Piano for Little Ones (Ages 4 - 5)

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.

 

What will my child be learning?

Piano for Young Children (Piano with Po)For this preschool 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 are the options for lessons?

I offer two lesson formats for preschoolers:

  • Individual lessons (one-to-one) for 30 minutes weekly; or
  • Mini Musicians - group lessons (3 to 6 students) for 45 minutes weekly.

Individual lessons are a good option if you already have a piano (acoustic or digital) at home or if you're willing to invest in one within the first month or two of starting lessons. This will allow your child to do some playing at home in between lessons and with your support they are likely to progress more quickly than in a group setting.

Group lessons are equally as conducive to music learning and present wonderful opportunities for children to learn from each other as well as from me. This option is great for children who enjoy social interaction and is also perfect for those who benefit from more repetition and seeing others "go first" before trying out a new taught concept. By keeping group sizes small, every child is given the chance to play on the piano during lessons. Learning social behaviours such as taking turns, constructive listening and helping each other out are additional benefits of group lessons. Most importantly, you don't need to have an instrument at home with group piano. There's no expectation of practice, though chances are you'll find your kids singing new songs or chanting new finger plays at home in between classes! My group lessons are based on the Mini Musicians Program developed by Colourful Keys.

New Mini Musicians groups will be starting in May 2020 and registrations are now open. Register early to secure a spot for your child as timings and class sizes are limited.

 

 

Any other questions?

Contact me and I'll be happy to help!

Want to know more about Mini Musicians?

Try an Individual Lesson (first lesson is free)