Age 7+



String lessons are open to children and adults of all skill levels. Children 7 and up (sometimes 6) are usually ready for strings private instruction. We strongly recommend that students ages 4-6 start with violin in our Suzuki Program. Afterwards, they are welcome to continue with the Suzuki Program or enroll in Private Lessons. Because of it's size, double bass is recommend for students 9 and up

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 String Department includes violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp.


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


Learning Resources

The expertise of our faculty continues to support a long tradition of music excellence, whether learning in person or online. BMS learning resources are intended to benefit our school community by supplementing the skills that are gained via lessons, classes, workshops & ensembles.

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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

Strings Faculty


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 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).

Effective: September 1, 2024 - June 30, 2025


Length Per Term (16 weeks) Full Year (32 weeks) Per Lesson
30 minutes $976.00 $1,952.00 $61.00
45 minutes $1,384.00 $2,768.00 $86.50
60 minutes $1,776.00 $3,552.00 $111.00


  • 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 or 617-277-4593

Fees & Aid

  • There is a once-yearly non-refundable $45 registration fee per family.
  • There is a $20 fee per term for payment plans.
  • No registration fee is charged for summer study.

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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

Contact Us

Brookline Music School is a nonprofit organization that has provided excellence in music education to the Greater Boston community since 1924. We rely on the generous support of our donors to benefit the community through music.

Brookline Music School welcomes students of all ages. Enrollment is open year-round so students may begin private lesson study at any time. Join us!

Regular Hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8 am to 7 pm

See the Lessons & Classes or Early Childhood calendars for holiday schedules including flex days, make-up days and closures.

Summer Hours

Effective July 1st, 2024

Sunday: CLOSED

Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm

Friday: 9 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 8 am - 4 pm