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IDEAS FOR TEACHING PRESCHOOL KIDS PIANO

There are two different situations that must be addressed. One is a group lesson, and the other is a private lesson. 

GROUP LESSON

The preschool group piano lesson is the most difficult to teach, even if you have separate electronic keyboards with headphones. In that case, you will find it a challenge to give each child the attention they need and deserve.

A better situation is a group class around a piano that the teacher plays. It will really be more of a demonstration rather than a lesson. Depending on the size of the class, the highlight is always the chance for each child to come to the piano and play a simple song, like Jingle Bells or Twinkle, Twinkle.

The key is to impart a simple bit of information and then get each child in turn to take part.

In this situation, you will have to be something of a game show host to hold the attention of the preschool kids who are not currently chosen to play.

One game I use in such a situation is to have the other kids sit in their chairs and play a comic audience. One child is playing "sleepy," another "bored," and another can be the quiet listener. The child at the piano will only be playing for a moment or two so you will have time to change the game before the kids get restless.

You can also play "Critic," where each child gets to review the performance, and allow them to say anything.

The goal is to get each child to come to the piano and convince themselves that they can play a recognizable song. The look of pride on their faces is priceless. And this is made possible by the use of numbers, for without such a simple system preschool kids have  almost no way of gaining access to the purely musical aspect of the piano.

PRIVATE LESSON

This situation is very age dependent. You'll have to teach a three year old very differently from a five year old. 

A three year old must first be convinced that approaching the piano is going to be fun. If they have older siblings who have had happy piano lessons, and the younger child has witnessed them, it will be easier to draw the child to the piano.

Another way to break the ice is to play the piano, happily and jauntily. The happy sound of the piano is irresistible to children this age.

My first goal is to have them find Middle C by using the two black keys as a reference. Or I put a red sticker on Middle C and see if they can aim accurately at it. 

Don't expect fingering, hand position or any other complexity.

What you really want is simply a smile that says, "This is fun and I want to do it more."

So many kids can't find Middle C, but don't overwork it. Move on happily and never act like they made a mistake. Try again, but never disapprove.

Next get the child to play a series of white keys moving up, to the right, as if ascending a stairway. This is much harder than it sounds, even for five year olds.

They may get silly and start banging. Let them do it a second or two. What banging really mean is that the piano excites them, and it is up to you to organize it into levels above banging and noise.

Choose a song the child knows, like Twinkle, Twinkle, and start to show them how to play it.

This is a huge challenge, and becomes almost a comic routine, with them fumbling, and you laughing and showing them over and over until they get a few notes.

Praise, and more praise is the only thing you should be expressing. 

Preschool piano is not a critical experience, it is an emotional experience for the child, and you must keep it happy to ever hope that they will return and ask for more.

There's time enough for criticism later.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2013 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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