Westminster Conservatory

Westminster Conservatory

 

 

The Honors Music Program is Westminster Conservatory‘s premiere program for gifted classical music students. An HMP education includes performance-oriented  and academic classes for talented students from age 8 to 18. Our students receive unmatched personal guidance from our world-class faculty of performers, teachers, and musicologists. HMP graduates go on to pursue careers in music or to pursue careers in other fields, with music as their lifetime avocation.

 

 

Established in 1970, Westminster Conservatory is the community music school of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. Welcoming musicians of all ages, skill levels, musical preferences, and economic backgrounds, Westminster Conservatory provides one-on-one music lessons and group classes in locations throughout central New Jersey and Bucks County. The Conservatory offers a wide range of classes and performing ensembles to engage students of all ages. From beginners to young maestros, or adult-beginners to accomplished amateurs, Westminster Conservatory is unmatched in the scope and depth of its offerings.

Joyful music experiences are vital to the development of the whole person, and Westminster Conservatory nurtures natural ability, curiosity, and love of music. Some classes provide an introduction to music and require no previous experience, while others are designed for accomplished music students to complement their private instruction. The Conservatory’s Early Childhood department specializes in providing developmentally appropriate music instruction to children from birth to  age 8. Musicially gifted students have the opportunity to join The Honors Music Program, which offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to develop mastery, total musicianship, and artistry.

Westminster Conservatory of Music is a nationally recognized institution and serves over 2,000 students every year. The Conservatory is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education,  joining as a provisional member in 1983 and with full membership in 1986.

 

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Westminster College of the Arts Campus

Honors Music Program classes take place on the campus of Westminster College of the Arts in Princeton, NJ. HMP students are fortunate to use campus facilities, including performance halls, library, and instrumental labs.

Students attend the majority of classes in Princeton Hall and attend specialized classes in Bristol Chapel, Erdman Hall, The Cottages, The Playhouse, and Williamson Hall.

Artistry

Artistry

 

HMP students experience the thrill of their own emerging artistry. Even better? Students share that experience with peers who support and motivate one another.

HMP students work very hard together, inspired by world-class instructors who are dedicated to making great music. In just their first year in the program, students surpass their former expectations for their playing and begin to imagine their musical potential.

Read more about Performance Opportunities for HMP students.

Scholarship

Scholarship

Why do we value Scholarship?

Our students take two to four classes every Saturday from September to June. We offer individualized attention to ensure that each student is placed in classes that are engaging, challenging, and age-appropriate. Our faculty strive to meet the unique needs of our students, and private tutoring is always available for acceleration or when extra assistance is required.

HMP is different…

The only pre-college music program with Music History as a yearly component of our students’ curriculum.  Knowledge of genres, repertoire, and style is invaluable for every musician.  For graduation our students all pass the Advanced Placement Exam in Music Theory, but they do not stop there. Most graduates complete our advanced courses in Counterpoint, Composition, and Orchestration.

Read more about the classes offered to HMP students.

 

 

Performance

Performance

Shared experiences performing music are highlights of  each HMP student’s journey towards becoming a fine musician.

Chamber Music concerts, Solo Recitals,  HMP Outreach Concerts and more… Young Artist and Young Musician students play music together every week in their Chamber Music and Jazz classes. Performance majors perform for one another in intimate performance master classes. With less than twelve students in a class, master teachers make a difference in each student’s work, instructing on performance issues and techniques.

 

 

The Honors Music Program was proud to present its Westminster Saxophone Quartet, one of HMP’s chamber ensembles showcased at the New Jersey’s Governor’s mansion, Drumthwacket,  in December 2013.

Community

Community

The HMP community consists of students, families, and teachers from all over New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania who are dedicated to learning about music. Connecting with other young people who care about music as much as you do will enrich your experience and challenge you to improve your skills.

HMP Students have the opportunity to participate in outreach concerts, sharing their love of music with the community at large.