May 2013
Teachers' Guide


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100-Day Challenge: We continue to receive 100-day practice challenge sheets from students. They are pouring in from students as young as 4! We have also heard from a number of teachers that this has really increased practicing and enthusiasm in their studios. 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

One parent writes: We would like to submit our daughter's name for the 100 Day Challenge!  Her info. is: Lila Hughes, 6, teacher Jana O. MacKay from Pennsylvania. We are soooo proud of her and just wanted to add that Ms. Jana, her teacher, has a keyboard to rent that students can take if they are going away on vacation.  We took advantage of that and Lila practiced aboard a cruise ship during her 100 day challenge! 
ps She is 18 days into her 200 day challenge! 

Recommended recordings
Prokofiev - 7 Symphonies, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa (Deutsche Grammophon, 2001)
Prokofiev - Complete Concertos, V. Ashkenazy, J. Bell, Lynn Harrell, A. Previn, Ch, Dutoit, London Symphony Orchestra (Decca, 2003)
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet, London Symphony Orchestra with Andre Previn (EMI Classics, 2010)
Prokofiev, Piano Sonatas No. 2, 3, 5, and 9, Yefim Bronfman (Sony, 1996)
Prokofiev, Piano Sonatas No. 1, 4, and 6, Yefim Bronfman (Sony, 1994)

Music For Piano Students
Prokofiev wrote a collection of easier pieces suitable for intermediate students – Music For Children, Op. 65. The opus consists of 12 short pieces, which are a great introduction to Prokofiev's piano music. The music is available from Schirmer in two versions, with or without a CD.
Here is a link to a performance of the complete set:

Instruments of the Orchestra: Use a recording of Peter and the Wolf (such as this one) to discuss the different instruments with students. What are the unique sound qualities of the instruments. How are woodwinds different from strings or brass. Ask students to come up with words to describe the sound of a violin or a bassoon.

Answers to May Puzzles
Puzzle (page 12) 1. trumpet (yellow) 2. clef (orange) 3. composer (purple) 4. treble (green) 5. sharp (blue) 6. note (red) 7. piano (teal) 8. forte (pink) 9. opera (light green)

Quiz (page 15): 1. b 2. a 3. b 4. d

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