Piano students find a musical home at Hoff-Barthelson.

We're excited that your interest in piano for yourself or a loved one has brought you here!

Founded in 1944, our mission is to ensure the joy of music and the skills to perform it are available to everyone.

As one of the largest community music schools in the country, Hoff-Barthelson has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for unsurpassed leadership in education, performance, and outreach.

At Hoff-Barthelson, students of all ages and levels of advancement grow in their ability to play the piano and in their love for music. Our distinguished faculty deliver individualized, comprehensive instruction for each student within the context of a friendly and supportive environment.

So... who are our piano programs for?

We've designed our piano program to deepen and accelerate learning from early childhood through high school and into adulthood.

Our maturity and size allows us to effectively teach a student population comprised of casual learners, students who aspire to collegiate study, and adult amateurs eager to develop their musical skills at all levels of advancement.

Our faculty's broad expertise is able to meet the needs of students whose musical interests range from classical to jazz, pop, and world music.

Whether you are a beginner seeking a great start, an advanced student preparing for auditions, or an adult pursuing a lifelong passion, Hoff-Barthelson offers an environment suited to individual achievement, a supportive community, and a tradition of excellence.

What outcomes can you expect from our programs?

Students of all ages join our community for reasons as diverse as they are. 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 HERE.

What do current and former students have to say about their experience with us?

How do we produce the rich set of experiences and outcomes for our students?

Our piano programs are successful because they address all of the factors that work together to shape an individual’s growth as a musician and pianist. These include:

Exceptional Teaching - Our faculty - drawn from the region’s most talented teachers and performers - excel at meeting individual needs, developing artistic and human potential, and inspiring achievement for students of all levels of ability.

A Multifaceted Curriculum - Our comprehensive approach deepens and accelerates musical development through individualized private instruction; classroom instruction in music theory, sight-singing, and music history; ensemble opportunities ranging from chamber music and jazz to choirs and orchestras; regular performance opportunities, including recitals, workshops, performance festivals, and master classes with visiting artists; and ongoing assessment of student progress.

A Focus on the Whole Person - Developing musical skill, understanding, and appreciation goes hand in hand with nurturing valuable learning and life skills. Problem solving abilities, fine and gross motor skills, self-confidence, peer relationships, focus and organization, teamwork, and more - all grow stronger when learning and performing.

A Supportive, Joyful Learning Environment - We inspire students to develop their musical and human potential, pursuing their love of music with peers, friends, family members, and teachers.

So what’s next for us?

We take great care to assess each student’s particular interests and needs before assigning teachers, classes, and ensembles.

So the next step for interested students and families is to request a placement meeting with one of our Deans.

This is not an audition, but a welcoming introduction to Hoff-Barthelson’s individualized approach to music education.

If you prefer to connect with someone on the phone please use the number below.

914-723-1169 (Monday - Saturday, 9 AM – 5 PM.)

You can also use our online registration system by clicking on the button below. Please expect that a new browser tab will open, taking you through two steps that will help us match you with the most relevant member of our team.

If you have any questions or would like to connect with us via email please use the email address below.

registration@hbms.org