Michelle Hylton is a piano teacher, accompanist, and adjudicator who loves helping people succeed. She has worked with over 100 personalities over the course of four years, a combination of private students and at the former Utah Piano Conservatory. She helps students improve their technique and mindset at the piano while becoming a well-rounded musician.
She obtained an Associates of Science in Music at Snow College, and is working on a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance at Utah Valley University. Former teachers include Dr. Whitney Pizza, Dr. Ran Duan, and M.M. Ammon Bratt; she is currently under the tutelage of Dr. Hilary Demske. Other relevant coursework includes piano pedagogy, teaching music to children, educational psychology; sight singing and ear training, music theory, music history; and more. Her current research into piano extends also into teaching; she reads educational periodicals in addition to music-specific ones.
She has played solos in collegiate recitals, accompanied instrumentalists and vocalists, adjudicated at the Northern Utah Valley and Juab piano festivals and is now a member of the Northern Utah Valley Piano Festival Association, Utah Music Teacher's Association, and Music Teacher's National Association. She is listed as a professional piano teacher on websites musicteachersdirectory.org and thumbtack.com.
When she’s not practicing or teaching her awesome students, Michelle enjoys being with friends and family (especially her husband and daughter), cooking, and hiking.
A PERSONAL NOTE (PUN INTENDED)
Hey, I'm Michelle. I know firsthand the difference an instructor can make. Mediating the way I want to play and the way I'm being told to has been a challenge--as much of a challenge as starting college in music with only two serious years of playing experience. Getting into college so behind led to research of whatever would give an advantage, and has brought me to today: still finishing up school, but doing so successfully with an increasing improvement in performance. I want to share what I've learned with my students and readers alike. Together, let's change the world of piano to be more relaxed in body and mind, with more teachers sharing more effectively with their students.