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Individual Instruction for All Ages

WHETHER YOU’RE A CHILD OR AN ADULT, individual instruction is at the heart of Hochstein's comprehensive program and is the most effective way to improve your musical skills. The first step is to call our main number (585-454-4596) and set up an orientation/advisement session with a member of the Dean Staff. He/she will help you assess interest, skill level, and scheduling, and then match you or your child with an appropriate teacher who tailors instruction to best fit your needs and goals. If applicable, the dean will also go over your tuition assistance application.


Lessons are available in all orchestral instruments—as well as in composition, electric bass, acoustic and electric guitar, harp, percussion, piano, and Suzuki violin, viola, cello, and flute. Lessons can be scheduled on weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays. You may begin at any time during the year.


Recommended minimum ages to begin the study of an instrument or voice:

Because a certain degree of physical development is essential to playing an instrument or singing, Hochstein subscribes to the following minimum ages:

Composition (including Songwriting), age 12

Guitar, age 5

Harp, age 9 (some prior piano study preferred)

Percussion (including drum set), age 9 

Piano*, age 5

Suzuki Strings, age 3

Traditional Strings, age 7

Voice, age 12

Wind instruments, age 9 (Early Start flute, age 7)


*Acoustic piano (or a digital piano with 88 full-size, weighted keys) in the home is required for piano lessons.


Click here to learn more about our experienced, professional faculty members.



Fees for Individual Lessons (traditional instruction)

$29*, 30-minute lesson

$40*, 45-minute lesson

$50*, 1-hour lesson


Fees for Individual Lessons, Suzuki, and Early Start Guitar (includes group class)

$32*, 30-minute lesson

$43*, 45-minute lesson

$53*, 1-hour lesson


Children enrolled in individual instruction at Hochstein qualify for the following discounted rates for Music FUNdamentals or Children's Dance class: $39 for 6-week Summer 2017 program, or $58.50 for 2017-2018 school year. There are also reduced fees for individual instruction students in all other classes and ensembles. Adults qualify for reduced fees for Ensembles, Music Theory and Music History, short courses, and Dance. Fees are as of Fall 2017.


Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.

Click here for information on Short-Term Lessons for Adults.