November Teacher’s Guide

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Handel pieces for students
Handel composed most of his keyboard works early in his career. Many of the easier pieces appropriate for intermediate students come from various Suites, which are usually made up of four to five movements, such as dances, airs, variations and chaconnes. Some of the most popular student pieces by Handel include Minuets in G minor, D major, F major, and A minor; Gavotte in G major; Prelude in F major and C major; Sonatina in B flat major; Sarabande in D minor (from Suite in D minor); Gigue in D minor (from Suite in D minor); Impertinence; Air with Variations (from Suite in B flat major; this is the theme for Brahms’ Variations on the Theme of Handel); Air in G major (from Suite in G major).


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 Composition Contest will be announced in January, but we welcome music from students throughout the year – both for this composition idea or anything they want to write. Plus their odds of getting published in the magazine are much greater at this time of year! Send music to Music Corner, 1838 Techny Court, Northbrook, IL 60062. Be sure to keep a copy as we cannot return music.

Answers to November Puzzles

Puzzle (page 10): Baroque, Allegro, Clavichord, Hanover  Answer: BACH

Time Signature Puzzle (p. 11): 4/4   2. 2/4 or 4/8 3. 5/8

Word Scramble (page 11): oboe, violin, harpsichord, clavichord, organ
Answer: they are all instruments played by Handel

Quiz (page 15): 1. C 2. B 3. Domenico Scarlatti, J.S. Bach 4. A 5. B 6. A

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.