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Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Faculty, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | 0 comments

Thank Goodness for Piano Lessons!

  by McKenna Rammell, Assistant Director This month during piano lessons, our ‘ Virtue for Virtuosos is GRATITUDE. This virtue is a perfect one to focus on this month because of Thanksgiving! People naturally are thinking of what they are grateful for. My thoughts go to why I am grateful for piano lessons. A frequent question I get asked when I say I play the piano is, “Have you played all your life?” I probably started when I was 7 or 8, and had lessons off and on until college. In response, many people say, “I wish I had taken piano lessons.” I often...

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Join Our Christmas Sing-Along!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017 in Events, Faculty, Larson Family, Musical Moments, Our Conservatory Community | 0 comments

Join Our Christmas Sing-Along!

  Are you ready for our annual Christmas Sing-Along? Started several years ago by the Larson family, this tradition has been a huge success! The Sing-Along will be held on Monday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. Piano conservatory students, families, and friends are welcome to attend! Check out our Facebook Event for more information. For current conservatory families, you can also check your email. Here is a snippet of what our Program Coordinator, Lindsay Bastian, has to say about the Sing-Along:  We love this event because everyone can participate, whether as a soloist or by singing in the...

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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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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 was seeing the clock and realizing that the little...

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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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Work Hard, Play Hard: My Experience with Piano Lessons

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Faculty, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on Work Hard, Play Hard: My Experience with Piano Lessons

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, so there was a lot of watering to be done. My dad...

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