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Music is learned through a variety of methods. One of the easiest ways to help develop your child's musical mind is to have them listen to a variety of music. Classical, jazz and cultural are my favorites because of the complexity of musical structure within the pieces. Live music is also very beneficial. During the summer, many communities feature free live bands in their parks on a weekly basis. Churches are also a great resource for free live music.
Whenever your child plays at the piano, a relaxed hand is super important. This is accomplished with curly fingers that strike the keys on the tips. A proper piano-hand position is very similar to the proper typing-hand position. The fingers that are not playing should be up in the air, not resting on the keys.
For Preschool Children:
This pre-reading age group is learning by color-coding their fingers and matching them to colored stickers on the piano. Click here to color code your own piano at home.
For Ages 5 - 8 and in the Hal Leonard book:
This book is very self-explanatory. The first few pages introduce some very basic musical concepts to get your child started. Read and do these pages with your child. Once you get to the songs, new concepts are introduced in blue boxes at the top of the page. Feel free to email about any questions you may have.
For Ages 7 - 12 and in the Robert Pace book:
This book starts with recognizing patterns in the notes. Each song makes a musical shape that can be "played" in the air, on your arm, or on several places on the keyboard. Once the different keyboard placements are comfortable, the musical shapes are moved onto the staff with notes. Since the shape is still the same, the student is encouraged to transpose the song in various places on the piano. Emphasis is placed on recognizing if the notes are moving up or down, and stepping (2nds) or skipping (3rds). If you have any additional questions, please email us.
Click here for additional practice tips to use at home.