Journal of Undergraduate Research


Vienna, Austria, study abroad, music, human experience, piano


Fine Arts and Communications




Throughout my life, music has been a source for mental development, spiritual growth and enjoyment. It has been at times both exciting and discouraging. As I completed my project, however, and engaged in the struggle to understand music, perform music and connect with others around me, I developed a greater vision of how music unifies the human experience, creating a positive influence on society. Specifically, I learned that valuing the arts is extremely advantageous for a society, and Vienna is a case in point; I learned specific techniques in piano playing, a kind of common legacy and style shared by many Vienna piano instructors; and I had a number of very personal, spiritual experiences as I immersed myself in the music and culture of Vienna, including performing with the other students.

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