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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! 

FEES for Jazz, Songwriting, and Drum Set: $15 registration fee; $32 per 30-minute lesson; $45 per 45-minute lesson; $57 per 60-minute lesson. Schedules and fees are arranged by appointment with the Dean’s Office. (Fees are as of Summer 2023.)


Sign Up for Summer

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

Enrollment for individual lessons this summer begins on April 3, 2023. Check back here on that date for the link to the online lessons registration form.

Click here to download and print a registration form.

For more information, call 585.454.4596.