Piano Explorer Magazine Discontinued

This a month of new discoveries and unfortunately, not great ones!

Last week I shared that The Royal Conservatory had removed its theory apps from the app store.

Today, I’ve learned that Piano Explorer Magazine, published by The Instrumentalist is no longer taking any new subscriptions.

Unfortunately, their subscriptions significantly decreased during the pandemic and they will no longer be able to continue the print magazine after the May/June issue.



  • That is such a shame! I have all of the magazines dating back to the early ‘90s when I lived in the Chicago Area. One of my students even got a poem she had written published in the magazine @ 2010. PE always encouraged all types of artistic creativity – not just musical. Such a fantastic resource that will be missed.

    • Agreed! I used them for years in my studio. First by simply making multiple copies available for students to grab and take home then incorporating it into my music lab time. I’ll admit, I haven’t used it the last couple of years but I was about to reinstate my subscription – actually I was going to pay for one subscription per student and have it mailed directly to their house. When I emailed them inquiring on the best way to go about that, I found out about the discontinuation. Another loss in all of this pandemic-ness! 🙁

    • Hi Diane,
      Would you consider allowing me to borrow, rent, or purchase some of your old issues I’m looking for old issues that cover American music, American composers and/or American pianists. My email address is adagiogs@comcast.net.

  • I’ve been using these magazines for years/decades! Such a loss. I found them a good way to incorporate information about composers and to reinforce techniques I teach in my studio. I will really miss this magazine.

  • I had heard if this possibility and am so sad to hear their final decision. I had not subscribed this year because of the difficulty of getting it TO the students, but had hoped to renew this year. I loved the composer section and doing a study sheet/listening assignment on that composer. I hope they change their minds!

  • This is so sad. I love this magazine and my students love it too. I hope they may be able to figure out a way to continue publishing!!!

  • This is such a shame. I have had my students subscribe to this magazine for years and I give weekly assignments out of this periodical. It has been a wonderful way to incorporate history and composer biography. I hope they will find a way to continue.

  • I too was going to renew with students coming back. Any chance you will reconsider and continue publishing? Sounds like a lot of people will subscribe.

    • Hi, Diane! I’m not the one who publishes the magazine. I’m bummed too but here’s the statement from the publisher, Piano Explorer: “There will be no more print issues of Piano Explorer. Due to the significant decrease in subscriptions this past year, the July/August issue was the final print issue of Piano Explorer. There will be a few final pdf versions for the fall 2021 issues that will be available for free download on our website this fall. Links for them are available below as they are posted. Additionally, there will be no accompanying web content (videos) for the online pdf issues. The 100-Day Challenge has ended. If you have any questions, please email us at circulation@pianoexplorer.net.”

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