November 2013
Teachers' Guide

 

November Student Page
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100-Day Challenge: We continue to receive 100-day practice challenge sheets from students. 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 http://www.instrumentalistmagazine.com/100%20day%20challenge.php

Mozart: Teacher Deborah Rogers shared an interesting link about images made of Mozart during his lifetime. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/07/arts/music/are-those-pictures-really-mozart.html?_r=2&

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.



Music Corner - Encourage your students to experiment with composition. They can send their pieces to us at Music Corner, Piano Explorer, 200 Northfield Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093.


Answers to November Puzzles
Identify the Composers (page 10) ?Johann Christian Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Muzio Clementi Hidden word: Mozart

Quiz (page 15) 1. b 2. a 3. c 4. a 5. 4

Word Search (page 13):

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