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

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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 Piano Academy rotation system, just like our...

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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 help students learn and memorize the note names and...

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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 learn to practice the piano.  Some days I...

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