Registration Information

NMS offers full-year enrollment for individual lessons and classes, as well as a summer session.

Creating an account is the first step in the registration process. Visit https://nms.asapconnected.com/default.aspx to create an online account, or call our front desk at 203-624-5189 to have someone assist you.

Financial aid is available for students who qualify. A separate financial aid application must be submitted for each registration.

  • Students can register for classes or ensembles online.
  • For individual lessons, returning students may be automatically rolled into the next academic year, or can complete a lesson inquiry.
  • New music students will complete a lesson inquiry, then will have a personal consultation (conducted by telephone or in person), which is a chance to discuss where to begin, what instrument to study, types of instruction and availability of teachers.

Registration FAQ

Charitable contributions allow us to offer limited financial aid to those who demonstrate a need. The amount of aid awarded is based on household income, family size and financial obligations, and is limited by the availability of NMS resources. Financial aid does not pay for lessons/classes in full. Limited scholarships based on merit are also available for the ensemble program at the recommendation of a teacher and the head of the Ensemble Program.

A financial aid deposit of $50 is required for a financial aid application. Reduced tuition deposits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Continued aid is dependent upon attendance and teacher/director evaluation and ongoing need. NMS reserves the right to discontinue any financial aid because of frequent absences or tardiness, or because of delinquent lesson payments.

 

Summer financial aid application
Academic Year 2017 – 2018 application

Instructors commit to a set schedule of NMS teaching days based upon student registration. To honor the commitments of our instructors and families, we follow the make-up policies outlined below.

Teacher Absence

Lessons missed due to teacher absence are rescheduled at the earliest mutually convenient date possible. If the instructor is not able to make up the missed lesson by the end of the term, the School will issue a credit to the family’s account.

Student Absence

Due to space and scheduling considerations, Neighborhood Music School does not make up lessons due to student absences or cancellations. There are no refunds for lessons or classes missed due to student absence. Please make every effort to attend your scheduled lesson time.

With at least one week’s notice to the teacher and Student Services, one regularly scheduled individual lesson that is missed due to a religious holiday will be rescheduled as a make-up or credited to the students’ account. For group classes and ensembles, we will pro-rate fees for one religious holiday.
Course cancellation occurs occasionally, usually due to insufficient enrollment. Students or parents of students will be notified immediately of any cancellation. We will make every effort to reschedule the student for another session of the same course, if one is available at a convenient time. If no such course is available, we will issue a refund.
Regular attendance is critical to learning at Neighborhood Music School. As a courtesy to instructors, students are asked to call the School at 203-624-5189 and leave a message for their instructor if they expect to be absent. Notification does not exempt the student from payment as contracted.
Because of our faculty’s tight lesson schedules, students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Faculty will wait for a student for one third of their lesson time; students are asked to do the same. Missed lesson time due to faculty tardiness will be made up at a mutually convenient time.
Yes! Students enrolled at Neighborhood Music School may rent full and smaller (Suzuki) sized violins, violas, cellos and guitars based on instrument availability. Some wind instruments (clarinets, flutes, trumpets and brass) may also be available. There is no charge for summer rental if the student has already registered for the upcoming academic year.

NMS faculty members are happy to provide information on alternative options for rental or purchase of instruments.

Instrument Rental Rates:

$180 for academic year
$50 for summer

 

All music students are encouraged to practice every day. NMS has three practice rooms available to students, with a piano in each room. Students may sign out a practice room key at the reception desk.
Unless NMS is given advance written notice to the contrary, students, upon registration, give consent for NMS to take photos, audio recordings or video footage of classes, lessons and/or concerts without notice and to publish such photos, audio and video footage royalty free in its print, audio and electronic promotional efforts, including its website and social media. This consent also authorizes releases from any expectation of confidentiality for minor children of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Notification must be delivered to Student Services in writing (by hand, postal mail or email to registration@neighborhoodmusicschool.org) by the deadlines noted below.
  • Verbal notification or absence from scheduled meetings is not an acceptable form of notification.
  • Registration fees are always non-refundable, unless a class is cancelled by NMS due to under-enrollment
  • Custom ensembles, joint lessons and short-run classes are non-refundable.

