Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance

The Manchester Community Music School is committed to providing tuition assistance to enable families to introduce and keep music in their lives.

Through the generosity of many donors, the Music School’s Tuition Assistance program provides assistance to students with demonstrated need and a commitment to learn. Since its founding in 1983, the school has provided over $1.4 million in  financial support to hundreds of families.  The amount of aid is based on household income, family size, financial obligations and is limited by the availability of the Music School’s financial resources.   However, consideration is given to families in the event of emergencies, illness, job loss or other extenuating circumstances. Only partial tuition assistance is available, as the Music School’s mission is to be accessible to everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to pay.

To apply for tuition assistance, please download our Tuition Assistance Form  and the MCMS Volunteer Form or call the office at 603-644-4548 to have one mailed or emailed to you. The MCMS Volunteer form must be included with the Tuition Assistance application.

Scholarships for Dedicated Students:

Download the application rules. 

The Rita Clayman Piano Education Scholarship Fund

The Rita Clayman Piano Education Scholarship is available to piano students at MCMS. The scholarship will fully fund a 45 minute piano student for a full year of piano lessons. Student selection will be based on dedication to piano studies, talent and financial need. Deadline June 30, 2019.


The Peter F. D’Amato Music Memorial Fund

This scholarship will fund one student (whose focus is jazz studies) for a full academic year of 30 minute lessons, as well as two students participation in the Jazz Ensemble for a year. Deadline June 30, 2019.

The Port Fermata Foundation Fund

This scholarship will fund 60 minutes of private instruction; either one student for a full year of 60-minute instruction, or 2 students for a full year of 30 minute instruction. This scholarship is not specific to instrument. All qualifying instrumentalists or vocalists may apply. Deadline June 30, 2019.

Next Step Bionics and Prosthetics Music Scholarship

logoThis scholarship is a one year need-based scholarship awarded to a student with a physical disability, who shows promise and a commitment to the study of music. The chosen student will demonstrate a passion for music and a willingness to commit to a year’s study of an instrument. The President of Next Step will be notified of the selection and be invited to meet the student and have final approval. The recipient will perform at least two music school recitals, either on-site or off-site.