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  • BM Piano Pedagogy

    The piano pedagogy degree is designed for students who desire to teach private or group piano in an independent studio. 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.  



    Professor R. Dennis Hirst

    Associate Professor

    Keyboard Program Coordinator

    Director of Wassermann Festival

    Director of Youth Conservatory


    Professor Gary Amano


    Performance and Pedagogy


    Dr. Kevin Olson

    Associate Professor



    Emily Ezola

    Faculty Associate

    Program Coordinator, Youth Conservatory

    Program Coordinator, Keyboard Harmony





    The piano pedagogy degree combines music core instruction with courses in piano pedagogy, accompanying, and other piano-specific skills. Students are expected to have extensive background in piano, and some previous experience in piano teaching is encouraged, as well. Students are required to take piano instruction for credit each semester, and complete a successful 30-minute senior recital for graduation.

    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. Specific audition information can be found here.


    Auditions for the piano pedagogy 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. Alumni graduating in the pedagogy program have also gone on to be leaders in the field, as well, in both college faculty positions and operating private teaching studios around the country, creating piano teaching curricula for publishers such as Kjos Music, and serving in state and national teaching leadership positions.