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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.

Theory Helps with Reading Music: a Piano Teacher’s Insights

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Faculty, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy | Comments Off on Theory Helps with Reading Music: a Piano Teacher’s Insights

Theory Helps with Reading Music: a Piano Teacher’s Insights

  by Karina Leonard Piano Academy Theory Lab Teacher As part of the piano lesson rotation, half an hour is spent in the theory/computer lab. In the lab we have theory workbooks for each student, a piano teacher available to help and explain, and games and flashcards. Here are three ways the activities in the theory lab help with reading music: The theory workbooks take a step by step approach to explain the written music. Students can apply it to the keyboard with the electronic keyboards available in the lab. Note reading flashcards...

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A Personal Experience with Persisting in Piano Lessons

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Faculty, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on A Personal Experience with Persisting in Piano Lessons

A Personal Experience with Persisting in Piano Lessons

A Personal Experience with Persisting in Piano Lessons by David Kime, Piano Academy Faculty Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as having said: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” That which we persist in doing: Two months before my eighth birthday, my mom took me to my first piano lesson at a neighborhood piano teacher’s home.  For about seven years, she urged, encouraged, and set the kitchen timer so that I would...

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Preschool Piano Lessons Play

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017 in Larson Family, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Preschool Piano Lessons Play

Preschool Piano Lessons Play

Louis started Preschool Piano Academy this week! As his mother says, “His life now revolves around piano lessons!” Like other Piano Academy students, Louis rotates through the lesson rooms. He has a solo teacher, a pass-off teacher, and a technique teacher. He also spends time in the theory lab. Preschool students use the “Piano Safari” and “Music for Little Mozarts” method books. So, Louis brings the stuffed Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse with him to his lessons. Preschool students also bring a parent...

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Summer Program Piano Concerts

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Events, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Summer Programs | Comments Off on Summer Program Piano Concerts

Summer Program Piano Concerts

Both of our summer piano lessons programs were a great success! Both programs ended with concerts, so we wanted to share the recordings! The JumpStart Piano Camp was our week-long intensive camp for beginners. At the end of the week, family members came for a fun monster concert in the piano gallery downstairs, where each student had the chance to play in groups and as a solo performer. This was a laid-back performance but tons of fun! Our second summer program was for piano students with a little more experience. These students worked on...

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Persistence in Piano Lessons

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Composer of the Month, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on Persistence in Piano Lessons

Persistence in Piano Lessons

“Along with the rest of the Conservatory, the Piano Academy . . . . spotlights one character trait each month – our ‘Virtues for Virtuosos!’ It’s our hope that our students will recognize that the benefits of piano lessons go far beyond the physical ability to play an instrument; studying music can help us become better people in every aspect of our lives. As Henry Ward Beecher once wrote, ‘Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to...

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Piano Duo Performance – Next Friday Night!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Summer Programs | Comments Off on Piano Duo Performance – Next Friday Night!

Piano Duo Performance – Next Friday Night!

Please join us next Friday, July 7, for an evening of fantastic piano duets and two-piano works! The Delgado-Mauler duo (Tiffany Delgado and Hillary Mauler) will be performing a free concert at 7 PM in our very own Concerto hall. Ms. Delgado and Ms. Mauler have been performing together since 2013 and have since won national and international competitions together. This summer, they’re also teaching team piano lessons as part of our 2017 Summer Duet program and we couldn’t be more excited to have them here! Check out this video of...

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Goodbye to a Great Piano Teacher!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017 in Faculty, Piano Academy | Comments Off on Goodbye to a Great Piano Teacher!

Goodbye to a Great Piano Teacher!

This week we say, “Goodbye!” to one of our amazing piano teachers: Do Kyung Oh. After working in Piano Academy for almost a year, it is time for Ms. Oh to move on. We are sad to see her go, but we are happy for the time she spent with us at the Conservatory! Ms. Oh started working at Piano Academy about 10 months ago. She had just graduated from college with a degree in piano performance here in Utah, and needed to sell a piano. She looked in the Yellow Pages, and found “Brigham Larson Pianos” in Orem. Her mother and...

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Welcome to More Piano Teachers!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Faculty, Piano Academy | Comments Off on Welcome to More Piano Teachers!

Welcome to More Piano Teachers!

Last week we introduced three of our new computer/theory lab teachers. This week we are highlighting our new substitute piano teachers! As we mentioned last week, we are amazed at the talent and testimony of our faculty members. Check out their bios below, and be sure to welcome them when you see them!     “Kessa has taken pedagogy classes and workshops from professional piano teachers and began teaching privately over six years ago. . . She has participated in numerous competitions, both national and international, a notable...

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Finding a Place for Faith at Piano Lessons

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Finding a Place for Faith at Piano Lessons

Finding a Place for Faith at Piano Lessons

As a Christ-centered Conservatory, our mission is to “develop talent and testimony” in everything we do. At the heart of our philosophy are the ideas that music is a God-given gift and that we have a responsibility to develop and share that gift. When I began teaching at the Utah Piano Conservatory, I was so excited about being able to help my students connect their music and their faith. What I didn’t expect was some of the conversations that would lead me to that point… here’s one of those from just last week....

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First Piano Lessons: What Do I Learn?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on First Piano Lessons: What Do I Learn?

First Piano Lessons: What Do I Learn?

At Piano Academy, we have been blessed by many NEW piano students this summer! There is a lot to learn in the first few lessons, and it can be easy to forget everything! We also know that many of the parents do not know how to play the piano, but they want to help their children practice! Luckily, there are many resources for you! First of all, a student’s lesson sheet is crucial. All of our piano teachers give assignments for the week on this sheet. Each student should have a lesson sheet in the front of their Piano Academy binder....

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