Tuition, Discounts & Scholarships for Allendale Columbia

Registration Fees

A nonrefundable registration fee of $15 per semester will be charged to all students on the first bill of Fall and Spring semesters. These fees help to offset the cost of security and ID cards, concert recording and live-streaming, and accompanist services.


2023 – 2024 
rates per 15-week semester

Lesson Length Instructor Tuition
30-min weekly
45-min weekly $1041
60-min weekly $1303


For multiple students residing in the same household, ECMS will waive registration fees for the second and subsequent student(s). Students must indicate family members’ names on the registration form or, send an email to

University of Rochester employees and their dependent children may be eligible to receive a 25% tuition waiver off ECMS tuition. Tuition waivers are good for one year from July 1-June 30, and must be renewed annually. For complete details, please consult the University of Rochester Benefits webpage. The Benefits office makes all determinations regarding eligibility.


The Eastman Community Music School is fortunate to be able to offer scholarships taking into account both merit and need. The school has named scholarships, which are targeted to specific instruments or voice as well as a general scholarship fund open to all students.

Teacher-nominated 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.  

Need-based 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 combined basis of financial need (determined by review of page 1 of federal income tax return) and merit (demonstrated musical achievement or potential).

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 the coming school year) and December 1 (consideration for the spring semester). Requests will be considered after December 1, if funds remain.

A full application consists of