SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Parents and students interested in what music programs the Hoff-Barthelson Music School have to offer will have two chances during June to attend open house and preview events in Scarsdale.
Parents of children from nine months to 5 years of age are invited to attend an Open House for Hoff-Barthelson Music School’s Preschool Music and Movement Programs on Friday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Music School, 25 School Lane.
A preview of the programs will also take place on Friday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Scarsdale Public Library, 54 Olmsted Road.
During the events, parents and prospective students can meet with Hoff-Barthelson’s early childhood music faculty, experience a Dalcroze Eurhythmics-based music class for young children, chat with current HBMS families, and discuss class options with the HBMS faculty and staff.
The school’s fall schedule and registration materials will be available at the open house and preview event.
Young children begin to build a strong musical foundation in HBMS preschool classes through singing, focused listening activities, music games, and the playing of rhythm instruments. Progressing through the classes, children acquire a repertoire of songs and explore and experience the elements of music, including beat, rhythmic pattern, pitch, dynamics, and musical phrase.
HBMS preschool classes are designed to lay the groundwork for instrumental study. Classes are grouped by age: parent/caregiver and child classes for 1-2 year olds; drop-off classes for 3-4 year olds; “Getting to Know You: Exploring the Instruments” for kindergarteners; and recorder and Suzuki instrumental programs for 5-6 year olds.
Aspiring 3 to 4 year-old violinists can begin early Suzuki studies in the HBMS “Pre-Twinklers” class, a stepping-stone to formal Suzuki training.