Community Music Center believes that financial means should never be an obstacle to musical study. CMC offers various tuition assistance options. Starred discounts cannot be combined.
Based on household monthly net income. Verification documents are required and students must re-apply annually. Download CMC’s Sliding Scale Application (PDF). You may also request an application at your nearest branch. Make an appointment with our registration team at the branch where you want to study to process your application.
Tuition for group classes is reduced by 50% with concurrent enrollment in private lessons. (Limit one group class reduction per private lesson enrollment).
Take more than one class during a single quarter and receive a 10% discount on additional group classes.
The Children’s Chorus is tuition-free, but requires a registration fee. CMC’s Teen Jazz Orchestra, Older Adult Choirs, and New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus are completely fee-free.
Seniors aged 65+ can apply for a sliding-scale discount. Seniors who do not qualify for the sliding-scale discount will receive a 30% discount instead.
Each additional person from the same household enrolling in private lessons or group classes will be given a discount of $3.00 per lesson or class. This discount is available to full-fee students only.
In addition to tuition assistance, CMC also offers a number of scholarships and tuition-free programs:
A limited number of full scholarships for private lessons are awarded to students age 18 and under based on financial need and merit, based on a nomination from a CMC teacher and a juried audition. Please ask your CMC teacher (or registrar) about this opportunity.
This scholarship program includes ensemble playing and group lessons each Saturday. Learn more.