ISU Preparatory Piano Program

ISU Preparatory Piano Program Piano instruction for students of all ages.

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 [email protected]. 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. 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


Our Spring 2020 Online recital. Congratulations to all students and teachers!

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

We have, unfortunately, had to postpone this year's Young Artist Competition til next Spring. We look forward to providing this important opportunity for our young artists next year.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

We are updating our Young Artist Competition to Video Submissions! During this time of Social Distancing, get some extra practicing in, and don't miss the opportunity to win some money and the chance to perform live with the Symphony!

CBC Vancouver

CBC Vancouver

Try to get this song out of your head. Three young brothers from Ladner, B.C., wrote and performed a tune that calls on people to "stay home" during the coronavirus pandemic.


Dear Parents and Students of the ISU Preparatory Music Programs,

Some of you may have already heard that because of Covid 19/Coronavirus, ISU is sending students on spring break for two weeks as of Monday, March 16.
While students will be allowed back on campus, they are encouraged to stay in their family homes for the rest of the semester, if possible.
All courses will be completed online and in the music department, we will be teaching individual lessons over Skype.

What does this mean for us?
The preparatory programs will also be on spring break for the next two weeks.
The end-of-semester performances are now canceled.

Moving forward, because our students are not required to be back on campus and due to the music department's policy that we do not teach face to face private lessons the preparatory program will offer several options for the rest of the semester.

1. Zoom/FaceTime/Skype/Google Duo lessons: Though we realize this is not ideal, it is our preference as it keeps the students moving forward and the instructors working (and thus getting paid).

2. Cease lessons and use the remaining tuition for credit for the fall 2020 semester.

3. Cease lessons and donate the remaining tuition to the program, allowing the instructors to receive at least partial pay.

If none of these options are suitable for you, please contact me and we will figure out a solution.

While we as a university, department, and preparatory program are disappointed that we cannot finish our semester in the usual way, the health and safety of our campus community is our priority.

Please let me know by March 27th how you decide to proceed.
If I do not hear from you by then, your tuition will be donated to pay instructors.

I will be in frequent contact with the instructors and will be sure that they are also in touch with you.

Natalia Lauk

Assistant Director and Professional Teacher| ISU Preparatory Piano Program
Departmental Accompanist | School of Performing Arts

Fine Arts Building | Room 224

921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8099 | Pocatello, ID 83209

(518) 596-9664 | [email protected] | [email protected]

ISU Preparatory String Program

ISU Preparatory String Program

ISU Preparatory String Lessons are officially in action! 🎉🎉 Pictured here is PSP Instructor Natalie teaching her student Jimmy; have you ever seen a room filled with so much hard work and talent??

If you are interested in learning more contact [email protected]
Go Bengals! 🦁🦁🦁

Happy Holidays to all our students and their parents. Thank you for this amazing year! 👏🎹🎅🎄🎁#piano #pocatello #music #pi...

Happy Holidays to all our students and their parents. Thank you for this amazing year! 👏🎹🎅🎄🎁

#piano #pocatello #music #pianolessons #pianostudent #pokylife2019 #idahostateuniversity

Teacher highlight. Emma Dombroski is not a typical piano teacher. She couldn’t decide whether she wanted to major in voi...

Teacher highlight.

Emma Dombroski is not a typical piano teacher. She couldn’t decide whether she wanted to major in voice or piano, so she is doing everything she can to do both. While attending ISU, she collaborates with other singers and instrumentalists and teaches in the PPP. Currently she is a sophomore and is working towards a bachelors degree in Music Education. She has competed in several piano festivals both for solo and duet piano. In high school, she accompanied her choir for many songs and taught private piano lessons. She is very passionate about music and loves teaching others.

#pocatello #piano #pianolessons #pocatellopianolessons #pianoteacher #music #pokylife2019

Natalia Lauk Piano Studio

Student highlight.

