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Catalog Index

History ......................................................................................3Programs for Young Children ..................................................5 Recorder Classes .................................................................7 Pre-Twinklers .....................................................................7 Getting to Know You ...........................................................7 Suzuki Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute or Piano ...........................................................8The H-B Program .....................................................................9 Private Instruction ..............................................................9 Musicianship Training ........................................................9 Ensembles .........................................................................12 Performance Opportunities ..............................................13 Graduation Certificate Program .......................................14 Honors Program ...............................................................15 Jazz Studies Program .......................................................16 Master Classes ...................................................................17 The Elaine Stamas New York Educational Residency ......................................................18 Summer Arts Program .....................................................19Adult Program ........................................................................20Community Outreach .............................................................22Dalcroze Teacher Training and Certification .........................23Music Resource Center ...........................................................24 Programs for Music Educators .........................................24Friends of Hoff-Barthelson .....................................................25Faculty ....................................................................................26

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Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance, and

outreach. Through this commitment since its establishment in 1944, the School has become one of Westchester County’s most cherished and active cultural resources.

Open to everyone in the community, Hoff-Barthelson serves as a center where students of all ages can develop a sustained interest in music and reach their highest musical potential. The School’s educational approach centers on quality individualized instruction, a comprehen-sive curriculum with a broad, sequential musicianship training program, and a performance program that affords numerous opportunities for students to perform as soloists and in ensembles.

Hoff-Barthelson students acquire skills leading to a life-long enjoyment of music; many continue

music studies in universities or conservatories and pursue careers in performance and teaching. The Honors Program for gifted and committed students has produced prize-winning performers in national and international competitions.

Hoff-Barthelson’s deep commitment to community outreach programs spans a wide range of activities and brings music and music education to senior citizens, children, and the disabled and disadvantaged throughout the county.

A nonprofit institution, Hoff-Barthelson Music School is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State University of New York. The School is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and Arts Westchester.

Hoff-Barthelson depends on the generosity of contributors to continue and enhance its tradition of excellence. The Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund named Hoff-Barthelson as a major grant recipient in its Community Arts Education Initiative. A gift for student financial aid and faculty development enabled the School to reinforce its strong commitment to open access and quality education, while establishing a substantial endowment for the future. Financial assistance has come from many other sources over the years, including ArtsWestchester, the New York State Council on the Arts, and numerous corporations, foundations and individuals.


“Musical training is a more potent instrument than

any other, because rhythms and

harmony find their way into the inward

places of the soul.” —Plato

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History: A Tradition of Excellence Since 1944

Hoff-Barthelson Music School was founded in 1944 by two gifted musicians who believed that music and the skills needed to perform it should be available to everyone. Virginia

Hoff and Joyce Barthelson were artist teachers who collaborated for many years as duo-pianists. They left a legacy that was carried on for twenty-seven years by Mary Helton, Director of the School from 1972-1999.

Hoff-Barthelson has grown into one of the largest community music schools in the country, with a current population of more than 1800 students. The Music School’s musical legacy of excellence has enriched the lives of thousands.

Ruth Alperson, Dean

“If education is the heart of a community, then the arts are its soul.”

Executive Director since 1999, Joan Behrens Bergman has pledged to honor the philosophy of her predecessors. She and Dean Ruth Alperson perpetuate the vision of an institution dedicated to the highest standards of music education, performance and outreach to the community.

— Joan Behrens Bergman, Executive Director

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The Hoff-Barthelson Music School community extends a welcome of warmth and caring to all who walk through its doors and into its musical home. At Hoff-Barthelson, students embark upon a journey of musical growth under the guidance of our distinguished and dedicated faculty, and are encouraged to explore their musical ideas, tastes, and potential in a familial setting of friendship and support.

Hoff-Barthelson is committed to uncom-promising standards and a comprehensive music education for everyone. Students, parents, faculty and administration strive for

A Journey of Musical Growth

excellence while sharing the joy of accomplishments, and establish lifelong bonds of friendship through their love of music. The interaction of our young students with their teachers and peers is a significant facet of their development as musicians and as people.

Just as a cherished family heirloom is lovingly passed from parent to child, we seek to nurture the love of music in our students as a treasured gift from generation to generation.

Matthew del Guzzo, Age 2 Matthew del Guzzo, Age 17

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The first few years of a child’s life are critical in the development of personality, values and relationships. The teachers of Hoff-Barthelson Preschool instill a life-long love of music in their young students.

Music exerts a profound impact on children’s lives. Young children begin their music education at Hoff-Barthelson, guided and encouraged by experienced, dedicated, nurturing teachers to develop skills in music-making, and grow to love and appreciate music. Our preschoolers acquire many skills through music and music activities: to focus and concentrate, to listen and observe keenly, to become interested in watching and taking turns with their peers.

Programs for Young ChildrenRuth Alperson, Ph. D., Dean

The Journey Begins...

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Hoff-Barthelson offers weekly classes in Dalcroze eurhythmics music and movement for children through the age of five years, taught by our highly skilled, Dalcroze-trained music educators. This approach, conceived by the noted Swiss music educator, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, encourages learning through active participation. Exercises and games involve singing, movement and improvisation, using small percussion instruments, balls, hoops, and colorful scarves, to develop inner hearing, rhythmic sensitivity and familiarity with elementary note-reading. The children enjoy the relaxed setting, singing and making music with friends, learning joyfully.

