The Brookline Music School String Department includes violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp.


Students 7 and up (sometimes 6) are usually ready for strings private instruction. We strongly recommend that students ages 4-6 start with violin in our Suzuki Program. Afterwards, they are welcome to continue with the Suzuki Program or enroll in Private Lessons. Because of it's size, double bass is recommend for students 9 and up


All students will need an instrument for home practice between lessons.

Length Per Term (16 weeks) Per Year (32 weeks) Per Lesson
30min $792.00 $1,584.00 $49.50
45 min $1,120.00 $2,240.00 $70.00
60 min $1,440.00 $2,880.00 $90.00

Strings Faculty


Konstantin Arakelov

  • Violin
  • Suzuki Violin

Narine Arustamyan

  • Violin
  • Suzuki Violin

Allison Dobbs

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Suzuki Violin

Stephanie Fong

  • Violin
  • Viola

Tomoko Iwamoto

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Suzuki Violin

Egle Jarkova

  • Violin
  • Chamber Ensembles

Justin Meyer

  • Upright Bass
  • Electric Bass

Celia Zhang

  • Violin


Rental & Purchasing Options

Johnson String Instrument

1029 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
(617) 964-0954

Carriage House Violins

1039 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
(617) 262-0051

South End Strings

551 Tremont Street
#201 Boston MA 02116
(617) 292-7788
Please call for an appointment.


Semesters 2018-2019

Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages and ability levels. Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time, including during the summer.

Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term.

More info available at School Calendars

School Calendars

Fees & Aid

  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $35 registration fee per student ($50 per family)
  • There is a $15 fee per term for payment plans
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study

BMS is committed to removing any financial barriers. Tuition assistance is available.

Tuition Assistance


Do you have any questions about this class?
Call 617-277-4593 or email

Private Lessons

Why Brookline Music School?

Brookline Music School is committed to ensuring that each student has a positive private lesson experience.

A good student-teacher relationship is essential, so students are individually placed with a teacher based on learning style, experience, and musical interests. Our distinguished faculty members are dedicated to providing engaging and personalized musical mentorship for each student. In addition, private lesson students have the opportunity to perform in recitals and salons as well as participate in exclusive departmental events, Dynamic Duos, evaluations, workshops, and masterclasses. Private lessons also include written progress reports from faculty and end-of-year parent/teacher phone conferences.


Our main location is at 25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA (on the campus of Lincoln Elementary School). Brookline Music School also offers lessons at Brookline High School, Driscoll School, Lawrence School, Lincoln School, Pierce School, Runkle School, and Heath School. Click here for a full list and map of locations.


Brookline Music School offers private instruction seven days a week. Individual lesson times depend on teacher availability.

Brookline Music School follows the Public Schools of Brookline for closures. Term I starts in September and continues for 16 weeks through January. Term II starts in February and continues for 16 weeks through June. Students are welcome to start mid-semester (depending on availability) with a pro-rated tuition. Summer lessons (July & August) are à la carte. More info available at School Calendars


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Since 1924, Brookline Music School has provided excellence in music education to the greater Boston community. Call now to join the tradition (617) 277-4593, or fill out our New Student Inquiry Form.

New Student Inquiry Form