Ian Cole, 14 has been studying with our senior instructor, Natalia Lauk since 2015. He developed into a serious piano student, whose performance is always deeply passionate.

Ian participates in Certificate of Achievement Exam every year and always scores high.
Ian also composes original music, which you can find on his YouTube channel

My student Ian Cole, 14, performing Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata, 1st movement.

So proud of him!

#piano #pocatello #music #pianolessons #pianostudent #beethoven

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

We’re looking for ushers for THIS Saturday night! You must be at least 12 years old. Arrival time is 6:30pm. Come dressed in black. You will be able to attend the concert free of charge. If interested, please contact Heather Clarke at [email protected]. 👏🏻🙋🏻‍♂️🙋‍♀️

ISU Preparatory String Program

ISU Preparatory String Program

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Mark your calendars now! Public recitals for the ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings start June 24th! More info here. ----> #ISCSCommunity

ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings  June 24th-29th 🎹❤#piano #pocatello #idaho #music #pianolessons https://www.i...
ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings will be held June 24-29

ISU Summer Institute for Piano and Strings June 24th-29th 🎹❤

#piano #pocatello #idaho #music #pianolessons

The sixth annual Idaho State University Summer Institute for Piano and Strings will be held June 24 to 29. More than 100 pre-college students are expected to participate this year.

Idaho State University Fiddle Contest

Idaho State University Fiddle Contest

Anouncing one of the Novice Judges: Gracie Packer!!

Just over a week away til the contest. Get your night show tickets for only 5 bucks at Still some room in a few of the divisions if you were thinking about competing, too!

Gracie Packer (Blackfoot, ID) started playing the fiddle when she was 11 years old and has loved it ever since. She has played with multiple western bands from this area and enjoys learning new tunes and jamming with family and friends.She loves playing in fiddle competitions and won first place in her division of the ISU Fiddle Competition last year. Along with her love of fiddle, she also has found a new passion for classical violin and has been awarded multiple scholarships for classical performances and participated in the 2019 IMEA All-State Orchestra. Besides playing the fiddle and violin, she plays the piano and guitar and loves to teach her private music students. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, going camping, horse-backing riding with her grandpa, dirt-biking, drawing, painting, and baking.

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

We're having a fantastic time at the 3rd Annual ISU Fiddle Competition! We've just rounded up the Small Fry and Junior-Junior divisions, and have started the Open Celtic. The Golden Fiddle Championship is at 4:30. All preliminaries are free. The "Anything Goes" Performance is at 7:30 and is only $5! Don't miss out! More info at 🎻🎻

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

Idaho State-Civic Symphony

The Idaho State-Civic Symphony Youth Orchestra auditions are Saturday, May 18 from 9 am to 2 pm! Pick your slot now! More info, including audition requirements, can be found here. ----->

Idaho State University Fiddle Contest

Put on your hats and boots to get ready for an evening of toe-tappin' tunes!❤🎻

Thousands $$$ in prize money.💰

The first annual Fiddle Contest held in Pocatello, Idaho at Idaho State University

Adam J. Merrill

One of our teachers Adam J Merrill 🎹💞
#music #musicians #piano #pianist #idahostateuniversity #idaho #pocatello #skryabin

"In love's God-like breathing, there's the innermost aspect of the universe."
-Alexander Scriabin
Here is a practice performance of Scriabin's Etude in D-sharp minor! I really enjoy plaing Scriabin's music, because like him, I have Synthesia, and his music, when played by a knowledgable and skilled pianist, can produce the most beautiful of colors!
(P.S. come to my Senior recital to hear this start my program:)

Only four days left!

Only four days left!

Hello, teenage pianists! Want to be a more effective performer? Want to take collaboration to the next level? Join us in Senior Piano! Always fantastic instructors, Dr. Kori Bond and Mark Neiwirth, offer their expertise in masterclasses, ensemble coaching, piano literature, and private lessons! With their passion and real-world experience, grow more into your potential, developing your artistic interpretation while refining your technique and approach to the keys! Kori Bond Mark Neiwirth

Introducing our director Dr. Kori Bond.Professor of Music | Piano Area Coordinator (208) 282-2551bondkori@isu.eduB.A. & ...

