Percussion Lessons


Percussion lessons are open to children and adults of all skill levels. Children benefit most from starting lessons on the drum set starting at age 7 (sometimes students are ready at age 6). Students under age 7 that are drawn to drums may also enjoy a Creative Dance Class that includes organizing physical responses to musical cues. Piano is always an excellent foundation instrument, providing your child with basic musical knowledge that can later be applied to percussion lessons when the student is older.

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.

The Brookline Music School Percussion Department includes drum kit, hand percussion, and classical percussion.


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


Online Lessons

Our teaching tradition has been growing for almost 100-years, and BMS Online Learning continues to emphasize the importance of strong faculty-student interactions. Experiencing BMS private lessons and group classes online is a valuable opportunity to learn, focus on and appreciate music more fully personally, while being part of an active school community.

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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.

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.

"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

How To Enroll

BMS makes a thoughtful match between each student and faculty member, based on information submitted by inquiry form and a follow-up discussion with our Director of Education.


Please complete a private lesson inquiry form*. Our Director of Education will follow up with you to discuss learning style, educational approaches, scheduling and other preferences to help place you or your child with a teacher.

*If this is your first time using our online registration system, you'll need to create an account/password at https://bmsmusic.asapconnected.com/ This is a quick process.


Once assigned a teacher/lesson time by the Director of Education, log in to ASAP to pay (You must enroll before the first lesson).

2020-2021 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
  • - Term - 16 weeks| Year - 32 weeks
  • - 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
Fees & Aid
  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $40 registration fee per family.
  • There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans.
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study.

2020-2021 Policies

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

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

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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 5:00pm
  • Tuesday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Wednesday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Thursday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Friday - 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday - 8:00am to 1:00pm
  • Sunday - Closed