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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 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.


Click here to learn more about our experienced, professional faculty members.



Fees for Individual Lessons (traditional instruction):
$20 registration fee

$30*, 30-minute lesson

$41.50*, 45-minute lesson

$52*, 1-hour lesson


Fees for Individual Lessons, Suzuki, and Early Start Guitar (includes group class):
$20 registration fee

$33*, 30-minute lesson

$44.50*, 45-minute lesson

$55*, 1-hour lesson


Children taking individual lessons at Hochstein qualify for the following discounted rates: $54 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.

Fees are as of Fall 2018. All individual lessons are arranged by appointment with the Dean's Office.


Learn more about our Tuition Assistance by clicking here.

Click here for information on Short-Term Lessons for Adults.