How to Start Piano Lessons for Pre-School Aged Children

Hi. Welcome to The Piano Podcast. I'm Mario Ajero.

In this video, I want to show some piano pieces that you could teach to

young preschool children as young as age three to prepare them for

traditional piano lessons.

I'm hoping this video is useful to both professional piano teachers as well as

parents who just want to give their young children a head start on piano lessons.

One of the first activities that you can actually do at the keyboard is to teach

your kids that the piano consists of two black keys and three black keys.

Can you play two black keys like this?

Once children can find the two black keys, you can do

short rhythmic patterns alternating between the two black keys like this one.

i use braced second fingers like this because most kids around the age of

three don't have the individual finger control yet to use multiple fingers.

So don't rush that part in these initial learning stages.

After they can repeat after you, make sure they can play in the different octaves of the keyboard.

This introduces them to transposing and establishes a physical and aural

connection between the other parts of the keyboard.

after that move on to the groups of three Black Keys you might want to start

with just simple up and down patterns but hot cross buns is probably the most

accessible piece on three Black Keys as it has no it's going down and groups of

repeated notes going up

after they've mastered it on three Black Keys challenge them to move it on to

other sets of three keys like B, A, & G right next to it

transposing to other key areas reinforces the intervallic relationships

between notes in music which is probably more important than learning the

individual notes themselves to other easy key areas are the EDC groups and

even the B

excuse me D sharp C sharp B groups

mary had a little lamb is another familiar tune that's a little bit more

complex to teach because it has more changes in direction than hot cross buns

teach it in small phrases that the young student can master first

and then piece it all together

moving students to tunes that span more than just the three Black Keys is

easy with tunes like the first part of Old MacDonald

from there you can move to familiar tunes that have jumps of a fifth in it

like twinkle twinkle little star

let the child use both hands so that he or she can more easily find the jump

like this

as you can tell i like to play little accompaniments along with the young child

this acts as a motivator to have the child feel like he or she is part of a

larger and fuller sounding piece of music

also it helps the child get a stronger sense of pulse and rhythm

they can simply be chordal accompaniments that go back and forth between tonic

dominant and subdominant harmonies

if the child has an older sibling that plays piano then it's a wonderful

opportunity to put them together for duet playing such as this rendition of

happy birthday performed by Olivia

accompanied by her brother Nio

for parents who are interested in introducing these activities for their

young children to start playing piano make it a regular part of your

family everyday activities for example i started all my children with playing the

piano a little bit after dinner

each time and just became a regular occurrence something that was expected

of the children try to always be encouraging and positive with your

comments towards them and the attitude towards playing the piano

however try to resist the temptation to bribe them with external incentives or

rewards anything like that

the music itself should act as the incentive if they actually do well

and succeed at it

that's going to be enough motivation for them to continue and excel at the piano

playing and in future lessons if you have any questions regarding this or any

other matter relating to the piano

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