Preparatory Music is a community school for young musicians, located on the beautiful campus of Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. Prep Music offers private instruction on ten instruments: violin, viola, cello, harp, guitar, piano, flute, oboe, recorder, drums, and voice. In addition, youth orchestras, group string and piano classes are offered, as well as numerous concerts and large musical events.

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We offer music education for individuals of every age and skill level.

Sing, Play, Move!

Sing, Play, Move classes offer babies and young children a wonderful opportunity to foster and deepen their blossoming music skills in an engaging and age appropriate way

Piano Classes

Suzuki, Duet and Ensemble
Piano Ensemble

Piano Ensemble

Using a 9-piano and a 5-piano labs, the beginning, intermediate and advanced piano students engage in an intensive 14-week ensemble program to...

Piano Divertiti

Piano Divertiti

For more advanced Piano players, this intensive duet/duo piano ensemble class will meet for six weeks and perform in an Ensemble concert at the...

Poco Vivo Piano

Poco Vivo Piano

In an engaging social atmosphere with peers, beginning-level piano students will enjoy refining Suzuki piano repertoire and learning other musical...

Allegro con Brio Piano

Allegro con Brio Piano

This piano group class provides a beginning ensemble experience for students who are at an early-intermediate piano level.

We're a Performing School!

Students have the opportunity to perform in informal and formal concerts throughout the year.

HNU Prep at the Oakland A's!

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Orchestra, Suzuki Method, Chamber and More

classes and lessons at HNU Prep Music

Sound Thinking: Kodály Theory/Musicianship Classes for Children

Designed for children ages 5-7 years old, including beginning string and piano students. Based in the renowned Kodály approach, classes foster a...

Adult Musicianship and Sight Reading

Preparatory Music at Holy Names University, in partnership with The Kodaly Center, presents: Sight Reading and Musicianship Classes in the Kodaly...

Private lessons

Private music lessons provide one-on-one attention, so teachers can focus on an individual student’s needs.

Suzuki Prep to Twinkle Music

The Suzuki music and movement classes will familiarize parents and children with Suzuki Book 1 repertoire through singing, dancing, movement...

Sing, Play, Move!

These classes offer a nurturing environment for caregivers and babies to foster a love of music and internalize musical concepts in a fun and...

Preludio I & II

Suzuki Violin repertoire and technique will be emphasized, along with theory, note-reading, and ensemble playing skills.

Divisi String Orchestra

A beginning level ensemble for violinists, violists and cellists with no required prior ensemble experience.

Da Capo Youth Orchestra

Designed for the intermediate-level string player to provide a stimulating, high quality ensemble experience with instruction in orchestral...

Preparatory Music at Holy Names

We have talented and very experienced instructors who teach piano, violin, guitar, cello, and other instruments.
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HNU Prep Music News

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Therese-Cecile Murphy Endowment Fund

Therese-Cecile Murphy Endowment Fund

To ensure another 50 years and more, please join us in creating our Sister Therese-Cecile Murphy Endowment Fund.

Gail Needleman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Gail Needleman Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

HNU Lecturer in Music Gail Needleman ’98 MM has received the Organization of American Kodály Educators’ Lifetime Achievement Award...

Kodály Center Awarded Library of Congress Grant

Kodály Center Awarded Library of Congress Grant

Holy Names University faculty members Anne Laskey and Gail Needleman and HNU’s Kodály Center for Music Education have received a Teaching with...

Grace Curcio

“I studied music at the Preparatory Music Department, and along the way, my dedicated teachers taught me how to live a full, happy life. To this day I enjoy close friendships with my childhood duet partners and former teachers. The valuable lessons I learned at PMD- both musical and beyond – continue to enhance all areas of my life.”

Grace Curcio / Alumni
Colleen Moore

“The musical education I received at the Preparatory Music Department continues to enrich my life every day. I hold dear to my heart the incredible faculty members, wonderful musical performances, and lifelong friends I made at PMD.”

Colleen Moore / Alumni
Michelle

“This ensemble class was important to me as a musician and as a person, because I not only improved as a pianist, but I also made many friends and learned valuable skills that I could use in other places than music, such as working with other people. I feel very grateful that I had the opportunity to use the Clavinovas for piano ensemble, and I really hope that other musicians can use them and benefit the same way I did.”

Michelle / Student

Featured Instructors

Holy Names Preparatory Music
Katherine Baird

Katherine Baird

Director

Maree Hennessy

Maree Hennessy

Director, Kodály Center

Abigail Seeterlin

Abigail Seeterlin

Vocal Instructor

Phone: (510) 436-1224
Phone HNU: (510) 436-1000
3500 Mountain Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619