Merla Little

Merla Little

Associate Instructor, Piano

BM University of Utah



Merla Little teaches part-time private piano lessons and the ensemble class for the Preparatory Division. In 2010, she retired from full-time status in the Preparatory Division, where she has worked since 1982, as its director from 2000-10, and in other capacities including teaching Piano Pedagogy and Intermediate Piano Pedagogy to School of Music piano majors during her tenure.

She is a member of the Little-Tanner Duo and performs in recitals, in addition to accompanying various vocalists and instrumentalists. Her performances include a concert tour in Belgium with the University of Utah Wind Ensemble, the Mozart Triple Piano Concerto and the Temple Square Recital Series.  Merla has held various offices in UMTA and is an active lecturer and adjudicator. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and a certified piano teacher through MTNA.

Merla’s piano students have received collegiate scholarship awards as well as placed or won various competitions including the University of Utah School of Music SummerArts Piano Competition, Sterling Scholars Awards, Utah State Piano Competition, Joy Robin Piano Competition, county fairs, high school solo ensemble and Reflections awards.

She studied with Gladys Gladstone Rosenberg.

Teaching Philosophy

“I believe it is important to teach a foundation of piano basics and knowledge of music that creates a life-long musician from the inside out. Along with learning the technical skills – note reading, theory, counting and rhythm – students are guided to take the pieces they are playing to a higher level – to create music. Learning to listen to their sound and performing are important as students grow and develop their musical gifts.

I encourage ensemble performing as it also helps develop listening and rhythm skills. Students have fun and it gives them an opportunity to make lasting friendships with other musicians. I want students to feel successful, be proud of what they can accomplish and I encourage them to strive for excellence. When they leave my studio, I want them to remember how much fun it is to make music.”

Courses Taught

  • Piano - Private Lessons
  • Ensemble Class
Last Updated: 1/26/17