About HMP

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The Honors Music Program





Founded in 1985, Westminster Conservatory’s Honors Music Program is central New Jersey’s  premier pre-college program for talented classical music students. HMP develops the complete musician, building both musical artistry and scholarship through a unique and comprehensive curriculum. HMP students, ages 8-18, receive unmatched personal attention from an exceptional faculty and upon graduation are prepared for advanced study and for careers in music.

Our students are members of a very special community of peer musicians who motivate and inspire one another to excel. HMP students enroll in one of three divisions of study and choose from the following majors: Bassoon, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Voice, Violin, and Viola.

Classes are offered on Saturdays, September through early June, on the campus of Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University in Princeton, NJ.  Elementary and middle school students attend our morning program, and high school students attend from noon – 3:30 p.m. Students are required to attend weekly private lessons in addition to the program and may study with teachers on the Conservatory faculty or independent of it.



Program Divisions


Young Artist (YA)

HMP’s premiere division for gifted students committed to achieving their potential as performers or composers.

YA students attend four weekly classes.

Young Musician (YM)

The division for motivated students who wish to deepen and broaden their music study.

YM students attend three weekly classes.

Young Music Scholar (YMS)

The division for students who want to expand their Musicianship through focused study of Music Theory and Ear Training and Music History.

YMS students attend two weekly classes.