String Department

The Brookline Music School String Department includes violin, viola, cello, double bass, and harp.

String Lessons


Students 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


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.

String Faculty

"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.


Junior District Mock Audition For Violinists, Violists, Cellists and Bassists

January 05, 2019 | 2:30 - 4:30pm

Sign up via private lesson teacher by December 21, 2018

Spring Theme Recital - Unaccompanied Works for Strings

May 05, 2019 | 4:00pm

Sign up via private lesson teacher by April 20, 2019

All Events


Johnson String Instrument

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

Carriage House Violins

1039 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
(617) 262-0051

South End Strings

551 Tremont Street
#201 Boston MA 02116
(617) 292-7788
Please call for an appointment.

Tuition Rates

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).

Office Hours

  • Sunday - 9:00am to 2:00pm
  • 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