Youth Conservatory

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PRIVATE PIANO INSTRUCTION

The majority of the students enrolled in the Youth Conservatory participate in a 30-minute private piano lesson and a 55-minute musicianship class each week during fall and spring semesters.  The half-hour private lesson addresses the mechanics of piano playing and the individual interests, needs and goals of each student. Youth Conservatory students may study with faculty or students in the USU piano program. Student teachers are tiered based on experience, and tuition costs are relative to the tier.  Following is a list of YC faculty and student teacher tiers:

 

Bronze

Robyn Abrahamson

Dallin Bassett

Arthur Floyd

Brady Fry

Jennifer Hansen

Michael Lechner

Eliza Nelson

Taylor Packer

BreAna Shaw

Jacqueline Winterton

 

Silver

Ashley Benjamin

Brittany Bowers

Brittney Mattison

Kyle McKenna

Lisa Richards

Sierra Summers

Shanelle Winkel

Gold

Mark Gubler

Lindsey Lee-Pope

Sara Mason

Ashley Weiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate

Lauren Belliston, B.M., Utah State University

Brody Craney, B.M., Utah State University

Krystal Kunz, B.M., Utah State University

Lizzy Prettyman, B.M., Utah State University

Faculty

Gary Amano, M.M., B.S., The Juilliard School – Founder, USU Piano Program Head

Emily Ezola, M.M., B.M., Utah State University – YC Program Coordinator

Luke Hancock, M.M., B.M., Utah State University – USU Piano Faculty

Brooke Hirst, M.M., B.M., Utah State University – Account Manager

Dennis Hirst, M.M., U. of Oklahoma, B.M., Bowling Green State University – Director; USU Piano Faculty

Kevin Olson, Ed. D. National-Louis Univ., M.M., B.M. Brigham Young University – USU Piano Faculty

Ewa Wilczynski, M.M. Marie Curie University, Poland – YC Theory Instructor


GROUP LESSONS & MUSICIANSHIP CLASSES

 

The musicianship (group) classes provide opportunities for peer interaction, discussion and performance while supplementing the private lesson with music theory, history and ear training. Many classes incorporate a theory curriculum produced by TCW Resources for the Youth Conservatory, which has been adopted by many teachers and studios nationwide because of its comprehensive approach and student appeal.  New class options this year include advanced courses for teens and group piano classes geared to young beginners and adults.  Following is a listing of classes offered for the upcoming year:

 

Musical Beginnings (ages 6 months – 2 ½ years)

Meets Tuesdays, 5:15-6:00 pm, FA 222

Designed for parents/caregivers and their babies/toddlers to take together, this class teaches ways to play musically with your child and develop their sense of beat, movement, and pitch, preparing them for musical success later in life. Together you’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments. No at-home piano required for participation.

 

Young Musicians  (ages 3-5)

Meets Thursdays, 4:15-5:00 pm, FA 222

The YC offers the youngest musicians a weekly 45-minute class with children and their parents that serves as a fun and age-appropriate introduction to the mechanics of music.  Areas of focus include singing, rhythm, and motion.  No at-home piano required for participation.

 

Beginning Group Piano

(ages 5-7) 

Meets Mondays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 216 or Thursdays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 216

Early elementary students can often benefit by learning piano in groups. Using an innovative curriculum called Piano Made Fun For the Young, students integrate singing and playing while they learn beginning concepts at the piano. It is recommended that students have a piano to practice at home.  This class may be taken in place of or in addition to private piano lessons.

 

Level A  Brillante (grades 1-2) 

Meets Mondays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 220 or Thursdays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 220 

The Brillante course is geared toward young beginners who are also enrolled in private piano lessons. Concepts taught in Brillante include the music alphabet, the grand staff, note values, notes on the staff (including ledger line notes), time signatures, beginning pentascales (5-finger patterns), music signs and terms, ear-training and Mozart.

 

Level A  Animato (grades 3-5)

Meets Thursdays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 220

The Animato course covers the same concepts as Brillante, but in a way that is geared towards students aged 8-11.

 

 

Levels AB  Accelerando 1      (grades 6-12) 

Meets Mondays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 218

The Accelerando 1 course moves quickly and covers the concepts presented in both levels A and B. The activities are geared towards the teenage beginner with little or no theory background. This class also serves as a great review for those who are a little rusty in their theory.