In keeping with our Music School’s superior standards of musicianship and tradition of excellence, Hoff-Barthelson has developed one of the largest faculties of Dalcroze-trained and certified teachers in the United States through our Dalcroze Teacher Training Program.

The Faculty: Dr. Ruth Alperson, Laura Barnet, Yuki Hiruma, Yukiko Konishi, Kathryn Jones, Danielle Miller

EARLY MusiciANsHiPParent/child

Sensitivity to sound begins early in life as a loving voice. “Learning in the Lap” is an appropriate first learning experience for the youngest ears just learning to listen, providing an opportunity for parents and their littlest ones to share songs, rhymes and movement games in a nurturing, joyful setting.

Singing and movement appropriate for very young age groups. A learning and sharing experience for parents/caregivers and children.

Learning in the Lap (4-12 months) One 30 minute class, weekday mornings 30 weeks

The Guppies (12-18 months) One 30 minute class, weekday mornings 30 weeksThe Two’s One 40 minute class, weekday mornings 30 weeksThe Three’s One 40 minute class, weekday afternoons 30 weeks

Programs for Young Children

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REcORDER cLAss Group lessons in recorder introduce young children to this early wind instrument and to the joy of making music with others, while teaching the basic concepts of music and note reading.

Beginning RecorderOne 30 minute class weekday afternoons30 weeks

intermediate RecorderOne 45 minute class weekday afternoons

30 weeks

suzuki PRE-TwiNkLERs

Preschoolers are introduced to violin stud-ies and the joy of making music in a group experience. Rhythm and pitch patterns drawn from the first Suzuki songs are introduced through the music and move-ment component of this class. (See page 8 for Suzuki details.)

One 40 minute class weekday afternoons 30 Weeks

children only

Eurhythmics classes include movement, music games, listening, singing and improvising with rhythm instruments.

The Three’s One 40 minute class, weekday afternoons 30 weeks The Four’s One 40 minute class, weekday afternoons 30 weeksThe Five’s One 40 minute class, weekday afternoons 30 weeks

GETTiNG TO kNOw YOu: Exploring the instruments (The Four’s and kindergarten)

An ideal eurhythmics setting in which children discover and explore the full spectrum of musical instruments in prepara-tion for private instruction. One 40 minute class weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings

30 weeks

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Suzuki Program

ViOLiN, ViOLA, cELLO, FLuTE, PiANOFor beginning 4 to 6 year olds, the Suzuki Method combines listening, proper technique and posture, reinforcement, and active parental involvement. Each child has a weekly private lesson, group instrumental class, and eurhythmics class. While the child is attending eurhythmics class, parents attend their own instrumental class. HB Suzuki students begin to read music after they have mastered proper balance and posture, and have developed a sensitivity to listening. An interview is required to determine the choice of instrument and teacher.

Hoff-Barthelson Suzuki students have numerous performance opportunities throughout the year. There are fall and spring Suzuki concerts and annual “playdowns” at which students work their way through the Suzuki books. They also perform twice annually during the Festivals in Style. Students are eligible for chamber ensembles when the necessary level of proficiency is achieved and for admission to the Young People’s Sympho-nette when they are reading at the Suzuki Book III level.

Pre-TwinklersSuzuki Violin Studies for Preschoolers. See page 7 for description.

Barbara Berg, Program Coordinator


The Suzuki Method is modeled on a concept of early childhood education that focuses on factors which Shinichi Suzuki observed in native language acquisition: immersion, encouragement, small steps, and an unforced timetable for learning material based on each person’s developmental readiness to imitate examples, internalize principles, and contribute novel ideas. Suzuki noticed that all children pick up their native language quickly, and even dialects which adults consider “difficult” to learn are spoken with ease by 5 or 6 year-olds. He reasoned that if children have the skill to acquire their mother tongue, then they have the necessary ability to become proficient on a musical instrument

Shinichi Suzuki pioneered the idea that any preschool age child could begin to play the violin if learning steps were small enough and the instrument was scaled down to fit the body. His method, which he called “Talent Education,” was modeled after his theories of natural language acquisition. Suzuki believed that every child, if properly taught, was capable of a high level of musical achievement.

If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets a beautiful heart.

—Shinichi Suzuki

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At the core of Hoff-Barthelson’s curriculum is its program of individual instruction for beginning through advanced students. Private lessons are offered in all instruments and voice for two 16-week semesters during the academic year. Careful consideration is given to matching students with appropriate instruments and teachers. A meeting is held with all new students and their parents prior to registration.

Students enrolled in private instruction are strongly encouraged to participate in the musicianship training program, performance opportunities, and ensemble groups offered by the School. All class and ensemble fees are waived when enrolled in private instruction (see Registration insert).

It may be possible to receive academic credit for private lessons from your high school. Please contact your school for details.

MusiciANsHiP cLAssEs

Hoff-Barthelson offers a sequential, comprehensive program of musicianship training. Musicianship skills are the foundation upon which the student builds an understanding of music concepts that lead to a deeper appreciation of instrumental and vocal study. Musicianship classes promote music literacy through sight-singing, ear training and dictation, eurhythmics, notation, composition and analysis of musical form. Students enjoy the opportunity to meet and work with their peers in age and level-appropriate classes.

