I’ve given a lot of thought to breaking down the process of teaching music and concepts to children. What most current curriculums do is pile on a lot of information in one lesson – overwhelmingly so. That only leads to confusion, frustration and often, quitting music altogether.
Kids want to PLAY piano, but most teachers want them to learn how to READ music before playing. How boring!
Here’s my overall approach to teaching piano to kids.
- Number the fingers
- Assign colors to the fingers and keys
- Start with playing a simple pattern with 5 fingers on the right hand.
- Now play it on the left
- After a while, play both hands together
- Add a new song (really just a finger pattern in disguise)
After a few weeks of this kind of practice,