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.