Offered without charge to students enrolled for private instruction. Deadline for registration: November 1.

BEGiNNiNGPre-k & kindergarten*A first experience in musicianship class. Develops listening skills, familiarity with simple rhythm motifs, pitch-matching. Singing and movement games, correlation of movement and rhythm. Use of small percussion instruments; exposure to basic note reading.

ELEMENTARY: Grades 1-4

Level i *Movement, ear training, note reading, rudimentary sight-singing. Introduction to basic written symbols, including staves, clef signs, key and time signatures, barlines, dynamics, tempi. Introduction to diatonic major/minor scales.

Level 2*Movement, ear training, note-reading, grand staff. Introduction to meter; rhythm patterns, subdivisions of the beat, phrase, traditional and nontraditional notation, intervals.

Level 3*Link from listening, singing and clapping to notation. Students keep notebooks, develop music writing skills, beginning with note values and combinations to simple rhythm patterns and melodies. Work with major/minor scales to two sharps and flats. Simple rhythmic/melodic dictation.

Time for chimes: Grades 2-4Designed for students who love to learn music and music concepts through a hands-on approach. Pitch, rhythm, and rudimentary music notation are the focus while learning to play tone chimes, which produce beautiful, bell-like sounds.

Enrollment after completion of Musicianship. Elementary Levels I and II, or with permission of the instructor.

The HB ProgramRuth Alperson, Ph. D., Dean

The Journey Continues...

*Taught by certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teachers.

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MiDDLE scHOOL: Grades 4 - 6

Level 1 Work with diatonic Major/minor scales, key signatures. Study of major/minor relationships. Arpeggios; study of intervals and their inversions. Triads, chord types (major, minor, diminished, augmented).

Level 2 Ear training; simple and compound meters. Work with major/minor scales to four sharps and flats. Study of basic Tonic-Subdominant-Dominant harmonies in diatonic scale. Study of dynamics, phrasing, articulation, and their corresponding written symbols. Rhythmic and melodic dictation.

JuNiOR HiGH scHOOL: Grades 6-9

Level 1Circle of fifths: know key signatures. Review, study, all major-minor diatonic scales. Rhythmic, melodic dictation. Study, sing, scales and modes. Work on basic chord progression, cadences, e.g., I - IV - V- I. Exposure to simple four-part harmony.

Level 2Ear-training. Elementary composition techniques, including harmonization of melodies. Use of motif in creating and developing rhythmic and melodic

themes. Forms: echo, question-answer and A-B-A. Half/whole steps in intervals. Introduction: use of Roman numerals in harmonic analysis. Applications to repertoire, styles.

Level 3Circle of fifths; all major/minor diatonic scales. Definition and general understanding of tonality. Relative major/minor relationship. Recognition of intervals, chords, visually and aurally. Introduction to modes. Composition using modes. Syncopated rhythms. Rhythmic and melodic dictation.

HiGH scHOOL: Grades 9-12

Level 1Clef reading: Treble , Alto, Bass. Exploration of Intervals: Perfect, Consonant, Dissonant. Work with triads and their inversions. Develop familiarity with scale construction. Study of Polyrhythms, ostinato. Sight-singing in diatonic major-minor scales.

Level 2Review and reinforcement of concepts. Transposition and analysis of four modes. One- and two-part melodic and rhythmic dictation; ear training. In-depth study of diatonic harmony, functional tonality, figured bass, chorale study of voice-leading principles. Harmonic analysis, and analysis of forms. Historical overview of style and structure.

Advanced Placement Prep*AP Prep: Grades 9-12Preparatory course for Advanced Placement theory. Review of all keys and key signatures. Scale structure: meaning and formation. Diatonic and chromatic scales and modes: similarities and differences. Modes: listening, writing, playing, transposing, composing; ear-training. Continuing to develop ease and expertise with notation.

* Enrollment in this class at discretion of Instructor.

Advanced Placement Preparation for Advanced Placement Music Theory ExamA one-year course that examines diatonic Music and functional tonality in concert with ear-training skills. 1) Intensive study of phrase structure, musical forms, intervals, scale formations, triads, seven chords with inversions. 2) Ear Training: Sight-singing diatonic melodies in all keys; simple and compound meters. Dictation : 1- and 2-part melody/rhythm; four-part harmony. 3) Bach Chorale study: harmonic analysis, Voice-leading principles, non-harmonic tones, cadences; modulation.

Pre-requisite: AP Prep or discretion of instructor.

The HB Program

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ELEcTiVEs: Grades 10 - 12

chopin to Ligeti: Analysis and Advanced Harmony Introduction to expanding chromatic harmony of 19th-century composers, including Chopin, Berlioz, Wagner, and the 20th-century worlds of Stravinsky, Debussy, and Schoenberg, to Ligeti. Analysis of related scores.

conducting *This class offers the fundamentals of conducting and baton technique; working in 2- 3- and 4-meters. How to show phrasing, cue players. Students are introduced to basic conducting patterns; they learn to communicate dynamic color, mood and expression through gesture.

