FAQ's
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General Information
Q: How can I arrange a visit to the School?
A: To arrange a visit/tour of the school, please call us at (909) 624-3012 during office hours (Monday through Friday, 1:00pm to 6:00pm) to schedule an appointment.
Q: May I meet with a faculty member while I'm visiting CCSM?
A: Appointments with faculty members need to be arranged in advance. Please call the school office at (909) 624-3012 during office hours (Mon - Fri 1:00pm to 6:00pm) to schedule an appointment.
Q: Are there any audition requirements for instrument/voice?
A: If you are not currently a student at CCSM, an audition will be required for orchestra or ensemble groups. Auditions are not normally required for private lesson instruction. The office will notify you if an audition is required.
Q: When is the deadline for submitting my registration form?
A: Registrations are accepted at any time for private lessons (tuition will be prorated). Group class registrations must be submitted prior to the class start date.
Q: When are registrations materials available? May I use last year's forms?
A: You must use current forms; registration materials are available online or at CCSM's office.
Q: When will I know who my instructor is?
A: Students/parents will begin working with our Faculty Coordinator to determine the best fit instructor. The Faculty Coordinator will determine your musical background experience, goals, pace and your available schedule. The Faculty Coordinator will then contact instructors who can meet your goals and schedule requirements. The student placement process generally takes 2 to 3 days.
Q: Does the Claremont Community School of Music offer financial aid? If so, how much?
A: Yes, the Claremont Community School of Music does offer financial aid. Individual amounts vary and are dependent on scholarship funds available, number of scholarship applications received, gross income, and number of dependents. Claremont Community School of Music financial aid scholarships range from 10% to 50% reduction in tuition only. For more information, visit the Financial Aid section of this website.
Q: How is the CCSM school year divided?
A: The Claremont Community School of Music academic year is divided into two sections. The Fall/Winter/Spring term runs from Tuesday, September 6th until June 11th. The Summer term begins June 12h and runs for a 12-week period.
Q: Does the school provide or sell instruments?
A: No, the Claremont Community School of Music does not provide or maintain instruments for students' use. We can refer students to sources for instruments.
Q: If I miss a lesson, is a make-up lesson offered?
A: CCSM must still pay the instructor if you do not attend your lesson, therefore no make-up lessons are offered. If the teacher misses a planned lesson, a make-up lesson will be scheduled.
Q: May I reschedule a lesson?
A: Rescheduling is at the descretion of the instructor. No make-up lessons are required to be scheduled.
Q: Is the Claremont Community School of Music affiliated with the Claremont Colleges?
A: No, the Claremont Community School of Music is not affiliated with the Claremont Colleges. However, there are some special events that are held on the campuses.
Tuition
Q: What is the cost of lessons?
A:

Tuition Rates for 2012/2013
 
Registration for School Year
 
Single Lesson Rates               Master Lesson Rates
30-minute $29.00                     30-minute $35.00
45-minute $43.50                     45-minute $52.50
60-minute $58.00                     60-minute $70.00
 
Monthly & Quarterly payments plans are available.
 
Registration for less than School Year
Single Lesson Rates               Master Lesson Rates
30-minute $31.00                     30-minute $38.00
45-minute $46.50                     45-minute $57.00
60-minute $62.00                     60-minute $76.00
 
 
 
Q: When is my payment due?
A: The registration fee and first tuition payment are due at registrataion. Subsequent tuition payments will be billed by CCSM. All bills are due on the 1st of each month, payments are considered late if not received by the 10th of the month. A late fee of $25 is automatically applied to accounts with past due balances. A $25 service charge will be applied for checks returned by the bank for any reason.
Performances
Q: Are there opportunities for students to perform?
A: Recitals and concerts are held regularly throughout the year in our recital hall and at other local venues. Please reference the Calendar section of this website for recital and concert information.
Additional Information
Q: I have more questions.
A: Call the office between 1:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M., Monday through Friday at (909) 624-3012. You can also email your questions to:  info@claremontmusic.org