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.
In addition to studio recitals provided for students by each instructor, Prep Music hosts unique department-wide concerts such as Friday Evening and Sunday Afternoon Recitals, a Solo & Ensemble Festival, a Concerto Competition and subsequent Concerto Festival, Pops Concert, Orchestras & Ensembles Concerts, and Piano Ensemble Concerts.
Founded in 1968 by Sister Therese-Cecile Murphy, a Holy Names College music professor and early advocate of Suzuki music education. Preparatory Music is one of the first Suzuki centers on the West coast, and has remained a recognized institution for both Suzuki and Traditional music instruction.
The mission of the preparatory music department is to develop the musical potential in young people by creating a nurturing environment where students, teachers and parents together foster a life-long appreciation of music.
We believe that music:
- contributes to the total development of the child
- study enhances all learning, develops sensitivity, discipline and character
- prepares students to make meaningful contributions in the world
The potential of every child is unlimited.