Hammer & Strings Conservatory

Hammer & Strings Conservatory

5.0 (3)
Best of 2022
6 hires on Lessons.com
12 employees
15 years in business

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H&S is powered by "intentional excellence". We love to help students find passion and excellence in their art! 

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Gilbert, AZ 85234
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3 Reviews


  • Carol Herson

    Excellent, compassionate, knowledgeable instructor.

  • 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 meet with each student and parent to assess current abilities and goals, and make a game plan to get the student to those goals. As we begin, we make sure all students are working with the correct technique for their instrument. This is most often the biggest hindrance in a transfer student who is unhappy with their progress. 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, meaning it is not as fun or gratifying to play the music that they love. We train gestures, listening, and sound production, which enables a student 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.

We offer an Automatic Withdrawal System for our Private students, meaning you don't have to worry about remembering the first week of the month! You decide what the payment date is, and then you are all set! Tuition differs depending on teacher, but most teachers teach at the rate of $225/month for 45-min lessons. Qualifications and teaching experience play a large role in determining pricing. This includes multiple recitals and performance opportunities each year, as well as classes with visiting faculty! Please visit our website to get a better idea of what is offered and what we are all about!


How did you get started teaching?

We started H&S Conservatory to offer University level training for students in the East Valley, at a cost that is affordable for the average family. We wanted to make high level training more accessible to people who were looking for something more, but didn't know where or how to find it. 

What types of students have you worked with?

We have worked with everyone from 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, theory, improvisation, composing, etc. It doesn't matter where you are at H&S, it matters where you would like to go! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite events are always recitals. We get to hear pianists, violinists, cellists, vocalists, and guitarists at EVERY Recital, from beginner to college level! Students are well prepared so the recital is fun to attend, and IMPRESSIVE! These are not your typical ho-hum recitals. 

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. In the Arts, there is no substitution for years spent in university training of a musician, and years spent in the field actually performing and 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.