February - Student Page

2013 Composition Contest

100-day Challenge - keep working on your practice charts. If you haven't started yet, make a
New Year's Resolution and begin now! Download this chart or make your own. pdf

Students who have completed the 100-day practice chart

Jillian Brown, age 13, Arkansas
Jaci Ervin, age 8, Alaska
Jayden Ostler,
age 11, Montana
Natalie Sarabosing, age 8, Washington
Colin Sarabosing, age 5, Washington


Congratulations! Keep up the good work. We will print names of students who
send us their practice charts in upcoming issues of Piano Explorer. You can start the challenge at any time!


Included below: Lully French Overture Baroque DancesBallet

January Issue
- student page
February Teachers Guide
Kids' Corner
Past Issues

Correction: The January birthdays were accidentally reprinted in the February issue.

The following are correct February musical birthdays:

2 - Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987) Russian/American violinist
2 - Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) Austrian violinist
3 - Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) German composer
6 - Claudio Arrau (1903-1991) Chilean pianist
7 - Eubie Blake (1883-1983) American jazz pianist, and song writer
8 - John Williams (b. 1932) American movie composer and conductor
11 - Rudolf Firkusn´y (1912-1994) Czech pianist
20 - Carl Czerny (1791-1857) Austrian composer and pianist
21 - Andres Segovia (1893-1987) Spanish guitarist
23 - George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) German/English composer
24 - Rudolph Ganz (1877-1972) Swiss/American pianist
25 - Dame Myra Hess (1890-1965) English pianist
25 - Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) Italian tenor
26 - Lazar Berman (1930-2005) Russian pianist
29 - Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) Italian composer

Composer of the Month

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Passacaille from Armide:


La Marche des Combattants:



Marche Royal:


Marche du régiment de Turenne:


French Overture

Bach - Overture in the French style, played by Glenn Gould

Lully - Isis, Overture - Listen to the rhythm.

Versailles - information about this famous palace.



Baroque Dances

Information on how to dance the most popular dances of the Baroque period:

Basic steps:



Basic steps:





Basics Steps








Tchaikovsky Swan Lake


Sleeping Beauty


The Nutcracker




Don Quixote


Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet








Anna Pavlova
Dancing The Dying Swan:


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