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CHILDREN'S PIANO GAMES

There are lots of fun games for the whole family that you can play using our colorful piano by number books. If you're trying to find your children a piano book that has fun and games, look no further!

Here are just a few games you can play using our fun piano books:

Name That Tune: One person plays the songs on the piano while everyone tries to guess the title of the song. Kids love playing the songs, so kids can take turns. You can also use the Play Along Audio CD, but kids also love being the center of attention and playing the songs on the piano.

Musical Chairs: Put chairs in center of room and when the music stops everyone has to find a chair, except there’s always one chair too few. Use the CDs or have the kids (any age) play the piano.  

Christmas Pageant: There’s more than enough material on the Play Along Audio CD to present your own show. Kids (any age) will love putting it together, and can take turns playing along with the music or acting in the show.

Make Up Your Own Show: The Family Favorites section in PIANO IS EASY has 28 familiar melodies that creative kids can turn into a show about anything.

Have Everyone Try It! You'd be surprised what fun a family gathering can become when everyone is asked to play a song from the book. Try it without the Play Along Audio CD because keeping in time to the CD is disconcerting to many people the first time they try it. You'll discover that your family and friends have hidden musical talents! Most people really do want to try playing the piano, so make a game of it!

PIANO TEACHING GAMES

(Please see also our ARCHIVES, which contains articles on dozens of teaching games.)

FOURS

(This game is available in GAMES FOR THE PIANO and you can click here to play FOURS on our online piano)

Click here for a PDF file online.

"Fours” is the most basic rhythm game that I play with children. I always use it on the first piano lesson, and on all subsequent piano lessons until the child seems too old for it. It’s a fun but very childish game that teaches rhythm and piano geography without using printed notes or numbers of any kind.

It’s important for children to play without a piano book sometimes, without the encumbrance of graphic notation (notes or numbers) of any kind.  For example, you’ll notice that children in general can go to the piano and play three songs:

Chopsticks, Heart and Soul, Knuckles ("knuckles" is that funny piece played on the black keys with the knuckles of the right hand!)

“Fours” is a piano game constructed in exactly the same mold. The child plays numbers and the piano teacher plays the chords. Remember that there are always four notes (numbers) for every chord (letter.)    

The child begins on “Middle C,” also known as the piano key with the sticker number one: “1”

The teacher plays the letters, or chords.

 
1111 2222 3333 4444 5555 6666 7777 8888
C G C F C F G C
 

 

 

 

I play a kind of funny Chico Marx oom-pah accompaniment (click here for video sample of Chico Marx) using the chord pattern (C G C F C F G C, etc.) Kids find this very easy and refreshing. We play up the piano keys, moving to the right, with the natural goal being for the child to reach the highest key on the piano. I’m pretty “strict,” that is, if the child breaks the rhythm or misses a key, we start over.

Strangely enough, kids love to go back to the beginning and start over as much as they love going all the way to highest key.Fun variant: Ask them to count up the white keys until they reach the highest white key (starting from Middle C, which to them is #1) and tell you what the “number” of that white key is (it’s 29.) This has no musical value except that it makes the child an explorer of the instrument.

The object of these games is to make the child a keen and enthusiastic observer of their instrument, something impossible to do when the child is locked into reading only sheet music from a piano book. Children need to improvise, however humbly, and essentially all of these games are designed to make music fun for children outside of a piano book.   

The game “Fours” teaches a child that

1. sheet music is not always necessary to have fun with music

2. they have to count while they play

3. music is divided into numbered units

4. piano is a fun thing they can do right away

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

The Games for the Piano Package includes two books, and a CD and DVD.

GAMES FOR THE PIANO BOOK PACKAGE

GAMES FOR THE PIANO Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 78 page illustrated song book, and removable numbered stickers.

Every book package order of GAMES FOR THE PIANO includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children reading music. Click here for sample pages. 

Every book package order of GAMES FOR THE PIANO includes a FREE copy of the 56 minute DVD video from GAMES FOR THE PIANO This video will have you playing chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away. That's a $16.95 value free!

