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Thrive with semi-private instruction. Build the skills & abilities needed to enjoy music as a participant, gaining self-confidence and developing self-expression.
Semi-private lessons at 45 minutes are available as an affordable option in some cases (young beginners or siblings staring together). Suzuki, traditional, hybrid, and other instructional methods are used. Daily individual practice between classes is a required part of successful music instruction.
Lessons are weekly at the same day and time through the school year. There are a maximum of 34 lesson in the school year; the exact number varies by which day of the week and when you start. Lessons are scheduled at a mutually agreeable day and time, as verbally confirmed between CMC staff and student/parent. School year lessons occur at the same day and time each week (except for CMC holiday closures, winter & spring break), starting after Oct. 2 and running through early June.
Fees are $22 per lesson per person up to $748 for the school year (more for non-residents of Portland), depending on lesson length and number of lessons. Need-based scholarships are available - apply at the CMC office.
Payment plans and scholarship assistance are available. Your instructor may require materials not included in registration fee.
CMC requires private lesson students to participate in a concurrent enrichment class at CMC, such as Music Skills, Choir, Orchestra, Piano, or Chamber Music, or apply for an exemption if taking similar classes elsewhere. Separate fees and special requirements apply for CMC's enrichment classes - see our catalog at www.communitymusiccenter.org, or contact CMC for details.
Instrument rentals may be available - indicate your need for an instrument at the time of pre-registration.
How to register for private lessons at CMC:
The first step we call "pre-booking", or "pre-registration". Based on the answers you give during the pre-registration process, we match you with the best-fitting instructor (subject to available openings) and contact you with the day and time or your lesson.
Returning students pre-register in August. We take pre-registration for students new to CMC through the school year until April (although the best time to start is in the fall) and may require an in-person appointment to assist with successful placement and launch of private lessons.
Once you agree to the lesson schedule we enroll you and set up a payment plan on your account which you are then responsible for paying on schedule. You can pre-register in person at CMC using our printed pre-registration form at our site and downloadable from www.communitymusiccenter.org.
It is important that you read the full information on private lessons, contained in the material at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/467894, or obtained on-site at the Community Music Center. You will be asked to certify that you have done so when you pre-register.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE PRE-REGISTRATION:
If pre-registering online, DO NOT change your registration form answers online later; instead, call CMC to make changes. Also, pre-registering online puts a balance due for 34 45-minute lessons on your account.
Please call CMC at 503-823-3177 if you have questions about enrolling for private lessons.
You are not enrolled in lessons until you get a lesson day and time from CMC staff (typically mid-September or later) and which you then confirm with us. Once lessons are confirmed by you, you are responsible for payment and attendance.
DEADLINE for returning students to pre-register and receive continuing-student status for lesson scheduling and instructor placement: Monday, August 29, 2016.
4. Youth (School Age/ 5yrs - 17yrs)
CMC - Lobby at Community Music Center
Kim Mai Nguyen
Portland Parks & Recreation