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Preparatory Piano program 

The ISU Preparatory Piano program was founded in 2000 to serve a dual purpose: to offer quality piano instruction to students at all levels, school-age and above; and provide ISU keyboard majors the necessary and guided teaching internships that will ensure their professional success. The teachers include experienced keyboard majors at ISU, faculty and staff at ISU, and ISU alumni. This program is nationally accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Director and founder, Dr. Kori Bond, meets privately with each prospective student and at least one parent or guardian (in the case of pre-college students), in order to ensure making a thoughtful and strategic match between student and teacher. To arrange an interview, contact Dr. Bond at 208-282-2551, or Each teacher in the program balances a traditional Classical approach using standard piano methods with other material, which is slightly different with each teacher. For example, some teachers are particularly interested in jazz, church music, popular music, composition, or other interests.

Students receive a private lesson once a week for 13 weeks each semester, with rates starting at $169 per semester. For more specific fee information, click here. [link] All pre-college students are required to perform by memory in recitals at the end of each semester. Students may also register in the summer, at a more flexible schedule. Each semester, select students are invited to perform in a master class with either Dr. Bond or a visiting teacher. Adult students are provided with an alternative performing venue--a “Playing Party,” which occurs at the end of the spring semester each year.

Included in the semester fee are:

Recital performances every semester in Goranson Hall on a Steinway Concert Grand

Master classes with visiting piano teachers, Dr. Kori Bond, or Mark Neiwirth

Free tickets to piano recitals given by ISU Faculty and guest artists

Preparation for competitions and festivals

For more information on specific aspects of the program, click on the following links.

Instructor biographies

Student Handbook

Student Recitals

After contacting Dr. Bond, parents or students can register via the following form.