Photo by Cheryl Senter, courtesy of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The academic year is divided into two 16-week semesters: fall and spring. A flexible summer session is also 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 receive an orientation with the appropriate department chair. 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. Lesson times arranged at registration are considered permanent for the year.
Registration obligates the student to pay tuition and the registration fee for the entire 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, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are accepted. Non-payment of tuition in full before the fourth week of the semester will result in late fees and suspension of lessons. Payments may be made online here.
Tuition refunds are made only within the first three weeks of the semester. The teacher must be notified of intent to withdraw, and a written request must be received by the Registrar’s Office. Communicating intent to withdraw only with faculty or staff members or simply not attending classes will not guarantee a refund nor invalidate the student’s obligation to pay for the entire semester. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.
Refunds for workshops are granted as follows:
- Cancellation at least one month prior to workshop: full refund or school credit
- Cancellation at least two weeks prior to workshop: 50% refund or school credit
- Cancellation less than two weeks prior to workshop: no refunds or school credits are given
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.
Unless a written request to the contrary is received at the time of registration, registered students and their parents give permission for CCMS to photograph or audio/videotape lessons, classes, and other activities without advance notice and to publish royalty-free in its print, audio, and electronic promotions, including the website.
Evaluation & Workshop Weeks
Each department sets aside a week during the year to provide evaluation 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. Student absences will not be made up. 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. For absences related to Covid-19, please see COVID-19 Absence policy at the bottom of this page.
The Music School does not follow the vacation schedule of any one school district. Weather-related cancellations will be posted on the Music School’s website, and will also be noted on WMUR-TV (Channel 9) and on the WMUR website. Families also may call the Music School at 603-228-1196 to inquire. There will be a message on the phone greeting if no one is in the office.
Financial aid is granted to students on the basis of family need and the Music School’s availability of funds. New and continuing students enrolled in private lessons, classes, or ensembles are eligible for financial aid. Applications are available in the office and on the website and must be returned by the August deadline for the fall semester and the December deadline for the spring semester (see calendar for dates).
While a family’s financial need is the primary consideration in determining awards, the Financial Aid Committee also considers temporary unemployment, emergencies, illnesses, and total music training expenses. All student financial aid information is confidential. Continuation of assistance depends on evaluation of the student’s musical commitment and progress.
COVID-19 Absence Policy
If a student or a member of the student’s household has been diagnosed with or is suspected to have Covid-19, please follow CDC guidelines and quarantine for 14 days. If you suspect that a member of your household was in the CCMS building while infected with Covid-19, please notify the administrative office at 603-228-1196 so we can take appropriate action to protect our students, faculty and staff.
Individual Instruction Absence Policy
Students who have opted for in-person lessons do so with the understanding that remote instruction may be offered in place of in-person lessons during the student’s regular lesson time only, under the following conditions:
- The student or teacher is ill or symptomatic but feels well enough for a lesson.
- The student or teacher is travelling and does not want to forfeit the lesson (must be pre-arranged in advance).
- CCMS is closed due to inclement weather and the student and teacher have internet access.
- A resurgence of Covid-19 mandates a temporary closing of the facility.
Covid-19 Credits and Refunds
If a student has a positive Covid-19 test and is too sick to take a lesson online, the student may receive credit or refund for up to two weeks of missed individual lessons, and some classes or ensembles. Please contact the administrative office to confirm the specifics of your situation or to discuss extenuating circumstances.
Covid Protocols and Procedures for Fall 2021
We have adopted Covid protocols and procedures to create a safe and inclusive environment that gives special consideration to the most vulnerable in our community, recognizing that we have varying degrees of health and comfort in our home for musical friendships. Please refer to our Covid-19 Response Update webpage for the most current information.
Please note that our protocols are subject to change: we will communicate any changes to our protocols to our students, faculty and staff within 72 hours of any changes being implemented.
Health and Safety Pledge
All adult students or student families must complete and sign the Health and Safety Pledge for 2021-22 school year prior to any in-person programming at the Music School. The form is valid for one year from signing.