Tuition and Financial Aid


Tuition may be paid in full, in halves, quarterly, or in monthly installments for the duration of the current school year. Additionally, we offer a Direct Debit program with automatic monthly payments for your convenience. If interested, please fill out the Direct Debit Form. For your security we will also take sensitive information over the phone. Financial aid is available.

Payment Methods

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

Credit card: Please contact us at to schedule a virtual appointment. For your security, we are not accepting credit card information over email. Credit card information is not stored for automatic monthly billing unless authorized by a Direct Debit Form.

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

Lesson LengthCost Per SemesterCost Per Year
30 minutes$975.00$1,950.00
45 minutes$1,415.00$2,830.00
60 minutes$1,875.00$3,750.00
*Cost per year 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.


$700 / year: Alumni Quartet, Pop/Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Music Ensembles

$650 / year: ISP String Seminar, Intermediate String Ensemble,  Junior String Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Piano Seminar, Wind Seminar, Music Theory, Una Voce,  Adult Ukulele

Early Childhood

$425 per semester (16 weeks) for Little Notes, Music & Movement, Beginning Instruments, and Instrument Exploration.

Elementary Music

$605 per semester (16 weeks) for 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

$650 per year.

Some classes can be prorated based on your start date and availability. 

Financial Aid/Discounts

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for the 2021-2022 school year for students of any age and ability level who are in need! The application is open to all families and must be submitted within two weeks of registration. A complete application consists of the following:

  • A completed Financial Aid Form
  • The first two pages (1040) from your most recent tax return
  • The most recent month of pay stubs from both income earners AND/OR alternate income or assistance documentation
  • Any two separate monthly bills (e.g. rent, electricity, cell phone, car, childcare, etc)
  • (optional) A letter explaining any additional expenses or extenuating circumstances

Financial aid applications can be submitted by:

  • 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 51 or

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.


Please note that our discount structure has changed for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

Private Lessons:

  • Full payment Discount: One Free Lesson
  • Family Discount: 10% off if two or more persons from 1 household are enrolled.
  • 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, if enrolled in individual lessons, for: Chamber Orchestra, Pop/Rock Bands, Jazz Ensembles, String Ensembles, Wind Ensembles, Adult Ukulele Ensemble, Theory, Una Voce
  • 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.

ISP Discount:

  • 50% off ensemble and music theory tuition