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Piano Program


Piano Tuition & Fees

Preparatory Division General Fees 2022-23
Registration Fee $25
Late Fee $50

Beginning Piano
Fall/Spring Semester $350
Total Tuition $700
Tuition includes: private lesson (weekly), group class (weekly), and materials
Second Year through High School Piano (*Academy level students must sign up for 45 or 60 minute lessons)
Private Lesson 30 min *45 min *60 min
Fall/Spring Semester $510/sem $765/sem $1020/sem
Summer Semester $34 per lesson $51 per lesson $68 per lesson
Tuition includes: private lesson (weekly), musicianship class (monthly), recitals (twice per year), studio classes (three times per year), Bravo reward program.
Adult Beginning Piano
Fall/Spring Semester $200
Total Tuition $400
Tuition includes: group lesson (weekly)

Liability Waiver

Each student participating in the Preparatory Division must sign a liability waiver at the beginning of each academic year. Download the waiver here, sign and mail to the address below.

Payment

Payment of Preparatory Division tuition and fees can be made online or by mail.

Preparatory Division
1375 E Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
 

Please note:

  • Preparatory Division programs are full-year, but billed on a semester basis.
  • Registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Tuition payments made after the 15-day grace period will be charged a late fee.
  • Upon registration, you agree to observe all the rules and regulations of the Preparatory Division. You will be responsible for payment of all amounts you owe the university, i.e.: tuition, fees, fines, etc. By registering, you agree to make payments promptly and acknowledge that payments will be applied to charges determined by the university. By registering, you also agree to pay reasonable collection and /or attorney's fees necessary to collect any outstanding balance on your account(s).
  • Collection Fees: the Preparatory Division actively pursues to the fullest extent of the law all financial obligations due including, but not limited to, holds on future registration, liens against income tax returns, referrals to collection agencies, or litigation. Any fee or financial obligation if not paid when due is subject to collection and/or attorney's fees.

Refund Policy

  • Requests to withdraw from the program must be submitted in writing to the Director, gretchen.tanner@music.utah.edu or the Assistant Director, prepdiv@music.utah.edu. Verbal requests will not be honored.
  • Refunds will not be offered once the semester or camp has started. Please see calendar for dates.

Family Grievance and Dismissal Policy

Cancellation

When the teacher has received a 24-hour cancellation notice, one private lesson per semester will be made up at teacher’s convenience.

Beginning Piano Lab

Beginning Piano Calendar

Beginning piano labs provide a fundamental background in rhythm awareness, ear training, basic reading skills, and performance basics once a week. First, second, and third graders receive two semesters of weekly 30-minute private lessons and 45-minute group labs, which provide enjoyable and effective learning of keyboard and musicianship skills. Beginning piano lab is a two semester commitment. Students must be registered in Fall semester to enroll in Spring semester. Labs are limited to eight students and are taught by Preparatory Division faculty and School of Music Piano Pedagogy students. University Piano Pedagogy students teach private lessons under supervision of piano pedagogy faculty. Private lessons are scheduled when Fall semester begins. Labs are offered at the following times:

Schedule
Tuesday 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Tuesday 5:00 - 5:45 PM
Wednesday 4:00 - 4:45 PM
Wednesday 5:00 - 5:45 PM
Beginning Piano
Fall/Spring Semester $350
Total Tuition $700
Tuition includes: private lesson (weekly), group class (weekly), and materials

Beginning Piano - Piano Safari Videos

Beginning Piano - Theory Exercises

Adult Piano for Pleasure

Two semesters of weekly one-hour group classes in a digital keyboard lab for enjoyable and effective learning of keyboard and musicianship skills. If you have always wanted to play the piano, this two-semester class offers a supportive group in a non-threatening atmosphere. Fall semester: no prerequisite required. Spring semester prerequisite: Semester 1 Adult Piano or 6 months of previous piano study. Class is offered on Thursdays at 6:15 pm.

Thursday 6:15 pm Room 250
Adult Beginning Piano
Fall/Spring Semester $200
Total Tuition $400
Tuition includes: group lesson (weekly)

Curriculum and Musicianship Class Placement

Musicianship class placement is based on the student's grade in school, playing level, theory level, and overall program enrollment. Students will remain in the Artist level classes until they have completed 6th grade, moving to Academy classes at the beginning of the 7th grade. This means students will not necessarily move up a class level each year. The completion and passing of a student’s yearly evaluation ensures acceptance into the program for the following year, but does not correlate with class level placement.

Theory Exercise Instructional Video

Artist I

Theory Exercises Artist I

Students study basic theory skills, which include major and minor triads, major and minor five-finger patterns, half steps and whole steps, basic notation, time signatures, and accidentals. Listening skills include dynamic and tempo changes, major and minor patterns, and interval recognition. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times a year.

