Looking to take your skills to the next level in the arts? OFC Creations is proud to have a team of highly-qualified Teaching Artists ready to help bring out the talents in you! In individual lessons, students work privately with their instructor in an area of interest. Areas include: Voice, Piano, Acting, Dance, and now Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, and Banjo.
Lessons are held in-person at the OFC Creations Theatre Center at 3450 Winton Place, Rochester, NY 14623
Private Lesson Tuition Cost:
30 Min Lesson – $29
45 Min Lesson – $41
60 Min Lesson – $52
Depending on teaching artist or type of lesson, individual lessons may be conducted in-person following OFC's Fun & Safety Plan or may take place online.
Open for ages 7 to 107, one-on-one instruction is available for all students interested in expanding their skills in music, drama, and dance.
Private lesson students will perform in a recital usually twice each year at the OFC Creations Theatre Center. Details on these recitals will be emailed to all enrolled families.
The advantage of taking lessons at OFC is that our instructors can focus on audition material for upcoming shows you will be joining us for - vocals, acting, and dance!
Please view refund and rescheduling policy below before signing up for lessons.
Voice Lessons & Beginner Piano with Hadley Strelau
Strelau is a Rochester native and has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Nazareth College. She spends her days teaching private voice and piano here at OFC, and her evenings either in rehearsal or performing with local theatre groups and Wild at Heart Duo. As a teaching artist, Strelau strives to instill confidence and joy through the arts in all of her students. Favorite performance credits include: Katherine (Newsies), Beth March (Little Women), Hope Cladwell (Urinetown), and Tiger Lily (Peter Pan).
Voice Lessons with Jonathan Benn
Benn is currently studying as a BM Music Education student at Nazareth College. He has worked with performers and directors such as Corey Cott, Cara D’Emanuele, and most recently has worked with Brett Smock of the REV Theatre Company at Nazareth College on scene selections from American Psycho the musical. Some of Jonathan’s credits include Leading Player (Pippin), Andy Lee (42nd Street), and Harvey Johnson (Bye Bye Birdie).
Benn will also be vocal vocal directing several summer camps at OFC this summer.
Dance Lessons with Caeli Carroll
Carroll is a choreographer and dancer who recently graduated from Ithaca College receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts Management and Dance. She has been dancing since the age of three and has been performing in theatre since the age of eight. During her time at Ithaca, she was a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for two dance companies, danced in the theatre departments Dance Concert, and worked as the Assistant Choreographer for their spring musical. Carroll recently returned from New York City where she participated in Dance Lab New York’s Broadway Choreography Intensive where she worked with some of the top professionals in the industry, including Josh Prince, Jeff Calhoun, JoAnn M. Hunter, and Al Blackstone. One of her favorite work experiences was working as a choreographer and dance instructor for Interlochen Center for the Arts summer program. Carroll believes that dance is a beautiful and fun outlet for expression and has limitless storytelling potential. She is incredibly excited to work at OFC and hopes to share her love and passion for the creative arts and spark a similar passion in the students!
Acting & Guitar Lessons with Jonah Martin
Born and raised in Rochester, Martin studied Musical Theatre at Lancaster Bible College. In addition, Martin is a multi-instrumentalist and has performed in a myriad of productions all over the country. Previous Credits include Almost Heaven: John Denver's America (Denver/Company), Ring of Fire (Cash/Company), Stand By Your Man: The Tammy Wynette Story (George Ritchey), The Alaska Cabin Nite Theatre (Charlie McGonagall), the national tour of Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story (Joe B. Mauldin), and RWCCT's production of Newsies (Jack Kelly). Martin was also a founding member of folk band Kilo Lima, active from 2016 to 2018. Martin is offering Guitar, Ukulele, Bass guitar, and Banjo lessons to beginners of all ages; with an emphasis on reading skills, aural skills, and unlocking the instrument for yourself. Whether it's learning all your favorite songs or learning the sacred art of "the jam", it's never too late to start enjoying a musical instrument.
Please contact us if there a teacher's current availability does not work with your schedule and you need additional options.
Students register on a month to month basis. At the end of each month students have the option to opt out of re-enrolling. Payment for one month’s total lessons is due at time of booking. Payments is preferred by credit card; however, cash or check (made out to OFC Creations) is an option upon request. Community Engagement Forms and most OFC Creations gift certificates cannot be exchanged for private lessons. Please call for info. Automatic payments may be required if invoices are not paid by due date.
Students in private lessons will follow guidelines noted in our Fun and Safety Plan for precautions against COVID-19. Students must fill out a health form prior to the first lesson.
By signing up for lessons listed above you agree to:
Students have the option to reschedule up to lesson per month (based on availability) and must be notated in writing with the teacher.
Cancellations, no-shows, or rescheduling requests within 24 hours of the lesson WILL NOT be rescheduled and the payment not refunded.
Prior to 24 hours of the lesson, students may reschedule their own lessons through the Google Calendar link they were emailed.
If a scheduled make up lesson is missed or the student is unable to attend, the lesson will not be rescheduled or refunded.
If a student is late, the time will not be made up. Every cancelled lesson by teacher will be made up, if not, a session will be credit to the next month’s tuition.
All lessons are taught at the OFC Creations Theatre Center (3450 Winton Place, Rochester NY 14623) in our theatre and breakout rooms.
Student agrees to treat everyone with respect and consideration while at OFC as well as follow all directions given to you by the theatre staff. This is for your safety.
Students shall keep language, behavior, and dress appropriate.
OFC does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and do not tolerate any drinking, smoking, drugs, or PDA at OFC events
By signing up for lessons, I agree to follow all policies and guidelines outlined in OFC’s Fun & Safety Plan.
By signing up for lessons, I understand that photos and/or video may be taken of my child by an OFC Team Member for social media and promotional purposes.
By signing up for lessons, I understand that OFC Creations will not be held responsible for virus infection on site and I agree to hold harmless and waive OFC Creations of any liability.
Those that are interested in having the OFC office book an ongoing lesson time will need to commit to a certain day/time of the week and lesson length. The lesson time slot will need to be booked for an entire season (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer) then may be changed/rebooked when the season is complete. Upon booking for the respective season, payments may be broken up into monthly or larger portions. However, it is to be noted, upon agreeing to booking for the season, the student and family are agreeing to fulfill that total number of lessons. If a lesson time needs to be changed, that is fine (per our normal lesson reschedule policy), however it must be rescheduled through the Square system or directly with the lesson teacher. The number of initially agreed upon number of lessons and payment amounts may not be reduced after the initial agreement is made, even if the invoice has not been paid yet.
For additional lesson options (music theory, instruments, etc) or to work with a specific OFC teaching artist like Judith Ranaletta, Hunter Ekberg, Eric Vaughn Johnson, or others - please contact us.
As of July 2020 OFC's policies and procedures were updated to "no refunds or transfers on all sales," including but not limited to tuition, deposits, tickets. A small processing fee applies to all class and camp registrations as well as tickets.