All registrations are done by appointment only. You can make an appointment by visiting www.sfcmc.org and clicking on the “Enrollment” tab. In-person appointments are strongly preferred, but phone appointments can be arranged if necessary.
Registration is for scheduling and payment purposes only; the student’s first meeting with the faculty member will take place at the first lesson or class. Appointments are necessary each time a student wishes to register, enroll, add classes, change classes, make adjustments to their schedule, rent an instrument, or (re)-apply for financial aid.
All new student registrations are by appointment only. We have found that this is necessary to provide you with the highest level of service.
Students who have studied with us before but are not enrolled for the current quarter must make a registration appointment to re-register.
During the current student registration period (the dates circled in the academic calendar), current students are tentatively enrolled for the following quarter. Students receive an invoice for a $25.00 deposit to secure each of their current lesson/class times. Students have a two week deadline to either pay the deposit and secure their existing spots, request a change, or make a drop request. Students who do not pay the deposit by the deadline will be dropped and will need to make a registration appointment to re-register.
Individuals unable to register during new or current student registration should make a registration appointment at the branch where they wish to study. Late registration is pro-rated and on a space-available basis.
Full payment is due at registration. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. If payment is not made, student will be dropped immediately. In case of financial hardship, one half of the payment due may be paid at registration, with the balance due by the fifth lesson or class (third lesson or class for Summer Quarter). There is a $15 check return fee.
CMC works on a quarter system, where lessons are scheduled for the same day and time every week for the whole quarter. Regular and punctual attendance is one of the best investments students can make in their musical education. It is essential to progress, enjoyment and the high quality music at the heart of CMC’s mission. While some absences may be unavoidable, the accumulation of three or more absences in a given quarter may result in the evaluation of a student’s commitment to future study at CMC.
Communication about attendance is also an essential part of the teacher-student relationship. If a student is not going to be able to attend a lesson, he or she must notify the teacher or the registrar.
Students pay tuition regardless of their attendance. Students must notify the registrar before any absence, but this does not exempt the student from payment. Missed lessons as a result of student absences are not made up or credited. Faculty may make up faculty absences during make up week or at a previously approved time by the registrar. All lessons and classes are non-transferable and must be used within the quarter for which they were purchased.
While we encourage students to attend all of their lessons, classes, and ensembles, an ill child or adult will not perform well and may expose others to communicable illnesses. If a child is sneezing, coughing and/or sick enough to stay at home from school, please do not send your child to music lessons. Having sick children at CMC creates a hardship for faculty, staff and the community.
In cases of serious illness or injury, a leave of absence may be arranged by contacting the registrar in writing. If approved by CMC faculty and administration, credit may be given.
CMC reserves the right to discontinue a student’s enrollment at any time for reasons including, but not limited to: poor attendance, non-payment of fees, lack of interest, or disruptive behavior. If a student is dropped for non-payment of fees, the student might be able to continue the quarter by paying the unpaid balance.
Tuition refunds are given when lessons or classes are canceled by CMC. A refund, minus the first lesson or class cost plus registration fee, may also be given if the student decides not to continue after the first lesson or class and notifies the registrar at least 24 hours prior to the second lesson. If the registrar is not notified at least 24 hours in advance, the student is responsible for the full quarter’s tuition. $100 per week of CMC camp tuition is non-refundable: the remainder is refundable only until the cancellation deadline.
CMC occasionally photographs and videotapes students for its print and online publications and those of its partner organizations. Compensation will not be provided. Students and parents have the opportunity to opt-out at any time (see registration form online and in CMC’s catalog, or contact a registrar).