How to apply

How To Apply To City Music Center

Your first contact with us has probably been a phone conversation.

The first step will be to schedule an appointment to meet with our Director, Chris Bromley and the chair of the appropriate department. This is done for several reasons. If you are a young beginner we need to determine readiness. We also try to make as good a "match" between student and teacher as we can. After talking to you and listening to you play (unless you are a beginner), the Department Chair will make a teacher recommendation.

At this meeting we will also discuss your placement in the Musicianship curriculum and your schedule of classes. If there is any question about placement, you may meet with the advisor for the Musicianship Department who will give you a diagnostic exam.

The instrumental teacher will contact you to arrange for a lesson time. As much as possible this will take into account your class schedule.

When all of this is settled and before lessons can be scheduled, you will need to complete a registration form and make payment arrangements with the CMC Business Manager.

We want you to have a good experience from the very beginning. We make every effort to select the teacher who is best for you and we recommend the classes in the core curriculum, which are appropriate for your age, level and experience.

It cannot be emphasized enough how important communication is to your success in this program. You and your instrumental/classroom teacher will need to communicate directly about mutual expectations, your progress, and any change in lesson times. Please do not wait until the end of the year to bring up a problem. Both the Administration and the faculty need to be made aware of any problems.

We also want to make payment and attendance policies as clear as possible so there will not be any misunderstanding and disappointment.

Policies And Procedures


Tuition should be paid in full at the time of registration. A limited installment plan will be available for those who need it. Fees for all registrations after week one (1) will be pro-rated. Payment may be made on-line- by e-check or credit card.

Students may not begin classes or lessons until registration is complete and payment arrangements have been made.

Failure to maintain the payment schedule agreed upon will result in a late fee being added to your balance and may also result in lessons being stopped.

Attendance Refunds

Once registration is finalized, faculty and administration expect that the student will complete the academic year. Students are expected to attend all lessons and classes. Should a student need to withdraw from the program, notification in writing must be given to both faculty and administration. Refunds and tuition adjustments will be at the sole discretion of the CMC staff and will be granted only for the most serious of reasons.

Lesson Cancellation & Make up Lessons

Lessons that are cancelled by the teacher will be made up at a time agreed upon by both parties.

Teachers are under no obligation to make up lessons cancelled by students, and such cancellations will not result in any type of adjustment of tuition.

Class Minimums

We will adhere to the minimum class enrollment for elective classes as shown in the class listing.

City Music Center reserves the right to cancel any elective class for which there is insufficient enrollment. In the case of a class cancellation, students will be notified by phone and a pro-rated refund will be made.

Financial Aid

It is CMC's mission that no serious student should be prevented from studying because of financial problems. To the extent funds permit, the school will award assistance to those in need. Application for aid must be made every year. Renewal and continuation of financial aid is based upon a demonstration of the student's and family's commitment to the program. Decisions about financial aid are made by the Director and Business Manager.