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Tuesday, July 5 - Saturday, July 30

Registration is open for the summer session.  Please call (315) 842 4489 or email to register for private lessons.  Lessons are offered in piano, voice, violin, guitar, clarinet, saxophone and braille music.  There is no registration fee for the Summer 2022 Session.  The pricing below is for a package of four (4) lessons.

  • 30 minute lessons: $140.00
  • 45 minute lessons: $160.00
  • 60 minute lessons: $213.00



Wednesday, January 5 - School open for Spring semester registration
Saturday, January 22 - First day of CMPYP
Tuesday, January 25 - Individual lessons, classes and ensembles begin
Saturday, February 19 - Presidents' Day (observed), no CMPYP lessons or classes
Monday, February 21 - Presidents' Day
Saturday, March 26 - All-School Performathon
Saturday, April 16 - Easter (observed), no CMPYP lessons or classes.
Sunday, April 17 - Easter
April 19-22 - Spring Break. No CMPYP, individual lessons, classes or ensembles
Saturday, April 23 - CMPYP resumes
Saturday, May 21 - CMPYP Tap Dance Class Sharing, led by Max Pollak (92NY Harkness Dance Center)
Wednesday, May 25 - Recital for Adult Students
Saturday, May 28 - Memorial Day (observed). No CMPYP, individual lessons, classes or ensembles
Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day
Saturday, June 4 - CMPYP resumes
Saturday, June 11 - Last day of CMPYP, end of semester recital



  • Full program (Three classes): $480.00
  • Full program + 45 minute lesson: $945.00
  • Additional class: $100.00

Individual Lessons

Pricing is for the entire semester (16 lessons). Instruments offered include: piano, voice, violin, drums, saxophone, clarinet, flute and recorder. Braille music, music theory, music technology, composition and arranging are also offered as individual lessons.

  • 30 minute lesson: $375.00
  • 45 minute lesson: $465.00
  • 60 minute lesson: $620.00


Adult students who are enrolled in an individual lesson are eligible for one ensemble free of charge.

  • Vocal Ensemble: $100.00
  • Jam 59: $100.00

Six-Week Virtual Classes

Second Session: March 22 - May 19, 2022

The Sondheim Legacy, Part 2
Teachers: Leslie Jones and Guests
Day/Time: Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM (EST)
Dates: March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12, April 26
Note: Part 2 will be presented in five weeks
Cost: $120.00 (new students), $80.00 (returning students who registered for Part 1)


Paying tribute to Stephen Sondheim, one of the greatest geniuses of musical theater, two back to back courses of five weeks each will be presented through a comprehensive review of some of his most monumental shows. Instead of moving chronologically through Sondheim's career, we will select shows that offer innovative ideas in the development of musical theatre and Sondheim's transition from lyricist to composer/lyricist. Some of the musicals that will be explored are those that are currently on Broadway or in the movies (West Side Story, Company, Assassins). Others may be just our favorites or provide study of the cross-section of several arts disciplines (Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeney Todd). Living in New York City provides The Fil with rich connections to many actors, singers, and dancers that comprise the fabric of Sondheim shows. We will be tapping into our professional connections to provide the class a first-hand glimpse at what it is like to be part of the Sondheim legacy!


First Session: February 3 - March 10, 2022

The Sondheim Legacy, Part 1
Teachers: Charlotte Surkin, Leslie Jones
Day/Time: Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM (EST)
Dates: February 8, February 15, February 22, March 1 and March 8
Note: The first part of this class will be presented in five weeks
Cost: $120.00


Opera Villains
Teacher: Michelle Trovato
Day/Time: Thursday, 5:00 - 6:00 PM (EST)
Dates: February 3, February 10, February 17, February 24, March 3 and March 10
Cost: $120.00


A 6-week class discussing and exploring the most infamous villains in all of opera: Mephistopheles, as portrayed in Goethe’s Faust story in both Arrigo Boito’s opera entitled “Mefistofele” and in Charles Gounod’s “Faust”, the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca. The online class will alternate a week of intense discussion of the plot and musical themes with a week joined by a guest artist who has performed the roles and who will share their perspective as a singer/actor on the character and the opera as a whole. This class is a complement to the Opera Heroines class that Michelle taught in 2021.

Cancellation and Make-up Lesson Policy

Cancellation Policy

The FMDG Music School reserves the right to cancel or change class offerings for any reason, such as insufficient enrollment, or unavailability of the instructor. In the event of cancellation, registered students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student chooses to withdraw, a full refund will be made before the first class. There is no refund after the third class or lesson. Registration fees are nonrefundable and apply only to the semester for which you enroll.

Make-up Lesson Policy

Lessons are offered only on a full-semester basis. Once the schedule is established, the specific lesson time is an agreement between teacher and student, whether the lesson or class is taken or missed by the student. Instructors are not required to make-up lessons or classes that are canceled or missed by students without a prior rescheduling arrangement made at least 24 hours in advance. Reasonable accommodation of make-up is made in cases of illness and unavoidable circumstances. However, in the case when an instructor cancels, a make-up lesson will be arranged.

Late Registration

If you register after the fourth week of the semester, tuition will be appropriately pro-rated.

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