Teacher’s Guides

 

To help teachers use Piano Explorer with their students, we offer these guides to accompany each issue of the print magazine. Teacher’s Guides include answers to puzzles in the issue.



October Teacher’s Guide
September Teacher’s Guide
July/August Teacher’s Guide
May/June Teacher’s Guide


Teachers use Piano Explorer with their students in many different ways. Several subscribers were kind enough to share their ideas. If you would like to let other teachers know how you use the magazine to supplement your teaching, please email us.

I make a gift of Piano Explorer Magazine to my music students every month and give them composer bucks for telling me what they read and for trying the puzzles, quizzes, etc. You are doing a wonderful job making the articles “kid-friendly,” and it makes for great “cuddle time” for parents with the younger ones! This month I am going more in depth with Impressionism, as I have several books and some paintings in my home of impressionistic painters. Then I play music by Debussy and Ravel for them and they can hear for themselves how the musicians create an “impression” as well. It’s really been fun filling in some extra fun details with each composer and his music!
A teacher in Pennsylvania
My students love Piano Explorer. They look forward to the week they get to read the magazine. I have them listen to music by the composer or music in that style while they read an article of their choice. This is done during theory time that accompanies each lesson. A teacher in Utah
I love teaching piano and have always said I plan to retire when I die, and I can add to that that I hope your magazine will still be around then!! I enjoy your magazine as much or more than my students do and make use of it in every way I possibly can.

At every lesson I give my students an assignment to read and expect them to be able to discuss it with me at their next lesson. I ask them to underline two or three sentences on each page that they thought were important or interesting. My students earn Music Money (Kjos music) for being well prepared for their lessons, including these assignments. Music Money can be redeemed twice a year for prizes that I get at the dollar store.

Throughout the year, my students learn original pieces and arrangements by the composers featured each month in Piano Explorer. They perform these at quarterly recitals for students only. These pieces are also featured at our year end recital for family and friends.

We also did a huge unit on Carnival of the Animals this year. My students watched the video narrated by Gary Burghoff during their computer time and did movement activities at a group class. It was performed at this June’s recital, as well as pieces by all the composers featured in Piano Explorer for 2008-2009.
Here is a copy of our program with the students names deleted:

The Carnival of the Animals
By Charles Camille Saint-Saens
Poems by Ogden Nash

Theme from Piano Concerto no. 2 . . . . . . Rachmaninoff
The Little Reapers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Schumann
Promenade ~ duet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mussorgsky
Unfinished Symphony Theme ~ duet . . . . Schubert
Wild Horsman ~ duet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Schumann
Etude . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chopin
Stars and Stripes Forever . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sousa
Malaguena . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sarasate
March . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shostakovich
Romance Varie Op.3 ~ duet. . . . . . . . . . . .Clara Schumann
Andante . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Johann Christian Bach
Peter and the Wolf Theme. . . . . . . . . . . . . Prokofiev
Introduction
Royal March of the Lion
Cocks and Hens
The Wild Donkey
The Tortoise ~ duet
The Elephant ~ duet
Kangaroos ~ duet
The Aquarium ~ duet
Personages with Long Ears
The Cuckoo Deep in the Wood ~ two pianos eight hands
The Aviary
Fossils
The Swan
Finale ~ duet

My students participate in the MTNA Music Achievement each year. Several of the activities I suggest that they can do involve the composers from the current year’s Piano Explorer. This year they included watching a video on a composer, listening to pieces by different composers featured in Piano Explorer, and making a time line showing the times that the Piano Explorer composers lived.

Each week my students spend 15 minutes on my computer doing lesson related activities. These frequently include activities that relate to what they have learned in Piano Explorer.Ginger Storts, Adagio Piano Studio, Seattle Washington