TOPICS OF INTEREST

WHY FINGER COLORS?
2-YEAR-OLDS?
WHY COLORS? WHY ROTE?
MEMORIZING
TOUCH vs. MINI vs. STANDARD PIANO KEYS
READING....WHEN?
ADULTS USING Anybody Can Play PIANO app


WHY FINGER COLORS?

Young children tend to recognize colors so color is an easy and visual way to teach. It's fun to color code the paper finger pointers with sticky dots or color crayons....and children like their own fingers color coded with washable markers! Just a little dot will do!

Many methods for teaching young children ignore fingering perhaps because it is confusing since the finger numbers go in opposite directions from one hand to the other. In addition some fingers are much easier to use than others, but sooner or later a pianist has to learn to use all of them. more...






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2-YEAR-OLDS?

Two-year-olds can be prepared for learning to play the piano with the Anybody Can Play PIANO app using several fun activities - two of which are covered here.

First….SING with actions! The songs in the app can easily turn into action songs. Just make up your own suitable actions….clapping, tapping, waving, pointing, moving…..

Since the Anybody Can Play PIANO app parallels language, the first step is hearing the songs. You can sing the songs with the children, or use the app. The app plays the songs, shows the keys being played and shows lyrics so the computer can act as the accompaniment to the songs if desired. The app also gives the option to hear the songs more slowly.

NOTE: Young children tend to make a fist, then point with the finger they are to use. When using the “pointer” finger this works, but doesn’t work too well with other fingers, so start working on Star Hands.

Place hands on lap, floor, table, whatever is handy, palm side down with fingers outstretched. Lift the hand keeping it like a star, then practice dropping down the “piano” finger that has to be used on the keyboard. Let them lift their Star Hand right in front of their faces so they can see that little “piano” finger dropping down! It is amazing how well the hand can get trained doing this.

Second….FINGER COLOR(S). If you have a keyboard - even a toy keyboard - great! If not, use laminated paper keyboards.
With keyboard:
Using a washable marker, color code the pointer finger on the right hand with a red dot. Put red stickers (preferably removable) on 3 or 4 keys on the keyboard. Have the children use their “red” finger and play only the keys with the red dots.

Particularly if you use removable stickers, let a different child put the stickers on the keyboard each day. Beside begin fun, this re-enforces the fact that red touches red.

When the children become totally accurate with the red stickers, add another color as per the “screen pointer hands” in the app - probably the green one - and mark the fingers accordingly. Then they get to play keys with two different fingers! After awhile they will not even need to get their fingers marked.

Keep going so the children become aware of all their finger colors and using the correctly colored finger on the correctly color coded key.

Start with either hand, mix right and left hand colors as you add colors - whatever seems the best for the children in your care. Some fingers are a bit harder to use, but just remind them to use their Star Hand Fingers.

With a laminated paper keyboard:
Have several different laminated “keyboards” with red dots - 2 or 3 per keyboard. (There are two different sized keyboards in the Game Keyboards pdf. download.) Let the children touch the dotted keys with their red finger. Add colors the same way as with a regular or toy keyboard.

The photo shows a child who is making a worksheet with different colors already!

You can even mount these laminated keyboards on the wall so children can walk by and touch the color coded keys with their “proper” finger.

Whatever you do, have fun!


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WHY COLORS? WHY ROTE?

Studies have shown that brain development from applied music is greater the younger a child begins to learn to play an instrument. So, we need to use a teaching method that young children can understand and proceed in a real step by step process.

In my experience most 3 years olds (and younger) recognize many colors. When we color code those little fingers with a washable marker dot they are able to use a correctly color coded finger on a color coded key.

At this point the child is simply matching the colors. In most cases the pattern of the piano keys is not even noticed - just a color to color match. However, the color pattern of the song is being memorized, the first step to developing the memory reflex. The motion of the hand is also being set into muscle memory - the beginning of thousands of motions for the piano. If the song - like the easy Tick Tock - has been sung (Lyrics are included in SHOW ME.) simple rhythm is also being set in place.

Matching colors, repetitive hand motions and rhythm can all be taught doing other activities, but when done with the piano, they are the first steps to learning to play the instrument! A child able to play a song on the piano has a real sense of accomplishment as well. They know when they have played a real song.

