Piano for Children
Learning the piano is one of the most amazing brain exercises
a child can do. It involves the use of the left and right brain,
teaches the child to count, pitch, sing, and keep rhythm.
The benefits of learning the piano are often witnessed in other
activities and subjects the child undertakes.
Above all, learning to play the piano should be fun. It is essential
to introduce the child to musical concepts in a creative way to
encourage a life long passion and love for music.
Preparing Your Child for Lessons
The two most important things a child needs to be able to do
before they attend their first lesson is:
- Have the ability to count to 5
- Know their alphabet A to G
Having a Piano at Home
It is not crucial that the child has access to a piano at home,
since many of the teaching philosophies do not directly involve
a piano. A great alternative to the piano (and often a more practical
solution), is a weighted-action keyboard (as opposed to spring-action).
It is vital that parents take an active role in encouraging their
child. This can be achieved by helping the child to listen to
various forms of music at home, or by encouraging the child to
clap, tap, dance or sing.
Your Child's First Lesson
When your child attends their first lesson, it is important that
the parent(s) be present. In fact, it is preferred that parents
attend as many lessons as possible, to help guide their child
Lessons are structured so that each child:
- Receives an exercise book with notes from the lesson (notes
are designed more for the parent ,rather than the child)
- Is encouraged to count to 5 (and eventually to 8 (octave)
- Is encouraged to sing various tunes at home
- Is encouraged to listen to various forms of music at home
- Is encouraged to express music through rhythmic patterns