This class will inspire students to think creatively, teaching fundamental techniques for both composition and improvisation. Students will gain an understanding of how to construct and embellish melodies, create chord progressions, write for several instruments, and use their ears to spontaneously improvise with other musicians. These skills will be gained through group and individual exercises, listening to/analysis of music in a variety of styles, and assigned projects. Music theory (scales, chords, and notation) will be covered and reinforced, but always to serve the creative process.


Prerequisites: 2 years of private lessons on any instrument. Concurrent lessons preferred, but not required.


Brian Friedland

Brian Friedland

My priority is to help students build a strong foundation of musical knowledge in the belief that...(more)

Tuition Rates

Day Time Length Start Date Age Teacher Per Term Per Year
Sunday 5:00pm 90 minutes 10/7/2018 10-18 Brian Friedland $185 $370

Fall Class Dates (4): 10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 1/6 (first Sunday of each month)

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.

Contact Us

Since 1924, Brookline Music School has provided excellence in music education to the greater Boston community. Call now to join the tradition.

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

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Office Hours

  • Sunday, Nov 18 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
  • Monday, Nov 19 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, Nov 20 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 21 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Thursday, Nov 22 - Closed
  • Friday, Nov 23 - Closed
  • Saturday, Nov 24 - Closed
  • Sunday, Nov 25 - Closed