When the child is at the level of trying to play the song by memory, key patterning arrives! MIDI keyboards or controllers (25 key OK) may be attached to the tablet or computer to work with the Anybody Can Play Piano app. At the beginning of any song, Busy Buzzy Bumblebee flies over the on-screen keyboard and places color coded dots on all the keys that will be used. The screen remains until the “continue” is touched allowing the user time to color code an attached piano keyboard.

Once a child is at this point, games can be played like…”Why don’t we take off one of the dots on the keys? What color do you think you don’t need?” I have removable round dots in the five proper colors. I haven’t found square dots in the same colors, so I just cut my circles in half for left hand keys. (At this point the arrow and cartoon note assistance on the computer/tablet screen can be hidden if desired, but appears when a mistake is made.)

I have actually had students as young as 3 in the past who wanted to play their own songs - not “my” songs. This can be done as well, but have structure to this activity so the child is not just banging around on the keys and calling it a song. Have them color code a paper keyboard. (I always request that they use only 5 keys in a row so the song will be easier for me to learn.) Then have them “write” their song in colors. This works well and the other children enjoy playing a friend’s song. Usually the child also “writes” words for the song. And, in every case, after writing a song or two they decide to play “my” songs as well as their own because “my” songs show them new things to do with their songs.

The anybodycanplaypiano.com website has many worksheets pertaining to patterning with piano keys. They are not necessary. The app alone is sufficient, but the additional activities reinforce all the learning.


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MEMORIZING

The Anybody Can Play PIANO method uses the learning of language as a model. First we hear language. Then we combine hearing with speaking. Then we add reading. The memorization that takes place in this process is astounding!

With piano lessons, the memory reflex can be further trained. A young child will tend to memorize the beginning songs just because they are so easy to remember! They also like to play the songs they already know, which is a good thing. Encourage them to continue to memorize each song before they go on to the next song. (But don’t stop them from “checking out” any song they wish!) Also encourage them to keep playing all the songs they already know. For those of you who do not play the piano, playing memorized songs is very enjoyable.

If a person continues this habit, the memory reflex gets trained. If this process is dis-continued or done sporadically, the training of the memory reflex ends. What is additionally wonderful about this is: this trained memory reflex is transferable to math, science, literature……

A pianist who sits down at the piano and plays for hours is playing thousands of pages of memorized music!


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TOUCH VS. MINI KEYS VS. STANDARD PIANO KEYS

I have been asked many times about the pros and cons of piano keys that children use….size and weight primarily. The Anybody Can Play PIANO uses an onscreen keyboard with mini sized keys. These require no finger strength to use so are easy for tiny hands to use. Depending on the size of the screen, the keys also vary in size from one device to another.

At this point the object of the teaching is for matching color to color as well as the pattern of fingers used in the song. These little hands are going to grow, so even using the same size keys, they will essentially not be the same size keys as the child grows.

I do recommend using a small MIDI controller or keyboard with the app when the child is able to recognize the pattern on the MIDI that is being shown on the screen. That’s when the dot games come into play…. marking the keys on the MIDI to match the keys on the screen… taking dots off when ready….

When using a MIDI keyboard, the child is pushing down on the key, so is learning the first step for playing on a real piano. Most young students prefer the mini keys when they are only 3-4 years old. However, many play on standard sized keys with no problem.

Children tend to play the piano with straight fingers....or even with their hand in a fist while attempting to stick out the finger that is to be used. To begin the process of a correct hand position we have “Star Fingers” - flat hand, palm side down on a table. At first just tell them keep their hand in the Star Finger position, then drop down the finger that needs to play on a key. They will tend to curve the other fingers in order to do this. Later, to turn those Star Fingers into Piano Fingers, put Star Fingers on the table, then pull in the fingers, pretending there is a teeny tiny balloon under the hand pushing it up. Viola! “Piano Fingers”! Play games tapping piano fingers on the table.

Even playing the game Star Fingers/Piano Fingers it generally takes until age 4-5 before children are conscious of a good hand position on the piano keys. Some fingers are weaker than others, but there are all sorts of game type exercises to help with that issue. I had a 12-year-old Down Syndrome student who could practically smash a tennis ball with her finger tips and keep all her knuckles in position while doing it! Not too many students get that strong!


