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When Alydia Met Mozart: Learning From Each Other at Piano Lessons

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

When Alydia Met Mozart: Learning From Each Other at Piano Lessons

At Piano Academy, we have our youngest piano students start in the Music for Little Mozarts method. In addition to being a great method for learning the basics of piano playing, the series uses “Mozart Mouse” and “Beethoven Bear” to help students learn concepts and pieces. Last week, a teacher shared this story about one of our 6-year old students who is working on the Music for Little Mozarts books: “Alydia was waiting for her lesson and listening to Sarah [a 13-year-old intermediate student] play a piece by Mozart. When it was her turn, she was singing the...

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What I Learned About the WHY of Piano Lessons

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Faculty, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | 0 comments

What I Learned About the WHY of Piano Lessons

What I Learned About the WHY of Piano Lessons by Laura Blanchard, Piano Academy Teacher         A couple weeks ago, I came home from school with an hour until I needed to go to work at Utah Piano Conservatory. Because I had just experienced another first week of school and my body was still used to being busy instead of sleeping in every day, I decided to take a quick nap so I wouldn’t have to worry about falling asleep in the middle of a piano lesson or something embarrassing like that. The next thing I was conscious of was seeing the clock and realizing that the little...

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Yearly Orientation for Parents of Piano Students – Tomorrow!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Yearly Orientation for Parents of Piano Students – Tomorrow!

Here at UPC, we know that our piano students do their best work when they’re supported by great piano parents. We like to think of piano lessons as a triangle: When all three are working together, the sky’s the limit! But as a parent, whether you play the piano or not, it can be hard to know exactly how to help your child best. You may have questions such as: What should my child’s practicing look like at home? How much is my child expected to practice? What is my role in my child’s practice? What kinds of things is my child learning at piano lessons? How can I keep...

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Rachmaninoff in Utah: Connections Made by a Piano Teacher

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Composer of the Month, Faculty, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Rachmaninoff in Utah: Connections Made by a Piano Teacher

Rachmaninoff in Utah–Connections Made by a Piano Teacher   by Eleasah Halsmer, Piano Academy Faculty At Piano Academy, each month is dedicated to a different classical composer. The students learn about their life and music in the theory lab during their piano lessons. Our piano teachers will play songs by the composer of the month each week so you can get familiar with their music. This September we’re spotlighting Sergei Rachmaninoff, who was a romantic era Russian pianist and composer, well known for his piano concertos and solo work. In 1918 he came to the United States,...

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Having Fun at Piano Lessons: Creative Practicing

Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Having Fun at Piano Lessons: Creative Practicing

Sometimes the normal “play each song/section x number of times per day” isn’t quite enough to cut it when we run into tricky passages or pieces in our practicing. Even the best pianists occasionally get stuck and even frustrated. So as piano teachers, what do we do when our students feel frustrated, tired, or even want to give up? Well, we have to think outside the box a little bit! This week, Jonny came to his solo lesson to work on “You’re Welcome” from Moana (what a fun song!) and had practiced his best to learn his assignment at home, but...

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