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The CMS schedule is broken up into Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. Please check individual programs for schedule information. Registration is available year-round for private lessons. Priority will be given to students enrolling at the beginning of each semester, but if studio space allows, students may begin lessons at any time, in which case fees are prorated. Registration for classes/sessions/workshops is only available at the beginning of classes.

Fall 2022 Semester: September 7 through December 20
(No lessons the week of November 22)
Spring 2023 Semester: January 3 through June 5, 2023
(No lessons the week of March 27)
Summer 2023 Semester: June 7 through August 31
(Private Lessons only)

Placement will be determined by an interview and/or audition. To facilitate an appropriate match, a trial lesson may be requested by the student or the CMS teacher. No additional fee will be charged for the trial lesson; however, if the student decides to enroll, the trial lesson will count as their first lesson for which they will be charged.


Private Lesson Schedule

Setup and communication regarding lessons is between student and teacher. The office staff does not schedule private lessons or arrange individual teachers’ schedules from week to week.


Private Lesson Make-ups

Teachers are not obligated to make up lessons/classes/sessions missed by students. One make-up lesson per semester can be scheduled at the teacher’s discretion for private lessons.  Students are requested to give at least a 24-hour notice of cancellation. Please be sure to contact the teacher directly. Classes/lessons/sessions missed due to faculty absence or school closings will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time.



Refunds will not be granted for student absences. Full tuition refunds will be given for any CMS class which is cancelled or for which written request is received prior to the first class. No refunds will be made after the second class.



Students are responsible for arriving at lessons and classes on time. A teacher is required to wait 15 minutes for a student; however, the lesson will end on time. A make-up lesson or class will not be given for the time missed by the student. Children must be delivered and picked up at the assigned time and room. Young children will not be released to meet parents at the parking lot.


Lesson Discontinuation

Students need to give four weeks’ notice for lesson discontinuation. If students fail to give proper notice, a full month’s fee will be assessed even if the student does not attend those lessons.



The SDSU Community Music School reserves the right to dismiss any student because of lack of interest, frequent absences (more than three in a row), frequent tardiness, behavioral problems, or failure to abide by policies.


Faculty members and students must agree that students registered at the CMS will not be accepted by faculty for purposes of instruction outside the CMS for a period of three years from the time of withdrawal by the student or the faculty, in a fifty-mile radius.


The CMS reserves the right to withdraw courses for which enrollment is insufficient. Additional classes may be offered if class reaches maximum enrollment.


Music scores and books

All music that students use in the private or class instruction will be purchased by the student either through a music store or the instructor. Copied music, except what is legally reproduced for classroom use, is prohibited.


Financial Aid Information

We have a modest amount of scholarship/financial aid available. These scholarships are granted on the basis of financial need to families who have a total income of under $40,000, or have a student that currently qualifies for free or reduced price lunch program. There will be a requirement of photocopies of the most recent signed Federal Tax Form 1040, and copies of W2s. The total financial aid is limited to 10% of tuition. Upon request, discounts of 10% on fees are available for a second student from the same family.


Parking is available in Parking Structure 12 (Aztec Circle Drive) in any student space on levels 3 through 8. The elevator will take you to level 8 to get to the bridge (SE corner of Parking Structure 12), which is an easy walk to the Music Building/Performing Arts Plaza. Handicapped parking is on levels 4 & 8.  Parking is available every day/ 24 hours a day. There is a meter machine at the top floor, or you can use a “PayByPhone” app. Registration with a free PayByPhone account is required and can be completed via the mobile app (on iOS and Android devices), the web app at, or by phone at 1-888-515-7275 (the account will be activated immediately and the parking session can be started on the initial phone call). For more information please visit: