Daily Listening Assignments

This is new project of the O’Connor Music Studio to help students stay active over the summer – wherever they are.

This summer, I’ve decided to add a new feature to piano lessons.  I know that many families travel during the summer months and it’s sometimes difficult to practice.

These daily assignments, June through August will help you and your students learn a bit more about the pieces they’re learning during the year – or maybe give ideas for something that they’d like to learn.

Each piece has a bit of composer info and several different interpretations, some of which are very humorous.  Some of the assignments appear in Piano Maestro so be sure to have that handy, if your student uses that.

Some days give hints that the assignment of the day may be played (or reviewed) at the next lesson so please be sure that your student takes note of that (no pun intended!)

Find them here, under Daily Listening Assignment. To watch just the videos, there’s a growing playlist on YouTube:



June 1 Spring from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi.  Many OCMS students have played this already in one of their Piano Pronto books.  It’s also available in Piano Maestro.
June 2 Pomp and Circumstance by Sir Edward Elgar
June 3 Carmen by Georges Bizet
June 4 Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman by Mozart. Also the same tune as “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” and the “Alphabet Song”. It’s also available in Piano Maestro.
June 5 Happy Birthday to You from the song “Good Morning to All”, which has traditionally been attributed to American sisters Patty and Mildred J. Hill
June 6 4’33” by John Cage
June 7 William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. It’s in Piano Pronto Movements 1 and 2 Bastien Book 4 and Piano Maestro.
June 8  Surprise Symphony by Joseph Haydn. It’s in Piano Pronto Movement 1 and Piano Maestro.
June 9  You tell ‘Em, Ivories by Zez Confrey. It’s available for loan.
June 10  Bridal Chorus by Richard Wagner. This piece is available in Keyboard Kickoff, Movement 2 and Piano Maestro.
June 11  Bolero by Maurice Ravel. This piece is listening only.
June 12  Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn. Find this in Movement 2 and Piano Maestro.
June 13