Private Instruction


The Music Department at HWS offers private instruction in strings, brass, guitar, piano, percussion, voice, woodwinds, and jazz improvisation to beginning and experienced student musicians alike. Students who have studied 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 $340 for fourteen half-hour lessons.

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

Applied Instructors:

Brass: Natalie Fuller (trumpet/horn) and Ben David Aronson (trombone/baritone/euphonium/tuba)

Cello: Walden Bass

Drums (set only): Steve Curry

Guitar: Benjamin Ellis and Greg Wachala

Jazz Improvisation: Karl Stabnau

Jazz Piano: Bob Barbuto

Jazz Saxophone: Karl Stabnau

Organ: MaryAnn Hamilton

Percussion (other than set): Anthony Calabrese

Piano: Meg Cognetta Heaton, Yunn-Shan Ma, Jeananne Ralston, and Troy Slocum

Violin and Viola: Peter Rovit

Voice: Liliana Natalie Buickians, 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. All students/faculty/staff with an active OneCard may access practice rooms 319-321, and 323-326.
  • Standard instrument locker space is available ($5 refundable deposit); contact Prof. Katherine Walker to arrange for storage.


More Info

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

Phone: (315) 781-3406



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

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