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Tuition Assistance/Need-Based Scholarship Program

The Hochstein community welcomes students of all ages, abilities, proficiency levels, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds in an inclusive and accessible 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 enriches the community by providing a powerful connection between student and teacher and families with each other. In days of digital isolation, Hochstein provides a wholesome place for individuals to mingle while pursuing personal growth."

Individual Instruction for All Ages


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 Registration Request (click here) or call our main number (585.454.4596) and speak with a member of the Dean Staff. They 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 harp. 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:

  • Bagpipes – age 8 (new)
  • 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 6 (new)
  • Voice – age 12 
  • Wind Instruments – age 9 

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


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Individual Lesson Fees

Fees for Individual Lessons (traditional instruction):
$20 per person registration fee ($40 max per family)

$33*, 30-minute lesson
$47*, 45-minute lesson
$59*, 1-hour lesson


Fees for Suzuki and Early Start Guitar (includes group class):
$20 per person registration fee ($40 max per family)

$37*, 30-minute lesson
$51*, 45-minute lesson
$63*, 1-hour lesson


Fees are for Fall 2023 through Summer 2024. Subject to change for Fall 2024.

Children taking individual lessons at Hochstein qualify for a discounted rate of $76.50 per quarter for one Music FUNdamentals or Children's Dance class and reduced fees for all other classes and ensembles. Adults qualify for reduced fees for Ensembles, Music Theory and Music History, short courses, and Dance.

All individual lessons are arranged with the Dean's Office. Fill out the Individual Lesson Inquiry Form to start the process, or call 585.454.4596 for more information.


* Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.


About Online Lessons

Many of our individual lesson teachers offer the possibility of online lessons. In order to get started, you will need the following:

  • A tablet, laptop, desktop, smartphone, or other electronic device with a camera and a microphone
  • Reliable internet connection in your home; WiFi or an ethernet connection are recommended as they are faster than cellphone service
  • Your instrument of choice – voice included!

Once you are registered, your instructor will work with you to determine the best online platform.