May/June Teacher’s Guide

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Stravinsky wrote volumes of music but in contrast with his orchestral works, compositions for piano make up a small portion of his overall output. Works suited for the youngest students include eight pieces based on five notes, called Les Cinq Doigts. 

Stravinsky’s pieces are also included in collections, such as
Music for Millions, Vol. 17
More Easy Classics to Moderns
Essential Keyboard Repertoire, vol. 2
An Anthology of Piano Music, vol. 4, The Twentieth Century
Piano Masters – the Contemporary Masters
Stravinsky for Piano

Hal Leonard offers an easy-piano edition of Fantasia.
Schott Music offers an edition of Circus Polka.

Recommended Recordings
C.D. “Stravinsky in America” with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the London Symphony Orchestra (RCA/BMG) includes many interesting pieces, such as the “Circus Polka” or the orchestral version of Stravinsky’s arrangement of the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Another C.D., “Stravinsky: Works for Piano,” was released by EMI Classics and is a two-disc compilation of the most important works with the piano. It includes Sonata in F# minor, Etudes, movements from Petrushka, Piano-Rag-Music, and Tango for piano.

Stravinsky: Piano Music (Naxos) is performed by Peter Hill and includes Les Cinq Doigts, Sonata, Serenade, movements from Petrushka, and other selections.


2016-2017 Schedule of Composers

September: Mozart
October: Mussorgsky
November: Handel
December: Debussy
January: Beethoven
February: Schumanns
March: Clementi
April: Rachmaninoff
May/June: Stravinsky
July/August: Gershwin

The 2017-2018 schedule will be announced in the July/August issue.

The 2017 Piano Explorer Composition Contest winners were announced in the May/June issue and may be viewed on the May kids page. The winning pieces will be printed in upcoming issues.

Answers to May Puzzles

Word Scramble (page 11)

Russia, France, Switzerland, America – all countries where Stravinsky lived.

Quiz (page 15)
1.20th century 2. a 3. b 4. a 5. Rimsky-Korsakov

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

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.