Kaufman Music Center

School Policies

When to Enroll

Due to the popularity of our courses and our small class sizes, many of our classes fill quickly.
We recommend registering in a timely fashion, well before August 1.

Enrollment Confirmation

Please allow three to four weeks after you've registered to receive your class schedule. If registration has not been confirmed, please call or email the Education Office before the first day of class or first lesson.


Please note the age listed for each class is the student's age as of September 1, the first day of the current school year.

Registration / Payment for Children and Teen Classes

Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: Yes, a registration fee of $40 per child applies each school year.

Q: How do I pay?
A: Payments are accepted by check, money order, credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express) or cash. Credit card payments may also be made by telephone.  There will be a $25 fee for all returned checks.

Q: When are payments due?
A: Tuition and fees per person of $900 or less are due in full upon registration. If total fees are more than $900 and you are registering prior to August 1 for the full year, you may pay a deposit of $300 plus the registration fee. If you would like to pay in two installments we offer this convenience free of charge. The first payment is due in early September and the second payment is due in early January. The first tuition payment must be made on time in order to retain the student's lesson time and/or class space. Please note that credit cards are not kept on file and will NOT be automatically charged.

Q: Can I pay my tuition in installments?
A: Yes, families can request an extended payment plan, which allows payment in four installments during the year. There is a $25 charge for this. Please request the plan when registering.

Q: What is the fee for late tuition payments?
Late tuition payments without arrangement for extended payment will be charged a late fee of 2% per month. Students' lessons and classes will be interrupted if accounts fall behind in payment. 

Registration / Payment for Adult Classes

Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: Yes, a registration fee of $25 per adult applies each school year.

Q: How do I pay?
A: Payments are accepted by check, money order, credit card (MasterCard, Visa or American Express) or cash. Credit card payments may also be made by telephone.

Q: When are payments due?
A: Adults students must pay their tuition in full upon registering for a class or a set of private lessons.

School Credit

Some high schools have credit available to pay for students to attend certain classes at Lucy Moses School. Contact your high school guidance counselor or Music Department Chair to determine your school's policy.

Financial Aid

Families are eligable to apply for financial aid awards that can cover a portion of the total tuition.  Applicant families must submit a detailed financial aid application by specific deadlines (May 1 for returning students and June 15 for new students).  Interested families should contact Lucy Moses School for information and application materials, or download the application. 


Practice rooms
Adult Division and Young People's Division students are eligible for discounted rental rates for studios and practice rooms. Click here for more information or call 212 501 3308.

Young People's Division Student Discounts
• Dalcroze class attendees receive a 10% discount on any additional dance classes taken
• Dance class attendees receive a 15% discount for taking two dance classes per week
• Dance class attendees receive a 20% discount for taking more than two dance classes per week
• Students enrolled in private lessons receive a tuition reduction when enrolling in ensemble and theory classes

Please note that we do not offer sibling discounts. A registration fee and full tuition apply to each child.

Adult Division Student Discounts
• Students enrolled in private lessons in Jazz receive a discount on Jazz group classes
• Students enrolled in Sight-Singing or Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale receive a discount on Theory classes

    Senior Citizen Discounts
Seniors 62+ receive a 10% discount on all group classes (not private lessons).
Seniors also receive discounts on tickets to many concerts at Merkin Concert Hall. Get details.

Merkin Concert Hall Ticket Discounts
Lucy Moses School Adult Division students may purchase $20 tickets (regular price $25) to the New York Guitar Festival and Ecstatic Music Festival.

Student tickets are available in person at the Box Office only. A valid student ID is required.

Withdrawals / Refunds

Q: What is the withdrawal procedure?
A: All requests for withdrawal must be received in writing by Lucy Moses School before any student will be considered withdrawn.  Written request, either by letter or email, should be directed to the Registrar of Lucy Moses School at lucymosesschool@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.  Verbal requests or notifications of intention to withdraw do not fulfill this requirement.  Notifying the teacher does not constitute notice of withdrawal.  Students receiving financial aid or scholarship forfeit their award upon withdrawal.

Q: Do you offer trial classes?
A: Because of our flexible refund policy, we do not offer trial lessons.

Q: What is the refund policy?
A: Students withdrawing more than two days before the first class/lesson will receive a full tuition refund minus the registration fee.

  •  Classes for Children: A pro-rated tuition refund will be given for students withdrawing from Fall, Spring, and Academic Year classes during the first three (3) weeks of the class. If the student is withdrawing in the fourth (4th) week, a tuition refund of 50% will be given. There will be no refunds after the fifth (5th) class session.  During the Summer, a pro-rated tuition refund will be given to students withdrawing after the first (1st) class session.  No refunds will be given after the second (2nd) class session.  The effective date of withdrawal is the date that the written notice is received, not the last date of class attended.
  • Classes for Adults: A pro-rated tuition refund will be given for students withdrawing from classes during the first week of the class. There will be no refunds after the second (2nd) class session.
  • Withdrawal from Private Lessons: Students are requested to notify the office and teacher with two weeks advance notice in writing. Refunds for unused lessons will be made minus a $75 withdrawal fee.

Registration fees are not refundable. Please allow three to four weeks for processing of refunds.

Schedule Changes

For group classes, students are permitted one program change per school year. For any additional changes (class, day, time or teacher), there will be a $10 charge.


While this is unusual, classes at Lucy Moses School may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. If this occurs, the school will make every effort to reschedule the student for another class at a convenient time. If this is not possible, you will receive a full refund including both tuition and registration fees.


Q: What is your make-up policy for group classes?
A: In case of illness or other need to be absent, we do not offer make-up classes.  Students enrolled in a class with multiple sections, with the permission of the instructor, may attend another section of the class.  If the instructor misses a class, a make-up will be scheduled or a refund will be issued. 

Q: What is the make-up policy for private lessons?
A: If you are going to be absent from a private lesson, students/parents should contact the teacher directly by phone.  One excused absence is allowed per year with 24-hour advance notification.  In that case, a make-up lesson may be scheduled at a time that is mutually convenient. 

Q: What is your attendance policy?
A: Students are expected to attend and be punctual to all lessons, classes and rehearsals. Students who are routinely late, unprepared or demonstrate inappropriate behavior may have their registration cancelled and, if receiving financial aid, their award cancelled.

Snow Closings

Lucy Moses School normally closes for snow when the New York City public schools do.  We announce snow closings on our website and our 212 501 3360 voicemail.  You may also visit www.nyc.gov or listen to WCBS (880 AM) for snow closing information.

Private Lessons

Q: How are private lessons assigned?
A: Returning students continuing with the same teacher should specify preferred days and times on the registration form. Requests for a specific teacher are granted on a space available basis. New students have the opportunity to meet with the Coordinators of the Young People's and Adult Divisions for consultation and placement.

Lucy Moses School

Tel: 212 501 3360
Fax: 212 874 7865
Download a registration form.

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