October Teacher’s Guide

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 https://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.

October 2019 Issue

This issue features Wolfgang Antonio Vivaldi and Wanda Landowska who lived from the late 1800s until 1959. She was famous for her harpsichord playing and helped bring the instrument back in style. She performed works by the great masters of the Baroque period and later new harpsichord works were written especially for her.

For additional information about her, check out these websites:



As the seasons begin to turn from summer to fall to winter, ask students to listen to Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons. What do they hear as they listen? Ask them to compose a piece about one of the seasons themselves. What story or sounds are they trying to portray?

Answers to October Puzzles

Logic Puzzle (page 4)
Cassie, Liszt, 8:00am
Suzi, Chopin, 9:00am
Sam, Beethoven, 10:00am
Gus, Mozart, 11:00am

Quiz (page 14)
1. a 2. c. 3. b 4. a 5. various answers 6. b 7. b 8 FEDCBAGF 9. d 10. D. Scarlatti, Handel, Couperin, or Rameau

Word Scramble (page 15)


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Renew For Fall!

You can still adjust group numbers or renew your subscription. We extended July/August expirations by a month to give teachers time to renew, but we need to hear from you to keep your issues coming!

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

Coming in October: Vivaldi, Wanda Landowska, and the harpsichord. 

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 theme is announced in the January issue and online in January each year. Note you must subscribe to Piano Explorer to submit a composition.