 

DEADLINES

For registrations prior to January 31:

  • After the first scheduled meeting. Students are responsible for the cost of the first lesson/class/ensemble.
  • After the second scheduled meeting. Students are responsible for the cost of the first two lessons/classes/ensembles
  • After the third scheduled meeting, students wishing to discontinue for the 2nd half of the year should notify NMS by December 31. Students are responsible for the cost of all lessons/classes/ensembles through January 31.
  • After the December 31 notification deadline, students are responsible for the cost of all lessons/class/ensembles through the end of the academic year.

DEADLINES

For registrations after February 1:

  • After the first scheduled meeting. Students are responsible for the cost of the first lesson/class/ensemble.
  • After the second scheduled meeting. Students are responsible for the cost of the first two lessons/classes/ensembles.
  • After the third scheduled meeting, students are responsible for the cost of all lessons/classes/ensembles through the end of the academic year.

Summer Term

Tuition and registration fees for individual lessons, classes, ensembles and summer intensives are non-refundable and non-transferable, with two exceptions: 1) for individual lessons that an instructor is unable to give; and 2) for a class that is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

Tuition and fees for all classes and lessons (except Audubon Arts) must be paid in full at the time of registration. No student or family with an outstanding tuition balance is permitted to register until the balance has been paid.

INDIVIDUAL LESSON PLUS
Students taking individual lessons (16 or more weeks) and:
Ensembles
• 5% off ensembles with two participants
• 20% off one (1) Greater New Haven Youth Ensemble
• 25% off all other ensembles
Dance
• 50% off dance & wellness classes (excluding mini-sessions or dance ensembles)
Drama
• 15% off drama classes

MULTI-CLASS
Students taking multiple classes with no individual lessons:
Dance
• 50% off the 2nd and any additional dance & wellness classes.
Discount applies to the least expensive class(es) and excludes dance ensembles.
Drama
• $100 discount when enrolled in both Scene Study and Practical Acting
Preschool/Toddler students
• 50% off dance and early childhood classes

AUDUBON ARTS
We offer 10% off tuition for each additional family member enrolled. The discount applies to the least expensive tuition(s).
Please note: There are no other discounts for Summer session enrollments.

GREATER NEW HAVEN YOUTH ENSEMBLES

Students taking a Greater New Haven Youth Ensemble and any other ensemble(s) receive 50% off one (1) GNHYE.

Students who also take individual lessons (16 or more weeks) receive both the GNHYE and Individual Plus discounts.

ADULTS
Discounts for parents of NMS Preschool/Toddlers or students taking individual lessons (16 or more):
• 25% off dance & wellness classes
Discounts for Seniors – students 65 and over
• 5% off any tuition upon request
           

Please note: The price for Vintage Voices (a class exclusively for seniors) has already been reduced and is not eligible for the senior discount.

 

 Electronic notices are posted:

NMS posts information about school delays or closings on the following local media outlets:

Radio Stations: WELI 960 AM, WICC 660 AM or KCIO1 FM radio
TV Stations: Channel 3 (CBS), Channel 4 (NBC), Channel 8 (ABC), Channel 6 (Fox)

Students should be sure to check one of the above information sources. As we serve over 80 towns and cities, please do not assume that NMS will be closed based on your local public school cancellation. The decision to close NMS is determined by safety conditions in Greater New Haven and state highway advisories.

In the event of a closing, the missed lesson is treated as a teacher absence and will either be made up or issued as a credit shortly after the end of the academic year.

During snow emergencies, the City of New Haven issues temporary parking bans on city streets and will ticket and tow violators. You may wish to use the parking garage on Audubon Street. For information on New Haven city rules, visit here or call 203-946-SNOW.