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READING….WHEN?

Some people have a problem with piano teaching methods that do not start with reading. Anybody Can Play PIANO is a method which parallels language, so reading is not introduced when initially learning to play songs. Being able to play a song on the piano is comparable to speaking.

Having said that, reading can indeed be introduced at the beginning. However, it should be done as a separate activity for a number of reasons. For one thing we need to remain “step by step” and not introduce too many simultaneous steps at a time, particularly since we are also using two different visuals. Also, allowing students to play only what they can read can sometimes severely slow their progress on the keyboard to the point where they lose interest.

I learned to read music at a very young age - so young in fact that no one knew I was figuring it out! I didn’t know at the time that notes had names. I have always looked at a note and instantly known which key on the piano it represents. I never had the “translation” step of “name before key”. Because of this I have always experienced the joy of sight reading well. It is fun to know the names of the keys on the keyboard because all the keys that look alike have the same name! (a good game here!) It is important that students do learn the names of keys and notes, but in the proper order for ease in reading music notation.

Patterning exercises are a good way for introducing musical notation. One which can be used with very young children is matching. Use flashcards and have the children match the cards that are the same. This can be done in many creative ways with only one child or several! Remember, don’t name the notes at this point when using flashcards that feature a note on a staff. It is better to describe the note...Oh, that has the bottom line going right through the notehead!....That note is resting between two lines - we call that a "space". - I guess we call it a "space" because it is the space between the two lines!"

Another patterning game can be done with a portion of a keyboard on paper with some keys marked with stickers, colors….. The children are given an identical paper keyboard without the markings and mark it to match the other paper keyboard. This again can be creatively done with groups or one at a time.


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ADULTS USING Anybody Can Play PIANO app

Most people using the Anybody Can Play PIANO app are going to be very young. However, it can be used with any age.

The problem with adults is that an adult understands the concept of the method very easily. However, adults with no experience playing a keyboard instrument forget that their hands are still “young”. I always said adult hands are “between the ages of 4 and 8”. There is muscle memory that has to be established. It can only be established by carefully learning to play the piano one step at a time.

NOTE: The SHOW ME part of the app plays all the songs in every level. If you actually listen to the songs and become familiar with the sound of them it will greatly shorten the length of time needed to learn to play them.

This is probably really obvious, but use a MIDI keyboard, not the touch screen. Your hands are fully grown - much too large for the computer screen. If you need to mark the keys with colored dots, do it. At the beginning pretend you are 4 or 5 years old. Your hands are!

Be VERY particular about that color coding….not to the point of color coding your fingers (unless you want to!), but making sure you are using the correct finger on every key every time you play a particular song.

Start with the easiest song…the one at the top of the list. Memorize it. The app allows you to turn off the arrows and cartoon notes so you can practice playing a song by memory. If you make a mistake it will show you the correct key(s).

Memorize each song with your right hand as well as the left hand (Level 1). Then try playing it with both hands in parallel (Level 2). If it is really difficult to play in parallel, skip parallel and go on to the next song with just right hand alone and left hand alone.

Take your time and go through this procedure until you have all the songs memorized. This list of songs represents a vertical curriculum. The attempt is made to add something new to every new song. This means you can take all the time you need on a song. You are only learning one song at each level, not 10 or 12 as in some curricula. With a vertical curriculum it is really important to learn each song well. The end result, however, is much faster progression than with a horizontal curriculum with many “same level” songs.

Keep playing the songs. Once you are comfortable with playing songs with your right hand alone and left hand alone, move on to Level 2. Start at the top of the list again and start learning to play the songs with both hands at the same time. Memorize each song playing in parallel. It may be a good idea at this point to play a song right hand alone, then left hand alone, then hands together. Be patient with your hands! They are young.

Once you can play in parallel, then back to the top of the list again and start learning the songs in contrary motion, that is with each hand simultaneously doing something different. Some of the songs may really seem difficult, but just take your time. The icon at the top of the page lets you choose a part, touch the “again and again repeat icon” and work on just a little part at a time. Working a small part at a time will produce the greatest success in the least amount of time.

