Jazz ensembles & rock bands 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 ensembles & rock bands are generally appropriate for students who have had at least 2 years of private instruction, or approval from the program coordinator, and are ages 10 and up.

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

Remote Recording Program - Fall 2020

Remote recording develops valuable musical skills and results in finished songs that stand as signposts on your musical journey. For a meaningful experience, of course, you also need the connections with other musicians that only come from working together as a band.

The new BMS program ‘Eight Bars a Week’ is a recording project with a strong social component. Students create songs by recording and submitting individual tracks, and weekly 30 minute band meetings allow students time to interact socially while reviewing the progress of each song and receiving feedback on their contributions.

View an example of remote recording from the Beatles Summer Project 2020.

About Performing 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.


Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands Coordinator

John Purcell

John Purcell

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


Fall 2020

Ensemble Weeks Length Age Per Term
Eight Bars A Week 12 weeks 30 minutes 10+ $380.00
  • · Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term
Fees & Aid
  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $40 registration fee per family.
  • There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans.
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study.

2020-2021 Policies

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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!

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