How do I teach a 4 year old piano?


It wasn’t until I was a father that I realized there was a big problem in the world of music education.   There were no classes, teachers or methods that would accept my son at 4 years old.  And yet, he was cleary interested.


Just sing-alongs


Sure there were those “mommy (or daddy) and me” type programs.   But they were really just a first step to get kids moving and clapping and singing along with great folk songs.  


But what next?


My son was obviously showing interest in music.  He had learned the song Do Re Mi from the Sound Of Music and would sing it at the top of his lungs even as a toddler.  


How could I deny him some kind of musical training?  


In search of a preschool teaching method


I decided to explore further.


I began searching.


And searching.


And searching some more.




What I found was disappointing and surprising.  


Even though early childhood education has had massive breakthroughs over the last one hundred years, it was completely missing from music education!




I could not believe it!  


The Montessori schools famous throughout the world were developed by Maria Montessori, a medical doctor who took the time to observe her young patients and realized they needed tools and materials appropriate for their size and developmental stage.  


Before her, there were no “sippy cups” or small-sized scissors or child-sized desks.  


The kids section at IKEA would not have existed!  


And yet, this kind of thinking hardly touched the music education world.  


Instead, you were expected to know how to READ music before you could even play music!  


And what if your child could not even read words yet?


Music needs a new interface


Because my career included work at the forefront of web and interface design,  my expertise gave me a new lens to view the design of music books. 


In short, they sucked.   


Method books have been used for ages but were designed to make it easier for teachers – NOT STUDENTS.  


It was teacher-centric.


What if we could create student-centric notation?


Most method books have page layouts cluttered with extraneous information.  


Books that were supposedly for beginner students had text intended for…


1) Teachers


2) Parents


3) and last, the student.


Each page was addressing multiple audiences.


Maybe it was to save on printing costs?  


Maybe they thought that was clever?


But seeing these books from the point of view of a child, what are they supposed to focus on?


It was just terrible information design.


I started designing music for preliterate kids


Out of desperation, I began creating my own materials  to teach my son.  Though we tried guitar, recorder and other instruments first, we realized that piano would be the best.



Why piano should be the first instrument



Piano/keyboard is a great first instrument for any child.  

It is logically ordered, has a visual layout and doesn’t require a lot of effort to produce a pleasant sound.  

Unlike violin where the squeaks of an out of tune song can drive most parents batty!  


Use color for direct labelling and focus


I saw how my son’s teacher was using removable colored tape to help children recognize words.  

These were the first words they were learning to read at sight.  


I realized I could use color helping to ramp up the music learning process!




It’s an idea that is called scaffolding.  


Just like a construction site for a building uses scaffolding to assist workers in creating the building, education scaffolding can be any tool, technique, or method to help students grow to a new level of understanding or technique.


Color as scaffolding


I began using color as scaffolding for children to hang on to understanding where notes were and which fingers to use while getting them to play a song within three minutes of the first lesson!  


The results were astounding!

 Instead of the frustration, boredom, and tears of my early music lessons, my students were leaving their first lesson with a first song they could play and sing and they were super excited!  

The excitement translated into massive practice and within a week, they were ready for a new challenge that I cleverly chose to be a “new finger exercise in disguise as a song!”


Word spread and I soon had a waiting list of other young preschoolers desperate to work with me.



Ten years of success

Over the last ten years, I have helped hundreds of students, some as young as 3 and 4 years old, get their start in music.  Many of these students have stuck with me for years and some have even branched out to other instruments and songwriting.  By creating a system of learning that is fun, simple and effective, I have made learning music an enjoyable process that imparts valuable lessons for life including focus, determination, discipline, confidence and goal-setting among so many others.  

The missing method is now found

This is the missing method that will enable you to teach younger aged children the basics of music and keep them on your roster for years to come!  It will open up a whole new market for you and you will never have the problem of not enough students.  

And now I want to give this to you

I’ve spent over ten years codifying, organizing, and recording my methods in a way that I can share them with other educators.

The Musicolor Method Membership

Training, support and professional development for music teachers

Get the Tools You Need To Start Teaching:

Lesson Plans

A structured curriculum with detailed instructions, sheet music and video training to support you

Games & Activities

to make learning fun and fast!


Ever Expanding Library of Sheet Music, Templates & Tools

Downloadable and printable in PDF 

Teaching License

Receive your license to begin teaching Musicolor Method® classes

Choose Your Plan

What’s inside

The Musicolor Method Online Course & Curriculum

flagship course


In Module 1, you will learn the 7 step framework that makes teaching and lesson planning effortless while deepening effectiveness.

