Private vocal lessons are recommended for students 12 and up.
Students under 12 who may not be ready for private vocal study are encouraged to participate in group classes, such as Vocal Discovery for ages 7 to 10, and instrumental study to build general musicianship skills. Piano skills are particularly useful for singers. If you wish to arrange for an individual assessment of your child’s voice, please fill out a New Student Inquiry Form or contact the office.
Our voice teachers are committed to spreading the joy of singing by helping each singer develop his or her voice and performing through positive reinforcement and appropriate performance experiences. In addition to lessons, there are voice area recitals, workshops, and masterclass opportunities at no additional charge. Our highly qualified faculty is committed to excellence and our goal is to help every student sing his or her best!
Traditional voice lessons focus on building the skills needed to read and sing music. Students will learn about healthy vocal technique, including breathing, resonance, head and chest voice, and will learn songs appropriate to their musical level and vocal range from collections of classical, folk/world music, and Broadway songs. If the student does not already read music, we encourage a longer lesson to work on musicianship/theory.
In the jazz/contemporary voice studio, the main focus is on the fundamentals of vocal technique with an emphasis on jazz and contemporary musical styles and repertoire, including jazz standards, top 40 pop, and musical theater. We also cover topics such as vocal improvisation and arranging within each piece, allowing the student to explore many different timbres and colors of the voice and develop a unique interpretation of each song. Students generally choose their pieces and may sing from a lead sheet.
*Two years of classical voice lessons recommended as a foundation
Continuous weekly contact with a voice teacher is the best way to improve singing, and students are encouraged to sign up for the entire school year. However, for adults and those with upcoming auditions or performances we offer individually arranged lessons for less than a semester.
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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.
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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