HELPING YOUR CHILD WITH PIANOBooks have been written about tremendous increases in brain function from learning to play the piano. These brain functions transfer to other subjects as well - especially when the piano lessons are started at a very young age.
Do not wait! Start your child at a young age if at all possible. Just remember to make your piano time short, fun and creative…..and be excited about each step learned.
Explore this website. It website offers you several options. Under the Heading: Piano Lessons, there are Pre-school Lessons and Gramma's Piano Lessons for young children and After-Schooler Lessons that move at a faster rate for older children. All have activities, videos, games, etc. that can be done with your child alone - or maybe your child and a friend or two! All activity sheets are free downloadable PDFs and videos are on youtube (with direct links).
There are also the Gramma's Piano Lessons that compement the app. And....I would take a look at the article under the Piano Teacher heading on the BLOG page which "walks through" a first lesson for a four-year-old. Explore this website. It is ever changing....things being added all the time!
Let your child use the anybodycanplayPIANO app independently. Be sooooo impressed that they are using it by themselves! Let your child explore through the app at will, but ask them to learn the songs from the top down. The top ones are easier!
Sing the songs with words and colors with “kk” on the videos so they become very aware of using the proper fingers. Play the games for color coding and patterning.
I cannot say it enough…Be impressed! They are learning another language! When they start being interested in learning to read the notes, let them start the NOTES part of the app simultaneously with the learning of the songs. With the SILLY SONGS they are not only learning to read another language, but a language with different symbols. WOW!
And remember, this app works with any age. It might be a good idea for you to learn to play these songs as well. It will show your child true interest on your part.
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS, TEENS and ADULTS
REASONS FOR COLORS:
Since the colors are in parallel, the “finger colors” on both hands are the same when learning to play in parallel. If we use fingering at this point, it is extremely confusing since the fingers are numbered in opposite directions. (Thumbs are both #1.)
So, do pay attention to those finger colors. And, learn to play the songs so well that you do not need the arrows. Also, be in the habit of reviewing the songs you know at least one time per day. Your finger dexterity, muscle memory and memory reflex will keep improving if you do this.
Remember to be excited and impressed about each step learned….just like you were when those first words were spoken. And, with all ages, it is a good idea to have some type of “reward” when certain levels are achieved.
Anybody Can Play PIANO APPTo subscribe to the Anybody Can Play PIANO app in Windows 10 click here.
First week is free - $1.99/mo to continue.
EZPianoNotesEZ Piano Notes (an Apple App) features Busy Buzzy Bumblbee for enhancing the learning of notes. To subscribe click here. First week free - then $1.99 total cost.