Private lessons are available for children and adults at The Hartt School Community Division
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Private Lessons

New to The Hartt School Community Division? Request private lessons.

Private lessons for children and adults are available throughout the year, including summer. Our distinctive faculty will help you achieve your goals whether you are a beginner or advanced student.Lessons are offered both at our main-campus location at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School in West Hartford, Conn. and our Simsmore Square location in Simsbury, Conn.

How to Enroll

Students and their families cannot enroll themselves in private lessons online.

If you have already been enrolled with an instructor:

  1. Talk to your instructor to determine your weekly lesson length and number of lessons for the academic year

  2. Contact our staff at 860.768.4451 or to enroll. Provide the lesson length and number of lessons.

If you have not been placed with an instructor, please complete the lesson inquiry form.

If you would like to change your private lesson length or number of lessons, please talk with your teacher and contact the staff once the teacher approves.

Piano5 and upTraditional and Suzuki
Strings4 and upTraditional and Suzuki
Winds and Brass9 and upSuzuki flute available at a younger age
Percussion9 and upDrum-set lessons available
Voice11 and upContact us regarding younger students
Guitar4 and upVariety of styles and Suzuki
Harp5 and up 
OrganPlease contact us 
CompositionGrades 7 and up*Small-group format or private lessons
*Composition private lessons available for younger students

What you should know about private lessons:

  • Girl playing celloStudents take a private lesson once a week during our 34-week academic year (SeptemberJune)
  • Lessons are in 30-, 45-, or 60-minute blocks
  • Merit and need-based scholarships are available
  • Our faculty are highly qualified graduates of conservatories and schools of music from across the country and abroad.
  • Group musicianship classes and solo recitals are included in the cost of lessons.

Please note: Students must be placed with a teacher before they can register for lessons.


Tuition rates vary depending upon length, method, and in some cases, teacher. Students also receive

  • reduced rates on ensemble participation (by audition)
  • group Musicianship classes
  • free or discounted tickets to Hartt performances
  • additional performance opportunities
Type of lesson30 minutes45 minutes60 minutes
Traditional private lessons$41.25$57.00$75.75
Suzuki piano or flute$44.75$60.50$78.25
Suzuki strings or guitar$55.50$71.75$90.75
A registration fee may apply. Registration fees are non-refundable and assessed once per student each year.


Solo performance is an important aspect of every musician's growth and development. In addition to studio recitals organized by your teacher, we encourage students to participate in Hartt Community Division solo recitals. These are open to all of our students by teacher recommendation.

“It’s Okay to Say” – Exceptionalities Statement

The Hartt School Community Division is committed to providing access to our programming for all populations, including children and adults with special learning needs. In order to best serve students with exceptionalities, we strive to maintain an open dialogue of clear communication with families and students about their specific needs. Although we are unable to provide the same services as public schools, or other programs that specialize in this area, we will work with each family to identify resources and support structures to help the student to succeed. If requested, HCD is able to recommend options for school programming, and will offer guidance to educators concerning appropriate and beneficial instructional activities and/or materials. To discuss unique needs, please contact Private Lesson and Recruitment Coordinator, Jessica Rost, at or call 860.768.5593. Hartt Community Division Professional Staff will facilitate dialogue with the appropriate instructor, director, and/or administrator.

Questions? Call us at 860.768.4451 or email us at