Guitar Department

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

Guitar Lessons


Instructors recommend the starting age for guitar to be 7 (sometimes 6) due to the size of the instrument and the finger dexterity required. 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.


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

Enroll Today

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

A good student-teacher relationship is essential, so students are individually placed with a teacher based on learning style, experience, and musical interests. Our distinguished faculty members are dedicated to providing engaging and personalized musical mentorship for each student. In addition, private lesson students have the opportunity to perform in recitals and salons as well as participate in exclusive departmental events, Dynamic Duos, evaluations, workshops, and masterclasses. Private lessons also include written progress reports from faculty and end-of-year parent/teacher phone conferences.

"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


Our main location is at 25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA. Click here for a full list and map of locations.


Guitar Night at BMS

March 07, 2019 | 7:00pm

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Guitober Recital at BMS

October 30, 2018 | 7:00pm

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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.

Guitar Certificate Program Certificate Inquiry Form


Johnson String Instrument

1029 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA
02464 (617) 964-0954

Mr. Music

128 Harvard Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 783-1609

Tuition Rates

2019-2020 Rates

Private Lessons

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

There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans


Length Per Term Full Year Per Lesson
30 minutes $792.00 $1,584.00 $49.50
45 minutes $1,120.00 $2,240.00 $70.00
60 minutes $1,400.00 $2,800.00 $90.00

Term: 16 weeks | Full Year: 32 weeks
Students registered for classes in Fall Term are automatically reenrolled in Spring Term

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 $15 fee per term for payment plans
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study

BMS is committed to removing any financial barriers. Tuition assistance is available.

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).

Summer Office Hours

July 1 - August 31

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