GMS Conservatory Curriculum

The rigorous curriculum of the Conservatory at Gifted Music School includes instruction in music theory, music history, performance practice, 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, 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 private house concerts and other community events as determined by executive staff. Past events have included featured concerts for non-profit events, spotlighted performances at local community libraries and film events, the 2015 ASTA National Conference, and an art-house grand opening.

 

Conservatory Student Handbook

All new and returning Conservatory students must review, sign, and acknowledge the Conservatory Student Handbook (in addition to the schoolwide policies and procedures). The Handbook contains pertinent information about life in the Conservatory, rules and regulations of the program, and more.

 

Conservatory Class Schedule 2021-2022

Gifted Music School | 555 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102

FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS ONLY:

 All high school 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.

 

Electives & Optional Classes

Music Listening Contest Prep Course | TBA | Registration required

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 | Tuesday @ 8:00-9:00 am

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.

Yoga for Musicians | Saturday @ 8:00-8:50 am

Ariel Haubner is a cello teacher, yogi, and promoter of well-rounded health and wellness. She will help us to begin our Saturdays with mindful movement, mind-body connection, and injury prevention for musicians. Conservatory students are welcome and encouraged to attend this optional class anytime. Consistent attendance will help students with focus, mindfulness, and injury prevention.

Viola for Violinists | Saturday @ 1:40-2:30 pm | Registration required

Conservatory violinists will have the opportunity to expand their musicality and demand as a musician by adding the viola to their toolkit. Violinists who register for this enhancement course will receive training in reading alto clef and creating beautiful tone on the viola. Violinists will also learn the subtle technical differences between violin and viola and be introduced to the great violists throughout history. Students who choose to take this class are enrolled for the year and must attend every class as dictated by the Conservatory attendance policy.