Jazz & rock ensembles offer the excitement of group playing in a relaxed yet challenging setting. Small ensembles (four to six musicians) explore music ranging from straight ahead jazz to classic and contemporary rock. Improvisation is encouraged, but not required. All groups have a performance opportunity at least once per semester.

Jazz & rock ensembles are generally appropriate for students who have had at least 2 years of private instruction, or approval from the program coordinator, and are ages 9 and up.

Students are grouped by level, age, and musical interest. A short placement audition is required for new participants.

To get started, email Jazz/Rock Coordinator John Purcell at jpurcell@bmsmusic.org or contact the office.

Jazz & Rock Ensemble Coordinator


John Purcell

John Purcell

John builds on the strengths of each player and forms groups carefully, taking each student’s age,...(more)

About Ensemble Classes


Performing ensembles at Brookline Music School offer students the unique chance to work together in a social, collaborative atmosphere to sharpen their musical skills and have fun! Ensemble playing requires members to listen carefully to themselves and each other, building a strong sense of rhythm and meter, and a keen ear for intonation, articulation, and dynamics. Students of classical chamber music will be exposed to new composers, forms, and styles that will expand their musical imagination and knowledge. Jazz, pop, and rock ensembles allow endless group combinations and stylistic possibilities for instrumentalists and singers alike.

Placement in an ensemble is based off of an informal placement audition. Each group will receive a weekly coaching with one of our distinguished faculty members.

Tuition Rates


Ensemble Length Age Per Term (16 weeks) Full Year (32 weeks)
Jazz/Rock 60 minutes 9-Adult $490.00 $980.00

*Plus $10 performance fee


Term: 16 weeks | Full Year: 32 weeks
Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term

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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