Specialty Lesson Areas
NEW FOR Junior High and High School Students in Winds, Brass, and Percussion:

Short-term Lessons for NYSSMA Solofest Preparation!

Take a 6-week block of lessons in bassoon, clarinet, euphonium, flute, oboe, percussion, saxophone, trombone, or tuba to get help with your solo for spring Solofest! Get expert coaching on the details of your solo as well as help brushing up on your required scales and sightreading. These short-term lessons are available with select Hochstein faculty members who are specialists on their specific instruments – lesson times are scheduled through an advisement/orientation session with a member of the Dean Staff.

Fees for 6-Week Short-Term Session of Individual Lessons: $192*, 30 minute lesson; $258*, 45 minute lesson; $318*, 1 hour lesson. Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. (Fees are as of Winter 2017)


Jazz Lessons

See Faculty Roster for Jazz Studies Instructors
times individually scheduled
varying ages by instrument (check Individual Instruction minimum ages)
beginning through advanced

The Jazz Studies Program is designed to provide aspiring jazz standard performance practice and exposure to repertoire through improvisation and exploration of jazz styles in individual lessons. Students will have the opportunity to participate in Hochstein’s jazz ensembles. Participation in the Jazz Studies Program is open to the following instruments: piano, acoustic and electric bass, drum set, electric guitar, woodwinds, and brass.

Fees for Jazz lessons: $10 registration fee; $29 per 30-minute lesson; $40 per 45-minute lesson; $50 per 60-minute lesson. Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. (Fees are as of Fall 2016)


Songwriting

Dave Chisholm, Instructor
times individually scheduled
ages 12-adult, beginner through advanced

Everybody loves a good song, whether it's a rocking and riffy Led Zeppelin song, a catchy Beatles tune, or a fun and poppy Taylor Swift number. But what goes into this process? Dave Chisholm, songwriter of the Rochester rock band Talking Under Water explores the process of songwriting with students. Topics in the individual sessions include developing lyrics, chord progressions, exploring melodic shape, and demoing your creation on GarageBand. 

Fees for Songwriting: $10 registration fee; $29 per 30-minute lesson; $40 per 45-minute lesson; $50 per 60-minute lesson. Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. (Fees are as of Fall 2016)


Drum Set!

Richard Felice, Instructor
times individually scheduled
ages 9-adult, beginner through advanced

Explore the wonderful world of drum set with master drummer Richard Felice! Learn basic coordination, rudiments, note-reading, and work on snare-drum and drum set exercises and drills to put you on the road to becoming a complete drummer. Develop mastery of Rock, Latin, Jazz improvisation styles, and more!

Fees for Drum Set: $10 registration fee; $29 per 30-minute lesson; $40 per 45-minute lesson; $50 per 60-minute lesson. Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. (Fees are as of Fall 2016)

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