Tuition, Discounts, and Scholarships



For lesson descriptions and fees, see Lessons.

Unit System

In order to fairly price our wide range of Eastman Community Music School courses (and to implement our discount program, outlined below), virtually all classes and ensembles have been assigned a number of “units.” ECMS units are similar to credits but don’t carry college credit. The cost for each unit is $69 per semester. For example, most theory courses carry four units and cost $276 per semester.


Discount Program

The ECMS discount program has been developed to encourage those students taking private lessons to enhance their musical education by enrolling in classes and ensembles. Each unit you register for will be discounted at an increasing rate (see chart), until you reach 6 units. From that point on, each additional unit is free!

The discount program applies only to students taking private lessons. The program is applied on an individual basis; lessons or units taken by one student cannot be used to make another student (such as a family member) eligible for discounts. The discount applies only to classes and ensembles, not to a second lesson, because the student teacher ratio is 1:1 for private lessons.  Click here for examples.

A closer look at the discount program:

Discount Graph



Bills are sent before the beginning of each semester, and are due on the 10th of the following month. Subsequent outstanding balances will be assessed a monthly fee of 1% of the amount past due. Payment can be made by check, VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. A nonrefundable semester registration fee of $10 must be paid by all students except those in Early Childhood Music classes.

ECMS Payment Agreement

I understand that the University must receive the full amount (as described in the ECMS catalog and website) due less any financial aid (including RCSD Pathway Scholarships) on or before the due date as noted on the bill, and that if the full payment is not received by the due date, the University will assess a monthly late payment fee of 1% of the amount pst due. I understand that I am responsible for any late payment fee resulting from delays in the delivery of my bill. Payment must be n U.S. dollars.

I further certify that should my account not be kept current, I understand the University may curtail my ability to register for future semesters. I acknowledge the University’s right to assess collection and legal fees should my account remain unpaid at the time I leave the University. I understand that I am obligated to pay those fees. I further agree to accept the ECMS refund policies as found on the ECMS website.



Merit Scholarships

Current students who excel in their study at ECMS may receive a Merit Scholarship at ECMS graduation for study the following school year. Recipients are chosen from those recommended by their ECMS teachers. No application is needed.

Financial Assistance and Merit Scholarships

Financial assistance for regular academic year study is available to ECMS students for lessons, classes and ensembles. Preference is given to those students enrolled in a diploma program.  Assistance is awarded on the basis of merit and/or financial need:

  • Financial need: determined by review of page 1 of federal income tax return supplied with the application form.
  • Merit: demonstrated musical achievement or potential.

Financial Assistance and Scholarship Application

Applications are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year, but awards are determined only two times each year based on the following deadlines:

  • August 1—consideration for merit and need based aid for the coming school year
  • December 1—consideration for merit and need based aid for the spring semester
  • Requests will be considered after December 1, if funds remain.

A full application consists of

  • Financial Assistance & Scholarship application(available above)
  • For merit consideration: an ECMS teacher recommendation
  • For financial need consideration: a copy of the first page of federal tax form

ECMS Scholarships

Alexander Leventon Scholarship
Alice Mary Schwab Voice Scholarship
Alvera Barbor Martin Scholarship
Anna Louise Baker Scjholarship
Anthony V. Bruno Scholarship in Clarinet
Anthony Cometa Scholarship
Charles M. and Helen D. Thoms Scholarship
Clase Voice Scholarship in Honor of Renee Fleming
Eastman Community Music School Fund
Eastman Pathways Fund
Elaine P. Wilson Eastman Pathways Scholarship
Florence Alexander Schoenegge Scholarship
Fred V. Alati Jazz Scholarship
Harold Schwab Scholarship
Harry and Mary Banahan Gregory Scholarship
Jack L. Frank Faculty Development Fund
Jacqueline D. Cullen Scholarship
Jocelyn Panepento Scholarship
Katherine Danforth Fisher King Scholarship
Linda and Harry Messina Jr. Scholarship
Louis H. and Bessie Spector Scholarship
Margaret Kershner Weber Memorial Scholarship
Marie Erhart Pearson Scholarship
Mary Durand Mulligan Scholarship
Mary Krusenstjerna Scholarship
Molly Mulligan Scholarship
Nancie Roop Kennedy Vocal Scholarship
Pat and Marie Amico Family Scholarship
Philip J. SanFillipo Adult Education Endowment Fund
Raymond Wilson Scholarship
Robert G. Boehmler Scholarship
Thomas Donohue Memorial Scholarship
Victor and Anna Lenti Scholarship


Last updated: November 22, 2013