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Private Lessons

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

The Hartt School Community Division offers private music lessons for children and adults in piano, strings, winds, brass, percussion, voice, guitar, harp, organ, and music composition. Suzuki-method study is available for bass, cello, flute, guitar, piano, violin, and viola. Some instruments are available for students as young as 4 years of age.

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 would like to enroll in private lessons and have been placed with an instructor, please contact our staff at 860.768.4451 or  Please be sure you have talked with the teacher about your weekly lesson length and number of lessons during the academic year.

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.

Getting started with private lessons

  1. Complete the private lesson request form.
  2. Within one week, our Private Lesson Coordinator will contact you to answer questions and facilitate your initial lesson process, including payment for your initial lesson.
  3. The initial deposit pays for an introductory 30-minute lesson.
  4. Meet your teacher and take your first lesson.
  5. Complete your lesson registration and make arrangements for payment. 

    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$40.80$56.30$75.00
Suzuki piano or flute$44.10$59.70$77.40
Suzuki strings or guitar$55.00$70.90$89.70
Registration fee for new students$25.00$25.00$25.00
Registration fee for returning students$0 on or before 7/1/17, $25 after 7/1/17, $35 + $30 late fee after 9/1/17$0 on or before 7/1/17, $25 after 7/1/17, $35 + $30 late fee after 9/1/17$0 on or before 7/1/17, $25 after 7/1/17, $35 + $30 late fee after 9/1/17
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.

201718 youth and adult solo recitals will take place on the following Saturdays at 3:30 and 5 p.m., locations TBA:

  • October 7, 2017
  • November 4, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • January 13, 2018
  • February 3, 2018
  • March 3, 2018
  • April 7, 2018
  • May 12, 2018
  • June 9, 2018

201718 adult solo recitals will take place on the following Sundays at 2 p.m. in Berkman Recital Hall:

  • November 19, 2017
  • March 18, 2018
  • June 10, 2018

The All-School Composition Recital will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 3:30 p.m.

Important Community Division Lesson Policies

  • Registration for all programs is for a full academic year, September through June, and tuition is assessed for the full term.
  • Payment of at least 10% of the full year’s tuition (plus applicable fees) is required prior to the commencement of lessons, coachings, and/or rehearsals.
  • Classes and lessons are pro-rated after the start of term.
  • After the initial 10% payment, the balance may be paid in up to 8 installments to the University of Hartford.
  • An opt-out period is available during the third week of January for students wishing to withdraw without penalty.
  • Please view our complete policies for more information.

Questions? Call us at 860.768.4451 or email us at