 

Level B  Energico* (grades 1-2) 

Meets Tuesdays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 220

The Energico course teaches second-year theory for the young elementary student. It reinforces first-year theory concepts and adds new concepts that reinforce the skills that are being taught in the student’s private lessons. *Requires a pre-requisite of level A theory or equivalent testing.

 

Level B  Spirito* (grades 3-5) 

Meets Wednesdays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 220 or Thursdays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 218

The Spirito course teaches second-year theory for the older elementary students. This level is appropriate for students who have completed either Brillante or Animato and are ready to move on to more challenging concepts. Spirito covers major and minor pentascale patterns and chords, intervals, more challenging rhythms, music signs and terms, ear-training and an introduction to Beethoven.

*Requires a pre-requisite of level A theory or equivalent testing.

 

Level C Con Moto* (grades 4-7)  

Meets Wednesdays 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 220    

The Con Moto course continues building upon fundamental theory concepts, while adding new ones including time signatures, major and perfect intervals, key signatures, major scales, triads, phrase structure, music analysis, music signs and terms, ear-training and an introduction to Bach.  

*Requires a pre-requisite of level B theory or equivalent testing

 

 

 

Level D Con Brio* (grades 4-8) 

Meets Wednesdays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 218

The Con Brio course introduces simple and compound meters, the circle of fifths, more difficult rhythms, primary triads and inversions, themes, motives, phrases, two and three-part form, the 12-bar blues, music terms and analysis, ear-training and an introduction to Franz Joseph Haydn.   

*Requires a pre-requisite of level C theory or equivalent testing.

 

Level E Con Fuoco (grades 5-10) 

Meets Tuesdays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 218

The Con Fuoco course continues a focus in simple and compound rhythmic analysis, all major scales and circle of fifths, and Roman numeral analysis.  Students begin a focus on analyzing cadences and simple forms in music, and receive a broad overview of classical music history.

*Requires a pre-requisite of level D theory or equivalent testing.

 

Level F Stretto* (grades 6-12) 

Meets Thursdays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 218

The Stretto course teaches intermediate concepts such as harmonic minor scales and key signatures, augmented triads, seventh chords, figured bass and Baroque styles and ornamentation.  

*Requires a pre-requisite of level E theory or equivalent testing.

 

Advanced Musicianship*          (grades 9-12)

Meets Tuesdays, 5:05-6:00 pm, FA 220

This course prepares high school-aged students in a variety of advanced musicianship concepts, including theory, aural skills, keyboard technique, and performance practice.  Regular master classes and performance experience are fundamental parts of this challenging class.

*Requires a pre-requisite of level E theory or equivalent testing.

 

2014-2015 STUDY OPTIONS  AND TUITION POLICIES

(Costs are per semester; 13 weeks of instruction are provided each semester)

 

TUITION OPTIONS AND RATES

Option A:   Private Lessons & Musicianship Class              

            Bronze Level:          $164 per semester + classroom materials fee*

            Silver Level:             $206 per semester + classroom materials fee*

            Gold Level:             $245 per semester + classroom materials fee*

            Graduate Level     $271 per semester + classroom materials fee*

            Faculty:                     Rates vary by teacher + $94 per semester + classroom materials fee*

                                                (private lesson fees paid directly to the faculty teacher)

 

Option B:  Musicianship Class Only

            All Classes Except Young Musicians & Musical Beginnings: $94 per semester + classroom materials fee*

           Young Musicians: $115 per semester

           Musical Beginnings: $115 per semester + classroom materials fee*                                                              

*Classroom Materials Fees (covers the cost of workbooks and other class materials for the entire year)

                 YOUNG MUSICIANS: no fee

                 ADV. MUSICIANSHIP: no fee

                 BEG. GROUP PIANO AND MUSICAL BEGINNINGS: $30

                 ALL OTHER CLASSES: $25

Option C:  Private Lessons Only    

            Bronze Level:          $108 per semester

            Silver Level:             $133 per semester

            Gold Level:             $163 per semester

            Graduate Level:    $186 per semester

            Faculty:                     Rates vary by teacher

                                                (private lesson fees paid directly to the faculty teacher)

A student can take a second or third additional class for $30 per class.

 

TUITION POLICY

Tuition covers thirteen weeks of instruction during the specified period, exclusive of holidays.

