Community Piano Lab is a piano-teaching laboratory sponsored by the BYU-Idaho piano area. The lab provides opportunities for piano pedagogy students to teach beginning and intermediate children in a supervised setting.

Currently, the Community Piano Lab does not offer instruction for beginning piano to adults.

Beginning Piano Students (8–11 years of age)

  • Beginning level is defined as no or minimal musical training.
  • This is a lab experience for college students enrolled in the piano teaching classes at BYU-Idaho. For enrolled community students, the lab includes individual lessons, group games and instruction, and a recital at the end of the semester. There are approximately 9 lessons beginning about the fourth week of each semester and concluding one week before the end of the semester.
  • Classes are held Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Snow Building, Room 159. Additionally, students must be available at least once during the semester on either Monday or Friday 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. for teaching demonstrations.
  • Fee is $75. Materials are not included (about $25).
  • If you are interested, please fill out the application form. Although timeliness of application is a factor in student selection, the most important concern is creating homogeneous and compatible classes. We may not be able to include all who apply or express interest. You will be notified of admission shortly after the deadline.
  • Email Michael McQuay if you have any questions.
  • Application for Beginning Students

Intermediate Piano Students (12 years and older—no upper limit)

  • Intermediate level is defined as a minimum training of 3 to 4 years and the ability to read and play easier hymns. Advanced student playing includes the ability to play all hymns with ease and a minimum study of 5 years.
  • This is a lab experience for students enrolled in the piano teaching classes at BYU-Idaho. For enrolled community students the lab includes approximately 10 individual lessons and a few master class sessions. Lessons begin about the fourth week of the semester and conclude one week before the end of the semester.
  • Lessons will be arranged according to student and teacher availability. However, students must be available a few times during the semester for teaching demonstrations on either Monday 4:30-5:30 or Wednesday 3:15 – 4:15. Lessons will be in the Snow Building.
  • Fee is $75. Materials are not included (about $25).
  • If you are interested, please fill out the application form. Although timeliness of application is a factor in student selection, the most important concern is creating homogeneous and compatible classes. We may not be able to include all who apply or express interest.
  • Email Michael McQuay if you have any questions.
  • Application for Intermediate Students