Virtues for Virtuosos

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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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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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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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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Respect: the Virtue this Month at Piano Lessons

Posted by on Jun 5, 2017 in Our Conservatory Community, Piano Academy, Piano Lessons, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on Respect: the Virtue this Month at Piano Lessons

Respect: the Virtue this Month at Piano Lessons

At Piano Academy, each month we learn about a new composer, and we focus on a new virtue. Our previous blog post talked about our composer of the month, J.S. Bach. Today we wanted to highlight our virtue of the month, which is respect. The English Oxford Dictionary defines respect as, “A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements,” and “due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others”. When we show respect, we admire, or show appreciation for something or someone. Piano students can show respect...

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How Piano Recitals Can Instill Confidence

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Events, Piano Academy, Virtues for Virtuosos | Comments Off on How Piano Recitals Can Instill Confidence

How Piano Recitals Can Instill Confidence

At Piano Academy, we focus on a different virtue each month. Called “Virtues for Virtuoso’s”, this emphasis helps students to develop both talent and testimony. At piano lessons, our students aren’t just learning the notes, they are learning patience. They aren’t just learning the rhythms, they are learning dedication. This month’s virtue is confidence! While preparing for our recitals, our program coordinator had an idea that I believe will be a confidence-boost to many of our students. Lindsay Bastian, the Orange Piano Academy Solo Teacher and Program...

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