There are lots of fun games
for the whole family that you can play using our colorful piano by number books.
just a few:
Name That Tune:
One person plays the songs on the piano while everyone tries to guess the
title of the song. Kids love playing the songs, so kids can take turns. You
can also use the Play Along Audio CD, but kids also love being the center of
attention and playing the songs on the piano.
Put chairs in center of room and when the music stops everyone has to
find a chair, except there's always one chair too few. Use the CDs or have
the kids (any age) play the piano.
There's more than enough material on the Play Along Audio CD to present your own
show. Kids (any age) will love putting it together, and can take turns
playing along with the music or acting in the show.
Make Up Your Own Show:
The Family Favorites section has 28 familiar melodies that creative kids can
turn into a show about anything.
Have Everyone Try It! You'd be surprised
what fun a family gathering can become when everyone is asked to play a song
from the book.
You'll discover that your family and friends have hidden musical talents!
Most people really do want to try playing the piano, so make a game of it!
game is available in GAMES
FOR THE PIANO and you can click
here to play FOURS on our online piano!)
"Fours" is the most basic rhythm game that I play
with kids. I always use it on the first piano lesson, and on all subsequent
until the child seems too old for it. It's a fun but very childish game that
teaches rhythm and piano geography without using printed notes or numbers of any
It's important for kids to actually play the piano
without the encumbrance of graphic notation (notes or numbers) of any kind.
For example, you'll notice that kids in general can go to the piano and
play three songs:
Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, Knuckles (that funny piece
played on the black keys with the knuckles of the right hand!)
"Fours" is a piano game constructed in exactly the
same mold. The child plays numbers and I play the chords. If the symbols below
don't line up in your browser, remember that there are always four notes
every chord (letter.)
The child begins on
"Middle C," also
known as the number one: 1. The teacher plays the letters, or chords.
3333 4444 5555 6666
I play a kind of funny
Chico Marx oom-pah accompaniment
using the chord pattern (C G C F C F G C, etc.) Kids find this very easy and
refreshing. We play up the piano keys, moving to the right, with the natural
goal being for the child to reach the highest key on the piano. I'm pretty
"strict," that is, if the child breaks the rhythm or misses a key, we start
over. Strangely enough, kids love to go back to the beginning and start over as
much as they love going all the way to highest key.
The object of these games is to make the child a keen
and enthusiastic observer of their instrument, something impossible to do when
the child is locked into reading only sheet music from a book. Kids need to
improvise, however humbly, and essentially all of my games are designed to make
fun music outside of sheet music, numbers or conventional.
"Fours" teaches a child that
1. sheet music is not always necessary to have fun with
2. they have to count while they play
3. music is divided into numbered units
4. piano is a fun thing they can do right away
More teaching games next month!
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CHORD GAMES FOR KIDS
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