If the NOTES portion of the app is already uploaded, feel free to work on notes at any time! This is a parallel activity to learning how to play songs, but as your skill in note reading increases you will be able to play written songs in any books you choose. Be sure to start with easy ones!

Have fun! Take your time!


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TEACHING PIANO IN THE PRESCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
WITH THE ANYBODY CAN PLAY APP and VIDEOS


This page gives a preschool information and advice about:
1. Why do a program like this and
2. How to implement it.

TOPICS

WHY BOTHER?

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

IMPLEMENTING PROGRAM

USING THE LESSON VIDEOS

USING THE Anybody Can Play PIANO APP


WHY BOTHER?


BRAIN DEVELOPMENT: Multiple studies have shown that piano lessons begun at a young age dramatically increase brain development, so this is a wonderful gift to give to not only the children in your care, but to their parents.

WORKING PARENTS: Generally you are dealing with working parents. If the preschool is doing activities that enhance the Anybody Can Play PIANO app and teaching the children how to use the app, parents can subscribe to the app at home with a child that already knows how to work on it independently. All the parents have to do then is remember to compliment their child on good work!....with maybe some type of "reward" for a particular job well done?

MARKETING: If you are at capacity, doing this piano program shows you really are concerned with benefits for the children in your care and are continually trying to do your best! I just read an article about preschool marketing and the number one concern of parents is quality care. I would certainly think that giving their child increased brain development would certainly qualify as one form of quality care!

If you are not at capacity, this is a tremendous marketing tool...."Free piano lessons for EVERY child ages 3 and up!" Just remember to do the program super well to create not only reviews, but excellent reviews!

SHARING WITH FAMILIES: This is also a way to share activities with families. You help them by doing the group activities and they help you by letting their child expand their practice time on the app at home. Children can then share at school what they have learned at home. It is quite amazing what some children can do and I have had countless grateful parents come to me over the years to thank me for exposing their child to piano at such a young age.

CONFIDENCE BUILDER: Learning to play the piano is a great confidence builder for children which makes them much more ready to learn new skills. It is also an outlet for creativity. In fact, Piano Lesson 8 shows the children how to "write down" their own created song so they can keep it and also share it with others.


EQUIPMENT NEEDED

APP AND COMPUTER
1. The Anybody Can Play PIANO app (Cost: $1.99 per month).
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2. A COMPUTER OR TABLET UTILIZING WINDOWS 10; MINIMUM 4G: Some schools use only Apple products. This program, however, justifies obtaining a computer used just for these piano lessons. Preferably the "piano computer" should be set up for use all day every day since this program is also something of interest for those after-schoolers too! Any computer 4G or greater that utilizes Windows 10 works great. I even saw a mini computer (compared in size to a peanut butter sandwich!) on Amazon for only $66.00! - just need a monitor to go with it.

If the computer is touch sensitive there is no need for anything else. It might be easier for the very young children to use a touch sensitive screen, but I have found that they are very anxious to use a "real" piano keyboard. I asked one three year old if she needed a color coded "key strip" to help her find the proper keys on the piano keyboard in order to play a particular song. She looked at me, smiled and said "I don't need it. I can do it." And, she did!

If the computer/tablert is not touch sensitive then an attached MIDI keyboard or keyboard controller is necessary for the Teach Me and Notes part of the app. If using a MIDI keyboard, just remember to turn off the keyboard's sound because the sound will still be coming through the computer.

You have noticed in photos that most children are using actual piano keyboards or mini sized keyboard controllers. That little 3 year old in the photo may not have the best hand position at this point, but she is actually playing a song using the screen prompts. My recommendation is to use an attached keyboard as soon as possible so those fingers get used to pushing down a key rather than just touching a screen.

LAMINATOR: Many of the activity/game sheets will be used multiple times, so a laminator is needed. Many preschools have big laminators. If it is too difficult to laminate cards, etc. it would probably be a good idea to get a small laminator that laminates up to 5mm. That way laminator pouches that are card sized, page sized, etc. could be easily laminated. Keep in mind that all these activity and game sheets are free. If they were purchased in a form ready to use they would be very expensive!


