At Hoff-Barthelson, students of all ages, from beginner to advanced, learn to play the piano and deepen their love of music.

Our distinguished faculty delivers comprehensive instruction for each student in a friendly, supportive community.

Who takes piano lessons at Hoff-Barthelson?

  • Everyone: children, teens and adults, ages 4 and up!
  • Absolute beginners, to advanced high school students preparing for college, and adult amateurs at all skill levels.
  • Anyone valuing high quality, in-depth music education.

Many Styles of Music...

We specialize in classical, jazz, and more. Looking for instruction in a specific style? Just ask.

Options for Studying Piano at Hoff-Barthelson...

Comprehensive Piano Package for Ages 4 – Adult

  • 30, 45, 60, 75 or 90 minute private lessons, 16 weeks each semester
  • Unlimited access to weekly performance workshops and recital opportunities year round
  • Unlimited access to multiple musicianship classes (e.g., theory, composition, piano history & literature, improvisation, sight singing)
  • Unlimited access to ensemble opportunities including chamber music, jazz, chorus, and a variety of instrument clubs
  • Regular progress reports each semester
  • Opportunities to consult with deans about student progress and opportunities

Beginner Piano Package for Ages 4 – 18

  • 30 or 45 minute private lessons, 16 weeks each semester
  • Unlimited access to weekly performance workshops and recital opportunities year round
  • Choice between one musicianship class or one beginner-level ensemble (15 weeks per semester)
  • Regular progress reports each semester
  • Opportunities to consult with deans about student progress and opportunities

Summer Lessons for Ages 5 – Adult

  • 30, 45 or 60 minute private lessons, during June and July, a la carte scheduling
  • Performance workshops and recital opportunities

How to Register

Request a placement meeting: we take great care to assess each student's particular interests and needs before assigning teachers, classes, and ensembles, so the first step is to meet with one of our deans. This is not an audition, but a welcoming introduction to Hoff-Barthelson's individualized approach to music education.

Schedule a placement meeting or call 914-723-1169, Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM

Our Experience and Integrity Helps Students Advance Faster...

Students who study piano with us develop faster and go farther than those at other schools. At Hoff-Barthelson, you can expect to….

  • Grow in your knowledge, appreciation, and practice of music.
  • Mature in self-confidence, self-discipline, determination, problem solving, and critical thinking, and other valuable learning and life skills, and
  • Develop rich new relationships with other music lovers.

Read about some of our students’ accomplishments during and after their time with us.

Questions? Need more info? Don't see the package that suits your needs?
We'll connect you with one of our deans or the registrar who can point you in the right direction.

Request a placement meeting or call 914-723-1169, Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM

What current and former students have to say about their experience at HBMS:

"I was here as a kid, and now as an adult… I've seen so many talented kids go through this really awesome school over the years and really get inspired as well as a top notch education…. It's an exceptional school, not only with invested teachers, but also with a warm and integrated artistic community.... Great for kids, adults, new or well seasoned musicians."
– Review from John C via Yelp


"Hoff-Barthelson has teachers who are superb musicians and really devoted to kids, from the little ones who are tentatively playing for the first time to accomplished seniors. The school is devoted not just to education but also to performance and playing in groups, whether in one of three orchestras, an unlimited number of classical ensembles, and jazz and rock bands. Students at Hoff are benefited in many ways...social connections, passion for music, and even college admissions. Our own kids have loved the school and benefited greatly."
– Review from Alfred Spector via Google


"Best music education one can imagine - 13 years for our son and now his mom is a student too! As he goes off to college, I'll carry on the family tradition with piano lessons, theory classes and all of those wonderful concerts offered every year!"
– Review from Janet Sikirica via Facebook


About Hoff-Barthelson

Our mission is to ensure the joy of music and the skills to perform it are available to everyone. Since 1944, Hoff-Barthelson has become one of the largest community music schools in the country and has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for unsurpassed leadership in education, performance, and outreach.
Read more about our rich history

Questions? Need more info? Don't see the package that suits your needs?
We'll connect you with one of our deans or the registrar who can point you in the right direction.

Request a placement meeting or call 914-723-1169, Monday - Saturday, 9 AM - 5 PM