4015 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-4015
- Phone: (435) 797-3018
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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
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 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. No at-home piano required for participation.
Beginning Group Piano
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.
(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 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.
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
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
(Held weekly when 6 or more students are available to perform.
Teachers must submit recital application forms two days in advance of each recital.)