Music History This course offers a broad overview of the evolution of music from 4th century Gregorian chant through the dawn of 13th century polyphony, the Renaissance, the glories of the Baroque, the 18th century classical period, the Romantic age of the 19th century and concluding with the exciting developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will be encouraged to play examples of the styles studied.


composition: Grades 4-6 Review of music theory concepts. Study of intervals; step-wise melodic notation. Work with pitch contour, melodies, rhythms, harmonies. Exploration of writing techniques, and forms in Contemporary music. Listening to and analysis of Impressionistic and Contemporary works. Weekly hand-written assignments, played in class.

composition: Grades 7-9 Analysis of students’ instrumental and vocal repertoire. Study of forms, including Theme and Variations and Counterpoint (fugues). Study of a range of composed works, from Bach to Varèse. Collaborative compositions by the class.

composition: Grades 9-12 Individual work by students; critiques from teacher. Work with basic forms, including ABA and Question/Answer. Composition of pieces for unaccompanied solo instruments. Exploration of works by composers including Copland, Debussy, Fauré, Gorecki, Pärt, Bolcom, and Adams. Polyrhythm performance system.

* Enrollment in this class at discretion of Instructor.


introduction to Music Technology Lab: Grades 7-9 Use of Finale music-writing program; techniques for using the software. Review and applications of basic music theory, including exploration of melodic contour, harmonic progressions, and forms, including AB, ABA, Question- Answer.

Music Technology Lab: Grades 9-12 For students who wish to apply various hardware and software technologies in the creative process of composition. These exciting classes will produce publishing-standard computer notated scores, prepare and use MIDI files with software samples, digital audio through recording/processing/mixing, and begin creating a live-interactive computer performer setup. State-of-the-art lab includes ten Macintosh stations with Finale, Sibelius, ProTools, Max/MSP, and Digital Performer software as well as a fully equipped Digi001 recording.

* Enrollment at the discretion of the instructor.

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Beginner Voices: Grades 2-4Work on sight-reading skills, from the chalkboard, to the choral score. Rhythm studies via Dalcroze eurhythmics / solfège exercises. Exploration through singing of major–minor diatonic scales, using numbers / letter names / sol-fa. Unison, simple rounds, two-part singing. Rhythm studies via Dalcroze eurhythmics exercises.

Junior Voices: Grades 5-8 Single-line, two- and three-part songs and canons. Lyrics in foreign languages: may include French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish. Alternate from singing melody to inner voice. Develop fluency reading from choral score: letters, numbers, sol-fa. Discussion of text, relationship of text and music. Bring basic written symbols, choral score, to life, through song.

chamber choir: Grades 9-12Study of broad range of vocal music styles; repertoire includes four-part harmony. Sing works a cappella and with accompaniment. Work on counting measures using subdivisions of beats. Learn how to project the voice, to communicate with and entertain an audience. Develop and master performance skills.

By audition only.

All choral groups participate in performances in Hoff-Barthelson “Festivals in Style” concerts.

JAzz MusiciANsHiP / RHYTHM sTuDiEs

world Drumming: Grades 5-8Introduction to polyrhythms. Learn hand techniques for a variety of percussion instruments. Exploration of musical styles of Africa, New Guinea, Latin America, Jamaica. Work in solo and ensemble settings. Instruments played include: djembe, pandeiro, congas, shekeré.

Jazz Theory: Grades 7-12 Intensive ear-training, using numbers. Review of major and minor tonalities. Exploration of church modes. All these elements developed within a jazz context, with immediate application to jazz style.

iNsTRuMENTAL ENsEMBLEsHoff-Barthelson is the only community music school in westchester with a four-tiered Orchestral Pyramid.

From the earliest stages of proficiency, students are encouraged to join one of the many performing groups at the School. Ensembles are designed to enhance the private lesson and provide the unique pleasure of performing with one’s peers. Students explore music literature appropriate for the level of each ensemble.

For the most advanced groups, well-known guest artists are regularly engaged to perform as soloists. Master classes and artist residencies are an integral part of the program, highlighted by educational programs with such distinguished ensembles as the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Young People’s symphonette For string players in the elementary grades. Rehearsal, Tuesday evenings.

7 pm - 8 pm

Robert Schwartz, Music Director

The HB Program

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chamber OrchestraFor string players in Junior High School. Rehearsal, Monday evenings.

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Robert Schwartz, Music Director

wind Ensemble For wind and brass players in Junior and Senior High School. Rehearsal, Wednesday evenings. 7 pm - 8 pm.

By audition.

Joseph Piscitelli, Director

Hoff-Barthelson Festival Orchestra A full symphonic orchestra for high school students at the highest level of technical ability and musical artistry. Five major concerts performed each year in various locations in New York City and Westchester County. World-renowned artists perform as soloists with the Orchestra. Rehearsal, Tuesday evenings. 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm By audition.

Jun Nakabayashi, Music Director

chamber Music

Provides opportunities for students to play together in duos, trios, quartets and quintets. Coached by faculty members. Weekly rehearsal.

Donna Elaine and Naomi Rooks, Coordinators

chime On! Grades 5-8Ensemble for students who wish to play and perform chimes in a group setting.

