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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.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Work Hard, Play Hard: My Experience with Piano Lessons

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Faculty, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | 0 comments

Work Hard, Play Hard: My Experience with Piano Lessons

When I was ten, our family moved to Washington state. Everything there was so green! There were trees, ferns, and moss everywhere! My parents purchased a home with 20 acres of land. This meant we basically had a forest as our backyard. A huge forest. Our lawn went all the way around our house, and the deck did too. During the five years we lived in that house, my parents kept finding projects to do. With such a large lawn, there was always mowing to do. With a large deck, there was always sweeping and cleaning to do. My mom planted flowers,...

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Learning to Improvise at Piano Lessons – Starting at Age 5!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

Learning to Improvise at Piano Lessons – Starting at Age 5!

You’ve probably heard some great jazz or pop pianists improvise (that is, “make up” music on the spot), but did you know that five-year-olds can do it, too? Improvisation is a skill that anyone can learn! Many people think that it’s a skill you’re either born with or you’re not, but the truth is that just like any art, improvisation takes lots of practice. In our Preschool Piano Academy, we use a method called Piano Safari, which emphasizes the creativity we love to see! Last month, Lincoln (age 5) and his...

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A Parent’s Place in Piano Lessons

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

A Parent’s Place in Piano Lessons

On September 14th, we are hosting our annual parent involvement meeting! At Utah Piano Conservatory, parent involvement is crucial. “Parents are encouraged to be active participants in their student(s)’ progress” (UPC 2017-2018 Handbook, pg. 4). We are very excited to gather parents of our students together in this meeting, and look forward to seeing all of our piano parents there! “Parents are also required to attend the yearly conservatory parent meeting . . . . in preparation for a new academic year”. As part...

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40 Piano Pieces in One Year – A Different Take on Piano Lessons

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on 40 Piano Pieces in One Year – A Different Take on Piano Lessons

40 Piano Pieces in One Year – A Different Take on Piano Lessons

For lots of piano students around the world, the standard is learning just a few pieces a year to prepare for competitions and events. But at the Utah Piano Conservatory, we say… the more music, the better! Our Piano Academy students work with their piano teachers to work on a variety of different pieces. At any given time, a student might be working on any or all of the following: a solo recital piece – a challenge piece meant to be memorized and performed 2-3 pieces from their method books (we use the lesson, performance, and...

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Jazz Piano Lessons!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Faculty, Jazz Piano Lessons, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Jazz Piano Lessons!

Jazz Piano Lessons!

Are you interested in jazz piano lessons? At Utah Piano Conservatory, we offer jazz piano lessons in our Piano Academy Jazz Division! Jazz Division Piano Academy   Take lessons from our talented jazz piano teacher, Ammon Doman, who has a masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance. Mr. Doman is also the Jazz Piano Program Director. He can teach you lead sheet, chord progressions, improvisation and more! Check out his bio: Ammon Doman – Jazz Piano Program Director Jazz students also get the opportunity to take advantage of our unique...

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