IMPLEMENTING THE PROGRAM

PERSON "IN CHARGE": The Anybody Can Play PIANO program can be done with ages 3 and up, so there needs to be a staff person who keeps a record of progress for each class and prepares appropriate activity/game sheets as needed for each age group on a daily basis. This person even needs to bring the sheets to each classroom...a reminder for teachers to do the activity.


MATERIAL STORAGE: This "in charge" person also needs to organize and store materials. Stackable, labeled, page-size plastic boxes with lids are great - especially for laminated materials that are used multiple times!

CLASSROOM DISPLAY: Finished activity sheets should be prominantly displayed. Bulletin board displays are great. Peg board displays are really good as well since they also double for storage of imminant activity sheets, games and laminated reminders (like the little colored hands) so the children are visually exposed to things they are to remember.

APP/PIANO SET UP: If the school only has one app/piano set up for the entire school, this person also needs to make sure someone is moving the "piano station" from room to room at scheduled times throughout the day, or that the teachers are somehow letting children have access to the app during the day.

This photo shows a little piano station used in a preschool for the 3's and 4's so is moved at least once during the day. It is extremely portable - light but stable - fits easily through the doors. There is a video about building this little piano station in the Anybody Can Play PIANO General Info Playlist. To look at that video click here.


USING THE LESSON VIDEOS

THOSE VIDEOS: When most people think of "piano lessons" they think in terms of one lesson per week. So, as mentioned on the Piano Lesson page, looking at the activities and materials needed for lesson 1 may seem overwhelming. A better name would be: The First Few Steps"

Each Lesson page discusses the video and has direct access to the videos and activity aheets. However, so you are fully aware that these Lessons are not meant to be done in their entirety all at once, here is a quick overview of the first 2 minutes of the 9 1/2 minute Lesson One Video.

FIRST MINUTE: LESSON ONE: The first minute of the Piano Lesson 1 video covers the first two fingers that are color coded - the blue and pink finger colors. The only activity sheet needed is the tiny hands activity sheet. The children color only the pink and blue fingers on the right hand in the beginning. If you would rather use the right hand only sheet seen on the picture of that cute little guy, just click on The Right Hand Pointer Hand RHPointer to print out.

For very young children who do not color well yet, use pink and blue stickers. They can be stickers with a design on them if you wish, but they have to be primarily pink and blue and only referred to as "pink" and "blue". You can also make these stickers by using a sheet of small white stickers and coloring them with a permanent marker....something else for the "Person in Charge" to do:)

As a side note here, if children have difficulty discerning the difference between blue and green or red and pink, use stickers that are shaped - like a blue star, green square, etc. Refer to these colors then as "blue star", "green square" so they start seeing the subtle color differences.

Have an activity sheet "finished" with the pink and blue colors on display so the children are visually reminded of those colors.

Review this concept until the children know these colors without any hesitation.....a week?.....2 weeks?

SECOND MINUTE: LESSON ONE: The second minute of the Piano Lesson 1 video covers the Tick Tock song (on videos) and tapping blue and pink fingers on the table. These two activities are totally self explanatory. All singing (with or without the videos) should be done with motion....big clocks, little clocks, teeny weeny clocks, middle sized clocks... Singing and tapping correct fingers at the same time is the goal here.

Again, review these activities until the children sing the words, sing the colors, and tap the finger colors with ease. Then, continue with Lesson One, or skip to Lesson Two Patterning as is mentioned on the Lesson Page.

PREP VIDEO: I recommend that you view the Parent/Teacher PREP for ONLINE PIANO LESSON ONE VIDEO. However, do keep in mind that you are looking at many weeks of lesson activities.

VIEWING VIDEOS: It is important that all staff members are not only familiar with the use of the app, but familiar with the videos. Most preschool staff members have not had a music background, so this piano instruction is all new to them as well. Take it slowly, but learn it well.

The videos are all short, so a video or portion of a video could be shown at staff meetings. It doesn't have to be a Lesson Video....could just be a couple of those little song videos that last about a minute each!

New staff members will, however, have to methodically and repeatedly go through the app and videos until they are familiar with the activities up to the point of the children's knowledge.


