble.

Inclement Weather

Lessons and classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Given our broad geographic area, please call the school for a recorded message regarding the status of lessons and classes.


Recital Policy

Students, with their teacher’s approval, are expected to perform in at least one of our regularly scheduled recitals on Sundays throughout the year. Adult students may perform in regular student recitals, adult-only recitals and in soirees held in private homes. Faculty members may also schedule studio class recitals.

Policy of Conduct
  • CMSP expects behavior that is conducive to a nurturing musical environment where teaching and learning can best flourish.

  • CMSP is a drug-free, alcohol-free and smoke-free environment.


Payment Policies

  • Tuition payment is due before students may be scheduled for lessons or classes.

  • Single semester tuition may be made in one payment, or monthly auto-debit payments.

  • Invoices are sent at the beginning of each semester and include a link for online payment. Payment made by check, made payable to “The Community Music School of the Piedmont” or "CMSP".

  • Delinquent account service charge: $75

  • Returned check service charge: $35


​​Semester Payment
Student is responsible for payment of full semester tuition unless withdrawal notification is given in writing to the CMSP office (in addition to the teacher) prior to the end of the second week of the semester.

Summer Lessons

All lessons must be prepaid. Summer session for current students begins when the semester is over; for new students, summer session begins in June, as space is available. Summer lessons missed because of student absence are not made up. A student registering for summer lessons will not receive a refund in the event the student withdraws. Tuition for any special classes or camp is due in advance and is nonrefundable.



Tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis only if a student notifies the teacher and the CMSP office in writing during the first 4 weeks of lessons. No refunds are issued after the fourth week of classes or after the student’s third individual lesson in the academic year. The registration fee is nonrefundable.


Group Cancellation Policy

CMSP reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment and will refund all tuition and fees. If a teacher misses a group class, the class will be made up. If a student misses a group class, the student will not receive a makeup for the missed class.


Scholarships/Financial Aid

CMSP offers a limited number of scholarships for students of limited financial means who exhibit talent and commitment. Applicants must complete a tuition aid application which is reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Applications are kept confidential.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The CMSP is an equal opportunity employer and educator.

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