GMS Conservatory Curriculum

Rigorous curriculum of the Conseratory at GMS includes instruction in theory, solfege, performance, chamber music, and string sectionals and rehearsals. Woodwind literature and ensemble classes benefit our woodwind students, and for piano students, piano ensemble and sight reading. 

In addition, GMS conservatory students perform three major concerts each year in addition to the Showcase Concert and Chamberpalooza. Students also perform community outreach events at public schools twice each year.

Additional performance opportunities include home concert events and other community events as determined by executive staff. Past events have included featured concerts for non-profit events, spotlighted performances at local community library and film events, and for an art house grand opening.

Conservatory Class Schedule 2020-2021

GMS West Campus | 555 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

In the case that we are able to hold classes as usual:

Thursday Classes
5:00 – 6:00 – Flute Topics
6:00 – 7:00 – Flute Ensemble
*Private flute lessons will also take place on Thursday afternoon/evenings

Friday Classes
For Piano Students:
2:30 – 3:20 – Solfege for first year students
3:30 – 4:25 – Sight Reading
4:30 – 5:20 – Piano Ensemble I*
5:30 – 6:20 – Piano Ensemble II*
*Once a month, these classes will be replaced by Piano Performance Class

For Orchestral Students:
2:30 – 3:20 – Solfege for first year students
2:30 – 3:50 – Chamber Orchestra
4:00 – 5:10 – Symphony Orchestra (with Mr. Watanabe)*
5:15 – 6:30 – Symphony Orchestra (with Maestro Covington)
*Sectionals will happen during the 4:00-5:10 time frame.
**Flutes/Woodwinds – As has been the case this past year, you will not be required to come to
orchestra every week. You will be notified in advance of the days which you will be required to attend.
We will do our best to give you as much advance notice as possible.

Saturday Classes
9:00 – 10:20 – Theory I, II, and III
10:30 – 11:20 – Eurhythmics (required for first year students only)
10:30 – 11:30 – Music History/Literature with Dr. Attwood
10:30 – 11:30 – Music Analysis with Dr. Chikinda*
*This class has been added as the next step for students who are graduating from Theory III this year
and will not yet be high school seniors next year. Music Analysis will fulfill their theory requirement for
the year.
11:30 – 12:00 – LUNCH BREAK
12:00 – 2:00 – CHAMBER MUSIC*
*This time segment will include one hour of rehearsal and one hour of coaching. The order will be
determined by the schedule of the coach.

For Seniors, we are offering the following:
 The option of opting out of chamber music for the year. (Though you are welcome to participate
in a group if you would like.)
 Instead of attending a theory class, you will take part in a special theory project, which you
will plan and coordinate with Dr. Chikinda.
 All Seniors will prepare a 20-30 minute recital for the end of the scholastic year. Within this
recital, pianists must include one piece that is collaborative.

This plan allows Seniors the possibility of not attending GMS on Saturdays, which will give them more
time for personal practice and audition/application preparation.


Electives & Additional Options

Music Listening Contest Prep Course

Dr. Lauren Posey has led a Music Listening team to nationals in the Music Listening Contest for the past three years. This year, she will teach a weekly course to prepare students to form a Music Listening team; Dr. Posey will select a team from high-performing students in the class. Dr. Posey will choose a date and time for this weekly course. This is an elective class, and is covered by the Conservatory scholarship. Students who choose to take this class are enrolled for the year and must attend every class as dictated by the Conservatory attendance policy.

Performance Class

Mr. Eugene Watanabe holds a weekly workshop designed for students who are preparing for upcoming performances, auditions, and competitions. Students are instructed on how to present themselves during a performance, deal with nerves, play with confidence, and prepare adequately during personal practice. Students receive feedback from their peers and Mr. Watanabe. Conservatory students may attend this class at any time during the year; the attendance policy does not apply to this class. However, favored performance spots will be given to students who regularly attend and participate in the class.


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