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Salt Lake Piano Academy
Salt Lake Piano Academy

Salt Lake Piano Academy

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Introduction: *Registration for Fall Session is now available* The Salt Lake Piano Academy is the teaching studio of Scott Foust in downtown Salt Lake City. Scott is known for his ability to excite and motivate beginners of all ages, in addition to intermediate and advanced students. Please visit the studio website for rates, calendar, policies, and more.

Hired 1 time

1 employee

12 years in business

Exceptional 5.0

10 reviews


Carolyn S.

Oct 8, 2012
Lara G.

It is my great pleasure to recommend Scott Foust, owner and director of Salt Lake Piano Academy, as a piano teacher for your child or for yourself! My son, "D" (10 years, 9 months old), has been taking piano with Scott for almost a year and a half. Previously he had learned piano basics from a young neighbor girl, but had been out of lessons for nearly a year when he came to Scott. D has made terrific progress, and his love of playing has grown tremendously, as well. He practices VOLUNTARILY, and he is always eager to please his well-liked teacher! What we parents especially appreciate in D's piano education, is that Scott encourages him not just to plunk away at the correct notes, but he really works with D on making a beautiful sound, being expressive in his play, and observing correct technique, tempo, and dynamics (volume changes). In fact, we were inspired by D's growing ability to invest in a much better instrument so the family can enjoy listening and he can enjoy playing. Scott's own musicianship and training are outstanding. He conveys his love of music and the piano quite naturally, and he explains new concepts with intelligence and clarity. Scott is always friendly, calm, and kind with D. He runs SL Piano Academy with total professionalism, and he has been perfectly reliable. His rates seem comparable to other, high-quality teachers in the area. Scott answers our emails or phone calls promptly and clearly. He has been as flexible as possible about rescheduling when we've needed it. We are not musicians ourselves, and Scott has been most helpful in educating us on how to help our son grow as a pianist. I believe that you will enjoy your time studying with Scott and that you will make satisfying progress in learning to play the piano. I wholeheartedly recommend Scott Foust of Salt Lake Piano Academy!
Aug 10, 2012
Huan L.

My daughter has been learning piano from Scott for 3 years since she was 6 years old. We appreciate Scott's teaching. Scott is a patient but strict teacher. I never see him blaming my daughter. However, he would correct her every single mistake (finger shape, dynamic, articulation, etc) again and again, and encourage her to give one more try and make her playing "perfect". So my daughter keeps making progress but is not afraid of him or practicing piano. My daughter is a girl who likes classical music. Scott has catered to her favorite and given her several classical music books to play besides regular textbooks, so that she can keep her interest in playing piano. I like to see my daughter and him playing duets. It sounds wonderful! Scott not only teaches my daughter how to use her fingers, wrists, and arms efficiently and effectively, he also teaches music theory and how to play a piece of music expressively. I heard Scott will start his student recital very soon. It will make it even more wonderful, won't it? In one word, Scott is a great teacher for my daughter. We absolutely give our vote to him. My 9-year old daughter said that Scott is a motivational and big time teacher who always has a smile on his face.
Aug 12, 2012
Clay N.

Our 12-yr-old son has been taking lessons from Scott for 6 years, and our 9-yr-old daughter has been taking lessons from Scott for 3 years. We feel very fortunate to have found Scott as their teacher – he has a deep love and feeling for music, and he conveys that to the kids in his approach to even the simplest of pieces in their lesson books, in any genre. We have made a practice of sitting in on each lesson, and so have observed Scott’s teaching now for hundreds of lessons. He is great with the kids - unfailingly patient and respectful of their personalities and efforts, while always interacting in an age-appropriate way. Our children are very different in their learning styles, and Scott has adapted his approach to suit each of them. Scott is a classically-trained musician, and it shows in his ability to patiently draw from the kids not just the correct notes and tempo, but the ‘feel’ – the emotional content – of the music. He obviously believes in the ability of even quite young children to understand the music, to be musicians rather than just rote performers, and his results make it clear that he is correct in this belief. That said, lessons with Scott are light-hearted, never a ‘boot-camp/drill sergeant’ atmosphere. In summary – Scott is a true musician who can convey that musicianship to the kids, without an insistence that piano lessons be the only things in their lives. Our kids are rightly proud of their piano-playing, they approach it without anxiety, and they enjoy their ability to make music. We can’t recommend Scott strongly enough.
Aug 12, 2012
Narayanan J.

My 7 year daughter has been attending the piano classes with Scott for more than a year now. I sit with her during each class and so have the opportunity of observing the classes. To me, Scott is a great teacher who never compromises until he gets the perfect delivery from the kid. He makes her learn the concept well so that she understands what she is doing. He is so friendly that my daughter always looks forward for the class every week. He is a talented musician with the skill to impart training in a kid-friendly way. He never leaves her till she has the feel of what she does. She feels so proud when she is able to play the duet with him after each lesson. He is more like a friend of her than a teacher.
Aug 13, 2012


  • What types of customers have you worked with?

    Private piano lessons are offered in weekly 30-minute sessions. Generally children 6 and up are accepted for beginning piano, exceptions are made for exceptionally-motivated younger children on an individual basis. Depending on the student’s goals, 60-minute lessons may be appropriate for older intermediate and advanced students. Transfer students will receive an initial consultation during their first lesson to assess current abilities and discuss what they would like to accomplish, establishing expectations for both the teacher and student. The curriculum is customized to meet each student’s specific goals and needs, but will always include performance of both classical and popular music styles, note-reading, technique, and elements of ear training and music theory.

  • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

    Excerpted from "A Parent's Guide to Piano Lessons" by James W. Bastien: The piano teacher who has an enthusiasm for music, a liking for children, and a desire to teach can inspire and motivate the student and stimulate his interest and curiosity in music. In this regard, a skilled teacher is one who knows more than the notes; he is an effective communicator who can impart knowledge and cause others to learn. It is well worth the time and effort to find a teacher with these attributes. What elements make a good teacher? Your child will be working with a piano teacher for at least thirty minutes a week for nine months each year (longer, if summer lessons are taken). The piano teacher exerts considerable influence over your child, and you want to make sure the association is pleasant and beneficial. Considering this, you want the *best* teacher for your child, even if the child is a beginner!

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