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Helping Children Have Fun Reading Music

If helping your child read music and enjoy the piano is the goal, think carefully about the piano book. And choose the right piano teacher. Do you remember your childhood piano lessons, with all those uninteresting exercises? Exercises comprise the entire curriculum of famous book methods, such as Bastien, John Thompson, Alfred, and all the others.

We use all these books, but only after we have sparked a child’s enthusiasm. We get them to play songs that are familiar to them, right away, from the first second of their first lesson. The only real use I have for these old texts is to teach kids how to sight read. The music is so boring that it is laughable. But we keep reading music, a little bit at a time.

Lessons Should Have A Fun, Quick Start

Piano lessons have to get off to a fun, quick start, or half the battle is already lost. The truth is that Piano By Number seeks only one thing. We want children to get started being happy playing music. The alternative is for children to be mystified and frustrated by sheet music in their first piano lessons.

A Better Introduction To The Piano

There has to be a better way to introduce children to the piano than the conventional methods. Get your child started right away with a simple method that yields immediate results, and builds immediate enthusiasm. Piano By Number is temporary method, a starting platform that establishes a positive relationship between the child and the piano.

It's Like Algebra

Conventional piano methods are like teaching first graders algebra. Of course children hate it. It is incomprehensible. Children need to start with 2 plus 2 equals 4, and then move slowly towards the complexities of sheet music and algebra.

Piano By Number Is Like Phonics

Piano By Number is much like phonics for reading. How can you argue with a method that creates an immediate passion for the piano? Phonics is a way of demystifying symbols (letters) establishing the logic behind the symbols. This is exactly the same way that Piano By Number demystifies the piano. It’s very easy to get a child to understand the symbols of sheet music when they have already established a positive relationship with the instrument.

Child Psychology

The problem with sheet music methods is that they do not take into account the psychology of children. If you make a child feel like a failure at something, they are not going to be willing to keep trying to learn it. Piano lessons are no different. Piano By Number makes children feel like winners, right away. This is because it allows them to make music right away. 

A child who can play even a simple familiar song with one finger at the piano is a far better candidate for further piano study. Children want to make music before we demand that they study sheet music. Children say “goo goo,” before “mama,” crawl before they walk, talk before they read. Let them play music before they read music. Let them add 2 plus 2 before they attempt algebra.

A Valuable Educational Tool

It is as valuable an educational tool as phonics is for reading. Conventional piano teachers deny children this tool, entirely out of ignorance, and the result is a 90% failure rate for conventional piano methods. If the method fails, the method is wrong. Piano By Number has a higher than 90% success rate.

PIANO BY NUMBER

We've turned notes into numbers for happy beginners at the piano!

PLAY ALONG SONGS ARE FREE!

Our PLAY ALONG SONGS are produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Castellon of Sesame Street. They're such an important element in making the piano fun for kids!

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