USING THE Anybody Can Play PIANO APP

Books have been written about how actually learning to play the piano tremendously increases brain fuction. Besides giving children the gift of making music, increasing brain function is our primary goal!

The Anybody Can Play PIANO app parallels language development. When a child learns to say his/her first word, parents become excited and the child uses that word over and over. When another word is spoken, both words are used over and over. There is always progression.

If a child can play a song on the app with the arrows turned off and continues to play that song even after "moving on" to the next song, the memory reflex is being developed. If this process is continued, later more complicated songs become as easy to memorize as that first simple Tick Tock. This is an incredible skill that transfers to other subjects! So, encourage students to keep playing what they already know so they can improve the way they play it....or can play a whole "string" of songs....or help another child...or....

Try to give each child the opportunity to individually use the app. This may not always be possible, but do strive for that goal...and try to get parent involvement so children have access to the app at home as well.

You will notice that this very young child's teacher marked his fingers with a washable marker. This was before the video Tick Tock song was available, allowing the children to sing the colors with kk. Since then no fingers have had to be marked....amazing!

TIPS FOR PIANO TEACHERS

Using the Anybody Can Play PIANO App

The Anybody Can Play PIANO app can be a great help with young students if you are actually trying to teach them how to play the piano rather than just having general music. The app becomes an infinitely patient at-home tutor for the child. All parents have to do is make the app easily available for their child.

Group lessons work very well for young students. Three at a time is very easy when working at the piano because they all fit on the bench at one time! I also tended to schedule overlapping lessons. Three students had their “piano time” for twenty minutes. Then three more students arrived and the next twenty minutes was group activity time. Then, the first 3 students left and the remaining 3 students had their “piano time”. Piano time is primarily based on what the students have done at home with the app….their “assignment”.

The first song on the app is Tick Tock and uses only 2 fingers. So for the group activities, sing, color, tap…..all the things that are on the Lesson One videos. Use parts of the videos in lessons if you wish, but only if you cannot do the activity yourself.

If you are wondering why I use color coded fingers, just read the short article on the BLOG page: Why Finger Colors? In fact, it would be good to read all the articles since they all tend to be answers to questions.

There are many things that can be done during “piano time” with the 3 students even before they can play a song, for instance:
1. Using your right hand blue finger, play the white key in between the two black keys that are standing close together. (Or, use the key name if they are at that point.) Do this one child at a time. Let the children help each other if help is needed or desired. Place the 2 Black Key Group card on the music rack if needed.
2. Let a child choose a key and finger, then have the others touch the same key in a different place on the piano with the same color finger.
3. Using both blue fingers, play…..
4. Using both green fingers, play…..
5. Using our right hand red finger, let’s all play together on ….. “One, two, ready, play”
6. Using our left hand red finger………
7. Have students play the “current” song one at a time with the others checking for correct finger pattern, good hand position, etc. (Children tend to be quite complimentary….very encouraging to the others!)
8. Have the students play a trio one-handed or two- handed if they are able. Then switch places and play the trio again. Then switch places again so they all get to play the song in every place. Hmmmm - all played it 3 times!
9. Have students play a review song…
10. Have students play first with one hand, then the other hand, then with both hands together.

Fingering, patterning, rhythm, reviewing, paying attention, memorizing, helping…….. Students are learning so much! Just keep the lesson “going” and keep the students occupied at all times. Have back up plans.

Young students can really brighten your day! And….the younger they start, the longer they tend to stay in lessons. Playing becomes an enjoyable part of their day and they don’t want to stop.

Remind parents not to “worry” about practice time. There are many ways to “remind” a child to use the app.
-> Parents can ask how to get to a particular song.
-> Parents can play the song and have the child look to make sure they don’t make a mistake.
-> Parents can play a game where they DO make a mistake.
-> One parent can have the child show the other parent how well he/she plays a song.
-> Parents need to get excited when a child can play through an entire song without a mistake.
-> Parents need to reward children for learning a song? knowing finger colors? playing both hands together?

I always told the children to try to remember to play the current song and a couple others (when they start having a repertoire) as many times as they are old….not necessarily all at the same sitting…just sometime during the day. One of my students turned 4 and said, “Oh no! Now I have to play everything FOUR times!” I told her she should be lucky she wasn’t my age and she said, “Yah! 24!” We all laughed. She didn’t know I had children older than 24 at the time!

