Jazz Studies Program

  • Jazz Program
  • Faculty
  • Performances
  • Ensembles

  • The Hoff-Barthelson Jazz Studies Program offers a thorough exploration of America's great contribution to the musical arts in private lessons, jazz ensembles, and classes of jazz theory and arranging. Private study on winds, brass, piano, percussion and guitar in a variety of jazz techniques and styles are offered for students at all levels of technical and musical experience. The comprehensive program provides the opportunity for students to learn many jazz standards and the music skills necessary to improvise. Students are then able to apply that knowledge in one or more of the many jazz/rock ensembles that Hoff-Barthelson offers.

    The Jazz Studies Program faculty includes some of the most renowned instrumentalists on the jazz scene today. Master Classes by luminaries such as Joe Lovano, Jimmy Heath, Dick Hyman, Bob Mintzer, John Patitucci, Bill Charlap, and the late Michael Brecker are an annual highlight of the school year.

    Participation in ensembles and musicianship classes is offered free of charge to students enrolled in private lessons. Students who take private lessons outside of Hoff-Barthelson may enroll for a modest fee.

    Jazz Improvisation Ensembles
    30 annual classes

    Jazz/rock ensembles explore improvisation performance techniques.
    Geared to all levels of expertise.
    Weekly rehearsals; seasonal performances.

    Jazz Musicianship Classes
    30 annual classes
    Jazz Improvisation
    Jazz Theory I and II
    Jazz Arranging I and II

    Jazz Performance
    Faculty members and students perform throughout the year at a variety of concerts.
    • Jazz A to Z
      The jazz highlight of Hoff-Barthelson's annual spring celebration of contemporary music, The Music of Our Time Festival.

    • All That Jazz!
      The finale June concert presented in the informal setting of Scarsdale's Chase Park.