Percussion Department

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


Private 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.


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

Enroll Today
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.


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

More info

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.

Schedule & Calendars

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


How To Enroll

Enroll Today

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 in our online registration system: ASAP*, or call 617-277-4593. Our Director of Education will discuss learning style, educational approaches, scheduling and other preferences to help place you or your child with a teacher.

*If you've never logged into ASAP before, you'll need to create an account/password. 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.)

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 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 $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

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

  • Monday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Wednesday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Thursday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday - 9:00am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday - 9:00am to 12:30pm
  • Sunday - Closed