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Piano, organ, and harpsichord

Lesson Information

Traditional studySuzuki study
Tuition* per 30, 45, or 60 min lesson$41.25, $57.00, $75.75$44.75, $60.50, $78.25
Starting age5 and up5 and up
LocationMain campus and Simsbury satelliteMain Campus
*A $25 registration fee may apply.

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

Do I need to have an acoustic piano to take piano lessons?
Students are required to own or have access to a piano to practice daily. If you do not own a piano, it is your responsibility to find one before lessons begin. Often schools, churches, or other community organizations allow students use their pianos.

Traditional Study

The piano program at The Hartt School Community Division offers a variety of opportunities for aspiring keyboardists. In addition to traditional piano training, students may pursue interests in organ, harpsichord, and jazz.

Our piano faculty are dedicated to the craft of musicianship. Many hold advanced degrees in education and performance. They have worked to build and maintain national and international reputations. Our recital instruments and are maintained by qualified technicians.

Suzuki Study

HCD piano studentSuzuki study includes three elements:

  1. Private lessons
  2. Group classes
  3. Solo recitals

About group classes

  • Classes are once per month on Saturdays
  • 57 students and their parents of the same level per class
  • Students practice performing for their friends
  • Classes feature review, duets, and music theory

Download the 2017–18 Suzuki Piano calendar (PDF).


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.

Piano Performance Achievement Days

HCD piano student rehearsingThe Hartt Piano Performance Achievement Days (HPPAD) is a distinctive graded program loosely based on the models of the long-standing British ABRSM exams and the Canadian RCM exams. All pre-college pianists (including those taking jazz or Suzuki method) participate in HPPAD. The HPPAD program allows our students and families to

  • mark progress through a structured and positive experience
  • receive useful suggestions and encouragement
  • motivate students in a supportive atmosphere

The HPPAD framework is allows our teachers to design individual courses of study for their students with clear benchmarking throughout the course of study. During this time, students will

  • present a program of prepared music and technique to a panel made up of members of our piano faculty
  • receive comments from the faculty and earn certificates of achievement

The certificates are graded according the levels of the Hartt piano curriculum: Elementary 1–4, Intermediate 1–4, Advanced 1–2, Pre-College 1–2, and a diploma for high-school seniors. Participation and completion of these levels allow students and their parents to monitor and track progress. Participation in Piano Achievement Days will take the place of one private lesson the week of the adjudication.


HCD private lesson students may enrich their music education by enrolling in Musicianship classes at no additional charge. Classes are offered at 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.

Piano 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 students will be chosen to perform on Junior and Senior Piano Honors Recitals. Junior Piano students (grades 35) will be chosen by teacher recommendation.

Honors Scholarship Opportunities

  • Musical Club of Hartford – Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship I, will be awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grades 9-11 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Musical Club of Hartford – Evelyn Bonar Storrs Scholarship II, will be awarded for the second best performance by a pianist in grades 9-11 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Dr. Watson Morrison Scholarship, awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grades 6-8 at the Piano Honors Auditions.
  • Jeffrey Quinn Morrison Prize, is awarded for the best performance by a pianist in grade 12 at the Piano Honors Auditions

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at 860.768.4451 or