Enriching lives and creating community through music




Hoff-Barthelson Music School was founded in 1944 by Virginia Hoff and Joyce Barthelson, two gifted musicians who believed that the joy of music and the skills to perform it should be available to everyone. They left a legacy that has touched the lives of many thousands: a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of music education, performance, and community service.

A commitment to creativity, collaboration, and community is the animating spirit of our approach to music education for students of all ages:

  • A supportive musical environment. We inspire our students to develop their musical and human potential as part of a community of peers, teachers, and parents. Adults find a musical home at HBMS, too—pursuing their love of music with others who share their passion.

  • A focus on the whole student. Teaching understanding, appreciation, and musical skills goes hand in hand with nurturing critical thinking, creative, social, and other valuable learning and life skills.

  • Customized learning. We work with all students—whether their interests are casual or pre-professional—to design individual goals and pathways and connect them with the best possible teachers.

  • Exceptional teaching. Our faculty—drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers—excels at matching their teaching approach to the individual, catalyzing each student’s progress from beginner to advanced.

  • Multifaceted curriculum. Our comprehensive approach combines individual instruction, musicianship courses, ensembles, and frequent performance opportunities offered year-round.




"Hoff-Barthelson provides an all-encompassing musical environment, not just isolated music lessons."

"My children are not great musicians, but I hoped that being in an environment where they are surrounded by people—students and teachers—who loved music would inspire them. It has."

"We chose the school because of the talented and esteemed faculty, frequent performance opportunities, and broad range of course offerings. HBMS fully deserves its reputation as a premier music school."

A nonprofit institution, Hoff-Barthelson Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and an affiliate of ArtsWestchester.