Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages and ability levels and is committed to ensuring that each student has a positive private lesson experience.

A good student-teacher relationship is essential, so students are individually placed with a teacher based on learning style, experience, and musical interests.

Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time, including during the summer.

Enroll Today

Call now, or fill out our inquiry form to contact our Director of Education, Greg Tolwinski.

Studio Class

Studio Class

Studio classes foster community and comradery among students who are studying with the same teacher. During studio classes, participants have the chance to practice performing for one another, to share their process on specific musical projects, and to offer feedback and encouragement to their peers, in a supportive environment.

Chamber Music/Jazz Rock Options

Chamber Music/Jazz Rock Options

Performing ensembles at Brookline Music School are the perfect way for students already in private lessons to hone their skills while having fun! Ensembles offer students the unique chance to work together in a social, collaborative atmosphere to sharpen their musical skills and have fun! Students who are enrolled in a full semester of private lessons at BMS receive a discount when concurrently enrolled in an ensemble program.

Exclusive School-Wide & Department Events

Exclusive School-Wide & Department Events

Students enrolled in private lessons at BMS have the opportunity to participate in exciting, BMS-exclusive events including masterclasses, special recitals, Salons, Dynamic Duos, and more, at no extra cost. More information about events can be found here.



Question 1: How do I begin the enrollment process?

To begin the enrollment process fill out an inquiry form [link] or contact us by phone [link]. You’ll need to speak with Greg Tolwinski, Director of Education and Admissions, who will work with you to place the student based on learning style, interests, schedule, etc.

Question 2: What is the schedule for private lessons?

Students enroll for once-a-week private lessons. Private lessons are offered 7 days a week, but availability of teachers/instruments varies by day. The fall term is 16 weeks long and begins in September. The spring term is 16 weeks long and begins in February. Private lessons are also available over the summer.

Question 3: Does BMS offer a trial lesson?

Students must register for a full semester of lessons (or the current amount of lessons left in the semester) but there is a three-lesson trial period. Students may withdraw for a partial refund before the fourth lesson.

Question 4: How old does my child need to be to start lessons?

Students can begin private lessons as early as age 6, depending on the instrument they wish to study. The Suzuki program allows students to begin flute or violin as early as age 4. Student may also begin in the group piano program as early as pre-k.

Question 5: Does BMS offer private lessons for adults?

Yes! Adults of all levels may sign up for private lessons. No experience necessary!

Question 6: Does BMS offer in-home lessons?

Generally, no. All lessons take place either at Kennard House or in select Brookline Public School locations. In rare cases of extenuating circumstances, certain teachers may be able to offer in-home lessons for an added travel fee.

2018-2019 Private Lesson Tuition Info

Length Lesson Term Year
30 min $49.50 $792.00 $1,584.00
45 min $70.00 $1,120.00 $2,240.00
60 min $90.00 $1,440.00 $2,880.00
  • · New students may register on a rolling basis (depending on availability) after the start of a term
  • · Tuition will be prorated based on the number of lessons left in the term
  • · Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term
  • · For info on shared lessons, please contact the office at or 617-277-4593

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).

Office Hours

  • Sunday - 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • Monday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Tuesday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Wednesday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Thursday - 9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Friday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am to 4:00pm