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Honors Piano Masterclass Next Week!

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Honors Piano Masterclass Next Week!

Our first Honors piano masterclass is coming up fast! This event will be next Saturday, January 20 at 12:00 PM at the Conservatory. Masterclasses are used by piano teachers around the world to help their students polish performances and get feedback from another teacher. Each student performs their piece, and then works with the teacher for a few minutes. Unlike a private lesson, however, other students and their families are usually invited to watch! This is a great opportunity for students to both play and observe. Concepts the teacher brings up are usually applicable to more than one...

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SMART Musical Goals

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Private Music Lessons, Uncategorized | 0 comments

SMART Musical Goals

What is the number one most commonly discussed subject this time of year? Goal setting! People are making goals to eat less, read more, increase their organization and decrease their debt. Hopefully, all of our students are thinking about what they want to accomplish in their piano studies this year. Goal setting is important for youth because it gives them something to work for as well as a sense of confidence when they reach what they set out to do!i We want 2018 to be a year of focus and progress for everyone! However, goal-setting and goal-keeping can be kind of tricky, particularly for...

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Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Events, Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Compliment Cards: A New Piano Recital Tradition

Recitals last weekend were SO much fun! We had almost 70 students perform, as well as several of our piano teachers. We heard lots of amazing performances – but today we want to share something we did a little differently this time around: compliment cards! We got this idea from a fellow teacher (click here to read her original post) and had so much fun with it. The idea is for each students and parent to write a quick note or two to other performers at the recital sharing what they liked about their piece or performance. We had each student write to the person who played before them;...

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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 important to remember that gifts are best enjoyed...

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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 ability to play more repertoire and to do so more...

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A Piano Teacher’s Advice on Pre-Recital Nerves

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Events, Faculty, Piano Academy, Uncategorized, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on A Piano Teacher’s Advice on Pre-Recital Nerves

A Piano Teacher’s Advice on Pre-Recital Nerves

With only one week until our piano recitals, it is easy for students to get nervous! Will I remember the whole song? Will I play all of the right notes? What do piano teachers do when they get nervous? We’ve interviewed a few of our piano teachers at Utah Piano Conservatory to see what they do!   All of the teachers talked about some kind of pre-performance practice session. Kadee Henderson, the adult Piano Academy teacher and Piano Academy Pass-Off teacher, said, “It seems so obvious, but do the practice performances! Try to do it with people outside of your family, people...

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