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At first Copland learned piano from his sister and took a course by mail on harmony

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Composer Aaron Copland Was Born in Brooklyn, New York
November 14, 1900

An older sister taught Copland how to play the piano while he attended public high school. Then, as a first step to becoming a conductor, he tried to learn harmony through a correspondence course.

In the summer of 1921, Copland attended a newly founded school for Americans in France, where he came under the influence of a brilliant teacher, Nadia Boulanger. After three years in Paris, Copland returned to New York, composing an organ symphony for his teacher to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. His career had begun.

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