Thank you for enrolling at Brookline Music School. We are glad that you are part of our community! Please review the policies for the 2017-2018 school year below and contact the office staff if you have any questions.

Enrollment Policies

Absences and Tardiness

Student Absences 
Students taking private lessons are permitted one excused absence per semester. For weekday afternoon lessons or weekend lessons after 2:00pm, an absence is excused if the office or teacher is notified no later than 10:00am on the day of the missed lesson. In the case of weekend lessons scheduled before 2:00pm, the teacher must be directly notified of the absence by 9:00pm the previous night. Excused absences will be made up at the end of the term. If a student withdraws prior to the end of the term, he/she forfeits any makeups owed. All teacher absences will be made up or a refund will be issued. One snow day per term will be made up. Missed group classes, including shared lessons or ensembles will not be made up unless the class is cancelled due to a teacher absence or one snow day. Missed makeup lessons will not be made up.

Please notify the office immediately of any injuries, which might affect lessons. Partial refunds may be considered in cases of prolonged illness or injury.

Because of the faculty members’ full schedules, students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Faculty will wait ten minutes for a student, after which it becomes an unexcused absence.

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Withdrawals and Refunds

Private lessons
For the fall term (Term I), private lessons for new and continuing students may be terminated for any reason before the fourth scheduled lesson; a refund will be issued for the remainder of tuition that has been paid. Absence after the third scheduled lesson with or without notification does not release students from the obligation to pay for the semester. Registration fee and payment plan fees are non-refundable.  

Group Classes, Shared Lessons, and Ensembles
Students may withdraw 2 weeks prior to the class start date and receive a 100% refund minus registration fees. Students may receive a 50% refund minus registration fees if withdrawing less than two weeks before the scheduled start date. There are no refunds once a term begins. 

Students registered for private lessons, shared lessons, group classes, and ensembles in Term I will automatically be re-enrolled for Term II (spring). The withdrawal deadline for the spring term FOR STUDENTS CONTINUING FROM TERM I is January 6, 2018. Please note that a student’s spot will not be held if payment is not received by the deadline. New students starting private lessons in Term II, as well as continuing students changing teacher or instrument, may withdraw for any reason before the fourth scheduled lesson and receive a prorated refund.

Delinquent Accounts
Brookline Music School reserves the right to suspend or discontinue instruction of any student who is delinquent in fulfilling financial obligations. An additional billing charge of $15 will be added to overdue accounts. Delinquent accounts referred for collection will be liable for all collection fees and costs. There is a fee of $15 for any returned checks.

Cancellation of Group Classes/Ensembles
Brookline Music School reserves the right to cancel any group classes or ensembles due to insufficient enrollment.

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Discount Policy

Only one discount will be given. Discounts apply to the less expensive course.

Fall and Spring Terms

  • Multiple Lesson Discount: If there are 2 or more full-term private lesson enrollments in the same term, a discount of 10% will be applied to the less expensive registration.
  • Family Discount: For additional family members enrolled in any private lesson or two-term class in the same term, a discount of 10% will be applied. Discounts apply to the less expensive course. Full term enrollment required.
  • Senior Citizen Discount: For students 65 years and older, a discount of 10% will be given for any private lesson, class or ensemble.

Discounts for Early Childhood Fall, Winter, and Spring Terms

  • Sibling Discount: For siblings enrolled in a different class of early childhood program during the same term, a discount of 10% will be applied. Full term enrollment required.
  • Early Childhood Bring a Sibling Discount: Under 7 Months: Free; 7 Months and Older: 25% off class fee. Both Siblings must attend the same class. Limited space available, teacher approval and full term enrollment required.

Discounts for Summer Programs
Discounts are not applicable to summer programs.

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Other Important School Policies


Parking is not allowed in the Lincoln School traffic circle during public school hours (8:00am-3:30pm). Street parking is available on Kennard Road, all adjacent streets and during non-school hours behind Lincoln School via Hedge Rd. Parking is NOT allowed in the spaces behind the brick wall next to Kennard House or on the inner circle at Lincoln School.

Snow Closures

Monday to Friday:

School Closure: If the Public Schools of Brookline are closed, Brookline Music School is also closed. Please check for public school closings on TV Channels WCVB-TV 5, WHDH 7 and FOX 25. You may also call the school and listen to our automated message or check our website, both of which will be updated in the event of a school closing. 

School Delays: The Public Schools of Brookline late starts do not affect Brookline Music School’s group classes or lessons.

Saturday and Sunday: 

School Closure: If there is a school-wide closing or an event cancellation, we will post cancellation information on TV Channels 5, 7, and 25. You may also call the school and listen to our automated message or check our website, both of which will be updated in the event of a school closing. 

If you have any questions, please call your teacher directly.

Storms during office hours: Please call the office for information or check the website.

Storms after the office has closed: Your teacher will contact you directly regarding lesson status.

Snow day makeups: ONE snow day per student, per semester will be made up. If a group class or ensemble is cancelled due to snow, one makeup group class or ensemble will be offered at the end of the term. Please note that snow days occur only when the school closes due to inclement weather. 

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Photos & Videos

Brookline Music School may photograph/videotape lessons, group classes or events for educational purposes, website and publications. If you do not wish your child or yourself to be photographed or videotaped, please check the appropriate box on the registration form, or submit a brief written statement to the office.

BMS Honors Evaluations

Students who participate in BMS Honors Evaluations must be enrolled in a minimum of 30-minute lessons weekly for the full school year (Terms I and II). 

Brookline Music School Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously and will take all measures to protect your personal information. Any personal information received will only be used to process your registration. We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone.

Non-Discrimination Statement 

Brookline Music School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, national origin, creed, age, physical or mental disability, religion, veteran status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic.

Summer Policies 

Click here for our Summer Polices.

Updated: 10/16/17

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

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