About Us



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 Brookline Music School?

Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty is composed of experienced, diversely talented teaching artists, many of whom maintain active performing careers. All are committed to providing engaging and personalized musical mentorship for each student.

Individualized Private Lesson Placement

A good student-teacher relationship is essential to a positive private lesson experience. At Brookline Music School, students are placed with a teacher based on learning style, experience, and musical interests to ensure that each student receives personalized instruction

Musical Opportunities Beyond Lessons

Students at BMS are part of a vibrant musical community, offering rich musical experiences including:

  • Performance Opportunities: Students enrolled in private lessons participate in regular school-wide and studio recitals, as well as themed recitals centered around a composer or style, with staff accompanists provided at no additional cost.

  • Workshop and Master Classes: Workshops, guest master classes, and other special events, including honors evaluations and festivals, are organized throughout the school year by department.

  • Dynamic Duos:This program invites students enrolled in lessons to pair with a partner for a collaborative performance project and special concert each spring at no additional cost.

  • Teen & Adult Salons: Salons are informal, students-only events, twice per semester, for supportive and informal sharing and discussion of works-in-progress.

  • Discount on Weekly Ensembles and Classes: Students enrolled in a full semester of private lessons receive discounted tuition on weekly performing ensembles and other group classes, such as theory and musicianship.

Summer Instruction

Brookline Music School is open year-round, and students may continue private instruction throughout summer with flexible scheduling. Students may also select from a variety of summer classes and workshops.


The ability to make music education available to everyone in the community has always been of great importance to Brookline Music School. A Scholarship Program, funded primarily by the School’s Annual Fund, provides tuition assistance to students who might not otherwise be able to take music lessons. Please visit the Tuition Assistance page for more information.


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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