Youth Jazz Ensemble

Age 12-17

Learn the most popular melodies in jazz, and how to improvise on them. This basic repertoire is the common language of all jazz players, the music that will enable you to get together and start making music instantly. Playing in a BMS recital and other off-campus performances is great preparation for joining a high school jazz band or creating a group of your own.

It is recommended that students have studied their instrument for two or more years OR have achieved an equivalent level of proficiency with the ability to read music OR have received permission from the instructor

Please note: Ensembles have rolling registration. Dates and times vary: after registering online, Russ Gershon, BMS Jazz/Rock Coordinator, will contact you to confirm an available time slot that will become your regularly scheduled time.

The goal of all ensembles is for players to improve their understanding of their preferred genres and playing skills, and to have the opportunity to perform at Brookline Music School and off-campus locations. You'll learn from your faculty coach and each other. Enroll with friends, or come meet new friends! We welcome pre-formed groups as well as those making the transition from playing alone to playing as a member of a group. Experience the skill and enjoyment of creating music together!

Youth Jazz Ensemble

Class Details

Fall 2023

Location Dates Days Times Length Age Instructor Rate Status
Kennard House Varies (14 Weeks) Varies Varies 60 minutes 12-17 Russ Gershon $475.00 Register

How To Enroll

To enroll in Youth Jazz Ensemble, visit our registration site. If you have any questions about Youth Jazz Ensemble, please fill out our inquiry form.

Fees & Aid

  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $45 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!

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.