Donna Elaine, Director

clubsProvide a weekly opportunity for students of varied levels of ability to play and perform together under the guidance of an experienced teacher.

Brass club – Karen Froehlich Flute club – Eleanor Ball Junior Flutes – Eleanor Ball Viola club – Naomi Rooks

PERFORMANcE OPPORTuNiTiEs Music-making is rewarding, and even more fun when it is shared. Our teachers encourage their students to perform in Informals, Teen Workshops and Musicianship Classes in preparation for Student Recitals.

Each year, Hoff-Barthelson presents over 200 public recitals and concerts by faculty, guest artists, and students of the School. All students from beginners to advanced are expected to perform in musicianship classes and workshops. The following opportunities are available:

informals and Teen workshops Frequent Informals and Teen Workshops offer a unique, positive classroom setting in which students develop confidence in abilities and take pleasure in achievements while they improve performance skills. These performance classes are musical laboratories in which the students feel free to experiment with their musical ideas, play for their peers and teachers, and iron out the wrinkles in their performances in a relaxed setting prior to presenting them before an audience.

student Recitals Student recitals are scheduled each week. Students of all ages who are

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performance ready and wish to perform are offered the opportunity to participate in these recitals.

Honors Program RecitalsSmall recitals presented twice a year by students in the Honors Program. Students receive evaluations from a faculty jury at the conclusion of each semester.

senior and Graduation RecitalsPresented by students in their senior year of high school. Senior recitals are presented by those have not completed the requirements for a Certificate but can present a recital at the advanced level. Graduation recitals are presented by students who have completed the requirements for the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Graduation Certificate.

R.i.N.G. concerts (Repertory in Neighborhood Groups)Sponsored by the Friends, this series of student recitals is presented in nearby nursing homes, children’s hospitals and retirement facilities. R.I.N.G. gives HB students the unique opportunity to perform for people who might not otherwise have the pleasure of hearing music or seeing young people perform.

Family concertsPresented by families who make music together in various combinations.

Festivals in style The Hoff-Barthelson Music School presents an annual series of recitals and concerts that explore specific periods of music. The Baroque and Beyond, Classics in Concert and Spanning the Centuries Festivals focus on music of the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods. The Celebration Series: Music of Our Time Festival highlights the music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Performances include student solo recitals, Festival Orchestra, chamber ensembles, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonette, Chamber Choir, Viola Clubs, Flute Clubs, Beginner and Junior Voices, and Suzuki Strings. Students are eligible to audition for recitals upon the recommendation of their teachers.

concerto competition HBMS students are offered the opportunity of a Concerto Competition dedicated solely to the Hoff-Barthelson student body. The student awarded first place performs as guest soloist with the Symphony of Westchester.

GRADuATiON cERTiFicATE PROGRAMTo be eligible for the Hoff-Barthelson Music School Certificate, a student must demonstrate the ability to perform works from each significant period of music literature, successfully complete the required musicianship courses, and present a Graduation Recital.

The HB Program

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The Hoff-Barthelson Honors Program for gifted and committed students has produced prize-winning performers in national and international competitions. Many choose to pursue careers in performance and teaching.

Auditioned at the recommendation of their teachers, students in the Honors Program must enroll in chamber music, orchestra or chorus and are required to attend and successfully complete musicianship courses in addition to their private lessons. They are expected to perform three works representing different musical periods for a faculty jury at the conclusion of the fall semester, and two additional works of contrasting styles at the conclusion of the spring semester. A solo performance in a group student recital during each semester is also required. A full recital is required for graduating seniors. Attendance at one professional recital or concert each year is expected.

An Honors Program Certificate is awarded annually, and a special Graduation Award is presented at the Graduation Recital. Successful participation in this rigorous program is often beneficial in the college application process.

Auditions in early June. The program is for students in Grades 4 – 12.

Sara Crawford, Honors Coordinator

Honors Program

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Jazz Studies Program

Hoff-Barthelson incorporates private lessons, jazz ensembles, and jazz improvisation, arranging and theory into its comprehensive curriculum.

The Jazz Studies Department presents two annual concerts and JazzJam, a unique opportunity for students from outside the school to play informally with HBMS faculty and students.

Jazz improvisationStudents learn the rudiments of free style jazz improvisation, improvise over chord changes, play jazz phrases, rhythms and licks, study chords and scales common to jazz songs. Repertoire includes blues and jazz standards. Listening to jazz greats will be an integral part of this class. Requirements – Grades 7 and higher, basic knowledge of Diatonic Major Scales.

Jazz Theory i and iiThe study of music theory as it relates to jazz: diatonic harmony, music notation, chord nomenclature, composition and ear training. Students learn the historical context of jazz music and the function of each instrument in a jazz ensemble. Requirements – Grades 7 and higher, basic knowledge of Diatonic Major Scales.

Jazz Arranging Working in the styles of arrangers such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Nelson Riddle, students learn jazz harmony basics. The class will analyze jazz scores and learn to write lush harmonies to underscore the melodies of instrumental and vocal solos. Requirement: One year of jazz theory.

Jazz EnsemblesJazz/rock ensembles explore improvisation performance techniques. Rehearsals, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ed Palermo, Coordinator

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Hoff-Barthelson offers students unparalleled opportunities to participate in solo instrumental and vocal master classes coached by major performing guest artists and pedagogues.

