Private Instruction


The Music Department at HWS offers private instruction in strings, brass, guitar, piano, percussion, voice, and woodwinds to beginning and experienced student musicians alike. Students having taken lessons in the past are encouraged (though not required) to bring a piece of music from their repertoire to play for the instructor during the first lesson. Weekly half-hour applied music lessons carry a one-half course credit per semester, the fee is $330 for fourteen half-hour lessons.

Contact the appropriate teacher below to inquire about taking private lessons.

Applied Instructors:

Brass: Stacy Carolan

Cello: Walden Bass

Drums (set only): Steve Curry

Guitar: Benjamin Ellis or Greg Wachala

Jazz Piano: Bob Barbuto

Jazz Saxophone: Alexa Tarantino

Organ: MaryAnn Hamilton

Percussion (other than set): Anthony Calabrese

Piano: Meg Cognetta Heaton, Joseph Irrera, Jeananne Ralston, or Troy Slocum

Violin and Viola: Blagomira Lipari

Voice: Angela Libertella Calabrese, Suzanne Murphy, or Wendy Trowbridge

Woodwinds: Professor Joseph Berta (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone)

Please note:

  • Pianos are available for use in several practice rooms.
  • Standard instrument locker space is available ($5 refundable deposit); contact Katherine Walker to arrange for storage.


More Info

For more information about opportunities for individual instruction in music, please contact the department.

Call - (315) 781-3347



Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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