Composer of the Month

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 popular Christmas song that we bet you didn’t...

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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 also like to know that he had one of the best senses...

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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 Vienna, where Mozart’s old rival Antonia Salieri...

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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 | Comments Off on Rachmaninoff in Utah: Connections Made by a Piano Teacher

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 solo work. In 1918 he came to the United States,...

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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 itself.’...

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Composer of the Month at Piano Lessons: Bach

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Composer of the Month, Piano Lessons | Comments Off on Composer of the Month at Piano Lessons: Bach

Composer of the Month at Piano Lessons: Bach

June has just begun, and that means we have a new composer of the month at piano lessons! June’s composer of the month is Johann Sebastian Bach. We are very excited to learn more about Bach, and to listen to his music! Our piano teachers played several YouTube playlists yesterday in the theory lab as an introduction. If you need suggestions of what music to listen to this month, check out our playlist on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL18uRtWgltuHef-FtbwumYOgideTXHLJ6. Here is a sample video from our playlist:   Here are some facts from our bulletin on Bach: Born...

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