 

Fall Semester Tuition is due in full by Thursday, September 11, 2014.  Spring Semester Tuition is due in full by Thursday, January 22, 2015.  Payment options are available upon request through signed contract at the discretion of the Youth Conservatory.  Please contact the YC office for more information.  A late payment fee of $25 per enrolled student will be assessed on accounts that are two weeks or more in arrears.  Accounts may be referred to outside collection agencies, including small claims courts, if they are delinquent over 50 days.  Further, the parent or legal guardian is responsible for any legal charges incurred by the YC when pursuing delinquent payments.

 

Tuition refunds will be issued in accordance with the following policy:

                    Before classes begin:                                            100%

                    After 1st week:                                                           75%

                    After 2nd week:                                                         50%

                    After 3rd week:                                                            0%

 

No tuition refunds are offered after the 3rd week, and families paying their tuition in payments will still be expected to pay the remainder of their tuition, even if their child discontinues lessons.  If a child discontinues lessons, parents are requested to notify the office prior to doing so.

 

Families enrolling 2 or more children in the Youth Conservatory are eligible for a family discount of 2.5% off their total tuition.  Families enrolling 3 or more children will receive 5% off their total tuition.

 

The Youth Conservatory reserves the right to terminate a child’s enrollment at any time for reasons consistent with the best interest of the YC.  In such a case, a pro rata portion of the tuition is refunded.

 

For the safety of children enrolled in the program, all students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult while participating in any Youth Conservatory activity on the Utah State University campus.  Additionally, parental involvement in the student’s lessons and at-home practicing is critical to the success of the training.

 

Class scheduling is subject to change.  The Youth Conservatory reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment.

 

Private lessons missed by the student will not be rescheduled.  Lessons canceled due to snow days or instructor absence will be rescheduled.


Utah State University Youth Conservatory

2014-2015 CALENDAR

FALL SEMESTER 2014

August 26                  T                 6:00-7:30 pm, Information & Registration Evening, Chase Fine Arts Center (FAC)

                                                            Courtyard (Kent Concert Hall Foyer in case of inclement weather)

                                                            Online registration available anytime at www.usu.edu/ycpiano       

September 1             M               No lessons – Labor Day (make-up lesson given on November 24)

September 2-5          T-F              First week of classes and lessons (except Mondays)

September 8             M               First day of Youth Conservatory classes and lessons for Monday classes and lessons

September 11           TH               Fall semester tuition due in full

October 17               F                 No lessons – USU Fall Break (arrange make-up lessons with instructors if necessary)

October 24               F                 5:00-8:00 pm, Halloween Recitals & Carnival, FAC

November 24            M               3:30-6:00 pm Christmas Concert Auditions, Room 203

November 26-28       T-F              No YC - Thanksgiving Break – Only Monday lessons WILL be held this week

December 1              M               7:00 pm Christmas Concert, Performance Hall

December 1-5           M-F             Last week of YC classes & lessons fall semester

 

SPRING SEMESTER 2015     

January 12-16           M-F             First week of Youth Conservatory classes

January 16                F                 Make-up day for Monday lessons and classes (due to Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Monday, students have classes or lessons on January 12 and 16 this week)

January 19                M               No YC – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22                TH               Spring semester tuition due in full

February 3-6              T-F              No YC classes & lessons (Monster Concert week – however, Monday lessons and classes WILL meet Feb. 2 in anticipation of President’s Day Holiday on Feb. 16)

February 3,4              T,W             Times TBD, Monster Concert First Rehearsals, Rooms 216 & 218

February 6                 F                 Times TBD, Monster Concert Second Rehearsal, KCH

February 7                 Sat             9:00 – 10:30 am, Monster Concert Final Rehearsal, KCH

February 7                 Sat             6:00 pm, Monster Concert, KCH

February 16               M               No YC – President’s Day

March 9-13                M-F             No YC – USU Spring Break

April 11                     S                8:00 am-3:00 pm 43rd Annual USU Piano Festival, FAC

April 20-24                 M-F             Last week of YC classes & lessons spring semester

April 28                     T                 7:00 pm, Youth Conservatory Graduation, Performance Hall

 

YC Student Recitals--Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm and Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm in Room 214.

(Held weekly when 6 or more students are available to perform.

 Teachers must submit recital application forms two days in advance of each recital.)

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