November Teacher’s Guide

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, 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.

The featured composer this month is Muzio Clementi and the issue features the early pianoforte. Clementi had an enormous influence on the development of the instrument. While he is best known today as a composer, he promoted the new instrument and helped it gain popularity. He sold his own brand of pianos and made a variety of improvements to the instrument. He was a successful music publisher, and Beethoven was so impressed by Clementi that he made him his English publisher. He was a talented performer – playing for royalty across Europe and important piano teacher. Among his students were Ludwig Berger, who later taught Mendelssohn, and John Field. Clementi lived a long and successful life and was buried at Westminster Abbey.

Answers to October Puzzles

Word Search (page 5)

Music Logic Puzzle (page 11)

Felix, 2 Capriccios for Piano, 65
John, Fantasy with Variations, 73
Lucy, Gradus Ad Parnassum, 84
Ava, Monferrinas, 92

Quiz (page 15)
1. c 2. b 3. d 4. b 5. a 6. A sonatina is a small sonata. A sonata is a work for an instrument, such as a piano sonata. It usually has three or four movements. A sonatina is generally shorter, easier, and less serious. It might have only one movement. Many are written for students to help them learn how to play better.

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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 is announced each year in the January issue and on the website. The deadline is usually in early March. Note you must subscribe to Piano Explorer to submit a composition.

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

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, 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.