Teaching Kids To Play Piano With All 10 Fingers Right Away

“Okay so you see this is a note.  This one is middle C and then this one over here is on a space and this is called F.”

“What?  I don’t get it.”

“Okay pay attention, this one is middle C and it’s got a line through it and then you play it with this finger– No not that finger!  I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to yell, come back here!  Wait!  You said you wanted a piano lesson!  Argh!  Why are you crying?  I’m sorry I didn’t mean to yell!”

This was the beginning of my first few lessons trying to teach my then 4 year old son piano.  He had been asking for me to teach him for a few weeks and I found an old method book  at the public library and tried to start there.