Aaron Copland was born on November 14, 1900, in Brooklyn, New York, to Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. Growing up in a modest environment, Copland's exposure to music began at an early age when his older sister introduced him to classical piano pieces. Recognizing his talent, his family arranged for piano lessons, setting the stage for his future musical pursuits. After completing high school, Copland studied composition in Manhattan with the renowned composer Rubin Goldmark. He then traveled to France, where he studied with the legendary pedagogue Nadia Boulanger, who profoundly influenced his compositional style and encouraged him to draw inspiration from his own American heritage.