Private, Group and Ensemble Training
Private Music Instruction
Private music instruction is offered at Hope Academy for voice, piano, organ, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), woodwinds (flute, clarinet, saxophone), brass (trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba), percussion, drum set, Cajon, classical and electric guitar, electric bass, and ukulele; for students as young as 4 years old. Suzuki piano lessons are offered on Saturdays, as well as four levels of Suzuki Violin (this program includes a group class and private lesson each week); two levels of Suzuki cello; and, NEW for 2017-2018, Suzuki guitar for 4 to 6 year olds. Private lessons take place at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, after school (Tuesday-Friday) and all day on Saturdays. 30 minute, 45 minute, and hour lessons are offered.
Music Discovery class for 4 to 6 year olds in partnership with the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts is a per-requisite course for students entering Suzuki violin, piano, cello or guitar. Opportunities to rehearse and perform with small groups across a variety of musical styles and genres will be given to more advanced players; and teens who are less classically inclined, are invited to participate in one of our HAT Co Rock Bands.
New and returning students must also complete an Inquiry Form for Private Lessons to give us the information we need to match students with teachers and find a schedule that works for everyone.
Suzuki Music Program – Violin, Cello, Guitar and Piano
I want to make good citizens. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart. —Shin’ichi Suzuki
Hope Academy’s Suzuki program gives beginning students the opportunity to build a solid foundation for their music training through the Suzuki principles of an early beginning, listening, loving encouragement, parental support, constant repetition, and learning with other children. The program consists of a weekly private lesson and a weekly group class, under the direction of Kathleen Andrews and Liza Barley (violin), Beth Goldstein-McKee (cello) and Gil Texeira (guitar). Patricia Pavlack directs the Suzuki piano program which does not have a weekly group class component.
Scholarships/Tuition Assistance for Private Music Instruction
Returning scholarship students should apply before August 10, 2017 by completing this online scholarship application form. We will open up remaining scholarship spots to new students after that date. Please note: if you need assistance filling out the online form or uploading required documents, please call Karly Threets at 412-441-3800 x117 to schedule an appointment with her.
Scholarships for private lessons are awarded to the following:
- Returning scholarship students (for same instrument and with teacher recommendation)
- Suzuki Violin students (continuing students in groups 2, 3 and 4)
- New Suzuki students, from 4 to 6 years old, interested in violin, piano, cello or guitar. Lessons will begin after completing the Music Discovery course prerequisite
- HAT Co JR, HAT Co and HAT Co band students – private voice or instrument lessons
- Invited Musical Theater Workshop students