WSU Piano Preparatory Program




Music learning is one of the best ways to integrate the physical, mental and emotional development of human beings. The goal of our program is to provide your child with instruction designed to develop well-balanced musicianship. We want to establish a foundation through children’s piano study to enable them to become more musically independent and able to continue lifelong learning and involvement in music. Our mission is to offer children in our community the opportunity for high quality but affordable piano study.

One objective of the WSU Piano Preparatory Program will be to broaden our knowledge of music teaching and learning. Children who register in our program will have an opportunity to participate in studies that are designed to investigate the effects of various music learning activities and teaching strategies on the achievement of piano students.




To provide each child a more successful music experience in piano study, a placement audition and a music aptitude assessment, to determine the level of readiness and class placement, will be given to all new and transfer students.

The first year students will be assessed on readiness for piano study in the following areas: singing, rhythmic response, attention span, listening skills, level of physical coordination and small muscle control.

The interview for transfer students will assess sight reading skills, rhythmic response, basic music theory, technique, and performance of one or two repertoire pieces.

The audition will be conducted in a friendly, informal manner. No preparation for first year students is necessary for the audition. Schedule a convenient time for your child’s interview as soon as possible. For further information about the placement interview and registration, call the Program Director, Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, at 801-626-7489 or the Assistant Director, Laurisa Cope, at 801-943-4331.