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Piano Prep program celebrates 23 years in tune with students

February 23, 2010

The ASU Piano Prep/Conservatory Program in the Herberger Institute School of Music celebrates its 23rd year in 2010–11, and is inviting new students to enroll. Advance appointments are requested. Interviews are scheduled April 10 and 24, for beginners with no previous piano instruction who will reach the age of 7 by Sept. 1, and for students with prior piano study. 

Known throughout the Valley for its creative approach to piano study for children, the program offers quality music instruction to elementary through high school children in a creative and motivating learning environment.

Since its inception in 1988, the program has provided students with instruction from experienced model teachers and ASU performance-pedagogy doctoral candidates. Jan Thompson, director and professor of music, credits outstanding instructors and the 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.

Interivews take place April 10 and 24, 9 a.m. – noon, in the ASU Herberger School of Music, room W255, 40 E. Gammage Parkway, in Tempe. Tuition for the 2010–11 academic year can be paid in installments and is $1,304 for Piano Preparatory, or $1,655 for Piano Conservatory. Call the Piano Prep office at (480) 965-1702 or Janice Meyer Thompson, (480) 965-3823. For more information, visit

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

Catherine Bickell,
(480) 965-2817
Herberger Institute School of Music