April Teacher’s Guide

Due to decreased subscriptions this year, we are evaluating the future of Piano Explorer. We plan to continue print magazines through the end of the school year and assess things at that time. As a result, we are taking renewals only through May/June 2021 at this time. We are offering prorated subscriptions for the number of issues you receive. To renew for a partial year subscription, please call us at 888-446-6888 or email [email protected]

Due to the global health crisis and so many teachers only teaching remotely, the May/June issue of Piano Explorer was available only as a pdf that you may download from the website. This fall and winter, group subscribers may email [email protected] to request a pdf copy if they are continuing to teach remotely.

To download pdfs of the March, April, May/June, or July/August issues, please go here.

In this issue:

The featured composers/musicians this month are Franz Liszt, Niccolo Paganini, and Carl Czerny.

Other features include Finger Position Review, Improving the Early Piano, and Liszt and Arpeggios.

The 2021 Composition Contest Winners will be announced in the May/June issue!

Answers to April Puzzles

Word Scramble (page 11)


Chain Puzzle (page 13)

Quiz (page 15)
1. a 2. c 3. a 4. a 5. b 6. various answers 7. c

Renew or Adjust Subscription Numbers

You can adjust group numbers or renew your subscription at any point during the year. We will prorate your subscription, and you only pay for the issues you receive. See note above for 2021 spring renewal information.

Call 888-446-6888 or email [email protected].


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

Many teachers ask what students should do when they are sick or on vacation. We offer the following guidelines:

It is up to the individual teachers to decide what is best for their students. However, the one requirement is that students must do something music related every day – even on vacation. Teachers and students have been very creative about this. Some ideas for vacation practice have included listening to music, bringing their sheet music and studying it each day, researching/reading about composers, reading Piano Explorer, listening to music clips on peforkids.com, writing a composition, or doing a report on a composer, musician or time.  Others have found a piano where they are traveling or brought along a keyboard. The goal is for students to do something related to their music study for at least a few minutes each day no matter what so that practicing becomes a regular part of their lives.