drum,  piano, viola lessons and more at Hoff-Barthelson Music School

The Community Outreach Program

Responding to the need for skilled musical instruction for underserved and disabled students, Hoff-Barthelson designed a mobile, low-cost program capable of reaching students wherever they are in Westchester. Over the past five years, the program has grown from a single location to six sites, mostly in Yonkers and Mount Vernon.

Over 200 students participate in free, weekly group lessons with an established curriculum taught by Hoff-Barthelson faculty. All teachers have degrees and advanced certification in music education. Through these regularly scheduled classes at schools and day care centers, Hoff-Barthelson runs the most extensive, free music education program for underserved children in Westchester County.

Our current locations are:
  • Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale School District, Valhalla
  • Graham-Windham, Hastings
  • Head Start, Mount Vernon and Port Chester
  • West Help, Mount Vernon
  • Edward Williams Elementary School, Mt. Vernon
We are proud that we have quietly built Westchester's largest program for free music education for underserved children. Our goal is to do more.

Please support the Community Outreach Program! For more information, contact Joan Behrens Bergman, Executive Director at 914-723-1169 or Or, you can make a gift online here: