Piano by number for children's piano lessons

 

 

Walden Pond Press publishes the PIANO BY NUMBER series

Interview with author of Piano Is Easy

 

 

HOME

PRODUCTS

ALL PRODUCTS

PIANO IS EASY

I CAN READ MUSIC

BIG BOOK OF SONGS

CHRISTMAS CAROLS  

TEACH YOURSELF PIANO

FAVORITE HYMNS

EASY CLASSICAL PIANO

GAMES FOR THE PIANO

CHORD DICTIONARY

 

SAMPLE PAGES

PIANO IS EASY

I CAN READ MUSIC

BIG BOOK OF SONGS

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

FAVORITE HYMNS

EASY CLASSICAL PIANO

CHORD DICTIONARY

 

CONTENT / READING

ARCHIVES / ALL READING

ARTICLES

FREE EBOOK

ADVICE COLUMN

AGE TO START

FINGERING

PRACTICING

CHILD'S POINT OF VIEW

LEARN TO READ MUSIC

 

SONG LISTS 

PIANO IS EASY

BIG BOOK OF SONGS

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

TEACH YOURSELF PIANO

EASY CLASSICAL PIANO

FAVORITE HYMNS

 

FEATURES

SONG LIST

PUBLISHER

AUTHORS

SATISFIED CUSTOMERS  

SPECIAL EDUCATION

HOME SCHOOLING  

 

UTILITIES

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

PRICE LIST

FAQ

ABOUT US

CONTACT

PRESS ROOM

PRIVACY POLICY

RETURN POLICY

EMAIL

SITE MAP

PURCHASE KEYBOARD

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is our original site

Please click here to visit our main site

 

Start piano at home with your child

Start with numbers, then read music

Books for Younger Kids      Books for Older Kids      Books for Adults

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The author of the Christmas Carol Kit and Piano Is Easy! was asked recently about his teaching method:

"My philosophy of music teaching is to provide an environment in which the student cannot fail. Too many teachers have a rigid program which the student, usually a child, must master or risk disapproval.

Students, especially children, are unique individuals and these personal differences may mean a radical range of motor skills and intellectual abilities.

I can honestly say that it is my students who have taught me how to teach: I watched their efforts and devised ways for them to grasp the next step. When they grasped the next step, I'd try the next step after that, and if they failed, I'd go back to the last step, all the while entertaining them and informing them, and most of all, playing the piano for them to show what awaited if they kept trying.

Music is either pleasurable or it isn't, especially to a five year old. If you make music fun, students keep trying. A piano teacher, especially of children, must necessarily function somewhere in between a game show host and a drill sergeant.

A music teacher should never express disapproval to a student who has made an honest effort on a complex problem: when a student fails, it is the teacher who has failed to present the material properly or in an interesting manner.

One rule I have discovered is that students learn things when they are good and ready to, and it's up to the teacher to give them the skills that make them ready to master the next step. Patience to a music teacher may mean months of strategy. The student is always right; if the method fails, the method is wrong.

Reading music by numbers, improvising and studying chords is so natural to students that they can do it without exhaustion: they feel a rise in self-esteem. Improvisation exercises allow a student to make satisfying music outside of the crushing limits of conventional music notation. Anyone can improvise music, given certain basic skills.

It is better to have a student with limited accomplishments play a simple tune by numbers or memory, or improvise, and be proud than to have that same student feel defeated by conventional music notation.

The object of piano teaching is not to create millions of Vladimir Horowitzes, but rather to allow everyone the opportunity to speak the great language of music, even in humble dialects such as numbers or basic improvisation.

As soon as a student begins to feel defeated by studying sheet music, the teacher must shift to the more pleasurable study of harmony and theory. There are students barely capable of playing a simple piece of sheet music, but who can play all twenty-four major and minor chords flawlessly because it is logical and fun.

A wise teacher plays to the student's strengths while relentlessly attacking the problem areas a bit at a time.

Deciphering conventional music notation is drudgery, a complex right-brained chore to even the most diligent child. A brilliant, diligent child will memorize a piece of music they love so they can ignore the right-brained deciphering mechanism and engage the poetic left brain as soon as possible. Even much less gifted children do the same, memorizing a piece they love so that the dreaded sheet music is forgotten in the pleasure of playing.

Part of the secret is to loosely divide the lesson time into both a study of the piano (including conventional notation and improvisation) and a study of harmony.

In addition, the teacher must make each area of study a living, breathing experience. The study of chords, for instance, is made exciting by constantly asking the student's input: is the chord happy, sad, weird? Anything that can be made into a game should be.

A study of chords isn't dry and boring if the teacher is capable of showing that within that study are the secrets of a great language, the language of music. You can't just tell a student that a particular "something" is exciting about piano music: you have to sit down and play that something for them right there, or it's not real to them. Students who know what they're shooting for are always willing to try.

This book is the result of what I saw that worked while I was teaching. I began to see certain patterns of information that seemed to make music theory digestible regardless of the skill level of the student.

And I observed what information was necessary for each student to progress to the next level, and this became the core of the book, the set of steps that will begin to lead anyone to play satisfying music on the piano.

The premise of the book is this: there are certain basic skills that a student will need to begin studying music, and these skills can be self-taught if the information is properly presented in a step-by-step format.

This book is intended for adults and children supervised by adults. An enterprising and intelligent child of six or eight could make their way through this book alone. A child of six would probably need an adult to help them make apply the stickers, but the advantage is that the parent and child can learn together. If your child sees you try to play the piano, they'll try it right away. I've seen it again and again.

You will be shocked at how easy it is to begin to play the piano if the information is properly presented. The steps you go through in the book are almost exactly what beginning students learn in the first few weeks of my private lessons.

The most basic rule is this: if you don't understand something, go back a step or two and review. Music is so skill-based that you usually cannot progress to the next level unless you have first mastered the previous level. Take the time to try all the steps.

Playing "piano by number" is a humble dialect, if you will, of the great language of music. You can't make a better, happier beginning to your study of music than playing piano by number.

All the skills you use in this book will be valuable to you later when you learn to read conventional sheet music. It has been my experience that students first taught by number, and who have a solid knowledge of chords, have a far higher chance of learning to read conventional sheet music.

Anyone can teach themselves to play the piano if someone gives them the logical steps. That's all I've done."

                    From the Introduction to Teach Yourself Piano Step by Step  

Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

 

 

Red musical note: start your child reading music today!

TOPICS OF INTEREST TO PARENTS:

"What is a good age to start piano lessons?"

"What are the benefits of playing piano for my child?"

"How can I help my child read sheet music at the piano?"

Piano Lessons: A Child's Point of View

Visit the WALDEN POND PRESS ARCHIVES and read articles about children and piano

Click here to read the entire tutorial HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ MUSIC

LET US HELP YOU FIND AN INEXPENSIVE ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD TO GET YOUR CHILD STARTED!

 

 

THE COMPLETE BOOK PACKAGE: 

1. 107 page illustrated THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT Book with 44 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers   

2. 120 page illustrated PIANO IS EASY Book with 50 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers 

3. 50 page I CAN READ MUSIC Book 

4. 132 page TEACH YOURSELF PIANO STEP BY STEP Book, 56 minute DVD Video and removable stickers 

5. 141 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 130 songs, and removable stickers 

6. 88 page EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER Book with 10 songs, and removable stickers, and 29 minute Play Along Audio CD 

6 BOOKS, DVD AND 3 PLAY ALONG AUDIO CDS 

Our BOOK PACKAGE price: $89.95Click here to order THE COMPLETE PIANO PACKAGE

See also ENTIRE LIBRARY PACKAGE

You can also purchase individual books with CD $24.95

Click here to visit the PIANO IS EASY home page!

Order Form | See Our Books | Videos & DVD's | Home | Contact Us | FAQ