Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands

Age 10+

Jazz Ensembles and Rock Bands offer the excitement of making music with like-minded musicians in an engaging and motivating group setting. Small ensembles of four to six musicians explore music ranging from jazz standards to classic and contemporary rock. Improvisation is encouraged, but not required. All groups have a performance opportunity at least once per semester.

BMS Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands are generally appropriate for students ages 10 and up who have had at least 2 years of private instruction on their instrument. Students are grouped by level, age, and musical interest. Younger and/or less experienced students will be considered with a private teacher recommendation and/or a placement audition. A brief placement session with the Jazz/Rock coordinator is required for all new participants.

Please note: The Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands Fall 2022 Term will be 14 weeks. After you register online, the Jazz/Rock Coordinator will contact you to confirm an available time slot that will become your regularly scheduled time.

Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands

Class Details

Fall 2022

Location Dates Days Times Length Age Instructor Rate Status
Kennard House Varies Varies Varies Varies 10+ Russ Gershon $460.00 Register

Students registered for classes in Winter Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term.

How To Enroll

To enroll in Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands, visit our registration site. If you have any questions about Jazz Ensembles & Rock Bands, please fill out our inquiry form.

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.


Russ Gershon

Russ Gershon

I’m open to exploring with my students, calibrating our ensembles to their abilities and interests....

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Performing Ensembles

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.

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!

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