How To Teach Kids To Read Music?

Teaching Kids To Read Music

How does one teach children to read music on a staff?  

Well, first of all, it’s not done in the first lesson, nor is it even in the first month!

It’s a long gradual process that needs to be broken out into bite-sized chunks. This lesson usually comes after 3 or 4 months of lessons. They have already been playing songs and have usually amassed a repertoire of over 15 songs. They are playing songs with two-handed parts but have not really read any music on a staff.  This is achieved via demonstration and use of the Musicolor notation.   

Teach Intervals

Teaching children to recognize the intervals is the fastest and most effective way to get them to read music on the staff.

The #1 Secret To Teaching Young Children Music

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Teaching Young Children Music

As a private music teacher, you want to teach music to children.  You know they love it and there seems to be a plentiful supply of them asking for your help.  Besides, lately all your adult students seem to be canceling at the last minute while your teens are more interested in their social media feeds than practicing.  Maybe you should teach younger kids?

But Teaching Young Kids Is Hard

It does seem hard, doesn’t it?  Young children have limited attention spans, some lack fine motor skills, and some can’t even spell their names, let alone read a simple word.  How do you present the many complexities of music, technique, reading, and playing songs they like  in a way that’s simple,

Seinfeld’s Simple Technique Is How To Practice Music

Jerry Seinfeld knows how to practice

“My child loves the lessons but just doesn’t want to practice.”  

It’s probably the number one challenge of every music teacher, parent, and music student:  how to make practice part of a daily routine.

Child tired of learning the piano.

For young preschoolers, this is something that has to be taught and externally monitored by the parent.  It’s highly unusual for a preschooler to consciously sit down and practice everyday.  

A Mindset Shift

So in this article, I want to give you a mindset – an overall framework for how to teach practice skills.  By understanding the psychological aspects, and some high leverage points, with a few adjustments you can make dramatic shifts in your student’s practice routines and life.