Introducing our director Dr. Kori Bond.

Professor of Music | Piano Area Coordinator
(208) 282-2551

[email protected]

B.A. & B.S. 1992, Walla Walla College
M.M. 1994, Northern Illinois University
D.M. 1999, Indiana University

Joined ISU Faculty in 1999

Dr. Kori Bond is Professor of Piano at Idaho State University, where she coordinates the piano program, teaches piano and related courses, and directs the Preparatory Piano Program. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Indiana University in Piano Performance, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, and Bachelors degrees in Music, Biology, and Religion from Walla Walla University. She began her piano studies at age 6 with Florence Brinton in Salt Lake City and her other primary piano teachers were Edward Auer, Donald Walker, and Leonard Richter. She also studied chamber music extensively with Gyorgy Sebok, Leonard Hokanson, members of the Vermeer Quartet, and faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival, where she studied for two summers.

Bond has performed in numerous states as a solo and collaborative artist and as a soloist with orchestra. She frequently appears in concert with pianist Karlyn Bond and with other colleagues at ISU. She has also performed with numerous internationally esteemed artists such as sopranos Caroline Worra and Diane Ragains, violinist Corey Cerovsek, flutist Christina Jennings, and violist Roland Glassl, along with many others. Recent performances include recitals at the Summer Festival at Indiana University, the University of Montana, Boise State University, Westminster College of Salt Lake City, the College of Idaho, Brigham Young University, Walla Walla University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, and recitals on the Temple Square Concert Series in Salt Lake City. Recent concerto performances include Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 and Nights in the Garden of Spain, by Manuel de Falla with the Idaho State Civic Symphony, and Mozart’s Concerto No. 27 with the Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra. Every summer, she directs the ISU Summer Piano Institute, and has also been a guest artist at the Sierra Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes, California, and a guest faculty member at the Edward Auer Piano Festival at Indiana University. This school year she will be featured performing solo recitals in several venues, including the “Stars of Steinway Series” in Boise, and the University of Wyoming.

In 2007, Bond released her first CD of the Complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Dmitri Shostakovich, published by Centaur Records. Her playing on this recording has been acclaimed as featuring the “technique to play Shostakovich’s sometimes knotty piano writing without dropping a note, but she also plays with immense musicality” (Allmusic). Her second CD, featuring songs by Howard Boatwright performed with soprano Diana Livingston Friedley, has just been released, also by Centaur Records.

While a student, Kori Bond was a prizewinner in numerous regional and national competitions. She is now a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout the West. Her students have been prizewinners at the state and division levels of the MTNA competition and winners of numerous other local and state competitions, including the Federation of Music Clubs Collegiate Competition and the Musicians West competition.

Classic FM

Classic FM

Nicely done, South Kitsap High School 👏

Yesterday our students had a master class with brilliant pianist Mark Niewirth. #pocatello #idaho #idahostateuniversity ...

Yesterday our students had a master class with brilliant pianist Mark Niewirth. #pocatello #idaho #idahostateuniversity #pianist #music #pianomusic #pianoteacher #piano

Introducing Stephanie C. MajorStephanie Moore has loved music from an early age. Once she started piano, she fell in lov...

Introducing Stephanie C. Major

Stephanie Moore has loved music from an early age. Once she started piano, she fell in love and enthusiastically worked to improve. Her teachers have included Lorie Swisher, Dr. Kay Zavislak, and Dr. Kori Bond. She graduated from ISU in 2014 with high honors in Piano Performance and continues collaborating at ISU. She has also taught in ISU’s Preparatory Piano Program for over six years and maintains a studio of 20+ students. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and difficulties and loves hearing progress!

