ONLINE VIDEO PIANO LESSONS FOR CHILDREN FROM 3 TO 103!
USING THE VIDEOS
LEARNING TO PLAY THE PIANO AT HOME
WITH THE ANYBODY CAN PLAY APP and VIDEOSGENERAL 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.
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.