April Teacher’s Guide


Franz Liszt

Encourage students to listen to the examples of Liszt’s music and identify some of the elements (from page 9) that make it sound so virtuosic. These include scales, arpeggios, octaves, double notes, chords, ornaments, and notes with staccato and accents. They can also compare the music by Paganini to the music of Liszt and see what elements are similar to both.

Some Recommended Recordings
Liszt Wild and Crazy (Deutsche Grammophon, 2011) – performances by Richter, Argerich, Pletnev, Lang, Horowitz, Ashkenazy, and other pianists
Liszt Now – Lang Lang (Sony, 2011)
The Best of Liszt – Misha Dichter (Philips, 1996)
Piano Concertos 1 and 2, Totentanz – Krystian Zimerman, Seiji Ozawa, (Deutsche Grammophon, 1990)

Composition Contest

We had a great response to the contest again this year with many wonderful pieces fitting the desert theme. Watch for the announcement of the winning pieces in the May/June issue of Piano Explorer!


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2017-2018 Schedule of Composers

September: J.S. Bach
October: Haydn
November: Rossini
December: Tchaikovsky
January: Satie
February: Spanish Composers
March: Grieg
April: Liszt
May/June: Britten
July/August: Copland

The 2018-2019 schedule will be announced in the July/August issue.


Answers to April Puzzles

Instrument Puzzle (page 5): Liszt

Composer Match Up (page 5):
Enrique Granados
Franz Joseph Haydn
Gioachino Rossini
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Erik Satie
Franz Liszt
Isaac Albeniz
Edvard Grieg

April What Instrument am I? (page 5): viola

Mystery Instrument Pictures (page 5):
bassoon and saxophone

Quiz (page 15)
1. a. 2. c 3. scales, arpeggios, octaves, double notes, chords, ornaments, articulation 4. a. 5. a. 6. a. 7. Mozart

100 Day Challenge

Encourage your students to try the 100 Day challenge. If they practice every day for 100 days, send their information to us and we will print their names in the magazine. We have heard from many teachers that this has been an exciting incentive for their students. If students are away on vacation or are sick, they must still do something with music each day. The specifics are up to the teacher but some ideas are: listening to music, studying their pieces without a piano, reading Piano Explorer, writing a composition, or researching a composer, piece or musical period.

Print out a certificate for your students who complete the challenge.pdf

The completed practice sheets continue to pour in. If you haven’t tried this with your students, you can still start now. Please email us names of students who complete the challenge to: [email protected]Include the student’s name, age, state, and teacher’s name as well as how many days of practice the student has completed. Please do not mail them in.

As one teacher said, “The 100 days of practicing has inspired my students to more than I thought each was capable!”

We will continue this challenge in the upcoming year, and students may start at any time. Check out the students who have played for 100 days at http://pianoexplorer.net/100-day-challenge/

Music Corner: Encourage students to submit music to Music Corner throughout the year. Music must be a student’s own work although you may help them write it down. It can be hand written or done with a music program. Please keep a copy as we cannot return music. Write the student’s name, age, address, and teacher’s name plus any relevant information about the music on the back of the first page.

Send music to Music Corner, Piano Explorer, 1838 Techny Court, Northbrook, Illinois 60062.