November - Student Page

Included below: MussorgskyAshkenazyPractice ChartFlash Card IdeasMusic Math

- student page

November Teachers Guide

Kids' Corner - with honorable mention pieces from contest
Past Issues

Modest Mussorgsky

Compare these recordings of Pictures At An Exhibition:


Evgeny Kissin playing Pictures At An Exhibition on the piano:

Dawn on the Moskva River:


Night on Bald Mountain - Piano transcription

 Vladimir Ashkenazy:

Playing Chopin, Prelude Op. 28 No. 24 in D minor:



Playing Chopin, Nocturne in C minor, Op. Posthumous:




100-Day Practice Challenge
?If you complete 100 days of practice in a row (starting this fall) have your teacher or a parent sign your practice chart or write a letter and send it in, and we will print your name in Piano Explorer. Print out a 100-day practice chart to record your progress. Remember, you cannot skip a day! If you will be on vacation or otherwise away from your piano, talk to your teacher about ways you can continue to practice - such as listening to a recording of your piece.

Practice Chart pdf


Finding a Good Idea
Listen to Music - Bach's Air on the G String


Look Outside - Were you affected by the recent hurricane? Write about what you experienced and share your feelings through music.

Borrow a Famous Theme - Beethoven's 5th Symphony


Flash Card Ideas

Music Flash Card Games
1. At first pick just a few cards for each day to make memorizing easier. Not only name each note, but also find it on the piano. Each day keep adding new notes until you know them all.
2. When you get really good at naming the notes, speed-test yourself. Set a timer and see how many notes you can name in one minute
3. Pick 10 cards or so and see how long it takes you to name them (use a stopwatch)
Staff board Games
1. Ask someone to put some notes on the staff and use a timer to see how long it takes you to name all of them.
2. Ask someone to name a musical note letter (only from A to G!) and put Velcro notes on the correct line or space for that letter name. (limit yourself to one clef at first).
3. Spell words by placing notes on the staff and have mom, dad, or a sibling figure out those words.

If you don't have a staff board, you can play all these games using staff paper. (To find staff paper online, type printable staff paper into your web browser's search window.) 

Musical Math Problems
Print out the following worksheet to work on note values. pdf

We'd love to hear from you!
Do you have any ideas or thoughts about any other practice tip we have published this year? Let us know how they worked for you. Were you able to solve a problem spot or learn a tricky passage?

Perhaps you have your own practice tips that you'd like to share with other readers. Write to us and we'll include the best ones in the magazine or on the website.

We also accept original artwork, music, poems, jokes and stories. Submissions that don't appear in the magazine might make it into the Kids Corner.

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