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School of Music Piano Pedagogy Lab School

Welcome to the WSU School of Music Piano Pedagogy Lab School. I am pleased to coordinate the school, and hope all of you are excited about another year of piano playing!

Policy Statement


The PPLS offers private lessons from September through April, arranged into a fall and a spring semester. Each semester comprises 15 weekly lessons and 1 final recital, where students will share the result of their hard work with their friends and family. Because of the current situation it is difficult now to plan additional events (workshops and live performances), but we will certainly keep you informed in case some opportunities come up!

We ask students and their families to commit to at least one semester of piano lessons. Although we understand that sometimes other plans may occur, discontinuous lessons are counterproductive, and we know that students learn better when their lessons happen regularly. As our teachers commit to our schedule, we appreciate you doing so.

Online Teaching

Students and teachers hoped to meet in person, but Covid-19 has determined a different scenario. All lessons will be online, but I want to assure you that the quality of our teaching (and students’ learning) will not be compromised. Online teaching does not mean worse, it means different. We know that we can still teach effectively, and that students can reach their goals, it is just a matter of adjustments. As we see this moment as an opportunity to think and act differently, we hope that you will join us with the same spirit!

Fees for Private Lessons

WSU Piano Professors: contact Dr. Menchetti or Dr. Roh

Graduate Teaching Assistants:
30 min. lessons = $ 247.50 per semester
45 min. lessons = $ 371.25 per semester

Undergraduate Student Teachers:
30 min. lessons = $ 210.00 per semester
45 min. lessons = $ 315.00 per semester

When students register at the beginning of the year, they are charged for the whole semester (15 lessons), but they can pay in three monthly installments. The installments do not reflect the exact number of lessons taken in a specific month, but a group of five lessons. The final recital does not count as a lesson, and it is free of charge!

The payments for the spring semester are due as it follows:

1st installment by January 19
2nd installment by February 16
3rd installment by March 16

Make checks payable to:
WSU – School of Music

and address the mailing to:

School of Music/WSU,
Attn: Anna-Maria Shannon,
PO BOX 645300,
Pullman, WA 99164-5300.

Please note that one missed payment will result in automatic termination of the lessons. Music books must be purchased separately by the parent or student. Your teacher will have recommendations and instructions regarding purchasing printed music materials.

Practice Expectations

Students enrolled in 30-minute lessons are expected to practice a minimum of 20 minutes each day. 45-minute lessons require a minimum of 40 minutes practice each day. Students who wish to excel should allow for more practice time. Daily practice will help the student accomplish his/her musical goals, which will lead to greater self-esteem and the enhancement of learning abilities. If you have any questions concerning your student’s practice habits, please contact your student’s teacher or refer to the PPLS website for tips.

PPLS Parent Agreement

Student practicing piano

Student practicing piano