You should never underestimate the importance of the element of fun in introducing children to the piano! Use fun and games as a tool in your piano teaching!

2 BOOKS,  PLAY ALONG AUDIO CD and DVD  

GAMES FOR THE PIANO BOOK PACKAGE $39.95

GAMES FOR THE PIANO book package includes a 78 page book and removable stickers, plus a Play Along Audio CD, free DVD and copy of the book  I CAN READ MUSIC.

You can also purchase individual books with CD $24.95

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

 

MORE FREE PIANO GAMES ONLINE!

Our sites contain easy-to-follow directions for hundreds of free piano games that will help your child have fun with the piano. Here's a partial list and directory.

Click here to read the article DISGUISING REPETITION IN KID'S PIANO LESSONS

Our main archive on our original site: click here.

Our free online course, TEACH YOUR CHILD PIANO, contains yet more ideas and games.

 

Here is a quick access list of games on this site:

Click here to see the piano game FUN PIANO GAME WITH A PAIR OF DICE

Click here to see the piano game MOZART'S FAVORITE MOVIE 

Click here to see the essay BASEBALL, KIDS AND PIANO

Click here to read FINGER OLYMPICS FOR THE PIANO

Click here to read about PIANO CHORD GAMES FOR KIDS

Click here to read about TEACHING GUIDE DOGS IS JUST LIKE TEACHING CHILDREN PIANO

Click here to read the article HOW TO FIND A GOOD PIANO TEACHER

Click here to read the article SO YOU WANT TO BE A PIANO TEACHER

Click here to read the article MY CHILD WANTS TO QUIT PIANO

Click here to read the article WHY KIDS NEED FREEDOM TO LEARN PIANO

Click here to read the article PSYCHOLOGY OF HOMESCHOOL PIANO

Click here to read the article THE PIANIST WITH TWO BRAINS

Click here to read the article YOU CAN ONLY ENJOY PIANO MY WAY

Click here to read the article TEN WAYS TO BE A BAD CHILDREN'S PIANO TEACHER

CHORD GAMES

See also ROOT POSITION CHORDS

See also FIRST INVERSION CHORDS

See also SECOND INVERSION CHORDS

See also THE SIX BASIC CHORDS FOR CHILDREN

See also TWO NOTE CHORDS FOR KIDS

See also PIANO CHORD GAMES FOR KIDS

See also WHY CHILDREN SHOULD LEARN ABOUT PIANO CHORDS

MORE GAMES

See also EXPLORING CHILDREN'S PIANO FINGERING GAMES USING FAMILIAR SONGS

See also EXTREME PIANO GAMES FOR AN ADHD CHILD

See also DEVELOPING CHILDREN'S PIANO FINGERING INSTINCTS

See also PIANO FINGER ORGANIZATION GAMES FOR THE VERY YOUNG

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Here's what your piano will look like with the piano key stickers applied.

Kids love piano chords. Try all the types here.

 

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The Piano Is Easy Book Package offers a discount for buying several books at once.

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE INCLUDES:

PIANO IS EASY (ISBN # 0-9718936-1-6) Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 120 page illustrated song book with 50 songs such as Jingle Bells and London Bridge, Play Along Audio CD and removable numbered stickers. 

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children reading music. Click here for sample pages.

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a FREE copy of the 56 minute DVD video from TEACH YOURSELF PIANO. This video will have you playing chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away. That's a $16.95 value free!

2 BOOKS,  PLAY ALONG AUDIO CD and DVD 

Click here for a list of songs.    Click here for sample pages.

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE $39.95   

 PIANO IS EASY book package includes a 120 page song book with 50 songs and removable stickers, plus a Play Along Audio CD, free DVD and copy of the book  I CAN READ MUSIC.

You can also purchase individual books with CD $24.95

Play Along Audio CDs help the child enjoy making music.

Teaching children the piano involves much more than just reading the notes.

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