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Financial Information

​Tuition rates for CMD lessons and classes are listed under each course description.
1. A yearly registration fee of $35 is charged per student or family. A yearly registration fee of $25 is charged per student or family if only enrolling for classes or ensembles.

2. A $10 service fee is charged for the deferred payment plan.
3. Tuition charges and fees do not cover the cost of books, music or instruments. 
4. Fees are subject to change.​​

1. Tuition and fees are payable in advance each quarter, before the first lesson or class.

  • Credit card payments (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/AmEX) are being accepted online. If you need an exception for payments by check, please contact Adam Briggs (

2. Students may submit tuition payment online or by phone.


By Phone: Call the CMD office, 773/325-7262, to receive a return call.

3. Registration is complete only when the registration form and payment have been received and processed by the CMD office. Students will not be permitted to attend lessons or classes until tuition and the registration fee have been paid.

4. The CMD offers two payment plans.

Option A—Quarterly

Students pay in advance each quarter. New students must register before the start of their first lesson or class.

Option B—Bi–Quarterly

An installment plan is available for students registering for a full quarter. Under this plan, the quarter’s tuition is divided into two installments. The first installment is due prior to the student’s first lesson.  The second installment is due at the midpoint of the quarter. The fee for the installment plan is $10. Students who discontinue lessons or classes during a quarter are still responsible for full payment of that quarter’s tuition.

Except in the case of extreme circumstances, returning students must register for the full number of private lessons each quarter. Tuition for classes must be paid in full regardless of the time of enrollment. Tuition may not be credited from one quarter to the next. If a student’s balance has not been received by the last day of the quarter, the student will not be able to re-enroll for the following quarter.​ 

Send completed applications to Please call the office, 773.325.7262, if you have any questions regarding financial aid.

Depending on availability of funds, financial aid in the form of need-based scholarships covering partial tuition expenses is granted to pre-college students on the basis of proven financial need and demonstrated commitment. In order to receive financial assistance, students or their parents must complete a financial aid application and submit current proof of income (as specified on form). Financial aid forms must be submitted and notification of award must be received before registration can be completed.

Applications are kept confidential and must be updated yearly. Financial aid applications must be submitted by early August for returning students. Continuation of assistance is dependent on regular attendance and teacher/director evaluation of the student’s commitment and progress. Financial aid recipients are expected to participate in the Annual Performathon and to assist with fundraising.