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How A Child Sees The Piano

How Kids See the Piano

How a child sees the piano is quite different than what adults see. Kids are not as detail oriented, nor should they be, as they haven't been trained to be truly observant. The piano is a good training ground for observers. To a child, the piano is absurdly complex. For a child, a bicycle is less complex.

Put a pair of training wheels on the bicycle and now it is a useful toy. Our job, as piano teachers, is to make the piano into a useful toy. As it is, the piano is a confusingly complex piece of giant furniture.

Help The Child Find Order On The Keys

A child needs to see order in the piano right away, even if it is not the more complex order they will later see. They need to see the piano on their own level, which is terribly simplistic.

Angels We Have Heard On High

| 3 * 3 * | 3 * 5 * | 5 * * 4 | 3 * * * | 


So we number the keys, which is as one-dimensional as possible. No differing, conflicting planes and dimensions, just familiar old numbers. Now the child can see how much fun it is just to play a simple, familiar song. Get them to play a dozen.

All the while, their eyes are taking in the keyboard, making valuable observations of which they are only dimly aware. So far, we have made the piano into a rather large, tuneful toy. Nothing to be frightened of here.

Reading Music Confuses Kids

But as soon as I introduce reading music, you can see the child shrink back. They can tell, "This is unfamiliar. This isn't easy like numbers." So I wait, because I can see the reaction. We stick to numbers because it is obvious they are comfortable with numbers. While we do this, we start other skills, which are easier than reading music, but will be useful when we get to it. Fingering, chords, playing with both hands. All are easy if you are only reading numbers.

Prepare For Reading Music

While the child develops skills and comfort with the keys, they are preparing themselves for reading music. A child who knows fingering, 20 songs, chords and can play with both hands is a better candidate for reading music. Why? The child is properly prepared.

From a child's point of view, like the bicycle training wheels, the toy has to suit their capabilities until those capabilities grow. Piano By Number gives the child that time to grow.


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Don't Tell Kids How Hard the Piano Is

Number Sheets For The Piano

The Pillow and the Piano

What The Piano Means To Your Child

A Child’s Point of View

Finding A Child’s Piano Comfort Zone

Why Kids Need Freedom To Learn Piano

A Bill of Rights for Kid’s Piano

How Kids See The Piano

Inside A Kid’s Head During A Piano Lesson

Kids Don’t Care What’s In The Piano Book

Let The Child Appear To Lead The Piano Lesson

What Bores Children In Piano Lessons?

What Kids Like About Piano Lessons

The Teacher Is More Important Than The Book

Strict Piano Lessons Don’t Work For Kids

The Piano Is A Child’s Thinking Machine

How A Child Sees The Piano Keyboard

Kids Like Holiday Songs On The Piano

I Want To Learn That Song That Goes…

Follow The Child’s Pace With Piano Lessons

Discipline and Repetition Don’t Work in Kid’s Piano

Every Child Learns Piano Differently

Funny Piano Lessons

Engage Kids With The Piano

What Kids Think In A Piano Lesson

What Is Soft Piano?

Freestyle Kid’s Piano

What Kids Need In Piano Lessons

Piano By The Numbers

Piano With Numbers Keys

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

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Turn that big piano into a toy! Play fun piano games with your child today! We help take the confusion out of beginning music theory.

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