I always had parents stay for the lesson if at all possible. They were generally very courteous and quiet, but one time a daddy came instead of mommy for his four-year-old child. She was struggling with a contrary motion song. He suddenly told her she needed to practice and that he had thought of taking piano lessons himself and HE would practice and be able to play that song much better then she could.

I looked at her and asked whether we should show daddy how to play the song she was working on so he could practice it at home since he said he was thinking about taking piano lessons….so we did and he paid really good attention.

The next week her daddy said he had something to say to her again and had waited on purpose in order to say it at the lesson. He said he never dreamed playing the piano required so much skill until he tried to learn that song himself and was absolutely amazed that she did so well and apologized to her over and over again in front of everyone! She was thrilled. So, parents can be taught things too!

Just be creative. Let the app “practice” with the child at home. Do other things in the lesson. Keep all the children involved all the time. Try to have something they get to take home after each lesson like an activity sheet.

Tuition + materials fee Look over the activity sheets and games. Decide whether you want to make a binder for each student. Decide whether you want to laminate games, cards, sheets, etc. Remember to charge for the time it takes you to make materials.

These are things you have to put into your “materials fee” part of payments. The initial material’s fee has to cover everything a child gets that first month. After that, have a set fee that covers what you plan to use and give to the children on a lesson basis. I even had a tee shirt for the children when they learned a certain song…guess I need to design another one!



Additional info about the Anybody Can Play PIANO APP
A computer or tablet is needed that uses Windows 10. A touch screen can be used with or without an attached keyboard or controller. An attached MIDI keyboard (with sound turned off) or controller (as small as 25 keys) is needed with a non-touch screen.
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ONLINE VIDEO PIANO LESSONS FOR CHILDREN FROM 3 TO 103!

TOPICS

GENERAL INFO
EQUIPMENT NEEDED
USING THE VIDEOS

LEARNING TO PLAY THE PIANO AT HOME

WITH THE ANYBODY CAN PLAY APP and VIDEOS

GENERAL INFO:
Books 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 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.

Teach your young child how to use the anybodycanplayPIANO app, then 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, 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 It may seem strange that the first thing on the app is about color coding fingers. I always started the rank beginner adults with colors, but with the option of doing an “adult only” curriculum in a couple weeks if they wished. At the end of a couple weeks, EVERY adult wanted to continue with the colors.

REASONS FOR COLORS: Most beginner pianists begin with the right hand only - or with the left hand doing far less than the right hand. Both hands should be equally trained from the start. This is the reason for Level 2 on the app. It is important to be able to play a melody with both hands separately as well as together.

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.

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 and muscle memory will keep improving if you do this.

The videos are primarily music theory, so do look at them. Do activities as desired…or help that little brother or sister with an activity or game.


YOUNG STUDENTS Young students can use the app independently. However, they may need help learning how to go to their “song” in the beginning. They may also need extra help with finger colors, patterning, etc.

This is where the videos really come into play. Just read through the “Preschools” page for details on use with young children. There are all sorts of activities on the videos and downloadable pdf.’s for singing, fun worksheets, games, etc.

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.


EQUIPMENT NEEDED
APP AND COMPUTER
1. The AnybodycanplayPIANO app (cost: $1.99 per month).
To subscribe to the Anybody Can Play PIANO app in Windows 10 click here.

2. A COMPUTER OR TABLET UTILIZING WINDOWS 10; MINIMUM 4G: If the computer is touch sensitive there is no need for anything else, but may be used with an attached MIDI keyboard or controller. A non-touch computer needs an attached MIDI keyboard or controller in order to function.

Even with a touch sensitive computer, I recommend attaching a keyboard as soon as possible so even little hands get used to playing actual piano type keys.

A “NICE TO HAVE” - LAMINATOR: It is really nice to be able to laminate game sheets, cards, etc. Small laminators that laminate up to 5mm are great. There is no need for a stronger laminate.

USING THE VIDEOS: Again, please check the Preschool page for a detailed description of using the videos. Each Lesson page gives a description of the video(s) used as well as downloadable pdf.’s that are applicable.