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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 | 0 comments

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 Mozart. When it was her turn, she was singing the...

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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 | 0 comments

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 child learning at piano lessons? How can I keep...

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A Parent’s Place in Piano Lessons

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons | 0 comments

A Parent’s Place in Piano Lessons

On September 14th, we are hosting our annual parent involvement meeting! At Utah Piano Conservatory, parent involvement is crucial. “Parents are encouraged to be active participants in their student(s)’ progress” (UPC 2017-2018 Handbook, pg. 4). We are very excited to gather parents of our students together in this meeting, and look forward to seeing all of our piano parents there! “Parents are also required to attend the yearly conservatory parent meeting . . . . in preparation for a new academic year”. As part of this meeting, “parents agree to ensure...

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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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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 them performing at BYU commencement in 2013: This...

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