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TUTORIAL: HELP YOUR CHILD LEARN TO READ MUSIC

Children are often confused when they try to correlate the notes on the page to the keys on the piano.

The reason for this is that there is no visual reference point on the piano. To a child, the piano keyboard is an ocean of white and black buttons with no apparent organization.

When given a reference point, children relax and start developing visual habits and confidence.

Diagram showing relation of notes to keys on piano.
 

Above you'll see a piano keyboard with the colored stickers applied as in our book I CAN READ MUSIC.

Above that you'll see a diagram of a "musical staff," which is the group of five horizontal lines.

Each black arrow in the diagram above points down to a white piano key with a blue sticker, except for the black arrow on the far left, which points to "Middle C," which is the white key with the RED sticker.

WHY PIANO STICKERS WORK FOR CHILDREN

The BLUE stickers define the location of the FIVE lines of the musical staff (the FIVE lines are the "musical staff") and the RED sticker defines the location of Middle C.

The stickers reduce uncertainty about note reading to a minimum.

With the stickers in place, kids will fumble much less at reading music, and you can get more done than just finding notes on the page, like playing music and exploring the piano.

CONCENTRATE ON MIDDLE C AT FIRST

The first step after applying the stickers is to make the child aware of the circular symbol for Middle C, which is the circle in the drawing below with the little horizontal line through it:

This is Middle C, the first note that children learn at the piano.

You need to look through some pages of music and help the child identify the graphic symbol for the note Middle C (the symbol directly above this, the circle with the little line through it.)

Click here for a page with lots of Middle C's for kids to hunt and find

Make a game of it, saying "Who can point to Middle C on the page first?" and then let them win every time after a few tries.

Play some games in which the child sees the note Middle C on a page, and then has to play it on the piano keyboard, finding the white key with the RED sticker.

All that is necessary for quite a while is for the child to be familiar with three basic elements: 1) the location of Middle C, 2) the location of the lowest of the five lines, the first blue sticker, and 3) the location of the second of the five lines, the second blue sticker.

The reason for this is that all piano lessons for beginners concentrate on the note Middle C and the five white piano keys directly above that.

It's not necessary to name the notes, nor is it necessary to make the child use a certain finger to play a certain note.

In fact, naming notes and using certain fingers (at first) actually deflects kids from the REAL task, which is to become comfortable with finding the relationship between the five notes on the page and the five keys on the piano.

WHY PIANO BY NUMBER FIRST?

You stand a far greater chance of success at reading music, which is, after all, the real goal, if you first make the child comfortable with playing the piano using a simple, transparent and immediate method such as PIANO BY NUMBER.

Then SLOWLY begin to introduce the elements of reading music using the careful steps outlined above on this page, or in our fun book for kids, I CAN READ MUSIC.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

I Can Read Music helps kids get started reading music at the piano.

I CAN READ MUSIC DOWNLOAD wcs022DL $9.95 Includes download of printable 51 page illustrated song book in Adobe PDF format plus printable stickers. Identical to the printed version.

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BOOKS

See also: PRESCHOOL PIANO PACKAGE: A selection of books for the youngest kids

See also: CHILDREN'S MULTI BOOK PACKAGE: Includes books for older AND younger children

See also: ADULT PIANO PACKAGE: A selection of books for adult beginners

REFERENCES

See also WHY PIANO NUMBER STICKERS WORK FOR CHILDREN

See also DON'T CALL IT PRACTICE, CALL IT PLAY

See also SETTING UP A CHILD'S PIANO PRACTICE REGIME

See also WHY THE PIANO IS THE BEST CHILD'S MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

See also FINDING A CHILD'S PIANO COMFORT ZONE

See also DISGUISING REPETITION IN KID'S PIANO LESSONS

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