Piano for Children at CU


The College of Music and Continuing Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder will offer a beginning piano group class for children from September 5, 2014. Total of 13 meetings, 9/19 and 11/28 off.

This fun, hands-on class includes piano instruction, as well as keyboard ensemble experiences.

It is intended for beginning children in second and third grade without prior piano lessons. The lessons are taught in small groups of up to 8 students in the electronic piano laboratory at the College of Music at CU Boulder.

The instructor is Robert Hjelmstad. The class is supervised by Dr. Alejandro Cremaschi, chair of the piano pedagogy department.

Registration starts August 1. To register e-mail Amy Li at Continuing Education department Yen-shi.Li@Colorado.EDU. Payment of full tuition ($300) is due upon registration.

WHAT: Play cool piano songs, read music, sing, dance, and have lots of fun! We will use Hal Leonard Student Piano Library Level 1, Piano Lessons and Theory (provided by us the first day of classes).

WHO: Children in second and third grades. Spaces limited to 8 children.

WHERE: Piano lab, Imig Music Building, Room N180C, University of Colorado at Boulder, 18th St and Euclid Ave.

WHEN: Fridays 4-5 PM. Classes start on September 5 and end on December 12. Thirteen meetings ( 9/19 and 11/28: no class).

COST: $300 semester tuition (13 one-hour meetings)

INSTRUCTOR: Robert Hjelmstad.

Robert Hjelmstad is a pianist whose musicianship has brought him around the world as a performer and teacher. A musician of many interests, he is equally adept in his various roles as solo pianist, collaborative pianist, church musician and piano teacher.
Hjelmstad received his Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University in 2011, on a Presidential Medallion Scholarship, the institution’s highest academic award. He earned his Masters degree at the University of Georgia on a full graduate assistantship. While there he earned recognition both for his performance of new music and his teaching acumen, receiving both the Franz Liszt Award and the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, a student-nominated honor.
As a performer, Hjelmstad has performed around the United States, from his home state of Michigan, to Georgia and South Carolina, and most recently, Colorado. In 2014, he gave his international debut, performing solo and chamber music at UNB in Brazil. After his Masters graduation, Robert divided his time in Georgia between accompanying vocal and instrumental recitals and lessons at the University of Georgia, teaching a private piano studio in the Athens area, and creating worship music as the pianist at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, a post he held for three years before relocating in 2015.
Robert Hjelmstad currently resides in the Boulder, Colorado area, where he is a doctoral student at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the studio of David Korevaar. In his capacity as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, he teaches class piano and plays with the CU Wind Symphony. His non-musical interests include distance running and contemporary film.


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