BEST PRESCHOOL PIANO METHOD
There is no
single piano method that is best for every preschool child.
speak perhaps in terms of an attitude or approach, rather than a
fixed method, especially for this age group. Every individual
child will require a different combination of approaches to
unlock their enthusiasm for the instrument. What works for Peter
almost never works exactly the same way for Paul.
The best method
I've found is based on the child's enthusiasms, rather than
a set pedagogical roster of tasks that must be performed.
vision should not be the swift accomplishment of tasks, but a
proper, realistic diagnosis of the child's current skills. For
example, without a sound knowledge of left and right, and up and
down, a child will be lost in even the simplest explanation of
preschool child it is a safe bet that you will need to establish
these basic skills before proceeding further.
skills are fun to teach and learn, and are easy to grasp if
broached with patience and gamesmanship.
The next skill
you will find the preschool child needs to learn is fingering,
long before reading music. Don't make the mistake of broaching
reading music before the child has developed the proper physical
skills, the most primary being familiarity with their fingers
children are very shy about using the thumb as the leader of the
hand, most already being equipped with "index finger
considerable training is required to begin to familiarize the
child with the concept of different fingers doing different
What may seem
instantaneous to an older child or an adult can be
mind-bendingly difficult for a preschooler. Much of this has to
do with the state of the two hemispheres of the brain, and their
relationship: preschool kids are just barely starting to have
the two halves communicate with each other.
This lack of
hemispheric coordination is the underlying reason for many
children's discomfort with reading music, and a prudent
teacher looks to these "hidden reasons" for the child's piano
behavior. You have two choices: be patient, or wait until they
grow more, but in either case you'll be required to have
Thus for a
preschool child, a piano method that patiently takes into
account the child's brain development would be the most child
To a preschool
child, piano is simply fun, or it isn't.