April Teacher’s Guide

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.

Click here to print out a certificate for your students who complete the challenge.

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 https://pianoexplorer.net/100-day-challenge/

April 2019 Issue

Georg Philipp Telemann was more popular than his contemporary and friend J.S. Bach. Encourage students to listen to the concertos and other examples of his work on the kids page to get a taste for the music of this prolific composer. 

Cécile Chaminade is also featured in this issue. An accomplished pianist and composer who was immensely popular when she traveled to America to perform, she is best known today for her flute concertino rather than her delightful piano pieces.

Composition Contest

Winners will be announced in the May/June issue and pieces will be published in upcoming issues of the magazine.


Answers to April Puzzles

Crossword Puzzle (page 11):

Quiz (page 14):
1. Brahms 2. b 3. flute, violin, harpsichord, organ, clavichord, oboe, viola da gamba, and zither 4. a 5. d 6. J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel


You can renew or order Piano Explorer for your students at our online store. Or email us with your order or if we can answer any questions: [email protected]  (Address changes may be sent here as well.) Call 888-446-6888 toll free during business hours. Remember you may adjust your quantity at any time during the year.

Spring 2019 Composers
January: Prokofiev
February: J.C. Bach
March: Amy Beach and Brahms
April: Telemann
May/June: Mendelssohn
July/August: Holst

Other composers and musicians will also be profiled throughout the year.

April Musical Birthdays:

1 – Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) Russian composer and pianist
5 – Herbert von Karajan (1908-1989) Austrian conductor
6 – André Previn (b. 1929) German/American conductor, pianist, and composer
7 – Billie Holiday (1915-1959) American jazz singer
9 – Paul Robeson (1898-1976) American bass singer and actor
11 – Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983) Argentine composer
12 – Lily Pons (1898-1976) French/American soprano
13 – First performance of Handel’s Messiah, 1742
16 – Henry Mancini (1924-1994) American film composer, conductor
18 – Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) English/American conductor
22 – Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) American violinist
23 – Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Russian composer
25 – Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) American jazz singer
29 – Duke Ellington (1899-1974) American jazz pianist and composer

Student Compositions

While we are continuing to print the winning compositions from this year’s contest, we would like to remind teachers that we also print non-contest music throughout the year (once we have published all of the winners’ pieces). Students can write music on any topic. We cannot return music, so students should keep a copy. Write the student’s name, age, address, and teacher’s name on the back of the music. All music must be original work. Send pieces to Piano Explorer, Music Corner, 1838 Techny Court, Northbrook, IL 60062.

Annual Composition Contest

The contest theme is announced in the January issue and online in January each year. Note you must subscribe to Piano Explorer to submit a composition.