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.”

Here’s the list of composers and virtues 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!)

Composer of the Month Virtues for Virtuosos
January Chopin Discipline
February Scarlatti Charity
March Debussy Patience
April Bartok Obedience
May Schumann Confidence
June Bach Respect
July Mozart Joy
August Beethoven Persistence
September Rachmaninoff Work
October Liszt Sacrifice
November Haydn Gratitude
December Schubert Sensitivity