Summer Arts Program

For Students Entering Grades 1 - 10

June 27 – July 29, 2022

Customizable Five Week Session

Morning Only • Extended Day • Afternoon Only


Group Instrumental Instruction • Orchestra • Chamber Music • Chorus • Jazz and Popular Music • Music Technology Workshop • Piano for Non-Pianists • World Drumming • Chimes • Musicianship • Eurhythmics • Drama • Visual Arts


Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the ideal setting for a stimulating, challenging, and fun-filled summer arts program for students entering grades 1-10 in the Fall. Students at all levels try new instruments, gain proficiency on instruments they already play, experiment musically, take daily group lessons, and perform each week. For young children, the Summer Arts Program is a superb way to try out instrumental and vocal music-making—possibly for the first time—and discover their particular passions. Older students get a jump start on the school year as they gain confidence playing band or orchestral instruments. All students benefit from opportunities to play together in large and small ensembles, explore new instruments, and discover new musical styles while forming lasting friendships.

Students choose programs tailored to their individual needs and interests. Classes, workshops, and performance opportunities include singing, eurhythmics (learning music through movement), instrumental classes, chamber music, chorus, large ensembles, musicianship classes, visual arts, drama workshops, jazz, and popular music. An exciting Music Technology Workshop class for grades 4–10 gives students a chance to try their hands at using state-of-the-art software and hardware technology in support of their own creative projects.

Our exceptional faculty—made up of top performers and music educators—provide personalized attention to each student every day.

Faculty includes Donna Elaine (Flute, Chimes, Chamber Music, Music Through the Ages); Dara Kane (Art); Mark Kushnir (Violin, Viola, Chamber Music); Andrew Marino (Guitar); Rie Matsumoto (Piano); Jon Menges (Music Technology, Advanced Jazz Ensembles); Danielle Miller (Chorus, Eurhythmics); Pierre Piscitelli (Guitar, Theory, Advanced Jazz Ensembles); Vered Reznick (Piano); Glenn Rhian (Percussion, World Drumming); Robert Schwartz (Cello, Lower Strings, Chamber Music); Oldrich Teply (Piano, Composers Corner); Drew Vandewinckel (Clarinet, Saxophone, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band); Amédée Williams (Violin, Viola, Simple Symphony, Orchestra, Chamber Music)

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Schedule of Sessions

Morning Only Program

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Elementary Program
For students entering 1st – 3rd grades

All students participate in daily group lessons on choice of string, wind and brass instruments, guitar, and piano • Singing and Eurhythmics Class • Arts and Crafts • Drama Workshop

Junior & Senior Program
Juniors: Students entering 4th – 6th grades
Seniors: Students entering 7th – 10th grades

Choice of FOUR of the following classes:
Group lessons on choice of string, wind and brass instruments, guitar, and piano • Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, or Chorus (one required) • Percussion • Jazz Band • Visual Art • Drama Workshop • Music Technology Workshop • Musicianship

Extended Day Program

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Includes ½-hour lunch break. Students bring lunch.

Includes Morning Only Program AND choice of TWO afternoon classes.

Afternoon Only Program

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Choice of TWO classes from the Extended Day Program class offerings.

Featured Morning Program Offering

Music Technology Workshop (JR & SR)

Morning Program Offering

This exciting workshop teaches participants the skills needed to use hardware, software, and app technology in support of their own creative process. Students will learn skills that include creating and publishing computer notated scores, using MIDI files with software samples, and creating digital audio recordings. Student projects will be shared at the final concert. Appropriate for students new to the use of music technology and for more advanced students. Theory background and placement interview required.

Extended Day Afternoon Class Offerings

EL= Elementary (Grades 1–3)
JR = Juniors (Grades 4–6)
SR = Seniors (Grades 7–10)

Simple Symphony (EL & JR)
A first ensemble experience for string players.

Composers Corner (EL & JR)
A listening lounge designed to expand the students’ understanding of a composer’s life and times. An earful of music, a glimpse of art history, and a look at the social setting of the times.

Piano for Non-Pianists (EL, JR & SR)
Group instruction in basic keyboard skills for non-pianists held in the School’s state-of-the-art keyboard lab. An excellent and fun opportunity for immersion in this essential instrument.

Creative Keyboard (EL, JR & SR)
Piano students improvise and compose music of their own while growing their understanding of the elements of music: melody, harmony, and rhythm. By audition.

World Drumming (EL, JR & SR)
Students use African drums to explore rhythm, timbre, and a cross section of world music styles as they discover song form, ensemble playing, and improvisation. Knowledge of meter and note values is explored and reinforced.

Summer Chimes (JR & SR)
Students learn to play beautiful bell-like tone chimes. An exciting approach to the study of pitch, rhythm, music notation, and playing in an ensemble.

Chamber Music Workshop (JR & SR)
Ensemble coaching for trios, quartets, and quintets. Strings, winds, and piano.

Music Through the Ages (JR & SR)
A guided tour through all eras of music history designed to make connections between composers, their landmark compositions, and the societal, artistic, and intellectual trends that influenced them.

Advanced Jazz Workshop (JR & SR)
This workshop focuses on developing the student’s ability through hands-on training. Playing in small groups, students hone their skills as improvisers, develop their knowledge of jazz theory, and discover a world of performance styles, all while exploring the standard jazz repertoire. Open to all advanced instrumentalists.

NEW FOR 2022!

Crossroads Ensemble (JR & SR)

2:00 – 3:30 pm

An ensemble for students of any instrument that focuses on playing arrangements of popular music, the Great American Songbook, jazz, and world music with an emphasis on improvisation. Inspired by classical musicians including Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell who have embarked upon projects that bring classical musical skills together with a wide variety of music and musicians. Students write songs and make their own arrangements using Finale or Garage Band notation software—no experience necessary!


Space is limited; enrollment is on a first come, first served basis. Early registration is encouraged. Registrations received after May 31, 2022, are subject to a $100 surcharge. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration.

The balance of tuition is due by May 31, 2022; after this date, tuition is non-refundable.

Once you have registered, we will contact you to schedule a placement meeting with the Summer Arts Program Director to tailor the best possible program for your child.

Tuition includes music, art materials, and a T-shirt.

Additional fee of $80 for students enrolled in piano.


Partial need-based financial aid available. 

New Student Referral Reward Program