The international Gifted Music School faculty is one of the most important aspects of the school—our teachers are world-level accomplished musicians, teachers, and coaches; many have trained at the top conservatories and universities.  GMS prides itself in supporting the student and providing a unique nurturing, encouraging, and stimulating environment for every level of student.

The school produces students that have gone on to study at every top music conservatory in the United States, including Juilliard, Curtis, Colburn, New England, Peabody, Cleveland, Indiana, and San Francisco. Other academic minded students have been accepted on scholarship to every local university and top academic programs like Stanford. Students of the faculty of the GMS have dominated almost all Utah level competitions, has been heard on NPR's From the Top, and is frequently awarded national and regional level honors.


Launched in 2008 by Eugene and Vera Watanabe, Gifted Music School sought to make exceptional, comprehensive music education available to children in Utah. Recruiting world-class faculty, Gifted Music School made outstanding training accessible through generous scholarships. Soon, GMS students started consistently winning competitions, both locally and nationally. Graduates began to be accepted to the nation’s top schools, including The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, academic programs at Stanford, and all Utah universities. An extraordinary organization took flight.

Eugene and Vera founders Gifted Music School
























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