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 2020/2021

Fall Term:
Monday, September 14, 2020 – Friday, January 22, 2021 (16 lessons)

Fall Make Up Week:
Saturday, January 23 – Friday, January 29, 2021

Spring Term: 
Saturday, January 30, 2021 – Monday, June 14, 2021 (17 lessons)

Spring Make Up Week:
Tuesday, June 15, 2020 – Monday, June 21,  2021

Vacation Days for 2020/2021*

Indigenous Peoples’ Day [Columbus Day] Monday, October 12th

Thanksgiving Vacation Tuesday, November 24th – Sunday, November 29th

Winter Vacation Tuesday, December 22nd – Friday, January 1st

Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 18th

February Vacation Week Monday, February 15th – Sunday, February 21st

April Vacation Week Monday, April 19th – Sunday, April 25th

Memorial Day Weekend Saturday, May 29th – Monday, May 31st

*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.