Adult Program

Students of all ages find a musical home at Hoff-Barthelson, and adults are no exception. The high quality of our faculty and the warm, welcoming atmosphere have attracted a wide following of adults at all levels of advancement. Lessons, ensemble opportunities, musicianship courses, and performance opportunities enable adults at all levels to discover new talents and interests and build on existing skills. As an incentive to experience all we have to offer, fees for ensemble participation, musicianship classes, and performance opportunities are waived for all adults enrolled in private lessons.

We take great care to assess each student’s interests and needs before assigning teachers, classes, and ensembles. We ask that you schedule an interview so we can make the best possible matches for you. This interview is not an audition. Students may enroll throughout the year for private instruction. Registration deadlines for classes and ensembles vary.

Private Instruction
Private lessons in all instruments and voice for adults at all levels are offered for two 16-week semesters during the academic year. If you want to continue your studies during the summer months, we offer a five-week session from late June through the end of July. You are not required to enroll for the full session and may take as many or as few lessons as desired.

Musicianship Classes
Musicianship classes deepen your understanding of music and build additional skills that will make you a more capable and sensitive musician. These classes are great places to form friendships with other music-lovers. Most classes run 15 weeks per semester; HBMS also presents special lectures and seminars for adult students throughout the year.

One of the benefits of studying at Hoff-Barthelson is the opportunity to make music with others through ensembles guided by expert coaches and conductors. These experiences can greatly enhance the joy you find as a member of a community of music makers. Fees are waived for those enrolled in private instruction.

The Chamber Music Program combines coaching sessions with performance opportunities for players at all levels. Students may also form their own ensembles. The Jazz Ensemble is a no-pressure, instructional jazz band experience for intermediate to advanced players. Music is arranged to accommodate individual skill levels. The Flute Choir welcomes all flute players and often combines with young students in the intergenerational HBMS Flute Orchestra.

Performance Opportunities
Sharing music with others can be fun—but sometimes anxiety provoking! Our adult performance opportunities give you a chance to make music in a relaxed, supportive environment while forging new friendships with other music lovers. Performance Workshops are informal performance sessions for adults at the beginning and intermediate levels. Adult Musicales, scheduled throughout the year, are group recitals with solo and ensemble performances by adult students at all levels.

Jazz Studies
Hoff-Barthelson’s adult Jazz Studies Program incorporates private lessons, ensembles, and improvisation, arranging, and theory. Private instruction in winds, brass, piano, percussion, and guitar in a variety of jazz techniques and styles is offered for students at all levels of technical and musical experience. The faculty includes some of the most renowned instrumentalists on the jazz scene today.