Registration Info

Important 2020-21 Registration Dates

Fall 2020 Semester:

September 2020 – January 2021

Spring 2021 Semester:

February 2021 – June 2021

Summer 2021 Semester:

July 2021 – August 2021

Office Hours

BKCM reopened for hybrid learning, on October 19 2020, offering both virtual and in-person lessons. See this page for hybrid learning information, and see the Hybrid Rotation Calendar here.

Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

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

Community Music School Program

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. Creating an account is the first step to registration. Click here to create a Registration account for your family.
  2. After creating a registration account, call our Registration Team at 718-622-3300, or visit us in person to register!

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 lesson before committing to the full term. Following a trial lesson, please contact registration to confirm your enrollment. After the trial lesson we hold your spot for 24 hours after the trial lesson.
 
Students can take as many trial lessons as they would like, but may only take 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.

Payments

Payments are required in order to confirm registration; no lesson times or class slots will be held until payment has been made towards the tuition. Payment plans are available for an additional fee of $35. Payment plan dates are set by BKCM and payments run automatically.

Additional Fees: BKCM requires several nonrefundable administrative fees in addition to lesson and class tuition.

  • $35 Registration Fee: paid once per school year per family account.
  • $35 Payment Plan Fee
  • $35 Missed Payment Fee – If an automatic payment plan installment is late, students have 24 hours to call or come by the Conservatory to settle their account. After 24 hours, a $35 missed payment fee will be applied. Classes and lessons are at risk of being paused due to non-payment. Any lessons and classes missed during a pause for non-payment will not be made up.
Please note that if you have a past due balance you will not be able to re-enroll until the balance is paid in full.
 
POLICIES
Absences, Make Ups, and Lateness for Private Lessons
Consistent weekly lessons and classes are important for artistic growth and development.  In the event that a teacher is absent, the Community Music School will provide a highly qualified substitute for your lessons.
 
Excused Student Absences
Each student is allowed one excused absence per school year.  Notice for an excused absence must be given at least 24 hours in advance by phone (718-622-3300) or by filling out the CMS Private Lesson One Excused Absence Request Form. Approved One Excused Absences reported at least 24 hours in advance, will be scheduled for the Makeup Days as indicated on the BKCM Family Academic Calendar 2020-2021.
 
Unexcused Student Absences
Student absences are not considered excused without 24 hours advance notice.  There are no refunds / credits for unexcused absences. Private lesson students who have 3 or more unexcused consecutive absences without notification, will be subject to withdrawal.
 
Lateness
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.  If an instructor is late by 5 minutes or more, they will be obligated to make up the lesson at a later date.
 
There are no makeups for group classes.
 
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 cancelled, 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 1 to 2 weeks to be processed.
 
In-Person POD Classes (2020-21 School Year Only)
In the event that BKCM is forced to close temporarily due to health and safety precautions, your POD will be paused. In the event that it is not possible to resume the POD for in-person learning, the POD will resume online for the classes remaining in the POD semester. Students enrolled in 15-week POD classes have 24 hours prior to the 3rd class to notify registration for withdrawal. Students withdrawing from group classes will be refunded the remaining tuition for classes that have not yet transpired (including student absences). Registration and Installment fees are non-refundable. There is no penalty for credit withdrawals. Credits for group classes are active for one year from the date the credit is issued.
 
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 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. Payment plan, registration, and late payment fees are non-refundable.
 
Group Class Withdrawal and Refunds
Students who wish to withdraw must fill out a withdrawal request form.  Students enrolled in 15 week classes have 24 hours prior to the 3rd class to notify registration for withdrawal. 10 week classes have 24 hours prior to the 2nd class to notify registration for withdrawal. Students withdrawing from group classes will be refunded the remaining tuition for classes that have not yet transpired (including student absences). Registration and Installment fees are non-refundable. There is no penalty for credit withdrawals. Credits for group classes are active for one year from the date the credit is issued. 
 
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. 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 a withdrawal request form.
 
Schedule / Teacher / Instrument Change Request
If you are looking to make a change to a different day or time, change the length of your lesson, or switch instructors, please fill out the change / request form and a member of the CMS staff will be in contact within five business days.
 

Payments
Payments are required in order to confirm registration; no lesson times or class slots will be held until payment has been made towards the tuition. Payment plans are available for an additional fee of $35. Payment plan dates are set by BKCM and payments run automatically.
Additional Fees: BKCM requires several nonrefundable administrative fees in addition to lesson and class tuition.

• $35 Registration Fee: paid once per school year per family account.
• $35 Payment Plan Fee
• $35 Missed Payment Fee – If an automatic payment plan installment is late, students have 24 hours to call or come by the Conservatory to settle their account. After 24 hours, a $35 missed payment fee will be applied. Classes and lessons are at risk of being paused due to non-payment. Any lessons and classes missed during a pause for non-payment will not be made up.
 

Please note that if you have a past due balance you will not be able to re-enroll until the balance is paid in full.

Payment Options
We have flexible payment plan options. Call for more details
• In full at time of registration
• Two installments 
• Six Installment Payment Plan 

• Extended Payment Plan

 

Summer Policies

Policies in the summer differ from those during the school year to accommodate student availability.

For private lessons, BKCM offers a buy 6 get 1 free promotion. Please contact the front desk for more details.

There is no session-long commitment with summer lessons. Returning students are required to book minimum 1 lesson with their current teacher. New students or returning students wishing to study with a different teacher are required to book minimum 3 lessons with a new teacher.

There are no refunds or credits during the summer. Lessons can be transferred to different times, dates, or teachers before July 2. After July 2, all scheduled lessons and camps are unchangeable.