Registration Info and Policies

Important 2022-23 Dates

Fall 2022 Semester:

September 2022 – January 2023

Spring 2023 Semester:

February 2023 – June 2023

Summer 2023 Semester:

July 2023 – August 2023

Office Hours

BKCM is offering in-person lessons. See this page for COVID policy information

Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 9:30pm
Sat: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Sun: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Summer 2023 Hours (July – August)

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 9:00pm 
Friday: 9:00am – 2:00pm 
Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm 
Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm

For office hours between semesters and during holidays, call 718-622-3300.

Please refer to the BKCM Calendar for registration dates, class dates and closures.

Please refer to the BKCM Events Page for timing of specific events.

Suzuki Program

Click here for Suzuki Program Policies

Music Therapy Program

Click here for Music Therapy Program Policies

Contact Marie Lewis at or 718-622-3300 (ext. 212) for registration information on our Music Therapy Program. Click here for more info on our Music Therapy Program.

Music Partners Program

For information about BKCM’s Music Partners Program, email

Para información acerca división de Music Partners del conservatorio de Brooklyn, enviar un correo electrónico a

Community Music School Program

Click here for BKCM’s Summer 2023 policies.

Onsite Registration

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music’s (BKCM) Community Music School division offers annual registration on a 32-week calendar year for private lessons in all major instruments. BKCM also offers a variety of group classes and ensembles. Adult private lesson students (18 and over) have the option to register in two 16-week semesters.

Our Registration team is here to help field inquiries and answer any questions you may have about our course and lesson offerings, teachers, and to help find the right fit for every student!

The Registration Process 

  1. Click here to fill out our family survey for all families.
  2. (For new families) Click here to create a Registration account
  3. Give us a call to register at 718-622-3300.

Trial Lessons

Students who want to be sure that private lessons are the right fit or just want to try out a specific teacher, have the option to enroll and pay for a single trial lesson before committing to the full term. Trial lessons are scheduled for the next available lesson day for the cost of a single lesson. After the trial lesson, students have 24 hours to contact our Registration team to enroll for the full term. If Registration is not confirmed within 24 hours, the lesson time will be released. Registrars will work with you to set a trial lesson time that works for your regular schedule. Payment is required to complete registration.
Once a trial lesson is booked, it can be rescheduled or refunded with 24 hours notice prior to the trial lesson occurring. Same day cancellations or missed trial lessons are non refundable. Students may take as many trial lessons as they would like, however, you may only book one trial lesson per teacher. Brooklyn Conservatory of Music also offers audits for group classes based on class availability. Audits are not for our beginner group instrumental classes on Piano and Guitar. We do not offer trial lessons during the summer semester.

Attendance Policy

Consistent attendance is important for musical growth and development. Students who have 3 or more consecutive absences without notification, will be subject to withdrawal. Please notify the registrar by email to or by calling the front desk at 718-622-3300 and leave a message if you are unable to attend a lesson, class or ensemble. In the event that a teacher is absent, the Community Music School will provide a highly qualified substitute for your lesson, class or ensemble. In the event that a suitable substitute is unavailable, the lesson, class or ensemble will be rescheduled. 

Makeup Policy
In order to receive a makeup lesson, notice of the absence must be given at least 24 hours in advance by email to or by calling the front desk at 718-622-3300 and leaving a message. With limited days available in our calendar, annually based private lesson students are allotted one makeup per school year. Semester Based Students are allotted one makeup per semester. Please see the CMS 23-24 calendar for annual and semester makeup days. There are no makeups for group classes.
Lateness Policy
If a student arrives late, instructors are only obligated to teach until the lesson’s scheduled endpoint.  If 15 minutes of the lesson has passed the teacher is not obligated to stay for the remainder of the time.
CMS Group Class Closure Due to Low Enrollment
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. In the event that a class is canceled, you will receive a prorated refund for the remaining sessions. If no classes have occurred, then the student will receive the full tuition as a refund. Registration and installment fees (if any) will also be refunded to students / families not enrolled in other lessons or classes within the same term. Refunds take up to 2 weeks to be processed.
Private Lesson Withdrawal policy

Students may withdraw at any time during the term for a refund or credit. Community Music School students who wish to withdraw must fill out a private lesson withdrawal request form. Our staff will contact you within 5 business days of your request. Every withdrawal situation is different, and BKCM will work to find an adequate and rapid solution to each case. The withdrawal approval may take up to 10 business days to process. Upon approval of withdrawal, students may choose to be issued either a refund or a credit for the remaining balance. BKCM will withhold the cost of lessons that have already transpired (including student absences). For refunds, BKCM will withhold a penalty of the cost of 4 additional lessons tuition from the date that withdrawal is confirmed. There is no penalty for credit withdrawals. Credits for private lessons are active for one year from the date the credit is issued.* From the point at which your withdrawal is approved it may take up to 14 business days to receive a refund / credit to your account. BKCM Credits expire one year from the date issued and once credited, cannot be refunded. Payment plan, registration, and late payment fees are non-refundable. There are no credits or refunds for private lessons during the summer term.

Group Class and Ensemble Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Students enrolled in group classes and ensembles have up to 24 hours after their 1st class to be eligible for withdrawal and receive a refund for the remaining classes or request a transfer (subject to availability). To request a withdrawal, students must fill out a withdrawal request form within 24 hours after the first class attended. Beyond 24 hours after the first class is attended, there are no credits or refunds available for group classes or ensembles.

Discounts for Group Classes
There are no retroactive discounts for group classes.  To qualify for a discount on a group class or ensemble, you must register for private lessons before or simultaneously with the discounted group class. 

Medical Withdrawals
The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music offers medical withdrawals with refunds or credit on a case by case basis with a doctor’s note. BKCM credits are valid for one year from the date issued and once credited, cannot be refunded. BKCM Registration and Installment fees are non-refundable. Basis for withdrawals include injuries or illnesses that genuinely impede a student’s abilities to successfully participate in their musical instruction or instrument learning. To request a medical withdrawal, please complete the withdrawal form.
If you are looking to make a change to a different day or time or change the length of your lesson, please email the registration desk at or call 718-622-3300.
Teacher/Instrument Change Request
If you are looking to make a change to a different teacher or instrument please contact CMS Administrative team at

$40 Registration Fee. The registration fee is charged upon registration. This fee is paid once per family per school year. 

$40 Payment Plan Fee. If you choose to enroll using one of our automatic payment plan options, you must provide a valid credit card for your payments. The payment plan fee is paid whenever a student registers and doesn’t pay in full. Once per term (annual or semester), per family unit. There are no payment plans for the Summer term.
$40 Late/Missed Payment Fee.
Payment Plan Options*

Bi-Annual Payment Plan

  • 50% at time of registration and 50% on January 16th

Monthly Installment Payment Plan

  • First installment due at the time of registration. Monthly payments are prorated based on when you register and charged monthly ending December 16th
  • For semester based adult students, the first installment is due at the time of registration for both fall and spring. Monthly payments are prorated based on when you register and charged monthly ending December 16th for fall and ending April 16th for spring

Extended Monthly Payment Plan

  • First installment due at the time of registration. Monthly payments are prorated based on when you register and are charged monthly ending April 16th.

*Policies are subject to change

Financial Aid

Click here to apply for financial aid for the CMS.