Music not only touches the heart, but also nourishes the soul.  Learning music is everyone’s dream.  However, it is a dream that if not taught at early stages of life, bears no fruits.  Learning the art of playing music plays a vital part in a child’s growth and development. The Oklahoma State University Extension Service proved that playing and listening to music leads to improved reading and Math skills in class.

Musical instruments are widely available for parents to choose for their kids.   Among the many, the piano has stood out over the years, as it is easier and fun to learn.  Kids enjoy the soft and mellow sounds of the piano more than the loud and disturbing sounds of other musical instruments.

Piano lessons can start from any stage of a child’s growth, as soon as they start making their first steps.

The first step is to teach the young ones the length of each of the keyboard notes.  Show them the difference of the notes, and how to play each of them.  The length of the note can be determined by clapping of the hands, and, show them the different kind of notes that they may encounter while playing the piano.

Guide the child that each line or space on the scale represents a distinct note.  The teacher will help the child to learn and memorize all of these notes on the scale by use of mnemonic devices like-Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, or, All Cows Eat Grass. Starting with the right hand, help them find the middle C on the piano and play it with their thumb, then instruct them to move up the scale.   Encourage them to say each note aloud while playing, to help them learn and memorize it.

Start by teaching them the simple songs that will use the five notes such as ‘Mary had a little lamb…’  Encourage them to keep on playing until they are able to play without making any errors.  Use a hand over hand method to boost a child’s confidence in case it falters and provide appropriate feedback and criticism where appropriate.

Help the child play using both left and right hand, in order to go below and above middle C, that is, by playing songs of both high and low tones at the same time.  This should only be done once the child is comfortable and ready to start playing using both hands.

Finally, teach the child other piano aspects like the use of the black keys to play flats and sharps for each note, and how to identify these in the sheet music. If the child is tall enough, teach him or her reach for and use the foot pedals.  Continue informing him or her about aspects like the symbols on the sheet music and their meaning. Examples include crescendos and repeats.

Once all is said and done, your little angel will be on her/his way to becoming the next Ray Charles or Alicia Keys.


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