Youth Music Monterey strives to keep our programs accessible to all students in our community. We work hard raising funds and writing grants to offset the costs of tuition. Our subsidized tuition rate only covers one-third of the costs of running our program. We are able to offer this subsidized tuition through the generosity of local individuals and foundations.
In an effort to keep our costs low, we ask that all families paying the subsidized tuition rate also make a volunteer contribution. We ask all families to select six volunteer opportunities, and we will contact you as specific needs arise. Your selection can be made on the registration page when you have been accepted into the orchestra. Families that cannot make a volunteer commitment can still participate in YMMC programs by paying the unsubsidized tuition rate.
Subsidized (volunteer duties required): $1200
Full tuition (no volunteer duties required): $3000
Further tuition assistance may be available to students who demonstrate financial need. To be considered, you must complete the tuition assistance portion of the registration form, and submit a copy of your most recent tax return.
Private Lesson Assistance
YMMC has found private lessons to be an essential tool for our students to thrive and contribute to our orchestras. In order that this will not deter any dedicated students from participating on our orchestras, we may have additional funding available to subsidize the costs of private lessons. Only students who qualify for tuition assistance are eligible to apply for lesson assistance. Please see our Private Lesson Assistance application for complete details. Funding varies from year to year and is not guaranteed.
Families with more than one child enrolled in our program will receive a multi-student discount of an additional $100 off per student (i.e. student one is $1200, student two is $1100, student three is $1000, etc).
We offer three payment options: full year, per concert (3 payments), per month (10 payments). Payments are always due at the beginning of the pay period that you have selected. The first payment (or completed financial assistance application with tax returns) is due by the third rehearsal of the season. A student whose tuition payments are not current may be disqualified from performing. If at a later point during the year you would like to request Tuition Assistance, please contact the YMMC office for an application.
YMMC offers several chamber ensembles to allow our students additional opportunities. We currently offer Brass Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, and a mixed instrument ensemble The Chamber Players. The costs of these programs are covered in tuition, and are offered to our students at no additional expense. Please see the Parent/Student Guide or contact the office for more details.
YMMC is also able to offer instrument rentals to our students. We currently have a full inventory of orchestral string instruments as well as a limited selection of woodwind and brass instruments. Rentals are $20 per month and also require a $50 refundable deposit. Students asked to use an auxiliary instruments (A & Eb clarinets, piccolo, english horn, etc.) in a YMMC concert may borrow the instrument without a rental fee; however, a refundable deposit is still required. Please fill out an Instrument Rental form to get started.