Private lessons are open to children and adults of all skill levels. All brass instruments require physical size and stamina, and as a result, we recommend children starting at the age 9. If a student younger than age 9 shows an affinity for an instrument in the brass family, we suggest starting with piano, which will provide a strong musical foundation that can easily be applied to the study of a brass instrument when the student is older. If a young musician particularly enjoys the feeling of producing sound by blowing air through an instrument, flute or recorder (Woodwinds Department) might be an appealing alternative.
All students will need an instrument for home practice between lessons.
About Private Lessons
Brookline Music School is committed to ensuring that students of all ages and abilities have a positive private lesson experience. Students are individually placed with a teacher based on learning style, experience, and musical interests.
Private lesson students also receive the benefit of multiple opportunities to perform in recitals, salons, exclusive departmental events, workshops, and masterclasses.
Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time, including during the summer.
Question 1: How do I begin the enrollment process?
To begin the enrollment process fill out an inquiry form or contact us by phone. 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.