Guest coaches in recent years have included the prestigious teaching musicians listed here.

ViolinGlenn Dicterow Pamela FrankDavid KimMidori Elmar OliveiraRuggiero Ricci Arnold Steinhardt

celloCarter BreySteven Doane Clive GreensmithIrene SharpFred SherryMarc Johnson

PianoSeymour BernsteinMichael BoriskinRichard GoodeGilbert KalishYoheved KaplinskyRobert LevinSeymour LipkinJerome LowenthalGarrick OhlssonMenahem PresslerAnn Schein

Paula Robison Flute Master Class

Fred Sherry Cello Master Class

Richard Goode Piano Master Class

Kenneth Cooper Piano Master Class

FluteRobert DickMarco GranadosMindy KaufmanRobert LangevinPaula RobisonGary SchockerMimi StillmanCarol Wincenc

clarinetAndrew Simon

VoiceJudy KayeDawn UpshawRobert White

JazzBill CharlapJimmy HeathDick HymanJoe LovanoJohn PatitucciTed RosenthalSteve RossGunther Schuller

Master Classes

Arnold Steinhardt Violin Master Class

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Annual chamber music master classes are the focus of the Elaine Stamas Educational Residency. New York Philharmonic members share their comprehensive knowledge of ensemble playing with HB’s young musicians in coaching sessions under their insightful guidance.

The student participants join the New York Philharmonic coaches after the Master Classes for dinner provided by our parents organization, the Friends.

Following dinner, the members of the Philharmonic are joined by their orchestral colleagues and special guest artists for an intimate evening chamber music recital in the Auditorium. Robert Rinehart, Viola

Ru-Pei Yeh, CelloMindy Kaufman, Flute

The Elaine Stamas New York Philharmonic Educational Residency

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summer Arts Program

Hoff-Barthelson offers a summer program of music, art, and musical theater for second through tenth graders. Students at all levels of advancement receive daily instruction in a five week program individually tailored to their needs and desires. The curriculum includes instrumental classes, chamber music, a variety of ensembles, musical theater, and weekly recitals. Please see the Summer Arts Program brochure for details. For registration and fee information, please visit our website, www.hbms.org or call the School.

Summer Arts ProgramJoseph Piscitelli, Director

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It is the high quality of the faculty and the warm ambience of the School that have attracted such a wide following to programs for adults at Hoff-Barthelson. A rich array of lessons, courses, performance groups, chamber music and teacher seminars provide opportunities to discover new talents and interests, as well as to hone existing skills.


Private lessons for adults are offered in all instruments and voice. Beginners, as well as those wishing to refresh their skills, are welcome. A placement interview is required prior to registration.


Hoff-Barthelson offers several courses each semester designed to fit into the busy adult’s schedule. For a complete listing of courses currently available, and a fee schedule, please call the School or see catalog insert.

chamber Music Program Combines coaching sessions with performance oppportunities and master classes. For players at all levels of ability. Meets weekly on weekday mornings. New players are welcome at any time and may call the School to make an appointment for a placement interview.

Rie Matsumoto, Coordinator

chime in! This class is for adults who would enjoy making music with beautiful bell-like tone chimes. Chime In and join the fun!

Donna Elaine

Adult Jazz BandA no-pressure, instructional jazz band experience for adult intermediate to advanced players. Because music is arranged specifically for the group, all instruments and levels are welcome. Players who do not improvise will be provided written solos.

Every other Tuesday evening. Jazz Studies Program Director, Ed Palermo

ElderRhythmics: Dalcroze for the Older AdultAn approach to learning music concepts through movement.

Participants in this class will experience the pleasure of moving with music in a warm and inviting group setting, while exploring music concepts and exercising skills in balance and gait. Research indicates that eurhythmics classes for the older adult may improve focus, confidence in movement, and offer a greater sense of well-being.

Kathryn Jones, Certified Dalcroze Teacher


Flute 101 introduction to flute skills. Group class.

Flute 201Intermediate level flute players. Group class.

Flute Ensembles Flute groups will explore the extensive repertoire for flute duos, trios and quartets.

Flute choirA friendly, informal setting for exploring the wide variety of flute ensemble repertoire. All levels welcome.

Eleanor Ball

MusiciANsHiPLevel 1*Work on vocalizing; vocal warm-ups. Study of diatonic major/minor scales, intervals in the scale. Simple rhythmic and melodic dictation. Analysis of students’ repertoire.

Level 2*Elements of Western musical language are explored. Study of basic musical elements, including pitch, rhythm timbre, etc. Study of scales through two-voice species counterpoint. Study of triads. Exploration of harmonic function; dissonant non-chord tones. Seventh

Adult ProgramThe Journey is Ongoing...

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chords, cadences, musical phrase, form. Basic composition, including writing melodies and harmonizing.

Level 3* Investigation of music materials through composed works. Study of functional harmony; introduction to chromatic harmony. Look at theory through styles: Baroque, Classical, Romantic. Principles of counterpoint. Study of Forms: sonata, dance form, rondo. Basic ear-training. Harmonic analysis done through score-reading, and immersion in one masterwork.

