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Music Preparatory School

The Music Preparatory School seeks to enlighten, excite and educate all children and adults who have a desire to make music a part of their lives. Our goal is to make music available and affordable to all individuals regardless of age, race, ethnic origin or financial means.

  • Individual or group instruction that complements public and private school programs
  • Instruction for adults with amateur interests in music
  • Training school for exceptionally gifted pre-college musicians

Fill out our MPS Inquiry Form for more information.

Summer Camps 2018
Camp times: 9:00am - Noon

​String Orchestra Institute

  • June 4 - 8

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Houston Piano Camp

  • June18 - 22

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​Summer Guitar Camp

  • July 9 - 13

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Percussion Camp

  • July 16 - 20

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​Math and Music Academy

  • July 23 - 27

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​Choral Camp

  • July 23 - 27

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​Organ Camp

  • July 30 - August 3

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Adult Summer Workshops

Organ Workshop

  • July 30, 31, August 2, 3
  • 7pm - 8:30pm

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Conducting Workshop for Choral Directors

  • June 28, 29, 30
  • (time varies)

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Kodaly Workshop

  • August 11
  • 9am - Noon

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Additional Programs

Private/Individual Lessons

  • Private/Individual lessons in piano, guitar, voice and orchestral instruments and composition

Orchestra, Childrenís Choir, Group Piano and Guitar and Voice

  • Orchestra, Children’s Choir, Group Piano and Guitar and Voice classes available

Beginning Group Class Piano for Cardinal Circle School Students

  • Flexible schedule
  • Choice of faculty or student instructors
  • Lessons and classes held in Cullen Hall, the University music building, 4001 Mt. Vernon Street
  • Suggested daily practice amount equals amount of weekly instruction (weekly 30-minute lesson equates to 30 minutes a day in practice)
  • Classes available by request at any time of the year
  • Fees payable in advance at the first lesson of each month
    • Payment via cash or check only
  • Individual, non-degree granting music theory/history instruction is available for pre-college and non-traditional students

Music Theory/History Classes

  • Includes the following topics: ear training, note reading, sight-reading, intervals, rhythm, terms — all basics of music. Preparation for the Texas Music Teachers Association state theory tests and World of Music tests (music history).
    • Call 713-525-3566 for fees and more information.

Music Appreciation, Theory and History

  • Includes the following topics: note reading, theory, intervals, chords, form and analysis, composers’ lives and music, listening for style and instrumentation and character of the music. Basic keyboard proficiency as time allows.
    • Grades 3 through 12: classes are divided by experience level, including beginner.

For more information on MPS, camps, workshops and fees, call or email Brady Knapp, Interim Director, Music Preparatory School, at 713-525-3564 and knappb@stthom.edu.