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Fitting the Piano Method to the Child

Fitting the Piano Method To The Child

Fitting the piano method to the child is the wisest way to begin the great journey of piano lessons.

Any Child Can Play Piano

Any child can be made into a piano player. It’s just that almost none of these children will ever be fluent music readers. Very few amateurs are fluent music readers. Both types will end up “piano players” except that one type, the “read everything,” will go further with reading music. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of child. A clever piano teacher knows how to combine the approaches into a single method that inspires the child. 

Have A Plan For The Child

The majority of children will never have facility at reading much more than a few notes of the treble (right hand) clef. Some children will master the entire language of musical notation. They are the exception, and very rare. Find out which type of child you have. Do you have the “never read” or the “read everything” child?

And don’t forget every variation in between. Determining this will help you set reasonable expectations, and help you design curriculum that gets the child playing first, not reading first.

Two Types Of Students

The “read everything” child will eventually be self-managing. They will be able to get all the musical information they need from the page. Thus they will be increasingly more independent and musically literate as time goes on. The “never read” child will have to manage absorbing music in a blend of various other piano methods, none of them conventional: by ear, by eye, etc. Most can eventually manage knowledge of and facility with a few notes of music notation, but you must prepare them correctly.

This means that the “never read” is a perfect candidate to get their all of their musical information from popular sheet music if you teach them chords. All popular music piano methods are based on this rubric: chords in left hand, right hand plays the notes of the treble clef.

Classical Or Popular

The “singer-songwriter” method is the basis of popular methods like Play Piano In A Flash. It is, in fact, the way that almost all adult hobbyists play. Very few people end up being able to sight-read the two musical languages, left and right hand, simultaneously, with any degree of facility or enjoyment. Don’t expect it from the average child except in halting, fitful moments. The best method seems to be a blend of the two approaches.


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Piano Methods and Children’s Personalities

The Backwards Piano Method

Reverse Psychology and Children’s Piano

Help Your Child Enjoy The Piano

Ten Rules for A Pleasant Piano Teaching Atmosphere

If You’re Having Fun, You’re Not Learning

The Difference Between the Worst and Best Piano Teacher

A Piano Teacher’s Emotions

A Pleasant Piano Lesson Atmosphere

The Use of Humor in Piano Lessons

Make Use of Your Student’s Sense of Humor

The Piano Whisperer

Soft Piano vs. Hard Piano

Why I Teach Piano

Advice To A Young Piano Teacher

Teaching Children's Piano

Guilt Is The Wrong Way To Buy Attention

The Piano Teacher’s Tone of Voice

Knowing When To Back Off

Piano Candy: The Case For Bribery

Why Nagging Your Child To Practice Won’t Work

How To Make Your Kids Love The Piano

Teaching Kid’s Piano Is Like Herding Cats

Repeated Victory Will Make You Invincible

Ratio of Talk To Activity in Piano Lessons

On Which Side of the Piano Do You Teach?

Setting the Mood Of Children’s Piano Lessons

Why Kids Succeed At The Piano

Child Pianists Are Like Guide Dogs

The Purpose Of The First Five Piano Lessons

The Real Goal Of Children’s Piano Lessons

The Philosophy Of Piano For Kids

How Simple Should Piano Lessons Be?

Piano Toys You Should Bring To A Lesson

Fun Kid’s Piano

Joyful Piano Lessons

The Invisible Piano Method

A Patient Piano Teacher

Make Beginning Piano Simple

The Reverse Piano Method

Nurture Your Piano Students

Against Disciplinarian Piano Teachers

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