Fostering Intentional Excellence in Music

Hammer & Strings Conservatory (H&S) exists to provide the highest level of music education for students of all ages. Our program immerses students in all aspects of musical art, including performance, collaboration, technique, history, theory, and pedagogy. We believe strongly in utilizing elite music teachers that have been where you want to go. They are trained in the art of teaching, and have extensive real-life performing experience at the collegiate and professional levels.

Why Study at a Conservatory?

There are many benefits to students learning in a conservatory setting. The first of those being the incredible resources available through the collaboration of teachers, educators, and students. Students benefit from that network of amazing teachers and mentors that pool their resources into one grand purpose, and students have access to multiple classes and events that private study with one teacher does not provide. H&S provides theory classes, collaborative piano, chamber groups, on-site accompanists for instrumentalists and vocalists, music history, and masterclasses. We are delighted to announce that we will also offer access to our own, world-class piano, the Bösendorfer Imperial 9’ Grand Piano, the likes of which are not often available except to universities and city art centers. Multiple performances each year allow the student to perform for various crowds and in various settings, instead of one or two studio recitals each year. Whatever your musical goals are, H&S can get you there.


Our Philosophy

Hammer & Strings Conservatory exists to provide the highest level of music education for students of all ages. Every teacher with H&S has an advanced degree in music and/or commensurate professional and performance experience at the collegiate and professional level. H&S’s teaching philosophy is based on the following truths:

  • The success of a student depends on the success, education, and experience of the teacher.

  • The success of a student depends on the discipline, focus, and persistence of that student, and the support of parents of that student (especially for younger students).

  • The success of a student is reliant upon years of steady, consistent tutelage and correct practice habits.

  • The success of a student depends on how that student responds when pressure increases, and when expectations become inconvenient and challenging.

  • A young student’s talent is best discovered when that student begins with an excellent teacher. H&S believes that when you provide your child with excellent opportunities from the beginning, excellence will almost always be the result.

  • H&S teachers expect every student to work hard enough to master their skill at a high level, regardless of long-term musical goals. The foundational principles acquired in this pursuit will positively affect every aspect of their lives, including schooling and self-esteem. By providing your child or yourself with the best education available, you are opening every window of opportunity.

  • The study of a great art like music will positively benefit every aspect of a student’s life.