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Guitar and harp

Lesson Information

Traditional studySuzuki program
Tuition per 30-, 45-, or 60-min. lesson$40.50, $55.90, $74.50$54.60, $70.40, $89.00
Starting Age: Guitar6 and up4 and up
Starting Age: HarpPlease contact usN/A
LocationMain CampusMain campus, Simsbury satellite, and The Universalist Church of West Hartford (Fern St.)
Guitar RequirementsN/AObserve 5 private lessons and 1 group class
A $25 registration fee may apply

Need-based financial assistance is available for youth. Private lessons are available during the academic year and summer.

Private Lessons

Hartt Community Division guitar studentWhether you want to learn classical guitar, jazz, rock, playing accompaniments, or harp, there is a teacher for you at The Hartt School Community Division. Our Guitar and Harp department is led by experienced instructors where faculty strive to cultivate enjoyment through serious study and a commitment to excellence. Guitar students may study with a traditional-methods teacher or through the Suzuki guitar program.

Our lessons are based on:

  • individual student goals
  • each teacher's unique background and experience
  • musicianship
  • excellent technique

In addition to weekly lessons, students have access to

  • performance opportunities at solo and studio recitals
  • informal performances
  • Musicianship classes

How to Enroll in private Lessons

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 hcdbills@hartford.edu.  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.

Suzuki Study (guitar only)

Hartt Community Division Suzuki guitar studentsStudents enrolled in the Suzuki program participate in both private lessons and group classes. For more information on the Suzuki program, visit the Prospective Suzuki Student page

Guitar Orchestra

Guitar Orchestra is for advanced classical guitar students and provides an opportunity to collaborate with other guitarists in an ensemble setting. Students use traditional, octave, alto, and contrabass guitars.

Uploaded with the permission of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Group Musicianship classes

HCD private lesson students may enrich their music education by enrolling in Musicianship classes at no additional charge. Classes meet on Saturday mornings and offer varied levels to accommodate the age and training of each student.

Classes are also available to students who do not take private lessons at HCD. Tuition and fees apply.

Guitar and Harp Honors Program

The Hartt Community Division takes great pride in the quality of its pre-college performers. One of the ways we recognize these performers is through departmental honors auditions and recitals held each spring. Students chosen to participate in the honors program are also eligible for the school scholarships described below. The Honors Program is by teacher recommendation only. Students will be notified by their private teacher if they qualify for this program.

Honors Scholarship Opportunities

  • Beatrice Sewall Scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking student at the audition.
  • The Guitar and Harp Senior Award is given to the highest ranking senior at the audition.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or harttcomm@hartford.edu.