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The Pittsburgh Music Academy
Why choose PMA?

The cornerstone of our school is the conviction that every child can,with careful teaching and parental support, become a successful musician able to make music a part of his or her life. We believe music study will enrich their lives through appreciation of beauty, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.

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Listening List

PMA Listening List

Here is a list of basic repertoire that we would like our students to hear enough times to feel familiar with the style, probably a minimum of five times per piece. Pick one or two of these suggestions each week, request them online and get them out of the local library, then make them your dinner music for the week. Also take advantage of youtube. There is SO MUCH good music out there – please don’t stop here, but go on to add more to the list. As you will soon see, the habit of listening is a long-term endeavor, but well worth cultivating. We will be doing guided listening in our Performance Classes this semester to help you along.


  • Two and Three-Part inventions for Piano
  • Unaccompanied Suites for Violin and Cello
  • Goldberg Variations for Piano
  • Mass in B Minor
  • Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins
  • Brandenburg Concertos


  • Adagio for Strings


  • The Miraculous Mandarin, orchestra
  • Concerto for Orchestra


  • Symphonies, No. 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9
  • Piano Sonatas, any
  • Violin Concerto
  • Piano Concerto No. 5


  • Piano pieces, Op. 116
  • Symphonies, No. 1, 2, 3, or 4
  • Variations on a Theme of Haydn
  • Sonatas for Cello and Piano or Violin and Piano


  • A Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra



  • Polonaise in A Major, Op. 40, No. 1 “Military”, piano


  • Fanfare for the Common Man, orchestra
  • Appalachian Spring, orchestra
  • Cat and Mouse, piano


  • Children’s Corner Suite, piano


  • Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”
  • Slavonic Dances
  • “American” String Quartet


  • Peer Gynt Suite


  • Porgy and Bess, opera


  • String Quartet, any
  • Symphony, any


  • Hary Janos Suite, orchestra


  • Violin Concerto in E Minor
  • Songs Without Words, piano


  • Violin or Piano Concerto, any
  • Violin or Piano Sonata, any
  • Flute Quartets
  • The Marriage of Figaro, opera
  • The Magic Flute, opera


  • Piano Concerto No. 2 or 3
  • Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini


  • Wintereisse, song cycle
  • Piano Sonata in B-flat, D. 960


  • Piano Concerto
  • Cello Concerto
  • Carnival, piano


  • Symphony, any
  • Trio No. 2 in E Minor


  • Romeo and Juliet, orchestra
  • Violin Concerto
  • Piano Concerto, No. 2


  • The Four Seasons

Other Genres besides Classical Music – vocal music sung by Ella Fitzgerald, jazz by John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton;
folk music by Pete Seeger or John McCutcheon; add your favorite.

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Sunday, June 11 - 2:00-4:30pm J.S. Bach Workshop, a masterclass intended for students interested in learning more about Bach's style, ornaments, articulation, repertoire, and more!

Chamber Music Intensive Camp

July 31-Aug. 4, 2017

in Greentree.