Composer of the Month and Virtues for Virtuosos

At the Piano Academy, we believe that getting to know the music of the masters is an essential part of a well-rounded musical education. To help our students do this, we highlight one composer each month with a worksheet about each composer’s life and music as well as a sample playlist of piano and chamber works for students to listen to. Not only is it awesome music, but completing the worksheet and listening to the pieces on the playlist earn extra music bucks at Piano Academy lessons! (Download the worksheets here)

Along with the rest of the Conservatory, the Piano Academy also spotlights one character trait each month – our “Virtues for Virtuosos!” It’s our hope that our students will recognize that the benefits of piano lessons go far beyond the physical ability to play an instrument; studying music can help us become better people in every aspect of our lives. As Henry Ward Beecher once wrote, “Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.”

The third column is our recently added “Jazz Legends” category for our jazz students. These musicians are each giants in the world of jazz and definitely worth a listen for those interested in honing their jazz skills!

Here’s the list of composers, virtues, and jazz legends¬†for 2016. We hope that you will take a few minutes each month to discuss ¬†some of the music of the masters as well as the ways in which music is helping your family to develop both talent and testimony. (Links on the composers’ names are to the UPC playlists for each composer – not an extensive list by any means, but hopefully something to get you started!)

Virtues for Virtuosos Composer of the Month Jazz Legends
January Discipline Chopin Herbie Hancock
February Charity Scarlatti Duke Ellington
March Patience Debussy Bud Powell
April Obedience Prokofiev Oscar Peterson
May Confidence Schumann Wynton Kelly
June Respect Bach Bill Evans
July Joy Mozart Thelonious Monk
August Persistence Beethoven Count Basie
September Work Rachmaninoff Tadd Dameron
October Sacrifice Liszt Horace Silver
November Gratitude Haydn Hank Jones
December Sensitivity Schubert Phineas Newborn Junior
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