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BM Piano Performance & Pedagogy


The piano performance & pedagogy degree is designed for students that want to pursue careers in solo and collaborative performance, operate high-level teaching studios, and apply for and excel in the best graduate piano programs. Students receive multiple opportunities for collaborative and solo performing opportunities during their studies, and are able to study with a renowned group of piano faculty. USU became an All-Steinway school in 2012, offering students the ability to perform on the highest-quality pianos in the practice rooms and performing halls.

Faculty:

Dr. Kevin Olson

Associate Professor

USU Piano Program Coordinator

Dr. Cahill Smith

Assistant Professor of Music

Mayumi Matzen

Faculty Associate

Dallas Heaton

Faculty Associate

Collaborative Piano

Emily Ezola

Faculty Associate

Director, USU Youth Conservatory

Director, Keyboard Harmony

Elzbieta Bilicka

Faculty Associate



The degree combines music core instruction with piano pedagogy and performance courses, preparing prospective piano teachers for careers in the teaching field. A unique aspect of this degree is the opportunity to receive hands-on teaching training in the USU Youth Conservatory, a preparatory lab program that provides private and group instruction to over 200 pre-college pianists each week. USU became an All-Steinway school in 2012, offering students the ability to perform on the highest-quality pianos in the practice rooms and performance venues.

4-YEAR DEGREE MAP:
View the degree map online in the University Catalog

In addition to applying for admission to the University, all applicants interested in pursuing a music degree must perform an audition on their major instrument to gain admission into the Department of Music. View specific audition information.

Auditions for the piano performance program typically take place in early spring. Requirements include the performance of two contrasting piano pieces at an early advanced level. Contact Cary Youmans at 435-797-3015 or cary.youmans@usu.edu for more details and to schedule an audition time.

Faculty in the program are nationally and internationally-recognized as performers, teachers, and composers. Present and past students of the program are consistent competition winners, in demand as accompanists, and many have gone on to teach at prestigious universities around the country or have high-level independent studios.