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.

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

Hoff-Barthelson’s Dean or Associate Dean meets individually with each new student and parent(s) prior to enrollment, and selects a teacher who will be appropriate for the student.

How many private lessons are there each year?

The School has two 16-week semesters. Private instruction is available on a flexible schedule during summer months.

What is the registration process for returning students?

Returning students will receive their registration invoice via email in May and have the opportunity to reserve their current lesson and class schedule for the following year at that time. Students new to the School receive their registration materials via email soon after their interview with the Dean.

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 deposit is due at registration to begin the scheduling process. Students registering at the beginning of the year must pay their remaining balance by the deadline on the registration invoice. For students registering after the school year has begun, tuition must be paid upon receipt of the final invoice. Hoff-Barthelson offers a payment plan option at registration if you would rather pay your balance in installments.

Do we have to pay separately for musicianship classes or participation in ensembles?

Students enrolled in private lessons via our comprehensive tuition do not pay additional fees for any classes or ensembles. These students may register for as many classes or ensembles as they wish.

Beginning piano and guitar students enrolled in the Beginner Package participate in private lessons and one musicianship class or ensemble.

There is a modest charge for students from outside the School who wish to enroll in classes or ensembles only.

Does the Music School offer financial aid?

Yes. Download an overview of the financial aid program and an application here.

What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics for young children?

Swiss musician, educator and composer Émile Jacques-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 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.

What are the requirements of the Honors Program?

The Honors Program is for students 12 years or older; rare exceptions are made for a very gifted child. A student must be enrolled in private lessons for two semesters before being eligible for the program. The program is for talented students who are motivated and working up to their potential.

Selected through auditions, honors students are required to perform five pieces for a faculty jury in two special recitals a year. They must also perform in at least two other student recitals. Piano students must participate in chamber ensemble; string and wind students in chamber ensemble and orchestra; and voice students in chamber choir. All are required to attend musicianship classes. Attendance at one professional recital or concert a year is also expected.