general information


If you have not decided which instrument you would like your child to study, please keep in mind that CPSM offers private information on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, guitar, voice and composition. All instruction of young children requires a strong commitment from parents with regards to attending lessons, taking notes, and supervising practice time. One parent is required to attend the private and group lessons of a child registered for Suzuki classes. Success in a music program requires the coordinated efforts of teacher, student and parent.

CPSM offers two 15 week semesters from September through January and February through June. The summer session features special offerings, such as Jazz Camp and Theater Camp as well as various master classes and workshops. During the fall and spring semesters, Saturday is the busiest day at CPSM. Offerings include musicianship classes, Suzuki string classes, all ensemble rehearsals, and private lessons. On Sundays, CPSM offers Suzuki piano classes. Many students take private lessons during the week during afternoon and during evening hours. Due to the intensity of the program, students often benefit from having classes and lessons on separate days.

CPSM offers many performance opportunities to enrolled students. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility at Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music, CPSM is able to offer students several different venues for concerts. The music building boasts three recital spaces, including the award-winning LeFrak Concert Hall. All enrolled students may participate in weekly mini-concerts (held on Saturday's at 12 noon) as well as regularly scheduled concerts for the CPSM ensembles. Our annual concert calendar also often features Gala Concert events.

Financial aid auditions are held twice a year. Students must be enrolled in CPSM for at least one semester before they can apply for aid. Permission of the private lesson instructor is required. Special scholarships may be available for high school brass, wind and string players. Please inquire with the CPSM office.

For more information about CPSM, please call (718) 997-3888

   thank you to our generous supporters

The Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College is supported by grants from The New York Community Trust (Van Lier Fellowship), The Albin Family Fund, and the Thomas and Jeanne Elmezzi Private Foundation. We are also grateful for several generous private donations made to our general scholarship fund. The valuable contributions from all of our supporters is essential to our mission of providing quality music education for students of all backgrounds. For more information on making tax-deductible donations to our program, please contact the CPSM office.

   admission policy

Admission to CPSM is by audition, interview and placement test. Parents should bring their children (with instrument and music if applicable) to one of the scheduled registration dates. Call the CPSM office for exact dates.
Beginning students are interviewed and tested for musical attitude. Intermediate and advanced students are given a written test for musicianship placement, are asked to play a prepared piece on their instrument, and are given a simple piece to sight-read. These tests are for placement purposes only.

At the time of audition and placement interview, parents can discuss their child's program with a department coordinator.

The registration fee and a 25 percent tuition deposit are due at this time to hold a place for each child for the upcoming semester (see enclosure for a complete listing of tuition fees). Please note that 50 percent of the total tuition is due at the first class meeting, and the balance is due on the fourth class meeting. For a nominal fee, an extended payment plan can be arranged.

Registration is generally not accepted after the first day of classes. A limited number of students will be placed on a waiting list for placement if openings develop. Occasionally, students are accepted in the middle of a semester for private lessons only. These students will e charged a pro-rated tuition, based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester.

Returning students registered in previous semesters are not automatically re-registered. Mail-in registrations will be accepted for returning students for all courses not requiring an audition for acceptance.

Cancellation policy: it is the responsibility of the parent to notify the office immediately if you wish to cancel classes or lessons. The office staff will confirm your cancellation and determine whether you are eligible for a refund. Any student who fails to notify the office of cancellation is liable for the full amount of tuition for the cancelled classes and will be billed accordingly. The refund policy of CPSM is as follows:

All registration fees are non-refundable, unless CPSM is unable to offer a class desired by the student at the time of registration. Students who withdraw before the first class are entitled to a full refund. After the first day of classes, refunds will be determined by the date of cancellation: Week 1 - 75% refund; Week 2 - 50% refund; Week 3 - 25% refund; after Week 4 - no refunds given.


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Heading East: Take the Long Island Expressway to exit 24 (Kissena Blvd) and make an immediate right turn onto Reeves Avenue and another right on 61st Road to the parking lots.

By Public Transportation: Take the Q17, Q25, Q34 or Q74 to the corner of Kissena Blvd. and the Horace Harding Expressway (L.I.E service road). These buses can be coordinated with the E, F, N, R, G or #7 subway trains.


For more information about CPSM, please call (718) 997-3888

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