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Summer Specialty Lessons


Jazz Lessons

Click here for a list of Jazz Faculty members
Varying ages by instrument (click here to check individual instruction minimum ages)
Times individually scheduled

The Jazz Studies Program is designed to provide aspiring jazz students standard performance practice and exposure to repertoire through improvisation and exploration of jazz styles in individual lessons. Students are encouraged to participate in Hochstein’s Summer Jazz Ensemble and Explorations: Jazz & Improvisation Workshop. Participation in the Jazz Studies program is open to the following instruments: piano, acoustic and electric bass, drum set, electric guitar, woodwinds, and brass.  


Dave Chisholm, Instructor
Ages 12+
Times individually scheduled

Everybody loves a good song, whether it's a rocking and riffy Led Zeppelin song, a catchy Beatles tune, or a fun and poppy Taylor Swift number. But what goes into this process? Dave Chisholm, songwriter of the Rochester rock band Talking Under Water, explores the process of songwriting with students. Topics in the individual sessions include developing lyrics, chord progressions, exploring melodic shape, and demoing your creation on GarageBand.


Drum Set!

Richard Felice, Instructor
Ages 9+
Times individually scheduled

Explore the wonderful world of drum set with master drummer Richard Felice! Learn basic coordination, rudiments, note-reading, and work on snare-drum and drum set exercises and drills to put you on the road to becoming a complete drummer. Develop mastery of rock, Latin, jazz improvisation styles, and more! 


Indie Study

Dave Chisholm, Instructor
times individually scheduled
Ages 12-adult

What if you could create your own class at Hochstein focused on musical topics that interest you the most? Want to delve into music theory and basic fundamentals on your own? Want to record and mix your own projects using GarageBand? Interested in using mobile applications (useful iPad or iPhone apps) for recording, music creation, and live performance? Want to explore soundscape design, or video editing? Now is your chance through Independent Study with Dave Chisholm – the possibilities are endless!


FEES for Jazz, Songwriting, Drum Set, and Indie Study: $20 registration fee; $33 per 30-minute lesson; $47 per 45-minute lesson; $59 per 60-minute lesson. Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. (Fees are as of Summer 2024.)


Sign Up for Summer

Lessons are arranged by consultation with the Dean’s Office.

Enrollment for individual lessons this summer begins on April 1, 2024. Check back here on that date for the link to the online lessons registration form.

For more information, call 585.454.4596.