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Carole Mikita ReportingThe Conservatory, a successful music program in Park City since 1997, is expanding. Now the Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake is opening its doors to students of all ages here in the valley.
The sounds of the new Conservatory rang out. Music students from Park City came to show how desire and training are opening doors.
Saara Richard, The Conservatory, Music Student: "The Conservatory helps you to have many opportunities to be part of shows."
Kassey Wallace, The Conservatory, Music Student: "I've only been in the Music and Arts Conservatory for about three months now, and I've already tried out for Egyptian Theatre. And they've given me a call-back already."
But this kind of music study isn't just about making it in show biz.
Debra Cook, The Conservatory, Managing Director: "Thirty years ago they used to think that it was only the smart kids who took music lessons. And now, we're finding out that it's the music lessons that really make the children smarter."
Eugene Watanabe, Artist & Teacher: "Our mission at the Conservatory as an entire team is to be able to provide the highest, most quality education, music-wise, to every child."
Their master teacher knows of what he speaks. Eugene Watanabe was featured on Eyewitness News as a young musician 19 years ago. He became an international virtuoso, but remains committed to teaching music here and raising music awareness in the next generation.
Hunter Shotwell, Park City: "It's been really fun to be able to take piano lessons and it's given me a lot of opportunities to practice other instruments that I've learned about from Conservatory."
Registration is underway. Classes being mid-September. The cost of these music lessons are between 200 and 400 dollars for a ten-week course.