This FAQ page answers commonly asked questions in regards to Hoff-Barthelson Music School and its services. If your question isn’t answered by this page, please contact us via this form here.

Is the School operating during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes! Lessons in more than 20 instruments and voice are available online, as are classes for children, teens and adults. Excitingly, students are now performing in online recitals and ensembles are creating and sharing virtual performances!

Summer Lessons for children, teens and adults are available between June 2 and August 30 and registration is now open. Summer Lessons offer great flexibility—you can register for as few or as many as you’d like. View details on Summer Lessons for adults and K-12 students.

We are excited to be able to offer our popular Summer Arts Program Online beginning June 6, through August 6, 2020! Learn more about it here.

In addition, we will be offering a new online Summer Early Childhood Music and First Instrument program for children and families this summer. Learn more about these classes here.

New to the School and interested in enrolling this fall? Learn more here.

How do I choose a private lesson instructor for my child?

Hoff-Barthelson’s Dean, Associate Dean or Registration Associate meets individually with each new student and their caregiver(s) prior to enrollment, and places the student with the Faculty Member whose teaching style is ideally matched to the student’s needs.

How many private lessons are there each year?

The School has two 16-week semesters and a flexible summer session. Students can enroll in lessons at any time through the year; tuition is prorated accordingly.

What is the registration process for returning students?

Re-registration invitations were e-mailed to private lesson students in our K-12 and Adult Divisions on May 19. Registrations received by June 9 receive priority handling, with lesson times, classes and ensemble choices for Fall 2020 confirmed after June 30.

Re-registration invitations for Adult and K-12 students enrolled a la carte will be e-mailed in June, as will re-registration invitations for students in our Early Childhood Division.

What is the registration process for new students?

Registration processes vary according to division (Early Childhood, K-12, Adult, Summer). Learn more here.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or need support with the registration process?

During our present campus closure, the fastest way to reach us is by sending an e-mail to Please include your phone number and the best time(s) to reach you and we will be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may call the School at 914-723-1169 and leave a voicemail.

Whom do I contact if I have questions or need support with selecting a class, ensemble, club, or private instructor?

Our Deans and Registration Staff will be delighted to assist you! During our present campus closure, the fastest way to reach us is by sending an email to Please include your phone number and the best time(s) to reach you and we will be in touch as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may call the School at 914-723-1169 and leave a voicemail.

When will I find out the time and date of my child’s lesson?

New students will receive their proposed schedule shortly after submitting their completed registration materials. Requests for changes to returning student schedules during the registration period are addressed after the registration deadline on your invoice on a first come, first served basis, and confirmed as soon as possible.

When is my tuition due? Does Hoff-Barthelson offer payment plans?

A modest tuition deposit is due at registration to begin the scheduling process. Once a student’s schedule is confirmed, you will receive an invoice for the balance of tuition. You may elect to pay for the entire year, by semester, or via our payment plan (four installments per semester; eight per year and a 3% finance fee).

Students registering after the beginning of the school year in September must pay for the entire year, the first semester, or enroll in the payment plan upon receipt of their tuition invoice.

Can I drop off registration information and/or payments?

Normally, we are delighted to receive registration materials and tuition payments in person. As our campus is currently closed and personnel are working remotely, we ask that you register and make tuition payments online. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail your payment to HBMS, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583. Please do not send cash.

What is Hoff-Barthelson’s Comprehensive Program?

Our renowned Comprehensive Programs for K-12 and Adult students pair private lessons with musicianship classes, ensemble offerings, frequent performance opportunities, progress reporting, and professional accompaniment, to provide a fully-rounded education that accelerates learning and development.

Students may choose to participate in one of three tiers: Core, Full and Extended. To learn more about the value offered by our Comprehensive Programs, visit our our  K-12 Comprehensive Program or Adult Comprehensive Program pages.

Can I Register for Classes or Ensembles if I don’t Take Private Lessons?

Yes! Students not taking private lessons at Hoff-Barthelson are invited to enroll in classes and ensembles on an a la carte basis.

Where can I find a list of classes and ensembles offered by the School?

For comprehensive descriptions of offerings in the School’s Early Childhood, K-12 and Adult Divisions, as well as our Summer Programs, view our catalog.

Use the following links for up-to-date listings of 2020-21 class and ensemble offerings:
Early Childhood Classes
K-12 Classes
K-12 Ensembles
Adult Classes and Ensembles

Does the Music School offer financial aid?

Yes. View our Financial Aid Guidelines and download an application form here

Does the School offer merit-based scholarships?


Are tuition discounts available?

A discount of $500 per year is available to students enrolled in private lessons on two or more instruments and/or voice and composition.

Can I keep the same lesson time next year? Is there priority registration for continuing students?

We make every effort to honor students’ requests for specific lesson times, and returning students who register before June 9 receive priority consideration. Given the many variables involved in scheduling, we cannot guarantee lesson times in advance. The best way to secure a lesson time that works best for your schedule is to register early, before faculty members’ schedules are filled.

What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics?

Swiss musician, educator and composer Émile Jaques Dalcroze developed Dalcroze Eurhythmics – also known as the Dalcroze Method – an approach to learning and teaching music through natural body movement. Underlying his methodology was the belief that at the core of the musical experience is rhythm, which is embodied in movement and gesture.

The approach encourages learning through active participation in a relaxed setting, utilizing singing, movement and improvisation. Children develop inner hearing, rhythmic sensitivity and familiarity with elementary note-reading.