Guitar Department

The Brookline Music School Guitar Department includes acoustic guitar, electric guitar, oud, ukulele, and bass guitar.

Ages

Private lessons are open to children and adults of all skill levels.  Children at the age of 6 start usually start to develop the finger dexterity and strength required for guitar. For students younger than this, we recommend our Introduction to Ukulele Class. Piano is always an excellent foundation instrument, providing your child with basic musical knowledge that can later be applied to guitar lessons when the student is older.

Requirements

All students will need an instrument for home practice between lessons.

Ages 7+

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.

Answers

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.

Enroll Today

To start the Private Lesson enrollment process, call the office (617) 277-4593 or fill out our Private Lessons Inquiry Form

"Brookline Music School is amazing. I mean it! We have three kids enrolled and it’s our home away from home."

D.S., Brookline Music School Parent

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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.

Certificate Program

Brookline Music School's Guitar Certificate Program provides private lesson students with a guided approach to guitar studies by setting yearly goals in melody, harmony, rhythm, technique, & repertoire.

Schedule & Calendars

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

2019-2020 Private Lesson Tuition Info

Length Per Term (16 weeks) Full Year (32 weeks) Per Lesson
30 minutes $816.00 $1,632.00 $51.00
45 minutes $1,152.00 $2,304.00 $72.00
60 minutes $1,488.00 $2,976.00 $93.00
  • · 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 info@bmsmusic.org or 617-277-4593

Enroll Today

Talk to Greg Tolwinski, Director of Education at (617) 277-4593 or fill out our Private Lessons Inquiry Form

Fees & Aid
  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $35 registration fee per student ($50 per family).
  • There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans.
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study.

2019-2020 Policies

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

  • 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
  • Sunday - 9:00am to 2:00pm

February Break Office Hours
  • Sunday, February 16 - 9am to 5pm
  • Monday, February 17 - CLOSED
  • Tuesday, February 18 - 10am to 8pm
  • Wednesday, February 19 - 10am to 8pm
  • Thursday, February 20 - Noon to 8pm
  • Friday, February 21 - 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday, February 22 - 8am to 4pm