Age 10-18

REGISTER NOW! Performance Sample Required Following Registration (Click here to submit your performance sample)

A performance Sample is a 1-2 minute video sample of your/the student's artistry. These samples are used for placement purposes only.

JazzLab introduces students to language and techniques of jazz through daily masterclasses with BMS master jazz faculty and guests, jazz combos, improvisation workshops, and jazz theory/ear-training class. The program will conclude with a performance on Friday, August 23

Jazz Masterclasses: BMS faculty and guest artists will demonstrate jazz techniques, guiding students as they are encouraged to experiment with rhythm, improvisation, and creative expression. 

Jazz Combos: Students are placed in jazz combos based on performance samples. In each combo, students are given the freedom to think and play creatively in improvisation while maintaining the collaboration required of any musical ensemble.

Jazz Improv: Jazz players need to listen and respond musically in unique ways that classical players are rarely asked to do, developed through improvisation study. This class will introduce students to a wide variety of musical concepts and structures that will help them practice and develop their improvisation skills among peers. 

Each day includes snacks and lunch (students are required to bring a brown bag lunch).

Note: This program is open to instrumentalists between 10-18 of all levels, generally after completing a minimum of 2 years of private instrument study (within or outside of BMS) and having attained basic music literacy.

Coordinator: Brian Friedland

If you have questions or would like to discuss the program further, please contact Brian at bfriedland@bmsmusic.org


Class Details


Location Dates Days Times Length Age Instructor Rate Status
Kennard House 8/19-23 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm 6 hours 10-18 Russ Gershon , Brian Friedland $750.00 Register

How To Enroll

To enroll in JazzLab, visit our registration site. If you have any questions about JazzLab, please fill out our inquiry form.

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.


Brian Friedland

Brian Friedland

My priority is to help students build a strong foundation of musical knowledge in the belief that...

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Russ Gershon

Russ Gershon

I’m open to exploring with my students, calibrating our ensembles to their abilities and interests....

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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