Who We Are

About Hoff-Barthelson

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.



Hoff-Barthelson Music School was founded in 1944 by Virginia Hoff and Joyce Barthelson (pictured above), 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. Today, we honor their philosophy and values as Hoff-Barthelson continues to help students of all ages develop their musical and human potential. This legacy is the heartbeat of the Hoff-Barthelson community and the animating spirit of our tradition. Students, parents, faculty, staff, and board members are all important contributors to our community, striving for excellence in all we do while establishing lifelong bonds of friendship and instilling a deep love of music.

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 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.