In Module 2, you will learn step by step lesson plans

for piano/keyboard that cover what to teach, when and why including the techniques hidden in the songs.   It’s a completely planned 12 to 36 week semester depending on your student’s pace of learning.  This is the Curriculum you have been searching for.

In Module 3, you will learn games, activities and techniques

to teach the abstract and difficult concepts of music theory which keep students engaged, having fun and not overwhelmed.

In Module 4, you will learn how to apply the Musicolor Method to several instruments

which greatly expand your offerings as a teacher.

These instruments are covered:

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele
  • Strumstick
  • Lap Dulcimer
  • And ideas on how it can work with vocal lessons too!

In Module 5,  you will receive valuable lessons on mindset,

music software and more.  These bonus lessons can help you rapidly shift your mindset which is often the biggest block to rapid change.

Musicolor Sheet Music Library

An ever expanding library of original songs, public domain folk, classical, and simplified arrangements of popular songs specific to beginner students

Office Hours  

Additional training content in response to member questions.

New content added regularly including invitation-only Webinars, Q&A calls and more.

Subjects have included

  • How to teach special needs children
  • Understanding websites
  • How to get a free voicemail and phone number to use for your business
  • Transitioning to the grand staff
  • How to correct technical problems without quashing fun
  • Marketing your studio

And many more


Private FB group


Our private FB group is a great place to share ideas with your fellow Musicolor teachers from around the world.  Andrew also will share tips and tricks as well as live webinars.

Premium Discounts


Members will enjoy premium discounts on other tools and resources including:

  • Alphabet Cards
  • Rhythm Fruit Cards
  • Solfege and Curwen Hand Signs Cards
  • Bundles on Teaching resources at Amazon

and more


Secrets of Successful Music Teachers

This 3 part mini-course will show you quick and easy ways to make your studio a success.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do payments work?

You will be set up on a payment plan via PayPal or your credit card.

Each month, you will be charged the monthly fee.  You can cancel at any time and there is no cancellation fee!

Who is this membership for?

This membership is for professional music teachers, both private and those employed in school settings.

This membership is not for parents because each training video assumes a basic understanding of music concepts and techniques that may be more advanced than many parents are interested in.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?
Can you accept invoice/purchase orders from my school?

Yes!  We can accept purchase orders from your school!

Just send us an invoice from your school with exactly what you would like to purchase and we’ll get everything taken care of.

Here’s information for the invoice:

300 Monks, LLC dba The Musicolor Method
114 Garfield Place, 3R
Brooklyn, NY 11215 USA
Phone 347-620-1968

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I have been a music teacher for a number of years, and have used a variety of approaches for teaching piano to both younger students and adults, but when I came across Andrew Ingkavet's Musicolor Method, I realized that learning the piano doesn't have to be so complicated.
He has ingeniously taken a simple concept, I.e., relating color to the music alphabet, and created a simple program whereby the student can visually relate the written staff to the keyboard.  His approach is built on scaffolding, I.e., teaching the language of music step by step with fun activities and relatable music.
I highly recommend his online course to anyone who might be interested in adding a new, creative approach to piano, guitar, or any other instrument.
Carol K
Carol K.

Music Teacher, Virginia, USA

I would recommend the course because it is so thoroughly set up with not only resources for The Musicolor Method but includes educational & professional components ( mostly in video format) that have really challenged me as a teacher- to get better & to grow as an educator. I’ve been teaching early childhood music for over 30 years but still love to grow. Andrew continues to add ongoing professional development each week.

Anne V.

Private Music Teacher - Sydney, Australia

“Andrew’s course makes it easy to teach music to pre-literate kids, opening up an entire market of music previously unreachable. My student-base almost doubled. My confidence as a teacher grew. I can use this forever too.”

Brett C.

Private Piano Teacher, Brooklyn, NY

“Andrew Ingkavet’s Musicolor Method has been like a music immersion experience for me. When my first grandchild was born in 2009, I was determined to find music curriculum that was fun, energizing, and effective…I think the concept is brilliant! This course has brought me out of retirement to learn many new facets of teaching. Now I have a multicolored set of skills and resources to draw from. I’m excited about imparting the joy of music via the Musicolor Method to my three grandchildren and beyond.”

Christie C.

Private Piano Teacher, Pleasanton, CA