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So many exciting programs, piano lessons, and uplifting moments are happening at Utah Piano Conservatory.  Please check back often to see the latest happenings.

Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Faculty, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | 0 comments

Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

  by McKenna Rammell, Assistant Director This month during piano lessons, our ‘ Virtue for Virtuosos is GRATITUDE. This virtue is a perfect one to focus on this month because of Thanksgiving! People naturally are thinking of what they are grateful for. My thoughts go to why I am grateful for piano lessons. A frequent question I get asked when I say I play the piano is, “Have you played all your life?” I probably started when I was 7 or 8, and had lessons off and on until college. In response, many people say, “I...

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Student Savers: Ideas for When Your Child Wants to Quit

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Student Savers: Ideas for When Your Child Wants to Quit

Let’s face it, every piano student has their ups and downs. As with anything worth doing, learning to play the piano can be downright difficult and it’s highly unlikely that your child will ALWAYS jump at the chance to get their practicing done. So what do you do when your child comes to you and asks to quit piano lessons? Before throwing in the towel, try a few of these ideas to help your child find their love of music again. First of all, involve your child’s piano teacher! Whether or not the teacher is aware that your...

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Join Our Christmas Sing-Along!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Events, Faculty, Larson Family, Musical Moments, Our Conservatory Community | 0 comments

Join Our Christmas Sing-Along!

  Are you ready for our annual Christmas Sing-Along? Started several years ago by the Larson family, this tradition has been a huge success! The Sing-Along will be held on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Piano conservatory students, families, and friends are welcome to attend! Check out our Facebook Event for more information. For current conservatory families, you can also check your email. Here is a snippet of what our Program Coordinator, Lindsay Bastian, has to say about the Sing-Along:  We love this event because everyone can...

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Gathering Families Around the Piano

Posted by on Nov 10, 2017 in Larson Family, Musical Moments, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Gathering Families Around the Piano

As a follow up to our earlier blog post from this week, we wanted to share this family musical experience! One way to have positive family musical experiences is to gather as a family around a piano. The Larson family shared this endearing video with us this week of their family gathering around a piano to sing together! There are lots of ways to facilitate family musical experiences! An article we found this week listed at least five: Family Karaoke: Whether at a fun Karaoke place or in your home, doing Karoake is fun! It can be...

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Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Recitals last weekend were SO much fun! We had almost 70 students perform, as well as several of our piano teachers. We heard lots of amazing performances – but today we want to share something we did a little differently this time around: compliment cards! We got this idea from a fellow teacher (click here to read her original post) and had so much fun with it. The idea is for each students and parent to write a quick note or two to other performers at the recital sharing what they liked about their piece or performance. We had each...

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Piano Lessons Facilitate Family Musical Experiences

Posted by on Nov 6, 2017 in Events, Larson Family, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Piano Lessons Facilitate Family Musical Experiences

If you are familiar with the story of how Utah Piano Conservatory came to be, you will know that one motivating factor behind the conservatory is “Facilitating Positive Musical Experiences for Families”.  Our director and her family have chosen music lessons as the tool to help their family develop talents and important qualities. Piano families at Utah Piano Conservatory are encouraged to do the same. We have seen, especially recently, that our conservatory families are creating positive musical experiences by performing...

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November Piano Recitals

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community | 0 comments

November Piano Recitals

We host four piano recitals per year at Utah Piano Conservatory: February, May, July, and November. Piano teachers work with and encourage students to prepare memorized, polished solos for recital performance. Performance in recitals is by nomination from piano teachers for students who are performance ready. This includes preparation in performance etiquette (entrance, introduction, performance, bow & exit) and a fully memorized piece.  All students play from memory at formal recitals. We are pleased to have our November formal piano...

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The High Scorer at Today’s Piano Lesson 

Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Larson Family, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

The High Scorer at Today’s Piano Lesson 

Brigham scored 550 on the SASR today during piano lessons! The SASR, short for Standard Assessment of Sight Reading, is one of the many features students use on Piano Marvel at Piano Academy. Piano Marvel is an application that uses a computer or iPad, and a digital piano to aid in learning the piano. Students get instant feedback on how correctly they played notes and rhythms, as well as tests their ability to play with a metronome (Set up Piano Marvel in your home). Many of our students have used the sight reading assessment on Piano Marvel...

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Congrats to Jo-Jo on Completing Piano Safari Book One!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Larson Family, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Congrats to Jo-Jo on Completing Piano Safari Book One!

This week was a big one for Jo-Jo – he completed his LAST piece in the first Piano Safari book! Jo-Jo has been working on this book as part of the Preschool Piano Academy curriculum for a little over a year, and had to learn and perfect almost 80 pieces to complete it! Check out Jo-Jo’s happy moment: We love the Piano Safari books for so many reasons! Here are some of our favorite features: Students learn both by rote (by ear/example) and by reading, so they develop both skills simultaneously. Because of those rote pieces,...

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Reflections Projects at Piano Lessons

Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Reflections Projects at Piano Lessons

Reflections is a nation-wide program, sponsored by the schools. Students around the country use a common theme for inspiration as they create their own work of art. This year, a couple of our piano students decided they wanted to compose their own music! Marie and James, long-time students of Piano Academy, each composed a piece related to this year’s Reflections theme: “Within Reach”. I had an opportunity to watch Marie input her song into Finale, a music writing software. I also took the chance to interview James and Marie...

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