Hoff-Barthelson Music School

The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (HBMS) was founded in 1944 by Virginia Hoff and Joyce Barthelson, two gifted musicians who believed that music, and the skills to perform it, should be available to everyone. Since then the school has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its leadership in education, performance and outreach.

Rye resident Nancy Pasquale enrolled her son Aidan in the HBMS community when he was just 9 years old. He is now a high school senior and an accomplished double bassist. Pasquale says HBMS is special because of “the caliber of the program and its teachers, the breadth of opportunities, and the sense of community.”

All HBMS students receive weekly private lessons, plus musicianship classes, ensemble instruction, and numerous performance and practice opportunities with accompaniment, as well as feedback and evaluation from faculty members. This all-encompassing approach is offered without charge to students enrolled for private instruction.

Parents can find out more about HBMS’s Early Childhood Program, for children ages 3 months to 5 years, which includes music and movement classes, recorder and pre-Suzuki lessons, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to noon and Sept. 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the school. Parents of children in grades kindergarten through grade 12 can stop by Sept. 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for more information.

Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale. 723-1169. hbms.org.