Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program

Welcome to the website for the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program, a division of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. 

For students ages six through pre-college, we offer weekly one-on-one private lessons primarily in piano and strings (violin, viola, and cello) as well as in composition and music theory. We supplement the private lesson experience with other musical opportunities that can be found in the Perspective Students section.  Our environment is small yet personalized, catered to the exceptionally gifted students in music. Students in the program have access to the Shepherd School of Music’s top-notch concert halls, orchestra rehearsals, and many inspiring musical activities.

Our Young Children’s Division (YCD) offers small group musical activities for children ages two through eight via hour-long classes weekly during the fall and spring semesters.  These are Dalcroze-inspired group classes emphasizing movement in response to music. For more information, please explore the Young Children's Division.

Overall, the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program is a non-credit, non-degree granting program serving less than 200 pre-college students every year.  We recruit serious and gifted music students, ages two through pre-college, who are willing to put music as priority in their lives.  For these students and families, we provide musical instructions that instill in them a lifetime of musical learning and appreciation as well as to prepare them for further musical studies at the college level.  All instructions take place at The Shepherd School of Music on Rice University campus.