We are pleased to announce that Hoff-Barthelson Music School will offer Summer Lessons both in-person and online.

Summer Lessons may begin immediately after the last day of the Spring Semester, per the schedule below.

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The Case for Continuity: Why Summer Lessons Matter

Summer learning loss – the erosion of skills gained over an entire school year that results from setting aside one’s musical studies over the summer – is one of the music educators’ most troublesome foes. On average, students who step away from their musical studies over the 12 week summer vacation season lose 2 ½ months of hard-won gains, often catching back up to their level of playing in June in late November.

On the other hand, students who continue to practice and attend lessons over the summer continue to build their skills enjoying considerable advantages as a result.

Here at Hoff-Barthelson, we recommend that all students continue their lessons over the summer holidays, ideally for a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks, while limiting breaks in practice and lessons to one or two weeks, three weeks maximum. Taking time off is vital too, as it provides the opportunity to refresh, recharge. Valuable perspective can be gained by stepping away — just don’t step away too long!

Summer Lessons at HBMS

Because summer is a season of recreation, travel, and new adventures for students and teachers alike, Hoff-Barthelson’s Summer Lesson program is designed to allow for maximum flexibility. Teachers set their own schedules, as do families. Students may register for as few or as many lessons as they like. Some students opt to schedule two lessons a week; others schedule lessons every other week; travel schedules are accommodated; and lessons may take place on campus, online, or both.

Performance Workshops, Recitals and Accompaniment Service Included

Summer Lesson students enjoy opportunities to participate in in-person and online performance workshops and recitals at no extra charge. In-person accompaniment service will also be available Monday – Thursday between the hours of 2:00 and 7:00 pm, and on Fridays between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, subject to demand. Online students who register for three or more lessons may request recordings of the accompaniment to the works they’re studying.


Not all HBMS faculty members teach during the summer and hours may often differ for those who do. While many faculty members will be offering both in-person and online lessons, some are able to offer just one option, and others’ availability can be limited due to professional commitments during the summer.

For these reasons, we recommend speaking with your or your child’s teacher about their availability as the first step in the registration process—past experience has demonstrated this to be the most efficient process.

How to Register

Your completed Summer Lesson Request Form must be received at least 10 days prior to your first lesson. The registration fee and tuition must be paid in advance as well.

Current Students

  • Consult with your private lesson teacher regarding their availability for Summer Lessons, in-person, online or both.
    1. In the event your teacher is not available this summer, please ask if they would like to recommend one of their HBMS colleagues for you to study with this summer.
      1. If your teacher is able to make a recommendation, please notify us at registration@hbms.org prior to completing your Summer Lesson Request Form.
      2. If your teacher is uncertain whom to refer you to, please feel free to contact Dean Chris Kenniff or Associate Dean Kathy Jones for assistance or call 914-723-1169.
  • Complete the Summer Lesson Request Form to the best of your ability. We understand that many schedules are still in flux; at this stage, we simply need to know your general availability and preferences. Provide as much detail as you can but be assured that you’ll have a chance to amend and revise your schedule before Summer Lessons begin and any payment is due.
  • Upon receipt of your completed Request Form, a member of our registration team will confer with your teacher and build a draft schedule for your review. Please allow us a week to 10 days to complete this step.
  • Once you have approved the schedule, we will send you a link with instructions for paying your registration fee and tuition online.
  • Paying your registration fee and tuition in full completes the registration process: your lessons may now begin!

Students Returning After a Break

To begin the registration process, please contact our registration department so that we can connect/reconnect you and your teacher. From there, the process is the same as above.

Students New to the School

We take great care to assess each new student’s particular interests and needs before matching them with a private lesson teacher thus the first step for interested students and families is to request a placement meeting with one of our deans. This meeting is not an audition, but a welcoming introduction to Hoff-Barthelson.

Once we’ve matched you with your teacher, we’ll then assist you with the registration process.

Should you have questions or need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our registration team at registration@hbms.org or 914-723-1169.

Online Lesson Hours

Online Summer Lessons may be conducted at any time that is mutually convenient to the teacher and student beginning June 1 through September 8, (including weekends). Staff support will only be available during the School’s regular administrative office hours, Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Please note that during the month of July the administrative offices will close at 1:00 pm on Fridays.

In-Person Lessons Hours

In-person lessons will be offered Monday through Thursday from 12:00-9:00 pm and on Fridays from 12:00-4:00 pm, starting on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 1
  • Wednesday, June 2
  • Thursday, June 3
  • Friday, June 11
  • Monday, June 14

The last day for in-person lessons is Friday, August 13.

Tuition and Registration Fees

A discount of 10% is available when purchasing packages of three or more lessons per student with a single teacher.

While Summer Lesson tuition doesn’t include classes and ensembles, interested students entering grades 1 – 12 this fall are encouraged to consider enrolling in our Summer Arts Program.

HBMS 2021 Summer Lesson Prices per lesson

Lesson Length
1 or 2
3 or more (10% off)
30 minutes
45 minutes
60 minutes
75 minutes
90 minutes

Registration Fee

$25 per student. You may add more lessons throughout the summer without incurring additional registration fees, unless the student is adding an additional instrument.

2022 Summer Arts PROGRAM

We are pleased to announce that Hoff-Barthelson Music School will offer a Summer Arts Program for students entering 1st – 10th Grade in September.