Piano for Little Ones

Learning piano at a young age is a wonderful way to develop a positive, life-long relationship with music.

Children are able to express themselves through music even as babies when they can move in response to music intuitively. Similar to how they learn languages, young children imitate what they hear and can memorise and reproduce sounds and rhythms from very early on. Learning music helps little ones to coordinate their bodies with their minds and allows for self-expression in a very joyful way.

Pre-schoolers from age 4 are very welcome at my home piano studio and parents are encouraged to sit in the lesson with their children in private one-to-one classes.

 

What will my child be learning?

Piano for Young Children (Piano with Po)For this age group, I emphasise musical concepts rather than notation as many little ones are still learning their alphabet and aren’t able to read yet. Therefore, our focus is not on reading music which can come later once their reading is at a stage that will allow them to grasp the musical alphabet more easily.

There is plenty we can do that doesn’t involve reading and each of these areas are essential in laying a foundation for piano playing, including:

  • Developing listening skills
  • Translating aural sounds into playing sounds
  • Keyboard geography – what are all the keys and how are they arranged?
  • Pattern recognition
  • Rhythm
  • Improvisation
  • Singing

My teaching style is encourage learning through play. At this age, making learning fun through games and songs helps to foster an enjoyment of piano which is essential for their continued learning as they get older.

 

What is my role as the parent sitting in the lesson?

Parents helping children learn pianoIn addition to being a familiar presence during a lesson, your role is to reinforce key concepts at home in between lessons. Young children aren’t able to self-direct to practice and this is where parent involvement can make a real difference. Don’t worry if you don’t have a musical background, I will give you all the guidance you need to help your child progress.

 

Do I need a piano at home?

A piano is always best but it is a big investment at this early stage. For the first 4 – 6 lessons, don’t worry if you don’t have an instrument at home. A lot of the at home practice can done without a piano.

Thereafter, a keyboard will suffice for at home practice for at least the first six months, particularly if it is a weighted keyboard.

 

Any other questions?

Contact me and I’ll be happy to help!