About Brookline Music School

Established 1924

Lesson Placement

Lesson Placement

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

Beyond Lessons

Beyond Lessons

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

  • Performance Opportunities
  • Workshops & Master Classes
  • Dynamic Duos
  • Teen & Adult Salons
  • Ensembles & Classes



Our teachers are among the best and most experienced in New England, holding advanced degrees from the world’s finest conservatories and universities, performing as soloists, collaborators, and bringing years of experience and a commitment to teaching at the highest levels.



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.

Enroll Today

Call now, or fill out our inquiry form for more information.


Our main location is conveniently located off of Route 9 at 25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA (on the campus of Lincoln Elementary School). Brookline Music School also offers lessons at locations throughout Brookline. More info available at our Locations page.


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


Street parking is available on Kennard Road, all adjacent streets, and during non-school hours, behind Lincoln School via Hedge Road.


A scholarship program, funded primarily by the School’s Annual Appeal, provides tuition assistance to students who are in need of financial support. Please visit the Tuition Assistance page for more information.


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 Public Schools of Brookline, 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 Public Schools of Brookline orchestras by providing music lessons to the children of Brookline after hours on school premises.


Brookline Music School’s mission is to awaken and nurture the joy of learning, playing, and listening to music and to create a welcoming musical community for all ages, abilities, and interests.


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. Organizations include:

  • Art Barn
  • Brookline Arts Center
  • Brookline Library Music Association
  • Brookline Music School
  • Brookline Open Studios
  • Brookline Symphony Orchestra
  • Coolidge Corner Theatre
  • FOPA: Brookline High School Friends of Performing Arts
  • Metropolitan Chorale
  • Puppet Showplace Theatre
  • Voices Boston (Formerly PALS)

Contact Us

Brookline Music School is a nonprofit organization that has provided excellence in music education to the Greater Boston community since 1924. We rely on the generous support of our donors to benefit the community through music.

Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages. Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time. Join us!

Regular Hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to 7 pm

See the Lessons & Classes or Early Childhood calendars for holiday schedules including flex days, make-up days and closures.