Piano by number for children's piano lessons

 

 

Walden Pond Press publishes the PIANO BY NUMBER series

The Best Preschool Piano Method

 

 

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

 

THE BEST PRESCHOOL PIANO METHOD

There is no single piano method that is best for every preschool child.

One should 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.

Thus your 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 reading music.  

With a preschool child it is a safe bet that you will need to establish these basic skills before proceeding further.

Luckily, these 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 and hands.

Preschool children are very shy about using the thumb as the leader of the hand, most already being equipped with "index finger dominance."  So considerable training is required to begin to familiarize the child with the concept of different fingers doing different tasks.

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 Biblical patience.  

Thus for a preschool child, a piano method that patiently takes into account the child's brain development would be the most child friendly.

To a preschool child, piano is simply fun, or it isn't.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2010 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

 Click here to return the the main articles page.

 

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