#piano #pianist #music #pianomusic #pianoteacher #Pocatello #idaho #idahostateuniversity #pianolesson #musiclesson #lesson #beststudents #bestteacher #isuppp



The ISU School of Performing Arts is pleased to announce that nationally renowned pianist Andrew Todd will be featured in recital and masterclass on Thursday, February 23. The recital is at 7:30 p.m. in Goranson Hall, and Mr. Todd will be performing works by John Adams, Robert Schumann, Philip Glass, and Sergei Prokofiev. Admission is granted for a suggested donation of $10 for community members, but is free for ISU students and families with kids enrolled in the Preparatory Piano Program. The masterclass is free and open to the public, and will be at 3:00-4:00, also in Goranson Hall. Performing in the class will be piano majors studying at ISU. According to Professor of Piano Kori Bond, Todd is a pianist of the utmost command of the instrument, and also plays with stylistically-aware expression. This is certainly an event that should attract fans of piano music at all levels. (Children age six and above are admitted.) Mr. Todd is a prominent soloist and chamber musician, performing regularly at such distinguished venues as the Grand Teton Music Festival, for which he is the Executive Director. He has studied at Northwestern University, the Mannes College of Music, and the University of Colorado. Todd made his orchestral debut at age 17, performing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Columbus Symphony. As a winner of the Artists International Piano Competition, he made his New York Debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. He has released two CD recordings.
Dr. Kori Bond

Professor of Piano

Idaho State University (208) 282-2551

#piano #teachers #pianoteaching #idahostateuniversity #idaho #music #musician #pianoteachers #PocatelloMusicClub #pocatello #pocatelloidaho #pianist #pianist #recital #schumann #prokofiev #music #musician #masterclass

Introducing  Adam J MerrillAdam has always enjoyed listening to classical music. Although he didn't start to play until ...

Introducing Adam J Merrill

Adam has always enjoyed listening to classical music. Although he didn't start to play until he was twelve, he has worked tirelessly to pursue his passion. Adam currently studies with Dr. Kori Bond and has also studied with Dr. Brandon Bascom, Jeff Long, and Carissa Hess. Adam attends ISU, striving to set a career as concert pianist. He is an active performer in recitals and Master classes, as well as musical summer camps in Idaho. Adam has received many awards for piano, most notably, he one first prize in the ISCS Young Artist series, first prize in the state Division of MTNA's Young Artist piano competition, and second prize in Musicians West piano competition. Adam is currently working to compete in the International Bruno and Bradshaw completion, develop a series of lectures regarding mindfulness from the practice room to the stage, as well a large scale composition titled the Apotheosis suite. Outside of the world of piano, Adam enjoys studying conducting, voice, cosmology, physics, languages, philosophy, and history.

#music #piano #pianist #pianoteacher #Pocatello #idaho #idahostateuniversity #isuppp

Santa's getting you a metronome!

Santa's getting you a metronome!

That is what our students think.Love them!))#beststudents #bestteacher #idaho #idahostateuniversity #pocatello #music #p...

That is what our students think.
Love them!))
#beststudents #bestteacher #idaho #idahostateuniversity #pocatello #music #pianomusic #pianoteacher #musictheory #CertificateOfAchievement

This Saturday, Oct 29th the lesson is held at L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.Students are attending ...
Halloween Family Matinee

This Saturday, Oct 29th the lesson is held at L.E. and Thelma E. Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Students are attending HALLOWEEN FAMILY MATINEE.
Costumes are encouraged!

ISU PPP Musicianship Classes started on Sept 10th!#music #pocatello #musicteachers #ISUPPPmusicianship #piano#IdahoState...

ISU PPP Musicianship Classes started on Sept 10th!

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ISU PPP Musicianship Classes added an option for music teachers to register for the classes themselves. We are planning ...
ISU PPP Musicianship Class Registration

ISU PPP Musicianship Classes added an option for music teachers to register for the classes themselves. We are planning on having separate group for teachers. Teacher's registration form is attached to the post.

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