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A Complete Curriculum
Individual and group sessions are tailored to the specific needs of those with developmental, social/emotional, learning, and physical challenges. Performance opportunities at Hochstein and in the community offer students a chance to socialize and experience performing in an ensemble or as a soloist. Group sessions are available at Hochstein or in community programs, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, rehabilitation centers, or group residences. Additional programming includes community choirs, handbell groups, wellness classes, percussion/drumming groups, and a special MusicARTS class for students on the Autism Spectrum.
A Supportive Environment
Included as part of your tuition fee, Hochstein provides the following ongoing services:
New students in the Music Department are introduced to Hochstein through an orientation meeting with the Dean's Office. At that time, we can explore your goals and expectations while you learn more about the philosophy and programs of the School. After this discussion, a teacher will be recommended and a weekly lesson time scheduled.
Charting Your Progress
The faculty, Department Chairs and the Dean's Office work closely to monitor each student's progress. Communication between students, parents, and faculty is ongoing and is formalized through progress reports at the end of each semester. Parents are welcome to visit lessons by arrangement with the teacher.
Asking For Help
Members of the Deans' Office are available to consult with you about your progress, your choices for ensembles, and even college or career choices.
Accompanist Services for Music and Dance Students
An accompanist is available for student recitals, studio recitals, and School competitions. To make these arrangements, as well as for assistance in making audition CDs or DVDs for colleges and summer programs, please contact the Dean's Office.
Sharing Your Success
All students are encouraged to take advantage of one or more of the following performance opportunities; however, participation is always a decision shared by you and your teacher.
Reaching For Excellence
Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to selected students following an audition, and based on achievement and performing ability. Scholarship awards in varying amounts, as well as honorable mentions, are presented in the Elementary, Junior High, Senior High, and Dance categories.
The following are named scholarships awarded each year: Dorothy Pund Allen Memorial Scholarship; Walter J. Holloran Memorial Scholarship; Lillian Taylor Hubbard Memorial Scholarship; Lois P. Lines Memorial Scholarship; Joseph Parungao Memorial Scholarship; Sydney R. Rubin Memorial Scholarship; Ruth Salzman Memorial Scholarship; Dr. David Skvorak Scholarship; Knights of Pythias Scholarships; the Christina & Diana Wang Memorial Scholarships; and the Donald G. Yungkurth Memorial Scholarship.
The Scholarship Chamber Ensemble Program offers serious students who play at an advanced level an opportunity to celebrate a love of music with others at the same level of performance, while exploring a broad repertoire for the small ensemble. The program features weekly coaching sessions, a master class component, and a variety of performance opportunities. Scholarships are awarded based on audition, and members of the Honors Chamber Ensemble Program are expected to perform at venues throughout the community.
Hochstein’s Scholarship Dance Ensemble (ages 12 and older) provides ensemble experience in ballet, modern, and other styles for the serious dance student who is on pointe. Placement in the ensemble is based on fall auditions.
The Honors Certificate Program provides both structure and challenge for the serious student. Entrance to this program is gained by audition, and a certificate is awarded to those who complete the following requirements: enrollment in the program for a minimum of two years, music theory and music history courses, yearly performance examinations, and a final solo recital in Hochstein's Taylor Recital Hall.