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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.

Classical vs. Pop: What’s the Best Way to Learn Piano?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Classical vs. Pop: What’s the Best Way to Learn Piano?

Sometimes prospective piano parents come to us and ask what the “best” way is for their child to learn piano – classical music or pop music? Many piano teachers take only one approach or the other, and every student’s needs will be a little bit different. But here at the Piano Academy, we say . . . why not learn BOTH? Learning to play classical music is definitely different than learning to play pop songs, but each style can teach a piano student some great things! Here are some of the concepts you could learn from...

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Honors Piano Masterclass Next Week!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Honors Piano Masterclass Next Week!

Our first Honors piano masterclass is coming up fast! This event will be next Saturday, January 20 at 12:00 PM at the Conservatory. Masterclasses are used by piano teachers around the world to help their students polish performances and get feedback from another teacher. Each student performs their piece, and then works with the teacher for a few minutes. Unlike a private lesson, however, other students and their families are usually invited to watch! This is a great opportunity for students to both play and observe. Concepts the teacher...

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SMART Musical Goals

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

SMART Musical Goals

What is the number one most commonly discussed subject this time of year? Goal setting! People are making goals to eat less, read more, increase their organization and decrease their debt. Hopefully, all of our students are thinking about what they want to accomplish in their piano studies this year. Goal setting is important for youth because it gives them something to work for as well as a sense of confidence when they reach what they set out to do!i We want 2018 to be a year of focus and progress for everyone! However, goal-setting and...

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Piano Events Coming Up at UPC

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Piano Events Coming Up at UPC

We’ve got lots of piano events coming up in the next couple of months at Piano Academy! Here’s what you can put on your calendar (*events with an asterisk are for Honors Piano Academy students – click here to learn more): January 2-31: 30-Day Sight Reading Challenge (click here for more info) January 9: Piano Tutor Training, 7 PM January 20: Honors Masterclass, 10:30 AM (all students/parents welcome to observe – more info coming soon) *Every Friday-Saturday in February: NFMC Jr. Festival Performance Evaluations...

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A Christmas Classic from Our Composer of the Month

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Composer of the Month, Piano Academy | Comments Off on A Christmas Classic from Our Composer of the Month

A Christmas Classic from Our Composer of the Month

One of the best (and easiest) ways to get your kids interested in music is listening to it around the house! Studies show that children grow to like what they are exposed to the most. Luckily for us, great classical music is easier to find than you might think. If you’ve ever seen Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, or any of a number of popular animated movies, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of the world’s most famous themes. (Check out this article for a few specific examples.) This week, we want to highlight a...

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Christmas Music from Piano Academy

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Christmas Music from Piano Academy

Christmas Music from Piano Academy

For as long as I can remember, the rule in my house growing up was that Christmas decorations went up the day after Thanksgiving. While some of us kids got grumpy about it once in a while (sorry, Mom), we all helped to put together the Christmas tree, add lights and ornaments, and place other various decorations around the house. But the thing that always came out of the box first was the Christmas music! It didn’t feel like Christmas until we were dancing and singing to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.” Although I...

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Piano Lessons Can Help You Light the World 

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on Piano Lessons Can Help You Light the World 

Piano Lessons Can Help You Light the World 

#LightTheWorld is in full swing this Christmas season, and there are many ways to participate! Here are 3 ways that piano lessons can help you participate in serving others this month: Our Virtues for Virtuosos: Every month, we focus on a different virtue. These virtues are meant to help students develop both their talents and their testimony. Virtues also help students get so much more out of piano lessons. They aren’t just learning music, they are forming important habits in their lives. Our virtue this month is Sensitivity. By...

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Practice Competition 2018: 30-Day Sight-Reading Challenge

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Events, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Practice Competition 2018: 30-Day Sight-Reading Challenge

Practice Competition 2018: 30-Day Sight-Reading Challenge

Every so often at the Piano Academy, we have some kind of practice-focused event (like our PianOlympics or this practice competition) to help keep practicing fun and engaging for our piano students. This year’s event will come in the form of a sight-reading challenge! For the month of January, students are encouraged to take the SASR as many times as possible. (Not familiar with the SASR? It’s one of the tools in the software we use at piano lessons called Piano Marvel. You can watch this intro video to get a feel for how it...

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Haydn: Composer of the Month at Piano

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Composer of the Month, Faculty | Comments Off on Haydn: Composer of the Month at Piano

Haydn: Composer of the Month at Piano

  Haydn: Composer of the Month at Piano by Chris Morrison Franz Joseph Haydn (pronounced “high-den”) was one of the two grand master composers of the Classical era (roughly 1730-1820); the other was Mozart. Although Mozart was the most astounding child prodigy in the history of music and is more well-known to the general public now, Haydn was more famous during his time. He rose from relatively humble beginnings to become the most popular and celebrated composer in Europe, an incredible story of talent mixed with hard work. You might...

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Solo Piano Recital

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Musical Moments, Piano Academy | Comments Off on Solo Piano Recital

Solo Piano Recital

Jessica, a piano student in our Piano Academy Honors Division, performed in her second solo piano recital last month! She prepared 10 pieces to play for friends and family on November 4th, 2017. We wanted to share with you her amazing accomplishment!                   A few of the pieces she played include: Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin Waltz in A minor by Edvard Grieg Flight of the Bumblee Rock by Aaron Garner (of Piano Marvel) Check out a snippet of her playing! All students of Piano Academy...

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