Policies & Rates

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Registration obligates the student to complete the semester (generally 17 weeks). Your registration reserves your teacher’s time during the year at that specific time period each week, regardless of student non-attendance, vacation, field trips, school music obligations, sports, etc. Cases of extended illness will be handled on an individual basis.

Students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Faculty are instructed to wait for a student for one third of the lesson time before starting another lesson or leaving.

As a courtesy to your instructor, please notify CMS in advance of any absence by calling 860-767-0026 ext. 2. There are NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS given for missed lessons. One student absence per semester may be made up by request and is dependent upon instructor availability. Prior notice does not exempt the student from paying as contracted, nor does it grant the student a make-up lesson at no charge. Instructors are under no obligation to make up student absences.


An instructor’s absence or school closure requires that all missed lessons will be made up during the semester, or the student’s account will be credited. Missed lesson time due to faculty tardiness will be made up at a mutually convenient time.


Requests for a change in timeslot during a semester must be made in writing. Availability of another timeslot is not guaranteed and there are no refunds for contracted lessons (see Registration & Attendance and Student Withdrawal).


No refunds are made for student withdrawal except for new students who withdraw within 3 weeks, and in extreme circumstances. Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the Business Office. New students who withdraw before 3 weeks of lessons receive a refund for the balance of the semester. In all other cases, including Kindermusik, the decision to grant a refund is at the discretion of the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees.


CMS reserves the right to dismiss any student because of frequent absences, tardiness, or disruptive or injurious behavior. CMS also reserves the right to postpone or cancel any program due to insufficient enrollment. In the event that a class is cancelled, a full refund or credit of both registration fee and advanced tuition deposit is issued.


Payments: We accept cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Full payment is due at or before the first lesson unless you arrange in advance to participate in a Payment Plan (2-Pay carries a $10 fee; 3-Pay carries a $15 fee).
Late Fees: Payments not received by the due date are subject to a $25 late charge. Partial payments received on an account not enrolled in a Payment Plan will automatically be assessed a $15 fee.
Financial Aid: The CMS Scholarship Fund offers financial help to students who qualify for assistance. Download an  application.
Delinquent Accounts: CMS reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student who is delinquent in fulfilling his/her financial obligations at any time during a semester. Students with delinquent accounts may not register for the next semester or summer programs until the account is paid in full.

Group classes may not be prorated.


A 5% discount is offered for the 2nd instrument or family member for private lessons only during the Fall and Spring semesters.
A 10% discount is offered to seniors, age 65 and over.

These discounts apply to tuition only (not class materials or registration fees).


Notification for closure due to weather or other situations is provided by a message on 860-767-0026; e-mail; the CMS website; Facebook; and NBC30,  WTNH and WFSB closure listings. If an individual teacher cancels, he/she will contact students directly by phone and/or email. Do not assume that CMS is closed based on public and private school cancellations.


You may arrange up to three single lessons without committing to a full semester. Each 30-minute single lesson is $37 and each 45-minute single lesson is $55.50. The fee is due on the date of scheduling. Missed or cancelled lessons are billable and NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS will be issued.


Parents are responsible for their child’s safe arrival at the school and for picking them up at the end of the lesson. Instructors and staff are not able to supervise children before and after lessons. Also, we ask that you supervise young children in our hallways, waiting areas and bathrooms as a courtesy to instructors and other students.


Performing is an integral part of the musical experience. Recitals are held at the end of the Fall and Spring Semesters. These are optional, but all school-aged students are encouraged to participate, and our faculty members help to ensure that the performance is a positive experience. Intermediate and advanced students are invited to perform in two additional recitals each year, and CMS students often participate in community events as well. Other opportunities for performance include the annual holiday concert, spring showcase, and open house.


CMS does not sell or rent instruments to students but can offer a number of referral sources. Please visit the Instrument Rentals page or call the Business Office at 860-767-0026 for more information.

RATES FOR 9/1/18 through 6/23/19

All students taking lessons or classes will be charged a $15 registration fee per semester during the fall and spring semesters. 
There is a 5% discount for 2 or more sets of private lessons in the same family. 
There is a 10% discount for students age 65 or older.
Scholarships available download an application.

Private Lessons

We schedule on a semester basis. You will be assigned a timeslot and invoiced from the day you begin until the end of the current semester, prorated from your start date.

30-minute lessons 17-week semester: $612.00
45-minute lessons 17-week semester: $918.00
60-minute lessons 17-week semester: $1,224.00


You may arrange up to three 30-minute single lessons before committing to the full semester. Each 30-minute single lesson is $37, due on the date of scheduling. Missed or cancelled trial lessons are billable and NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS will be issued.

Semi-Private Lessons – with 2 students

30-minute lessons 17-week semester: $408.00 per student
45-minute lessons 17-week semester: $603.50 per student
60-minute lessons 17-week semester: $799.00 per student


Music Therapy

Music Therapy Session Fee: $50* per private 30-minute session.  Group Session fees are based on number of participants.

Group Classes and Kindermusik Classes

Prices for these classes depend on number of weeks and class duration. Please refer to the Program page for additional information.  Kindermusik prices include take-home materials which may be credited if you already own them from a sibling.

Tuition for group classes may not be prorated.



First Time Fiddlers
$195 for the year
String Ensemble $195 for the year
Jazz Ensemble $195 per semester
Studio 24 Vocal Performance $500 per semester
New Horizons Band $295 per semester
Violin Karate $350 per semester
Acoustic Classic Rock Guitar $250 per semester


Payment plans are available allowing you to pay in 2 or 3 installments during the semester.  Add $10 per family for the 2-payment plan; add $15 per family for the 3-payment plan.  Please make arrangements through the Business Office.

Gift certificates are available through the Business Office.

We reserve the right to charge monthly late fees of $25 when accounts are overdue.  Please keep your account current!  We are happy to work with you if you are having difficulties.

$125 Registration Deposit:

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