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.

We are a small and selective music program, serving Houston and surrounding neighborhoods, offering weekly non-for-credit one-on-one private lessons to the admitted students in piano, violin, viola, and cello. While few of our Shepherd School of Music faculty teach pre-college students in the program, the majority of our Preparatory Program faculty are locally contracted professionals and current Shepherd School of Music graduate students. We supplement the private lesson experience with other musical opportunities such as music theory and chamber music. While the minimum age requirement for our private lesson student is age six, the program is designed for advanced middle school and high school students. Our environment is small yet personalized, catered to the exceptionally gifted students and educating them in the art of traditional classical music performance. Students in the program have access to the Shepherd School of Music’s top-notch concert halls and many inspiring musical activities. All instructions take place at The Shepherd School of Music on Rice University campus.We currently have no openings in our program and are not holding auditions or accepting new students. Please complete the Interest Form for future consideration for the program.

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.

The Michael P. Hammond Prepatory Program does not offer summer music camps.