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Financial Aid

The Community Music School has a limited number of financial aid awards available to assist families in need. Financial aid awards are partial (10-30% off of tuition) and eligibility is determined by gross household income and number of household members. See chart provided. If you do not meet the income requirement guidelines but feel that you still need financial assistance in registering your child for a Community Music School program, please contact the CMS office at (901) 678-4244. Financial aid awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are funded as long as there are available resources. The following rules apply:

  • Financial aid awards are issued for tuition fees only, not for supplies or other costs.
  • Any past due accounts must be brought current before a financial aid application is considered.
  • Students or parents of students receiving financial aid will be expected to carry out certain duties for the school, such as assisting with performances, concert set-up, special events, etc.
  • Application, income information and teacher letter of recommendation are required.
  • The financial aid recipient is responsible for the remaining tuition balance.
  • Submittal of an application is neither a confirmation into the class nor a confirmation of a financial aid award.
  • Applicants for long-term programs will be reviewed each semester. Regular attendance and practice will be taken into consideration for award renewal; instructor or program director report may be required.
  • A new copy of proof of income and application are required yearly.
  • CMS allows only one discount per student per semester. If you qualify for financial aid, you will not be eligible for any other discounts (i.e. U of M, senior citizen).
  • Applicants who falsify information or do not attend class regularly may be ineligible for future financial aid.
  • All financial aid applications are kept confidential. The Community Music School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality, gender, ethnic origin, or religious belief in admission, retention, student aid, scholarship, and other educational policies.
  • Notification of financial aid awards will be made in writing.


The University of Memphis is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university committed to the education of a non-racially-identifiable student body.

Phone: 901-678-4244,
Room 124 – Music Building
Fax: 901-678-1392
Samuel Sidhom, Director
Carolyn Farris, Office Manager


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