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Register now for the 2010–11 ASU Piano Prep/Conservatory Program

Digital piano lab group lesson in the ASU Piano Preparatory/Conservatory Program

Photo courtesy of Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

July 15, 2010

The ASU Piano Prep/Conservatory Program in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Music

New students are encouraged to enroll in the ASU Piano Prep/Conservatory Program as it continues its 23rd year in 2010–11. Interviews are scheduled Aug. 17–18 for beginners with no previous piano instruction who will reach the age of 7 by Sept. 1, and students with prior piano study, ages 7–17. Appointments for advanced students are available by request.

Known throughout the Valley for its creative approach to piano study for children, the highly successful ASU Piano Prep/Conservatory Program in the Herberger Institute School of Music offers quality music instruction to elementary through high school children in a creative and motivating learning environment.

Since its beginning in 1988, the program has provided students with opportunities for excellent music instruction from experienced model teachers and ASU performance-pedagogy doctoral candidates. Jan Thompson, director and professor of music, credits outstanding instructors and a combination of group and individual lessons as keys to the program’s success. Thompson coordinates the program, linking teachers and preparatory students with university piano pedagogy courses and observers in a laboratory-school setting. Students enjoy a well-planned and varied curriculum emphasizing the development of musicianship skills through piano study, performance and music theory application. School of Music piano studios, digital piano labs and recital halls provide the finest facilities for instruction and performance. For more information, visit the Piano Prep website at: 

ASU Herberger Institute School of Music, room W255, 40 E. Gammage Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Aug. 17– 18, 2–6 p.m.

Tuition for the 2010–11 academic year can be paid in installments and is $1,304 for Piano Preparatory, or $1,656 for Piano Conservatory. Call the Piano Prep office at 480.965.1702, or Janice Meyer Thompson at 480.965.3823.

Public Contact
Jan Meyer Thompson
Music professor and Piano Prep Program director
ASU Herberger Institute School of Music

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is ranked 19th in the country and eighth among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. More than 100 music faculty artists and scholars work with approximately 800 music majors each year in research, performance and scholarly activities. It presents approximately 700 concerts and recitals each year. To learn more about the School of Music, visit

Media Contact:
Catherine Bickell
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Music