I started to play the piano when I was 4. I didn’t have a piano teacher then, but my mom just had some piano method books she got from the neighbor, so I just started reading through them and teaching myself. I guess I was pretty good at teaching myself, and I just went through 5 levels of piano method books in a couple of months, and I would play anything I could get my hands on. When I was 6, my mom tried to find a piano teacher for me, but no one would take a 6-year-old. My mom sent an email to the university, and a professor at the university who was also a concert pianist asked me to come to play for her. I must have done alright because she agreed to teach me and have been with her ever since. I learned so much with her to improve my playing. Before I was playing the notes, however, I wanted with whatever fingers, but she has taught me the correct way to play with the right fingerings.
The first REAL piece was March from the nutcracker, and for an LDS Hymn, it was Be Still My Soul. [Although] I didn’t get into hymns or church music so much until I was about 8. I found that I loved to play church music, and it made me feel good and made other people happy. The first hymn I performed in church was Praise to the Man. [And also] the first songs I began to play when I was able were church hymn arrangements.
Not very well, but Ukelele a bit and violin not too much. I couldn’t play more than twinkle twinkle.
Well, I saw my brother Micah playing the piano, and I wanted to play it for myself. I wanted to play the songs on my electric keyboard; Micah ended up not playing piano anymore, but I started with different things and taught myself how to play, then Micah ended up with guitar a while later.
[Yes], Billy Joel, Piano Guys, The Beatles/Paul McCartney, Horowitz [and] my teacher.
Yes, they inspire me to keep working and practicing because I know that I could become better as a pianist.
Hmm… I think one of the most memorable performances I did was in the “Murray’s Got Talent” show for my city, where I performed a “Beethoven meets Billy Joel” style acting/piano performance. I ended up getting the Audience Recognition award from votes and the 2nd Place award overall. I was standing with the other winners, who were all adults. I [also] have competed in a lot of piano competitions and won a lot of awards. I have played with symphony orchestras 3 times, playing live concertos. I often compose my own music and have been doing that since I was 5. Many have won local city and state awards.
I am not in an orchestra, but I am/was in Jazz Band in the Junior High/High School in Murray. I did play with an orchestra on different occasions.
We practise classical music, but we like to play a lot of radio songs.
Isn’t it Korean/south Asian music on the radio? I haven’t…but I suppose I could look into it.
You can never try hard enough. When you practice at anything, not just music, you have to think of how great you want to become. And if you want to become that great, you know you need to practice hard enough. Practice is key.Caleb Spjute will be performing on Moroni Channel this coming 25th of June 2017 around 20:30 MDT. It will be a Facebook Live performance on our Facebook Page. And this will be Caleb’s second appearance on Moroni Channel.