Parent & Student Resources


How do I choose a teacher for my child?

Hoff-Barthelson's 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.

What is the registration process for returning students?

We send registration forms to all currently enrolled students in May. Students new to the School receive their registration materials soon after their interview with the Dean.

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

We contact current students in late July. New students will be told as soon as possible after they have registered. Problems with schedules are addressed quickly, and every effort is made to accommodate scheduling preferences.

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

Students enrolled in private lessons do not pay additional fees for classes or ensembles. There is a modest charge for students from outside the School who wish to enroll in classes or ensembles.

Does the Music School offer financial aid?

Yes. Download a financial aid application here.

What is the Music Resource Center?

The Music Resource Center houses an outstanding collection of CD's, pedagogy materials, audio and video materials, books on music for children and adults, literature, and summer camp brochures.

What is Dalcroze Eurhythmics for young children?

Conceived by the noted Swiss educator, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, 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. Hoff-Barthelson has developed one of the largest faculties of Dalcroze trained and certified teachers in the United States.

What are the requirements of the Honors Program?

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.