BKCM Community Music Center at Chestnut Commons

BKCM’s First Community Music Center, Launching November 2022

The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music is thrilled to announce the opening of the BKCM Community Music Center at Chestnut Commons.

In partnership with Chestnut Commons, this location is the inaugural site of our Community Music Center Initiative which offers top-quality music education programming at locations convenient and accessible to families across New York City. Chestnut Commons is a new mixed-use building serving residents of Cypress Hills and East New York.

Launching this November, the BKCM Community Music Center at Chestnut Commons will offer private instrument lessons, a Saturday band program and a summer band camp to students ages 9 to 14, at little to no cost.

Located at 276 Chestnut Street, Chestnut Commons houses a state-of-the-art community center developed and operated by the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.

Chestnut Commons was made possible by generous support from The Altman Foundation, The Edwin Caplin Foundation, The Hearst Foundations and The Pinkerton Foundation.

Fall Open House at Chestnut Commons

To meet our new neighbors and introduce ourselves to the Chestnut Commons community, BKCM will host an Open House for three consecutive Saturdays: October 22, October 29 and November 5. Free drop-in classes will be offered in Music & Movement (for children ages 5 to 7) and Hand Drumming (ages 8 to 11).

Class Schedule: 10-10:45am | 11-11:45am | 12:30-1:15pm

Each class will be limited to 15 students. Classes are first come, first served. Students are invited to attend for one week, two weeks or all three!

Instrument Lessons and Band Classes Begin in November!

The BKCM Community Music Center at Chestnut Commons officially launches on Saturday, November 12, with musical programming running through June. BKCM will offer music lessons and classes to beginning students in the mornings and continuing students in the afternoons.

Saturday Mornings | Beginning Students Only | 3rd grade to 7th grade
Sign up for a 30-minute instrument lesson and a 30-minute Music Games class
Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet or Percussion Lessons Available. Instruments provided, if needed.

Saturday Afternoons | Continuing Students Only | 5th grade to 8th grade
This 3-hour program (1-4pm) includes instrument lessons, ensembles and musical electives.
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion or Guitar

Music lessons and classes will be offered at low or no cost to families. 

Interested in registering for lessons or classes at Chestnut Commons? Click here to complete an interest form.

For more information, contact us at 718-622-3300 or musicpartners@bkcm.org.


BKCM’s goal is to expand our Community Music Center Initiative, allowing students in neighborhoods across the city to access the full range of music programs available at our Park Slope campus for free or at deeply affordable rates. We envision that the music education students receive at BKCM Community Music Centers will allow them to access high-level musical opportunities in high school and beyond.