Artist II

Theory Exercises Artist II

Students study the introduction of major and minor scales, key signatures, primary triads, and inversions. Students also learn more complex rhythm patterns: triplets, dotted quarter, and 6/8 time signatures. Listening skill development includes recognizing dynamic and tempo changes, major and minor scales, chords and inversions. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Artist III

Theory Exercises Artist III

Students learn the order of sharps and flats, major and minor key signatures, three types of minor, how to draw the primary triads, inversions and diminished and augmented chords. Listening skills include identifying major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords, intervals, and rhythm dictation. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Artist IV

Theory Exercises Artist IV

Students review all key signatures and major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords. Listening skill development includes identifying major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords, intervals, and rhythm dictation. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Artist V

Theory Exercises Artist V

Students will continue to review all key signatures and major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords. They also learn figured bass for triads, V7 chords, and their inversions. Listening skill development includes identifying major, minor, augmented, and diminished chords, intervals, and melodic and rhythmic dictation. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy I

Theory Exercises Academy I

Students study major and minor scales, three forms of minor, all triads, primary triads in all keys, V7 chords, and cadences. Listening skill development includes identifying all intervals, rhythms, major and minor melodies, all triads, V7 chords, and cadences. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy II

Theory Exercises Academy II

Students study major and minor scales, major and minor key signatures, circle of 5ths, intervals, chords and triads of the scale, primary triads, cadences, V7, and chord progressions. Listening skill development includes rhythm, identifying the different forms of minor, cadences, and triads. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy III

Theory Exercises Academy III

Students use their theory knowledge to compose, improvise, and analyze chordal structures. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Academy IV

Theory Exercises Academy IV

Students build upon the fundamental skills learned in Academy III at a more advanced level. Students are required to perform in Musicianship class four times per year.

Requirements and Policies

Musicianship Class

Attendance at monthly musicianship class is required. These classes are designed to help the student develop performance skills as well as study music theory, sight-reading, rhythm, and aural awareness. Students are placed in class according to age and ability. There is no makeup for missed classes.

Schedule
Artist I 4:30-5:30 PM Second Monday Third Monday if holiday is scheduled
Artist II 5:30-6:30 PM Second Monday Third Monday if holiday is scheduled
Artist III, IV, & V 4:30-5:30 or
5:30-6:30 PM
First Monday Third Monday if holiday is scheduled
Academy I & II 4:30-5:30 PM Fourth Monday  
Academy III & IV 5:30-6:30 PM Fourth Monday  

Summer Piano Lessons

The summer session includes 10 private lessons. Students are required to register for a minimum of five lessons during summer semester.

Studio Performance Classes

Studio performance classes provide the opportunity for students to perform for other members of their teacher’s studio. Each studio will have a minimum of one class per semester.

Student Recitals

Semi-annual recitals offer the opportunity for students to demonstrate their progress to family and friends and help students develop self-confidence and musical mastery.

Practice

Successful, satisfying music study is dependent upon consistent, daily practice. Practice time of 30 to 45 minutes per day is required for second-year piano students, increasing to one and a half hours to two hours daily for seventh through twelfth grade students. Young students need parental supervision of all practice periods and require a practice setting free from distractions.

Equipment

Students need a piano in the home, kept in tune and good repair, and a metronome for use in daily practice. Materials are provided for beginning piano, after which the student will be required to purchase or reimburse the teacher for all music.

Bravo Reward Program

The Bravo program rewards students for participating in Preparatory Division activities. Students earn points for attendance, performances, theory, and technique. Trophies are awarded annually for those who meet the required goals.

Evaluations

Evaluation day takes place during spring semester (see calendar) and is required of all students until ninth grade. The purpose of evaluations is to make sure students are progressing and practicing as required by the program. All events take place in the Fine Arts West building.

  • Students play two memorized pieces.
  • Students must prepare technique requirements for their current level.
  • Students must complete the theory test that matches their current level. Theory test are made from current materials (Fundamentals of Piano Theory).
  • Students who do not complete the requirements will be asked to seek instruction elsewhere.

2022-2023 Calendar

Date Event
May 16 Summer Session begins
   
June 1 Summer Tuition Due
   
August 1 Fall Semester Tuition Due
August 22 Fall Semester Begins
*August 29 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
September 5 Labor Day Holiday**
September 12 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
*September 19 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes (*3rd Monday due to Holiday)
September 26 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
October 3 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes
October 9 - 16 Fall Break**
*October 17

Artist I & II Musicianship Classes (*3rd Monday due to Fall Break)

October 24 Academy Musicianship Class
October 29 Musical Madness Ensemble Recital
   
November 7 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes
November 14 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
November 24-25 Thanksgiving Holiday**
November 28 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
December 5
Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes
December 12 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
December 17-Jan 8 Winter Break**
   
January 1 Spring Semester Tuition Due
January 9 Spring Semester Begins
January 9 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday**
January 23 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
February 6 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes
February 13 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
February 20 Presidents’ Day Holiday**
February 27 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
March 4
Spring Recitals
March 5 - 12 Spring Break**
March 13 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
*March 20 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes (*3rd Monday due to Spring Break)
March 27 Academy Musicianship Classes
   
April 3 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes
April 10 Artist I & II Musicianship Classes
April 22 Piano Evaluations
April 24 Academy Musicianship Classes
April 28 Beginning Piano Recital 7:00 PM
   
May 1 Artist III, IV, & V Musicianship Classes

*schedule change
**no private lessons or classes


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Last Updated: 11/9/22