Dates and Fees

Private Lesson Dates and Fees for 2019/2020

Fall Term:
Monday, September 9, 2019 – Friday, January 17, 2020 (16 lessons)

Fall Term Make Up Weeks:
Saturday, January 18 – Friday, January 31, 2020 (NSM closed Monday Jan 20)

Spring Term: 
Saturday, February 1, 2020 – Monday, June 15, 2020 (17 lessons)

Spring Term Make Up Week:
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 – Monday, June 22,  2020

Summer private lessons typically run for 8 to 10 weeks running mid June – August

Vacation Days for 2019/2020*

Indigenous Peoples’ Day [Columbus Day] Monday, October 14th

Thanksgiving Vacation Tuesday, November 26th – Sunday, December 1st

Winter Vacation Monday, December 23rd – Friday, January 3rd

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 20th

February Vacation Week Monday, February 17th – Sunday, February 23rd

April Vacation Week Monday, April 20th – Sunday, April 26th

Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 23rd – Monday, May 25th

*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.