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Scarsdale Musician Teaches From Experience

Having once spent his nights moonlighting in the orchestra pit of Broadway’s Les Miserables, Joe Piscitelli's passion for music is palpable. 

Of that experience, the Scarsdale resident remembers: “I was teaching, wolfing down dinner and rushing into the city at night, then doing it all over again the next day.”

He now creates memories like this with his students at Scarsdale's Hoff-Barthelson Music School, where he has taught lessons in flute, recorder and music theory for the past 25 years.

Piscitelli is also the director of the school’s Summer Arts Program, which includes basic lessons, orchestras, arts and crafts, musical theater, plus chamber and jazz music. He says its diverse course list offers the area’s young musicians an opportunity to continue their musical study during time off from school.

"It keeps the Music School community and kids together. They can attend the Summer Arts Program if they prefer a music camp close to home because they have what they need right here," he said.

"It’s also a nice introduction to Hoff-Barthelson for students not enrolled here."

Aside from the difference he's made in the lives of his students, Piscitelli says his proudest accomplishment since joining Hoff-Barthelson is his ability to help his own children develop their musical talents.

His son Pierre, for instance, was taught piano by its instructors from the time he was 3 years old. He now continues to perfect his craft in a prestigious jazz program at New York University.

“He was accepted at every top university and college,” Piscitelli said. “We’re very proud of that and we owe it directly to Hoff-Barthelson Music School.”

Outside of his teaching career, Piscitelli has played in the New York Chamber Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Virtuosi.

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