Hoff-Barthelson Music School

Hoff-Barthelson Music School

Mission Statement:

HBMS inspires and develops each student’s potential through excellence in music education with a commitment to creativity, collaboration, and community.

Vision Statement:

To enrich lives and create community through music.

Established in 1944, Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach. It is one of the largest community music schools in the country, serving more than 1,800 students from 50 Westchester municipalities and beyond. The faculty of 90 is drawn from the nation's most distinguished performers and educators.

Open to all ages, the Music School offers a comprehensive music program of individualized instruction in both classical music and jazz idioms in combination with a sequential musicianship curriculum.

Participation in large and small instrumental ensembles and chorus and frequent performance opportunities in a warm, familial setting is a hallmark of the School's educational philosophy and an integral part of the curriculum.

A substantial number of Hoff-Barthelson graduates continue music studies at the collegiate level and pursue careers in performance and teaching; equally valued by the HBMS faculty are the number of HB students who, under their expert tutelage, acquire the technical skills and musical wisdom that will lead to a life-long enjoyment of music as avocational players or listeners. 

AFTER-SCHOOL
Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition for leadership in music education, performance, and outreach in a warm, familial environment. Its educational approach to classical music and jazz centers on quality, individualized instruction which includes a broad musicianship program and a performance program that affords numerous opportunities for students as soloists and in ensembles. Westchester’s only Music Tech Lab and orchestral training pyramid in a community music school. Recorder classes and music classes for preschool-age children introduce beginning music skills in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese.


Meet the Camp Director

HBMS Preschool is purposely intimate, which gives me ample time and opportunity to nurture each child?s creativity and intellectual curiosity in both classes. HBMS provides the added benefit of superb early childhood music classes twice a week. We use classical music literature (like Peter and The Wolf) as a foundation for our annual special art project, which is a three-dimensional, recycled materials construction that is based on and inspired by the music. (Three-year-old class, Monday?Thursday12:30pm?2:45pm & 4-year-old class, Monday?Friday 8:45am?11:30 am).