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Safety Protocols

NOTE: All lessons, classes, and rehearsals will be conducted in-person - unless noted otherwise - and will be subject to Hochstein’s safety plan. Please review our current procedures before entering our building. 

Tuition Assistance/Need-Based Scholarship Program

The Hochstein community welcomes students of all ages, proficiency levels, ethnicities, socio-economic levels, and those with disabilities in a barrier-free environment that provides artistic opportunities for all. Hochstein's Tuition Assistance/Need-Based Scholarship Program is just one way that we put the School's mission and values into action!

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"Hochstein is true to its mission of offering opportunities for students of all levels of ability. Whether prodigy or adult-learner or otherwise challenged-learner, Hochstein embraces all people with good will and attitude."

About Expressive Arts


This program receives generous support from the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation and others.

For more than 45 years, the Expressive Arts Department has served the Rochester community through our music, art, and dance movement programs. At Hochstein, we believe the arts should be accessible to all, and all are truly welcome here. Our students are the heart and soul of our program, and they play a huge role in helping us design new and innovative offerings for our community.

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. Diversity is vitally important to who we are, and we welcome students of all ages, abilities, identities, and backgrounds into our Expressive Arts program.  

Our highly individualized music, art, and dance sessions 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.

We believe in a strengths-based, client-centered, whole-person approach to learning, and our sessions address goal areas that directly align with the student’s desired outcome(s). These goal areas can include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • relieving stress and anxiety
  • strengthening cognitive/communication skills
  • increasing memory retention and recall
  • enhancing emotional expression
  • promoting physical rehabilitation
  • supporting social emotional development
  • promoting overall wellness

Click here to find out more about Music, Art, and Dance Therapy

Click here to meet the Expressive Arts Department staff.

For more information on the programs we offer, please contact Expressive Arts Department Chair Jennifer R. Phillips, MT-BC, NMT, at 585.454.4596 x235 or email jennifer.phillips@hochstein.org.


Jennifer Phillips, Chair of Hochstein’s Expressive Arts Department, describes the music, dance, and art therapy programs.

Hochstein's Music Therapy program on WXXI's Arts InFocus with Evan Dawson, 5/6/16

Hochstein student Clara Ooyama featured on WHAM-TV13's "Someone You Should Know" segment with Doug Emblidge, 2/7/17