Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I register online?
A: Yes! Students can now make a private lesson request online. A registrar will respond to private lesson requests within 4-6 business days (response time may be longer during busy times). Students may also register for most group classes online.

Q: Do I need a registration appointment?
A: New private lesson students need to make an appointment with the registrar to enroll. During new student registration, make an appointment by clicking on the “Register” tab and filling out the “Registration Appointment Form,” or by calling the branch at which you’d like to study. Note that all lessons and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. Online registration is available, and appointments are not necessary to register for most group classes.

Q: Can I still sign up for lessons or classes after a quarter has begun?
A: Yes. You may sign up through the 8th or 9th week of each quarter (5th week of the Summer Quarter). CMC charges from the week a student begins to the end of the current quarter.

Q: Is it necessary to sign up for all 12 weeks (8 weeks in Summer session) of the quarter?
A: We ask that students sign up for the entire quarter, or the remainder of the quarter if it has already begun.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid?
A: You must show proof of the family’s monthly net (after tax) income. If you are self-employed, you may submit bank statements and your tax return from the previous year. The sliding-scale discount is based household monthly net income. It will will be applied on the date your information is approved. Applications are available at both branches, and online: sfcmc.org/register/financial-aid

Q: Can I apply for a full scholarship?
A: Any student currently a junior in high school or younger can apply for a full scholarship if the family is receiving a CMC sliding scale discount. Students applying for a scholarship should have at least one year of study at CMC and the recommendation of their current CMC teacher. Auditions are held each May.

Q: What if I miss a lesson?

A: There is no credit, reimbursement or make-up for missed lessons. It is a courtesy to inform your teacher if you plan to miss a lesson and it is at the discretion of the teacher to provide a make-up lesson.

Q: What if I get sick and miss a lesson?

A: Teachers are not required to make up a missed lesson due to a student’s absence. A leave of absence may be granted by the teacher (with registrar’s approval) in cases of serious illness or injury.

Q: What if I am not happy with my class?

A: Registrars can work with you to find a more appropriate class or teacher for you. You may drop the class after the first lesson, however notice must be given to the registrar at least 24 hours before the second week’s class in order to receive a reimbursement for the remaining lessons. You will then be charged only for the first lesson (and the registration fee, if applicable).

Q: Are parents allowed to stay in the room where the class is held?

A: Parents can attend their child’s private lessons with faculty approval, and they are welcome to attend the first meeting of a group class.

Q: Will I have the chance to perform for an audience?

A: We welcome all students to sign up for student recitals, which are scheduled on Sundays throughout the year. There are also performance workshops hosted by faculty members. The instrument and the topic vary from quarter to quarter.

Q: Is CMC wheelchair accessible?

A: The Concert Hall at CMC’s Mission District Branch is wheelchair accessible and the Richmond District Branch is wheelchair accessible.

Q: Is CMC accessible via public transit?

A: CMC’s Mission District Branch is accessible via the 24th Street Mission BART station and Muni bus lines 14, 33, and 49. The Richmond District Branch is accessible via Muni bus lines 5, 31, and 38.