Welcome to a new year of Piano Explorer. We have lots of great things planned – including this new website! The following are the composers featured this year:

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


Pieces for students (late-beginner through intermediate)
Mozart wrote several easier works for the keyboard when he was younger. Some of them were published in his father’s Notebook for Nannerl, including Minuets K. 1, 2, 4,  and 5, and Allegro, K. 3. These are great for students who are on the late-beginner level, who also play pieces from the Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook. Many of these compositions now appear in collections of easier-level piano music or in special Mozart volumes.

German Dances, pieces from the London Musical Notebook, K. 15, Seven Variations on “Willem Van Nassau,” K. 25, Two Contradances, K. 269, and Eight Minuets and Trios, K. 315a are suitable for early-intermediate students. These works are on a level similar to Clementi Sonatinas, Bach Little Preludes, or Burgmüller Progressive Pieces, Op. 100.

Six Vienese Sonatinas and Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 offer more of a challenge and will be good for an intermediate student. These are at a level comparable to Bach’s Two-Part Inventions. 

You can 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. Remember you may adjust your quantity at any time during the year.

Answers to September Puzzles
Word Scramble (page 9)
Mozart, Bach, Clementi, Haydn, Concert

Word Search (page 9)

Quiz (page 15)
1. b 2. b 3. f 4. c 5. b 6. Various answers

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.

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 http://www.instrumentalistmagazine.com/100%20day%20challenge.php

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.