Teaching Experience Beginning in 2006, Haley Somers has taught piano lessons to children ages 5 to 16 from her own private studio as well as through the Youth Conservatory at Utah State University. Over the years she has taught college-aged students and adults as well. Her goals in teaching are to provide a setting where students learn to create music, become fine musicians, develop their skills and talents, gain confidence in themselves and their abilities, and develop characteristics that extend past the realm of music and help shape who they become. She realizes that the most important thing in teaching is the individual child and adjusts her teaching accordingly – what they are comfortable with, what would help them grow, how to best connect with them, and finally, to develop a relationship with them where they want to come to lessons and learn, making it the best possible experience for the student, parent and teacher. In addition to private lessons, she has taught in classroom settings such as the Keyboard Harmony course at USU and assistant in the Youth Conservatory's Brillante theory class. Currently, Haley is working on her Master of Music degree from Utah State University and is accepting students. Please feel free to contact her regarding lessons, she would love to discuss any special concerns or questions you may have regarding lessons or your student. Education Utah State University, Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Magna Cum Laude, 2011 Awards/Honors Utah State University Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Music Theory and Aural Skills Utah State University Music Department Rigby Scholar Utah State University Piano Department Project Europe Recipient Utah State University Piano Department "Outstanding Freshman of the Year" Utah State University Presidential Scholarship Dixie State College Atkin Piano Scholarship Dixie State College Celebrity Concert Series Guild Scholarship Recitals/Performances Senior Piano Recital, Utah State University USU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Night, Utah State University Roy L. Halverson Young Artist Concert, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Cedar City UT Salute to Youth Concerto Soloist, Southwest Symphony, St. George UT Principle Teachers Prof. Gary Amano Luke Hancock Dr. Lynn Dean Other Interests In addition to playing and teaching music, Haley loves making healthy and delicious concoctions in the kitchen, having adventures and wandering in the beautiful outdoors, and spending time with people – the most important thing in life.