About Brookline Music School


Brookline Music School seeks to awaken and nurture musical interest, appreciation, and artistic excellence in a friendly and stimulating atmosphere; to offer a high standard of comprehensive music instruction to people of all ages and backgrounds from the local community; and to serve the community by teaching in multiple locations, offering tuition assistance, and sponsoring a full schedule of concerts and public performances throughout the year.


Brookline Music School, a private, nonprofit community school for the arts, is the oldest and largest cultural institution in Brookline. Founded in 1924 by the Brookline Public Schools, the School became a private organization in the 1940s and was incorporated as a private, nonprofit school in 1967. In 1994, following a successful capital campaign, the School moved into its permanent home in the Hill-Kennard-Ogden House.

Brookline Music School constitutes a unique model of cooperation between public and private sectors. Its original purpose was to enhance the Brookline Public School orchestras by providing music lessons to the children of Brookline after hours on school premises.


Why BMS?

  • A 90-year tradition of excellence in music education
  • Faculty comprised of world-class musicians and educators
  • Private lessons, classes and ensembles for all ages and abilities
  • All musical styles from Baroque to Jazz to Rock
  • Tuition Assistance Program
  • Regular written Progress reports and Parent Conferences
  • Student recitals, workshops and master classes
  • Faculty Artist Series
  • Family concerts
  • Bakalar Recital Hall on-site at Kennard House
  • Multiple teaching locations throughout Brookline
  • Member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education

Board Of Directors

A dedicated and active volunteer Board of Directors governs the school.  The Board represents some of the most innovative, creative, and seasoned professionals from a variety of fields, all actively contributing to the school’s ongoing well being for future generations. The Board oversees the financial sustainability of the school, leading in fundraising efforts, selecting and evaluating the Executive Director, and regularly reviewing and developing the school’s mission and educational commitments. 


Greg Maheras

Vice President
Susan Laster

Biff Miller

Anne Thorndike

Thomas Corcoran 
Melinda N. Donovan 
Yukiko Egozy 
Charles Farber
Jennifer Figge 
Janet Fitzgibbons 
Victoria Hackett 
Linda Kline  
Mark Lowenstein  
Andrea Oft 
Maisie Pollard
Sally Roth
Julie Saltzman
Katherine Chapman Stemberg
Jin Suk

Executive Director
Betsy Frauenthal


Member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education

As a National Guild member, Brookline Music School is committed to making arts education accessible to all.  The National Guild supports and advances access to lifelong learning opportunities in the arts. As a Guild member, you become part of a vibrant network of community arts education professionals, volunteers and philanthropic supporters working together to share knowledge, resources and strategies for success.

Member of the Consortium For the Arts in Brookline (CoFAB)

Dedicated to the arts promotion, education, collaboration, and advocacy in Brookline.


Brookline Music School is proud member of The Consortium for the Arts in Brookline (CoFAB). CoFAB members include

Brookline Music School
25 Kennard Road
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: (617) 277-4593
Fax: (617) 277-4437

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