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PIANO FOR TODDLERS 

I've never met a toddler who didn't want to sit at the piano for a while and bang on the keys with a friendly adult.

And as long as your expectations are fairly low, you may be pleasantly surprised. 

To really succeed with a child this age, you need to see it from the child's point of view.

Some of the points below are obvious, but you'd be surprised how many parents and piano teachers forget these points as soon as they begin to "teach" a toddler piano:

  1. Prepare to herd cats. Your agenda is officially meaningless.
  2. Finger coordination is practically non-existent. Expect one finger at first and show delight with it.
  3. Attention span can be measured in seconds. Choose your "battles" carefully, because you'll have to be quick.
  4. Show, don't tell. Play, don't talk. Better to entertain than bore.
  5. Keep coming back to little points, like where are those two pesky black keys? Hit ideas again and again, even comically, "Hey, I lost those two black keys again, have you seen them?"
  6. It's up to you to add up these little ideas into a skill that perhaps results in a song. As long as the child is having fun, they will absorb the ideas and eventually deliver the skill you want.
  7. Don't even breathe the word impatience, don't even think it. One negative word, one tired glance, and that child's attachment to the instrument is lessened. Anything less than your unbridled enthusiasm is destructive.
  8. Even if an entire lesson seems wasted, it is not. If you were warm and funny and kept trying, the child on some level absorbed what you had to say. Try again tomorrow. Relish their stubbornness.
  9. Never leave a child feeling stressed or disappointed after a lesson. The piano is so difficult that just showing up gets an A. They did a good job, no matter what. If you want more accomplishment, YOU'LL have to work harder. Never blame the child for anything. 
  10. Look at the child. Are they happy, smiling? If so, you might get a little sliver of knowledge in there today, but don't expect it to be there tomorrow.

The most important thing is to make music with the child.

Don't leave a piano lesson without the child having had the experience of making music together with someone, no matter how simple, juvenile and ridiculous that music making may be.

Now go herd your cats. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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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 

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