Our Story

Baltimore School of Music began as a passion project for James Lowe while he was studying classical guitar performance at Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. After moving to Baltimore from his home state of Nebraska, he was surprised how few options there were for music education to the people of Baltimore and started teaching out of his apartment in Mt Vernon. After a while, he built up a large studio and had people asking for lessons on other instruments, which gave him the idea to start the Baltimore School of Music in 2012. Since opening, the school has moved to several locations as it got bigger and outgrew the spaces it was using.

Core Values

  • Our social mission is as vital to our success as any potential profit

  • Music education should be accessible to students of all ages and backgrounds

  • To approach teaching with compassion, encouragement, and support

  • The impact and integrity of classical music can change lives

  • Performance is a central component of music education

  • Be environmentally friendly and use sustainable/low-impact materials whenever possible

Community Partners

We love our community and are proud to partner with great organizations. Baltimore School of Music is proud to support the following organizations:

Community Concerts at Second presents FREE concerts and events by local and international artists, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) musicians, and the annual Wonderlic Competition for voice and piano. Concerts are held at Second Presbyterian Church in the same building used by Baltimore School of Music.


Baltimore School of Music is a supporter of BCGS, who hosts classical guitar concerts, masterclasses, lectures, and other events in Baltimore. Baltimore School of Music and Baltimore Classical Guitar Society partner in a guitar Open Stage held every other month at the school.


Baltimore School of Music is a member of the Maryland Green Registry. View BSM’s profile and find out about the sustainable practices we take to be an environmentally friendly business.


Baltimore School of Music has sponsored the Johns Hopkins Cycling Team since 2012. Attend an event, bike with the team, or support the team by ordering a kit with our logo!