* Fee waived for students enrolled in private lessons.


Performance Group fees are waived for students enrolled in the School for private lessons.

HB chorus classAdults who love to sing explore a wide range of choral literature.

Performers showcaseFor adult musicians from the School and community who appreciate the opportunity for regular performing experience. Concerts are held in the Auditorium. Meets monthly. Intermediate and advanced levels.

Edmund Niemann, Coordinator Tuesday, 11:30 am

informal Performance workshopSharing of performances in a relaxed, supportive workshop environment. For adult students of all instruments and voice at beginning and intermediate levels. Develops an understanding of the music performed, as well as comfort and ease of communication.

Sara Crawford and Benita Meshulam, Coordinators Evenings

Adult student RecitalsSolo and ensemble performancess presented by adult students of all levels in group recitals.

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Hoff-Barthelson’s outreach program plays an important role in the School’s mission to bring music to senior citizens, children, the disabled and disadvantaged throughout the community. The program spans a wide range of activity and currently includes:

Arts-in-Education ProgramsA variety of music education and performance projects undertaken in collaboration with public and private schools and arts organizations in the county.

Artist seriesRecital performances by the distinguished members of the Hoff-Barthelson faculty.

Outreach seriesSpecial concerts by the Hoff-Barthelson Festival Orchestra, Festival Chorus, faculty and guest soloists performed in various locations throughout the county.

Mt. Pleasant-Blythedale Public schoolThe continuation of a long-established collaboration with the only public school in the state that serves the needs of multiply-handicapped children. Participatory classes and a musical program that prompts a physical response and movement, and engages children in discussion, are the hallmarks of the project.

RiNG concertsSmall, informal recitals presented by students in nursing homes, senior centers, hospitals and homeless shelters. Sponsored

by the Friends of Hoff-Barthelson.

L.A.M.P. (Lowell Alecson Memorial Performances)Private and group performances at the Jansen Memorial Hospice for critically ill patients. “Music on Call” private performances take place at bedside. Solo and chamber ensemble recitals are pre-scheduled for patient groups.

Mary Helton Memorial Recital series Group recitals take place at The Osborne, a retirement community in Rye.

westchester Jewish community services Early childhood classes in Yonkers at A Different Start, which works with young mothers and mothers-to-be.

Edward williams Elementary schoolAfter-school recorder classes for second grade Mt. Vernon students.

Andrus ProjectA year-round, after-school music program featuring world drumming and percussion for students of the Orchard School, which serves severely emotionally disturbed children.

Richmond community centerPerformances for developmentally challenged children and young adults.

Head startWeekly early childhood music classes in Mt. Vernon serving children ages three and four.

west HelpWeekly Head Start classes at a permanent housing facility.

Graham windhamWeekly classes in world drumming and guitar for troubled elementary, middle and high school students.

sharingsThis series of concerts by HBMS adult students is presented in nearby nursing homes, hospitals and retirement facilities. Our “Sharing” events offer adult students the opportunity to share their music with people unable to travel to recitals and concerts.

Community Outreach

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Dalcroze Teacher Training and Certification

is one of the exciting aspects of the training. The Dalcroze approach embodies ways of knowing, through the mind and through the senses which, Dalcroze affirmed, stimulate and nourish each other and come together in the learning process.

This program is for musicians and teachers with the desire to learn the Dalcroze approach for application in their class-room and private teaching, and for those who wish to become certified Dalcroze Eurhythmics teachers. Course work is conducted by Hoff-Barthelson’s Dean, Dr. Ruth Alperson, who holds the internationally recognized Dalcroze Diploma, awarded by L’Institut Jaques-Dalcroze, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dalcroze education is grounded in the connection of music with natural movement. Adults studying Dalcroze develop skills in movement, aural training (solfège) and improvisation. Improvising for movement— a unique aspect of this method—entails a creative encounter between the students and the teacher. The result of the encounter is a teaching-learning process, an ongoing improvised communication, and an evolving artistic entity. This merging of the art process and the teaching process


Eurhythmics/solfege/improvisation Beginning/Intermediate levels Dalcroze Methods: Principles and PracticesDiscussion; observing and working with children’s class.

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The Music Resource Center, opened in 1995, is a music reference library of music, books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and audiotapes. The collection includes music materials that include pre-Baroque, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary works for instruments and voice at all levels from early elementary to professional levels. There are sections devoted to chamber music, ensemble, musicianship, technique, jazz, folk, wedding and holiday music. Elements of the collection were received as donations from former HBMS faculty members Katherine Brainard and Frances Magnes.

The extensive book section of the Resource Center includes outstanding donations from the pedagogical libraries of Joan Peyser, Muriel Brooks and Robert Chase. College and summer camp reference materials are renewed annually. Music books for very young students are available, and there is a comprehensive reference section for music teachers and performers.

Faculty, enrolled students and their parents may borrow books and audio materials. Music is for reference only.

Hours: by appointment through the Business Office, 914-723-1169.

