We have moved! Please send any submissions to Piano Explorer to our new address:
1838 Techny Court, Northbrook, Illinois 60062. Our email and phone numbers remain the same.

Composition Contest – deadline March 11, 2016

Encourage your students to enter the annual composition contest. The theme this year is bugs. We will have two age divisions so even your youngest students can enter. Please note that we have moved and compositions should be mailed to our new address:

Piano Explorer Composition Contest
1838 Techny Court
Northbrook, IL 60062

Contest Deadline is: March 11, 2016 – we need to have the music by then and are not responsible for pieces that are lost or delayed in the mail.

Please check the complete contest rules in the January issue, p. 11 or here.

Note: Students must subscribe to Piano Explorer to enter the contest. If the subscription is in the teacher’s name, he or she must have as many subscription copies as students who have entered. Students must be 18 years or younger.

Saint Saens
Recommended recordings

The Best of Saint-Saens (Philips Duo, 1994)
Carnival of the Animals, French National Orchestra (Emi Classics, 2012)
Saint Saens: Dance Macabre, Etc. (London, Decca, 1992)
Complete Violin Concertos (Brilliant Classics, 2012)

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.

2015-2016 Schedule of Composers

September: Vivaldi
October: Schubert
November: Dvorak
December: Mendelssohn
January: Ravel
February: Chopin
March: Saint-Saens
April: Telemann
May/June: Pachelbel
July/August: Sousa

Answers to March Puzzles

Puzzle (page 11): Paris

Missing Letter (page 14): H

Quiz (page 15): 1. b 2. a 3. b 4. a 5. b 6. b 7. d

100 Day Challenge

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.

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

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.