PLEASE NOTE: Individual lessons at Hochstein are now held ONLINE, due to COVID-19. See the sidebar for details on the technical requirements for online instruction.
WHETHER YOU’RE A CHILD OR AN ADULT, one-on-one 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 fill out our Individual Lesson Inquiry Form (click here) or 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 days (Monday-Saturday) and evenings (Monday-Friday). 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
Traditional Harp, age 9 (some prior piano study preferred)
Suzuki Harp, age 5
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.