History Brookline Music School, a private, nonprofit community school for the arts, is the oldest and biggest cultural institution in Brookline. Founded in 1924 by the Brookline Public Schools, the School became a private organization in the 1940s and was incorporated as a private, nonprofit school in 1967.

Contact Details

  City Brookline, MA
  Zip Code 02445
  Address 25 Kennard Rd
  Phone Number (617) 277-4593

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A good student-teacher relationship is essential to a positive and productive music learning experience. At Brookline Music School, students are placed with a teacher based upon learning style, experience, and musical interests to ensure that each student receives the best personalized instruction. Our teachers are among the best and most experienced in New England, holding advanced degrees from the world's finest conservatories and universities, performing as soloists, collaborators, and bringing years of experience and a commitment to teaching at the highest levels.

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. In music therapy sessions, music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Music stimulates all of the senses and involves the client at many levels, facilitating multiple developmental skills, encouraging socialization, self-expression, communication, and motor development.

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. This is a valuable time to explore your musical abilities with BMS. It's easy to get started! You'll need a device with camera and microphone, an internet connection, a free video conferencing app, and of course, a talented BMS faculty member!

With our lessons and classes starting in mid-September, I wanted to let you know that BMS will begin all private lessons and group classes remotely for the Fall 2020 term. Given the charming character of our Music School's building with its tight quarters and many small studios, we have determined that online learning is the path we must take, at least initially, to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. This decision was not made lightly as we would love to be back in person making music with all of you!

Watch an excerpt from April Sun's December Faculty Artist Series performance, and join us for the next performance on February 21 with Lindsay Albert, Sasha Callahan, & Leo Eguchi. For the past eight years, the Faculty Artist Series has featured a distinguished collective of professional musicians who make up the Brookline Music School faculty. This season's concerts will be presented as virtual performances, and reflect the diversity of musical styles and interests our faculty contribute to our community.

Brookline Music School's mission is to awaken and nurture the joy of learning, playing, and listening to music and to create a welcoming musical community for all ages, abilities, and interests. The following policies are in place to help all members of our community (students, families, faculty, and staff) maintain an environment of positive musical growth. Students registered for private lessons, shared lessons, group classes, and ensembles in Term I are automatically enrolled in Term II (spring).