The MRC presents the following programs that address the interests of teachers, students, and parents:

New Music ReviewSessions by and for teachers featuring new acquisitions. Display of music, books, and audio materials. Performance of selected music by faculty and guests. Display of music, books, videotapes and software. Early Fall.

summer Arts AdvisoryPanel of students who have attended various music and arts camps report on their experiences. Early application suggested. List of resources available. In November.

college AdvisoryPanel of faculty members and Hoff-Barthelson alumni share their choices from childhood to the present, indicating the variety of paths possible in planning for a musical future. Most meaningful for high school students in grades 9-11. List of resources available. In early January.

The compose Yourself! ProjectA project that begins in the fall and culminates in the spring to encourage students to create original works worthy of performance in the Music of Our Time Festival. Aaron Copland House fellows and other distinguished guest composers give valuable feedback to participating students.

Aleksei Stevens, Coordinator.

MusicResource Center Wilma Machover, Director of

Artistic Programs

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The Friends ofHoff-Barthelson Music School

Holiday Music Festival volunteers

The Friends of Hoff-Barthelson are parents and friends who function as the Music School’s Parents Association. Hoff-Barthelson’s community spirit is one of the many things that makes it a special institution. The Friends exemplify this spirit through a multi-faceted program of services and fundraising. The organization pursues activities that help to ensure a broad and enriching musical experience for every student at Hoff-Barthelson. Members volunteer their time, their ideas, or their financial support; they act as ambassadors to the community, and sponsor concerts, seminars, master classes, and the Holiday Music Festival.

All members of the HBMS community—parents and guardians, faculty and staff, and anyone who is interested in our mission—are automatically considered members of the Friends.

The Friends make a generous annual gift to the School for scholarships, capital construction, and performance programs.

Call the School for additional information.

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PianoTanya BannisterElena BelliJoan Behrens BergmanEileen BuckStephen BuckSara CrawfordMargalit FeinsteinMing-Fung FungHélene JeanneyGlen Kirchoff William KomaikoYukiko KonishiWilma MachoverRie MatsumotoBenita MeshulamEdmund NiemannDavid OeiGena RapsVered ReznikGerald RobbinsJunko Tsumura ScedrovKatsura TanikawaSayaka TanikawaOldrich TeplyDelana ThomsenJon Vercesi

HarpsichordGlen Kirchoff

OrganKathryn Jones

HarpBarbara Allen

GuitarEd PalermoPeter Press Rolf Sturm

BassoonJanet Grice

French HornKaren Froehlich

TrumpetChristopher BubolzJames Hamlin

TromboneKaren Froehlich

PercussionGlenn Rhian

EurhythmicsRuth AlpersonLaura BarnetYuki Hiruma Charlesworth Kathryn JonesYukiko Konishi

VoiceLaura GreenJenny HaydenClaudia Wald

conductingJun Nakabayashi

MusicianshipRuth AlpersonStephen BuckDonna ElaineKathryn JonesYukiko KonishiDanielle MillerEdmund NiemannEd PalermoJoe PiscitelliEleonora RotshteynAleksei StevensConrad Winslow

compositionEleonora Rotshteyn Aleksei StevensConrad Winslow

Music Technology LabAleksei Stevens

chamber EnsemblesEleanor BallBarbara BergJoan Behrens BergmanEileen BuckLani King ChangElizabeth CondonDorothy DuncanDonna ElaineMargalit FeinsteinMichael FinckelNell FlandersApril JohnsonChristina KhimmGary KosloskiMark KushnirRie MatsumotoMaxine NeumanAnca NicolauEdmund NiemannDavid OeiJoseph PiscitelliVered ReznikGerald Robbins Naomi Graf RooksEleonora RotshteynRobert SchwartzDaniel SpitzerTomoko Uchino Thomas

suzukiBarbara BergClaire BrightDonna ElaineMing-Fung FungApril JohnsonNicole JohnsonElektra Kurtis-StewartMark KushnirMaxine NeumanAnca NicolauNaomi RooksPeter Seidenberg

Jazz studiesMichael GoetzWilliam KomaikoEd PalermoRolf Sturm Jon Vercesi

staff AccompanistsJonathan AckermanNely BurlaJoanne ProcellEleonora RotshteynShi-Ling ShihTomoko Uchino ThomasScott Wheatley

Violin/ViolaBarbara BergChi-Chi Lin BestmannClaire BrightLani King ChangNell FlandersApril JohnsonChristina KhimmPeggy KlingerGary KosloskiElektra Kurtis-StewartMark KushnirAnca NicolauNaomi Graf RooksEriko Sato

celloMichael FinckelNicole JohnsonDavid KriegerMaxine NeumanRobert SchwartzPeter SeidenbergFrederick Zlotkin

string BassSuzanne Fleishaker

Flute/Recorder/PiccoloEleanor Ball Donna ElaineJoseph Piscitelli

Oboe/English HornElizabeth CondonAlan Hollander

clarinet/saxophone Dorothy DuncanEd PalermoDaniel Spitzer

Full biographies of HBMS faculty members are available at www.hbms.org

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Photography: Ebony Brown, Susi Dugaw, Karin Epstein, Michelle Jacobs, Terry Joshi, Andrea Misti, Steven Schnur, Michael Smith, The Color Group.


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Hoff-Barthelson Music School25 School LaneScarsdale, New York 10583(914) 723-1169 FAX (914) 723-0036www.hbms.org [email protected]