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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.

Building a Habit of Service Through Piano Recitals

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Building a Habit of Service Through Piano Recitals

Building a Habit of Service Through Piano Recitals

Here at UPC, we sure love our piano recitals! Each quarter, we put on two different types of recitals. Our formal Piano Academy recitals happen at the Conservatory. Performers dress up, play memorized solos, invite friends and family, and take lots of pictures – probably similar to what piano recitals look like for studios across the country. The performances are always fantastic, and our students don’t complain about the candy bar they get at the end, either! But as important as those types of performances are, it’s equally...

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Meet the Talented Trio at Piano Lessons Today!

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Musical Moments, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Meet the Talented Trio at Piano Lessons Today!

Meet the Talented Trio at Piano Lessons Today!

Savannah, Jack, and Ryan are siblings. They originally were interested in participating in our Duet Summer Camp. Unfortunately, their schedules didn’t allow participating. However, Lindsay Bastian, their piano teacher, suggested they prepare a trio instead. Ms. Bastian had a book of trios she acquired from a music teachers national convention, and began playing recordings of the pieces. Each of the siblings liked, “Snap, Clap, Boogie” by Melody Bober. Jack and Ryan have been practicing their own parts since June or July, and...

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Piano Students Say It Best: What Does Sacrifice Mean?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on Piano Students Say It Best: What Does Sacrifice Mean?

Piano Students Say It Best: What Does Sacrifice Mean?

    by McKenna Rammell, Assistant Director At Utah Piano Conservatory, we are dedicated to helping our students develop both talent and testimony. By focusing each month on a different virtue from our list of Virtues for Virtuosos, students not only learn piano, they also learn valuable character traits. This month our virtue is SACRIFICE. I wanted to know what our students thought about sacrifice, so I interviewed a few as they finished their piano lessons and were waiting for their parents. Most of these students are pretty young,...

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Why We Learn Hymns at Piano Lessons

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Why We Learn Hymns at Piano Lessons

Why We Learn Hymns at Piano Lessons

Hymns are an important part of what we do here at Piano Academy! Our piano students start learning hymns usually about 12-18 months after they begin piano lessons. Although the first hymn takes a while to learn, each successive one learned takes a little less time. After a few years of learning hymns, students can sightread new ones! As someone recently pointed out to me, hymns aren’t particularly “pianistic;” that is, they’re pretty different from most solo piano music. So why is it that UPC has chosen to include...

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Composer of the Month at Piano Lessons: Liszt

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Composer of the Month, Faculty | Comments Off on Composer of the Month at Piano Lessons: Liszt

Composer of the Month at Piano Lessons: Liszt

            by Kadee Henderson, Purple Piano Academy Solo Teacher Franz Liszt was a renowned Hungarian pianist and composer throughout Europe during the Romantic era. Liszt was born on October 22, 1811 in Raiding, Hungary (now Raiding, Austria). He learned to play the piano from his father, who was a talented multi-instrumentalist himself. By age 6, Liszt was recognized as a child prodigy; by age 8, he was composing elementary works; by age 9, he was performing in concerts. Liszt’s father took Franz to...

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5 Techniques Every Beginner Piano Student Should Learn

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Techniques Every Beginner Piano Student Should Learn

5 Techniques Every Beginner Piano Student Should Learn

One of the MOST important things to teach in the first few piano lessons is the importance of good technique. We’re not just talking about being able to play fast scales or Hanon exercises – technique goes far beyond that. Piano technique includes everything about the way we move our bodies to play the piano, from head to toe! Having poor technique will limit you in terms of what pieces you can play and what kinds of sounds you can get out of the piano. On the other hand, developing great technique from the beginning unlocks the...

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Don’t Wait for Carnegie Hall: Recognizing Achievement in Young Piano Students

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Private Music Lessons | Comments Off on Don’t Wait for Carnegie Hall: Recognizing Achievement in Young Piano Students

Don’t Wait for Carnegie Hall: Recognizing Achievement in Young Piano Students

By McKenna Rammell, Assistant Director I believe recognizing achievement early equals SUCCESS for piano students. Celebrating milestones means students gain confidence and are more likely to succeed at other life activities they choose. Many of us think the success of piano lessons comes after years of hard work: the”Carnegie Hall” moment. For instance, when a student auditions for a college music program, when they debut their first music album, or when they can sit down and read whatever music they want to. These are all...

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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 | Comments Off on When Alydia Met Mozart: Learning From Each Other at Piano Lessons

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 | Comments Off on What I Learned About the WHY of Piano Lessons

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 | Comments Off on Yearly Orientation for Parents of Piano Students – Tomorrow!

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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