The academic year is divided into two 16-week semesters: fall and spring. A flexible summer session also is offered. Registration enrolls a student for the entire semester. Instruction is not offered on a week-to-week basis, although new students are accepted throughout the year when space is available.
New students registering for individual instruction need to schedule an orientation with the appropriate department chair. Such an orientation is not needed to register for most of the choruses and group classes. Placement auditions or a consultation with the teacher or department chair are usually needed to ensure well-matched ensembles.
Registration is considered final with receipt of the annual $25 registration fee ($50/family) and at least half of the tuition. At that time, a lesson schedule is confirmed. Lesson times arranged at registration are considered permanent for the year.
Registration obligates the student to pay tuition for the entire 16-week semester. Tuition is payable in full upon registration or one-half at registration with the balance due in full prior to the fourth week of the semester. Personal check, money order, cash, VISA, or MasterCard are accepted.
Late Tuition Payment
Non-payment of tuition in full before the fourth week of the semester will result in late fees and suspension of lessons.
Tuition refunds are made only within the first three weeks of the semester and must be requested in writing to the director of education. Communicating intent to withdraw only with faculty or staff members or simply not attending classes will not guarantee a refund or negate the student's obligation to pay for the entire semester.
Students entering after the start of a semester will be charged on a pro-rated basis for the duration of the semester. Tuition is due in full at the time of registration for late registrants.
Evaluation and Workshop Weeks
Each department sets aside a week during the year to provide evaluations of each student's progress. Another week is devoted to special workshops organized by the department. During those two weeks, individual classes are suspended so that all students and faculty members may participate.
Regular attendance is expected. Students are charged for all lessons for which they register, including those missed through student absence. All teacher absences or cancellations by the Music School due to professional obligations, teacher illness, weather, or emergencies, will be made up. Rescheduled lessons are arranged between the student and his or her teacher, not through the office.
The Music School does not follow the cancellation or vacation dates of any one school district; please be sure you check the Music School calendar for vacation weeks during the year. Weather-related lesson cancellations will be posted as an out-going message on the Music School's answering machine, our website, or on WMUR-TV (Channel 9).
Permission for Use of Photographs and Video
Photographs of registered students taken during CCMS classes and events are considered eligible for publication and public use, unless the student’s family submits a written request to the contrary at the time of registration. All such student requests will be honored.
Safe Environment Policy
Concord Community Music School is committed to maintaining an environment where each individual who participates in its programs and attends its events feels safe, respected, and supported. Any individual whose behavior interferes in any way with that environment may, at the sole discretion of the Music School, be asked to withdraw from its programs.