Youth Jazz Ensemble

Age 10-18

Dive into an in-depth exploration of jazz standards and the essential art of improvisation. This foundational repertoire is the shared language of jazz musicians of all levels, facilitating both instant collaboration for musicians down the road, and the ability for off-the-cuff individual creativity. This group provides excellent preparation or concurrent practice for students joining a middle-high school jazz band. Open to ages 10-18, with at least two years of private instrumental or vocal study.

Our ensembles are designed to help musicians improve their genre knowledge and playing ability while also providing opportunities to perform at Brookline Music School and other venues. You'll learn from your faculty coach and fellow musicians in a supportive environment. Whether you come with friends or on your own, you're sure to meet new people who share your passion for music. We're happy to welcome pre-formed groups and individuals who are ready to make the switch from solo play to group performances. Join us and discover the joy of making music together!

It is recommended that students have two years of study with their preferred instrument or a similar level of proficiency, including reading music, or approval 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.
Youth Jazz Ensemble

Class Details

Spring 2024

Location Dates Days Times Length Age Instructor Rate Status
Kennard House Varies (16 Weeks) Varies Varies 60 minutes 10-18 Russ Gershon $545.00 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

Experience the thrill of team music-making!

Joining a performing ensemble is among the most exciting ways to explore music of any genre in greater depth and to share the experience with fellow musicians in a social, collaborative setting. BMS chamber, jazz, and rock ensembles for youth and adults offer weekly or bi-weekly rehearsals and multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Small ensemble playing further reinforces the technical and musical skills aspiring musicians need for solo performing and large band or orchestra participation. 

Placement in an ensemble is based on an informal placement audition. Each group will receive weekly coaching from 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.