Registration and Financial Aid

CMCB uses a registration platform called ASAP to enroll students in lessons and/or group classes.


Tuition may be paid in full or in monthly installments for the duration of the current school year. Financial Aid is available (scroll down this page to the Financial Aid section below); you may apply for Financial Aid either before or after you have registered in ASAP. For more information on Financial Aid, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Payment Methods

Cash: Please stop by the front office to pay via exact cash. CMCB is unable to make change for cash transactions.

Check: Please send your payment via check to Community Music Center of Boston, P.O. Box 171737, Boston MA 02117.

Credit card: Please log in to your ASAP account to pay by credit card (preferred). We can also take credit card payments in person in the front office or over the phone.  If you would like to enroll in automatic billing please select “Save Credit Card for Future Purchases” when you pay.

PayPal: Please visit our PayPal page to make a payment via Paypal. In order to reconcile to the correct account and payment designation, please write your name, Contact ID, and Registration payment in the “Add notes” section. Your Contact ID can be found in the right corner of your receipt.

Private Lessons (effective September 2023)

Lesson LengthCost Per LessonCost Per Semester*Cost Per Year*
30 minutes$58.50$1,023.75$2,047.50
45 minutes$85.00$1,487.50$2,975.00
60 minutes$112.50$1,968.75$3,937.50
*Cost per year/semester is based on a 35 week teaching schedule. As we register students year-round, cost is prorated based on start date. Cost per semester may vary based on the number of lesson days *

Registration Fees

There is an annual $40.00 (individuals) or $50.00 (families) non-refundable fee for registration for private lessons and ensembles.

Early Childhood and Elementary classes have a $15 registration fee included in the semester tuition fee.


$735 per year: Alumni Quartet, Pop/Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Music Ensembles

$682.50 per year: ISP String Seminar, Intermediate String Ensemble,  Junior String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Piano Seminar, Wind Seminar, Music Theory, Una Voce,  Adult Ukulele

Early Childhood

$445.50 per semester (16 weeks): Little Notes, Music & Movement, Beginning Instruments, and Instrument Exploration.

Elementary Music

$635 per semester (16 weeks): Beginning Folk Harp, Beginning Tin Whistle, Recorder, Clarinet, and Oboe for Beginners, Creative Movement & Dance: Movement for Young Musicians, DROP THE BEAT A Cappella Group, Glee Club, Intro to Trumpet and Trombone, Musical Theatre Performance, Music Theory for Young Musicians, Percussion Fundamentals, and Pop/Rock Guitar & Accompaniment.

Music Theory Classes

$682.50 per year.

Financial Aid/Discounts

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for the 2023-2024 school year for students of any age and ability level to support the cost of CMCB tuition. The application is open to all families and must be submitted within four weeks of your first day of programming. Please note that you must log into a Google account to view the application. A complete application consists of the following:

Financial aid supporting documents can be submitted by:

  • Upload: Using the last question of the Financial Aid Form, upload your documents directly
  • Mail: Community Music Center of Boston ATTN: Financial Aid Committee, P.O. Box 171737, Boston, MA 02117
  • Email: Send clear images of supporting documentation to
  • Fax: (617) 482-6267

The Financial Aid Committee cannot process incomplete applications. For your security, please black out sensitive information (SSN) on documents prior to submitting them. All information submitted is strictly confidential and not shared with any outside parties. Awards will vary based on individual circumstances. Please note that students receiving financial aid are not eligible for other discounts.

Please direct any questions regarding financial aid to 617-482-7494 x 41or

As part of the EBT Card to Culture Program, Community Music Center of Boston will award financial aid to any person who holds an EBT card. Awards will vary based on individual circumstances.


Private Lessons:

  • Full payment Discount: One Free Lesson (valid only for full year lessons beginning between September and December)
  • Family Discount: 10% off if two or more persons from 1 household are engaged in CMCB programming
  • Adult Discounts: 10% off for all adults 55+
  • College Discount: 10% off – with valid student ID
  • Private lesson discounts cannot be combined with the exception of the full payment discount


  • 20% off ensemble tuition (Chamber Orchestra, Pop/Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles, String Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Adult Ukulele Ensemble, Theory, Una Voce) if the student is also taking Private Lessons
  • 40% off ensemble tuition if enrolled in Music Therapy

Elementary Group Discount

  • 20% off elementary group classes (such as Musical Performance, Pop/Rock Guitar Accompaniment, All About Music, Music Production and Writing Music 101, etc) if the student is also taking Private Lessons.
  • Must be the same student. Does not apply for a student taking a group elementary class and another student taking private lessons.

Contact Us

If you have questions about our programming or navigating ASAP, please contact our Registration Team.

Telephone: (617) 482-7494 ext. 54


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