January - Student Page

2015 Composition Contest: Fantasy Creatures: Deadline March 16th!

100-day Challenge
- keep working on your practice charts. You can still do this challenge.
Start at any time! Download this chart or make your own. pdf

Students who have completed the 100-day practice chart

December Issue
- student page
January Teachers Guide
Kids' Corner
Past Issues


Composer of the Month

Franz Liszt



Piano Concerto No. 2:


Les preludes, Liszt's third symphonic poem:


Paganini: Liszt was inspired by Paganini's virtuoso playing. This is one of Paganini's famous violin pieces played by a modern musician:

Paganini Caprice no.24

Classical Guitar

Andres Segovia performing Bach:


Joao Pernambuco, "Sons de Carilhoes" (Sound of Bells):

Electric Guitar 

"Cliffs of Dover," by Eric Johnson



Liszt wrote about 900 transciptions or arrangements of works by other composers. Here is a piano version of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique. It was originally written for orchestra and Liszt wrote and performed his piano transcription of it. (Learn more about Berlioz in February!)

Piano Version by Liszt:


Orchestra Version by Berlioz


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