Tuition, Discounts, and Scholarship

Lesson Tuition

For complete lesson descriptions and fees, see Lessons.

2017-18 School Year

Lesson Length
Instructor Tuition
(17 week semester)
Intern Tuition
(17 week semester)
1/2 hour weekly
$551 $388
3/4 hour weekly
$806 $567
1 hour weekly
$1,020 $704


Summer 2018

Instructor Tuition
(per hour)
Intern Tuition
(per hour)
Hourly Rate
$60 $42

Course Tuition for Classes & Ensembles

All classes and ensembles have been assigned a number of units, which cost $72 per unit per semester. ECMS units are similar to credits but don’t carry college credit. For example, most theory courses carry four units and cost $288 per semester. A nonrefundable registration fee of $10 will be billed each semester for all students except those in Early Childhood music classes.


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:


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.  

Graduation 2014 (10) croppedNeed-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


Eastman-Pathways Scholarship

We are fortunate to have a scholarship program targeted to students in the Rochester City School District called the Eastman-Pathways Scholarship.  The Eastman-Pathways scholarship is a collaborative program with the Rochester City School District which enables approximately 70 students to attend Eastman for applied and classroom studies.

Boehmler Scholarship

We are also fortunate to have a scholarship targeted to students in Wayne County called the Boehmler Scholarship. Students from Sodus, Lyons and Pal-Mac School Districts are selected by their public school teachers.  Scholarship awards may be used for any lessons, classes or ensembles at ECMS.

Scholarship funds