Community Partnerships

Bringing music into the lives of people in challenging situations is a vital part of Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s mission. In partnership with local social service, health, and education institutions, we offer high-quality music instruction and performances for children and older adults who would otherwise have little or no access to music. Highlights include:

  • Weekly guitar, percussion, and ukulele classes—and an annual spring group performance—for 75 students in the residential education and treatment center of Graham-Windham School and the Greenburgh-Graham School District in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
  • Weekly music classes for upper-elementary and middle school students at the Andrus Orchard School in Yonkers, New York, which serves children with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. Students present a group performance for family and friends in May.
  • Lively music workshops every month for 50 pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and elementary school students receiving intensive rehabilitation and medical care at Mount Pleasant Blythedale Children’s Hospital Special School District in Valhalla, New York.
  • Weekly eurhythmic classes for 80 3- and 4-year-olds in Head Start at Westchester Community Opportunity Programs in Mount Vernon and Port Chester, New York. Hoff-Barthelson classes are the only music classes these children receive.
  • Weekly classes for preschool children who live at WestHELP, a permanent housing facility for homeless families in Mount Vernon, New York. The curriculum focuses on Dalcroze Eurhythmics, introducing musical concepts through movement, singing, and musical games.
  • R.I.N.G. (Repertory in Neighborhood Groups) Concerts, performances by Hoff-Barthelson students for neighbors at residential nursing homes and senior centers across Westchester County. We reach hundreds of older adults each year in this intergenerational program, which is a popular outlet for students who want to share their passion and love of music with older adults.

Please support the Community Outreach Program!
For more information, contact the Development Office at 914-723-1169 or via e-mail.

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