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It is my pleasure to present the catalog for the 2013-2014 year at the USU Youth Conservatory. This year we celebrate 35 years of providing quality, affordable music education to hundreds of students in northern Utah and Southern Idaho. The Youth Conservatory serves as a teaching lab for USU piano majors working under the tutelage of our experienced piano faculty. This year we are excited to continue to offer a wide selection of fun, interactive musicianship classes, catered to students as young as 2 years old, up through advanced courses for high school students. In addition to the musicianship classes, we are proud of our strong tradition of quality private teaching in a professional environment, with Steinway pianos in most of the teaching rooms. We look forward to continuing our popular traditions such as Monster Concert, Halloween Carnival and the USU Piano Festival. Our goal at the USU Youth Conservatory is to help your child become a well-rounded and skilled musician.
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 tiers, and areas of expertise:
Bronze Silver Gold
Robyn Abrahamson Ashley Benjamin Lindsey Lee-Pope
Brittany Bowers Lizzie Davis Stephanie Price
Natalie Coombs Mark Gubler Ali Snow
Brian Daurelle Arianne Lanier Carly Stanger
Brittney Mattison Sara Mason Ashley Weiss
Taylor Packer Kyle McKenna
Lisa Richards Bradley Taylor
Lauren Belliston, B.M., Utah State University
Brody Craney, B.M., Utah State University
Aubrey Moeller, B.M., Utah State University
Krystal Kunz, B.M., Utah State University
Gary Amano, M.M., B.S., The Juilliard School
Emily Bailey, M.M., B.M., Utah State University
Luke Hancock, M.M., B.M., Utah State University
Brooke Hirst, M.M., B.M., Utah State University
Dennis Hirst, M.M., U. of Oklahoma, B.M., Bowling Green State University
Kevin Olson, Ed. D. National-Louis Univ., M.M., B.M. Brigham Young University
Ewa Wilczynski, M.M. Marie Curie University, Poland
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:
Placement tests are available at the time of registration to determine the most appropriate theory course for each student.
Young Musicians (ages 2-5)
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.
Beginning Group Piano
Meets Mondays, 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 218 or Wednesdays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 220
The Brillante course is geared toward the young elementary student who is just learning beginning note and rhythm reading skills. 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 218
The Animato course covers the same concepts as Brillante, but in a way that is geared towards the average age beginner. Some students who have taken Brillante will benefit from a review in the Animato class.
Levels AB Accelerando 1 (grades 6-12)
Meets Mondays, 4:05-5:00 pm, FA 220
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 218
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 Mondays, 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 5-8)
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 5-8)
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.
Advanced Musicianship* (grades 9-12)
Meets Mondays, 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.
(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: $94 per semester + classroom materials fee*
Young Musicians: $106 per semester (no materials fee)
*Classroom materials fee is $30 for Beginning Group Piano, and $25 for all other classes (this cover costs of books and other class supplies for the year)
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 covers thirteen weeks of instruction during the specified period, exclusive of holidays.
Fall Semester Tuition is due in full by Friday, September 13, 2013. Spring Semester Tuition is due in full by Friday, January 24, 2014. 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.
August 27 T 6:00-7:30 pm, Information & Registration Evening (Online registration available at www.usu.edu/ycpiano anytime after July 1)
Chase Fine Arts Center (FAC) Courtyard
(Kent Concert Hall Foyer in case of inclement weather)
September 2 M No lessons – Labor Day (make-up lesson given on November 25)
September 3-6 T-F First week of classes and lessons (except Mondays)
September 9 M First day of Youth Conservatory classes and lessons for Monday classes and lessons
September 13 F Fall semester tuition due in full
October 18 F No lessons – USU Fall Break (arrange make-up lessons with instructors if necessary)
October 25 F 5:00-8:00 pm, Halloween Recitals & Carnival, FAC
November 25 M 3:30-6:00 pm Christmas Concert Auditions, Room 101
November 26-29 T-F No YC - Thanksgiving Break – Monday lessons WILL be held this week
December 3 T 7:00 pm Christmas Concert, Performance Hall
December 2-6 M-F Last week of YC classes & lessons fall semester
January 13-17 M-F First week of Youth Conservatory classes
January 17 F Makeup day for Monday lessons and classes (due to Martin Luther King, Jr. day, Monday, students have classes or lessons on January 13 and 17 this week)
January 20 M No YC – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 24 F Spring semester tuition due in full
February 4-7 T-F No YC classes & lessons (Monster Concert week – however, Monday lessons and classes WILL meet Feb. 3 in anticipation of President’s Day Holiday on Feb. 17)
February 4,5 T,W Times TBD, Monster Concert First Rehearsals, Rooms 216 & 218
February 7 F Times TBD, Monster Concert Second Rehearsal, KCH
February 8 Sat 9:00 – 10:30 am, Monster Concert Final Rehearsal, KCH
February 8 Sat 6:00 pm, Monster Concert, KCH
February 17 M No YC – President’s Day
March 10-14 M-F No YC – USU Spring Break
April 12 S 8:00 am-3:00 pm 42nd Annual USU Piano Festival, FAC
3:00 pm, Awards Ceremony, KCH
April 21-25 M-F Last week of YC classes & lessons spring semester
April 23 W 7:00 pm, Youth Conservatory Graduation, Performance Hall
(Held weekly when 6 or more students are available to perform.
Teachers must submit recital application forms two days in advance before each event.)