The Hoff-Barthelson School of Music will kick off its 2021-22 school year by offering exciting new classes for all ages and resuming the in-person delivery of most of its programs – including lessons, classes and ensembles – following an impeccable safety record during the 2020-21 school year season and 2021 summer session.
Students wishing to continue private lessons and perform online can do so; In addition, the school has installed two state-of-the-art smart classrooms so that students can also continue to participate in online music lessons.
Over the past year, the school has developed and refined rigorous safety protocols and, with the generous support of the Scarsdale Foundation, has made major investments in its HVAC systems. It has also just announced that 100% of its staff and teachers are fully vaccinated.
“We are excited to bring back our full line of sets, courses and lessons for students of all ages on campus this fall,” said CEO Ken Cole. âAt the same time, we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that all in-person activities are safe. I encourage all members of our community who are interested in music education to visit www.hbms.org to review our new campus-wide security plan. “
âWe are also excited to present a number of exciting new offerings in our Early Years, K-12 and Adult divisions,â continued Cole. These include group guitar lessons, advanced track music lessons, a piano ensemble program, and several new adult lessons, many of which are offered in partnership with Scarsdale Adult School. These courses are open to anyone, including students studying privately elsewhere. In addition, we will continue to offer several levels of our full program. Our expanded financial assistance program is also continuing. These are just a few of the many changes brought about by our commitment to ensuring that everyone – students of all ages and levels of development – have access to a world-class music education in our community. I invite everyone to join us at one of our next open days scheduled for the next few weeks! “
Group guitar lessons, for ages 4 through adulthood, offer students the opportunity to enjoy making music together, engage in group discussions and support each other. others. For younger children, group lessons are an ideal way to prepare for private education.
Chamber music for intermediate and advanced youth and adults has always been an important part of Hoff-Barthelson’s curriculum throughout the school’s 77-year history. Members of the New York Philharmonic travel annually to conduct master classes for students enrolled in the chamber music program. This fall, Hoff-Barthelson is excited to announce a new piano ensemble program as part of the school’s larger chamber music program. The Piano Ensemble program, held in the school’s state-of-the-art piano lab, is aimed at intermediate to advanced piano students who wish to develop their skills in ensemble and sight reading, as well as enjoying the social and emotional benefits of participating in musical creation. with the others.
The school is also pleased to present new Advanced Track Music (ATM) courses specially designed for upper secondary and secondary school students keen to develop a comprehensive understanding of music theory. For adult learners looking to develop a solid foundation in music theory, HBMS will introduce an Adult Music Theory and Hearing Training Boot Camp in partnership with Scarsdale Adult School.
Generous support from an “angel” donor enabled the school to refurbish a set of white chapel bells – the Stradivari of hand bells. HB’s Adult Handbell Class will ring in this beautifully renovated new set this fall and welcome new members starting October 1.
Hoff-Barthelson’s unique comprehensive program for students at all stages of development combines individual lessons on over 20 instruments and voices with regular access to professional coaching; musicality lessons; a myriad of performance opportunities; an ensemble program comprising orchestras, choirs, chamber groups and jazz ensembles; and written performance reviews and progress reports. The tiered pricing structure introduced last year, which links pricing to usage levels within the school’s entire curriculum, remains in place, as does the newly expanded financial aid program offered to families whose earnings are up to four times higher than New York State Discounted Lunch eligibility levels. This includes families whose income has been temporarily affected by the pandemic.
Hoff-Barthelson will host open days for the Chamber Music and Piano Ensemble Program, Suzuki Program, Youth Orchestra Program, and Early Childhood and Adult Divisions in September. Masks, social distancing, adherence to school fall safety guidelines, and RSVP are required for all in-person event attendees. Learn more about these events and RSVP by visiting https://hbms.org/news/fall-open-houses-and-orientation-sessions/ or by calling 914-723-1169 or sending an email [email protected].