Lessons for Kids

Semester Information


The Clinton Hill Music School offers lessons on a semester system during the school year. Our 2017 Fall Semester begins on Monday, September 11th, 2017 and runs through Sunday, January 21st, 2018.  Each semester consists of:

  • 15 weeks of lessons (not conflicting with school vacations and holidays)
  • 1 Make-up week
  • 1 mid-semester group class
  • 1 pre-recital group class
  • 1 end-of-term student recital
  • 1 children’s concert (performed by faculty)


The Student Spring Recital will take place on Sunday, January 21st, 2018 at 12:30pm at the South Oxford Space.




Students have the following semester package options:

  • 30 minute: $895
    • Recommended for children under 7 years of age
    • Our fee can be broken up into 5 monthly installments of $179 or you can pay the fee upfront with a 5% discount ($850.25)
  • 45 minute: $1095
    • Recommended for children ages 7-9
    • Our fee can be broken up into 5 monthly installments of $219 or you can pay the fee upfront with a 5% discount ($1040.25)
  • 60 minute: $1295
    • Recommended for students 10 and older
    • Our fee can be broken up into 5 monthly installments of $259 or you can pay the fee upfront with a 5% discount ($1230.25)


Sibling Discount

  • For families enrolling more than one child, CHMS offers an additional 5% discount off of semester packages. Please inquire for further information on how to receive the discount.


Please contact us for limited availability in-home lesson rates.


Clinton Hill Music School Policy 2016-2017



All payments must be made online through our secure website. Credit and debit cards are accepted.

Semester Commitment

Students have an option to purchase a one-time trial lesson. However, once a student is enrolled for a semester, they are committing to the entire semester. Students are not allowed to withdraw from classes or change their lesson times until the end of the semester. We do not offer refunds for students wishing to withdraw and students paying monthly are required to continue all payments through the end of the semester.


Students are expected to attend weekly lessons and come prepared with their instrument, method book(s), and notebook. CHMS suggests arriving 5 minutes early to each lesson. Late arrivals will result in shorter lessons as teachers are only obligated to teach until the end of the scheduled lesson time. If a student does not arrive by the halfway point in their lesson without notification, teachers are allowed to leave.

Each student is allowed to miss one lesson per semester. There is a “make-up week” the last week of each semester and each student can either make-up one missed lesson at that time or receive a free lesson if they attended all lessons during the semester. CHMS cannot reschedule any additional missed lessons for any reason.

In the event of a snow day when NYC public schools are closed, CHMS will cancel lessons and reschedule a make-up day at the end of the semester.


CHMS follows the NYC Board of Education Calendar. Please view our calendar for scheduled breaks.


Students must acquire their own instruments, materials, and method books recommended by teachers. Information on how to purchase instruments can be provided by CHMS. Method books can be purchased directly from CHMS ($10 or $15 with a CD) or by ordering online.

Recitals/Special Events

CHMS hosts two group classes and one recital per semester for its students. We also offer periodic special events for the CHMS community. Students are encouraged to attend/perform.

Practice Expectations/Parental Involvement

Students are expected to practice during their time in between lessons. CHMS firmly believes that if you raise the bar, students will be motivated to accomplish their goals and overcome challenges. CHMS suggests that parents keep a notebook on their child’s assignments and aid in their practicing.