Dates and Fees

Please visit our Health & Safety page for full details on our current protocols for attending lessons.

Private Lesson Dates and Fees for 2021/2022

Fall Term:
Monday, September 13, 2021 – Sunday, January 23, 2022 (16 lessons)

Fall Make Up Week:
Monday, January 24 – Sunday, January 30, 2022

Spring Term: 
Monday, January 31 – Monday, June 13, 2022 (17 lessons)

Spring Make Up Week:
Tuesday, June 14 – Monday, June 20,  2022

Vacation Days for 2021/2022*

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday, October 11th

Thanksgiving Vacation Tuesday, November 23rd – Sunday, November 28th

Winter Vacation Tuesday, December 21st – Sunday, January 2nd

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 17th

February Vacation Week Monday, February 21st – Sunday, February 27th

April Vacation Week Saturday, April 16th – Friday, April 22nd

Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 28th – Monday, May 30th

*Please note that NSM does not follow the Cambridge Public Schools calendar. NSM is not observing many of the major religious holidays. If students need to cancel lessons due to religious observance, they will be made up by the teacher provided the student gives at least 24 hours notice.


Full Fall Term, 16 lessons
30 minute lessons: $800
45 minute lessons: $1,040
60 minute lessons: $1,264

Full Spring Term, 17 lessons
30 minute lessons: $850
45 minute lessons: $1,105
60 minute lessons: $1,343

Single Trial Lesson Fees
30 minute lesson: $52
45 minute lesson: $67
60 minute lesson: $81

For some instructors, packages of 4 or 8 lessons may be available for purchase at a slightly higher per lesson rate.

Tuition scholarships are available. Please visit our Forms and Policies page for more information.


$40 Membership & Registration fee per family/calendar year. This fee covers ALL registration for private lessons and/or group classes for the given year.

Registration and payment are required prior to any lessons or classes taking place. NSM reserves the right to charge late fees to any registration that is paid after the start of lessons.
Lesson fees will be prorated accordingly for those who start after the first day of the terms in September and February.

Re-registering for private lessons?
Please make sure you have confirmed your lesson day, and time with your teacher. You may then register over the phone, in person, or online!  The NSM office can be reached at 617.492.8105 or info@newschoolofmusic.org. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm. Download the registration form or register online now!

New to Private Lessons?
Click here to fill out our inquiry form or call NSM directly at 617.492.8105 and a member of our staff will be happy to discuss placement. We’re also available in person, Monday -Friday, 10am-5pm.