Hammer & Strings Conservatory

Hammer & Strings Conservatory

5.0 (2)
Best of 2019
5 employees
12 years in business

About this pro

Hammer & Strings Conservatory (H&S) exists to provide the highest level of music education for students of all ages. We currently offer piano, violin, cello, and voice. Our program immerses students in all aspects of musical art, including performance, collaboration, technique, history, theory, and pedagogy. We believe strongly in utilizing elite music teachers that have been where you want to go. They are trained in the art of teaching, and have extensive real-life performing experience at the collegiate and professional levels. For a full bio and more info on H&S, please visit the studio webpage at www.hammerandstrings.com.  Students have been prize winners in many local, state, and national competitions. They learn theory and history, musicianship and correct technique. 

At H&S, we LOVE finding excellence in music. We love helping a student find that excellence within themselves. Excellence is a product of correct training and very hard work. The fun comes when you master a hard skill, or win your first competition, or finally make a breakthrough that required time, work, and struggle. The fun comes when you turn hard work into ART. 

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Gilbert, AZ 85234
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2 Reviews


  • Selina Trader

    Very professional! Great environment for learning music!

  • Emily Judd

    Can't say enough good about Dr. Hunter. She has a way of expecting excellence and making it managable. She knows when to push and when to meet in the middle. She helps the child learn what beautiful music is and how they can attain it. It all comes as small steps as to not overwhelm them but still teaching them to work hard. They are learning respect, accountability, excellence, concentration, focus and hard work. These patterns of learning to do something really hard by breaking them down will follow them into high school and college in all subjects and even into a career, this pattern will bless their life. No sloppy work here. No wasting time and money on lessons where the child isn't learning. My child is learning life skills that I think he might not learn anywhere else in his childhod. Piano lessons are making a better man out of a boy.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We make sure all students are working with correct technique. When students are not using their body mechanism correctly, they are unable to play/sing fast or difficult passages, or get the sound results they want. We train gestures and sound, to be able to play with fluidity and musicality. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Doctorate in Piano performance from Arizona State University

Masters in Piano Performance from Indiana University

Bachelors in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University.

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music from MTNA

All teachers at H&S Conservatory have degrees in music from respected universitites.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Pricing differs depending on teacher. Qualifications and teaching experience play a large role in determining pricing. 


What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with 4 yr old beginners, to students receiving talent scholarships to respected universities, to adult beginners. We have the training and experience to help you acheive any goal you desire, including Broadway singing, Jazz, theory, improvisation, composing, etc. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for a teacher that speaks to your musical goals, and that has the education to back up those promises. If you shop purely based on price, you will get what you pay for. There is no substitution for years spent in university training of a musician, and then more years developing the skills of a master teacher. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Have a goal. Ask a teacher if they can help you achieve that specific goal, and if so, how? Do they have experience teaching to that specific goal, or achieving it themselves? Then meet with the teacher in person to make sure that all parties are comfortable and excited about the future.