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The Hochstein Experience

The Hochstein School is unique in its depth and breadth of offerings: extensive and varied music and dance programs for ages 6 months through 90+ that include individual and group lessons, and large and small ensembles, as well as therapeutic arts (music, dance, art therapy). These offerings are taught by experienced professional faculty with the capacity to introduce each student to a broad array of choices and experiences - focusing on a personalized approach tailored to the individual's interests, strengths, and abilities. Hochstein consistently delivers an experience that is unique in our community and region.

The Hochstein Experience


Hochstein provides a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide a well-rounded musical education, including weekly lessons, regular evaluation, frequent performance and ensemble opportunities, and musicianship courses. 

Hochstein also provides a wide variety of music group classes. Our classes for children of all ages emphasize fun, creativity, and movement. Adults can relax in the company of like-minded classmates who are dedicated to trying something new, honing a skill, or enjoying going in-depth on a topic of study. 

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Hochstein’s ensemble program includes four student orchestras, two wind symphonies/bands, three vocal ensembles, jazz and rock bands, and a myriad of chamber and instrument-specific ensembles.

Click here to find out about Hochstein Ensembles.



Hochstein’s dance program offers a full range of sequential, guided instruction focusing on the joy, and enjoyment, of the art of dance Dance options include ballet, modern, tap, and various ethnic styles. Classes are offered weekly and, as students progress, they are encouraged to participate in multiple classes and/or styles. Performance opportunities are also offered throughout the school year.

Read more about Hochstein’s Dance program.


Expressive Arts: Music, Art, & Dance Therapy

Expressive Arts is a safe and inclusive place where students can come to express themselves through individualized music, art, and dance therapy, adaptive lessons, and/or wellness sessions. These sessions – for individuals or for groups, on-site at Hochstein or out in the community – are appropriate for those interested in addressing personal goals and/or enriching and promoting overall wellness in their lives through their involvement in therapeutic arts.

Find out about Expressive Arts by clicking here.


Hochstein offers adults – whether age 20 or 90, beginner or advanced, dabbler or experienced professional – the chance to work collaboratively with other adults, and also the opportunity to work intergenerationally with students of all ages. Adults can take individual lessons, participate in short-term group classes or dance classes, play music in an ensemble, and more.

See all the Adult offerings here.


A Supportive Environment

The following ongoing services are included as part of your tuition fee:

  • an orientation session to discuss individual or, in the case of Expressive Arts, group goals;
  • weekly lessons tailored to meet your goals, scheduled Mondays through Saturdays and on most evenings;
  • regular evaluation through written reports;
  • consultations with the Dean’s Office on future direction;
  • music and dance rehearsals and performances with professional accompanists;
  • all-school and studio recitals, as well as Dance and Expressive Arts Department recitals;
  • a wide variety of community performance opportunities.


Getting Started

Prospective individual lesson students and their families meet either in-person or over the phone with a member of the Dean staff to go over student interests and preferences in order to match the student with the appropriate teacher.

Registration for group music or dance classes can be done with our online registration system or by filling out a registration form. Auditions are required for some Hochstein ensembles. 

For more information, call the Hochstein front office at 585.454.4596 or visit the Registration page online.


Accompanist Services for Music & Dance Students

Accompanists are available for all-school recitals, studio recitals, and school competitions. To make these arrangements or for assistance in making audition tapes for colleges and/or summer programs, please contact the Dean’s Office.


Sharing Your Success

Though not mandatory, students are encouraged to participate in one or more of myriad performance opportunities, whether it is through a studio or all-school recital, Saturday Open Mic event, or community outreach performances.


Reaching for Excellence

  • Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to selected music and dance students following an audition and based on achievement and performing ability.
  • The Chamber Music Connection (CMC) Scholarship Ensemble program offers serious students in grades 9-12 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. Scholarships are awarded based on audition, and members of the CMC Scholarship Ensemble program are expected to perform at venues throughout the community.
  • 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.