Piano games are important at this time.
Musical skills are best instilled at a young age, and the piano is a perfect example of a skill that can be begun early, if it is done with sensitivity and patience.
But what physical skills should be approached first, given the fact that kids at preschool age have limited motor skills, especially the younger they are?
And what about the mental skills, the focus, the concentration needed to understand the rudiments of the piano? Are preschoolers up to that?
Piano lessons have a 90% failure rate, so it is very important that enthusiasm not be traded for skills best learned a little later.
Fun Is The Most Important Element
The first habit to learn is that the piano is a place to come and have fun.
Without that element of fun, the piano turns to drudgery for children very quickly.
The advantage is that your preschool child can play fun, familiar songs right away, reserving the drudgery of reading music until a little later when they are familiar with the piano.
When kids are comfortable with the piano using Piano by Number, they’re ready to read music.
PRESCHOOL PIANO BOOK PACKAGE INCLUDES:
PIANO IS EASY (ISBN # 0-9718936-1-6) Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 146 page, pre-printed, illustrated song book with 56 songs such as Jingle Bells and London Bridge, Play Along Audio CD and removable numbered stickers.
Every book package order of PRESCHOOL PIANO includes a copy of GAMES FOR THE PIANO. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children playing music theory and ear training games at the piano, using our Play Along Audio CD.
Every book package order of PRESCHOOL PIANO 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.
2 PRINTED BOOKS, 2 PLAY ALONG CDs and DVD VIA SURFACE MAIL
PRESCHOOL PIANO BOOK PACKAGE $29.95
PIANO IS EASY includes the following 56 songs:
A TISKET A TASKET
BA BA BLACK SHEEP
BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO
DORA THE EXPLORER
DOWN BY THE STATION
DOWN IN THE VALLEY
DO YOU KNOW THE MUFFIN MAN?
EENSY WEENSY SPIDER
FANTASIE IMPROMPTU (CHOPIN)
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
HEY, DIDDLE, DIDDLE
HOME, SWEET HOME
HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW
I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT
IF YOU’RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
I GAVE MY LOVE A CHERRY
IN THE GLOAMING
IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING
LET IT GO
LISTEN TO THE MOCKINGBIRD
LONG, LONG AGO
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB
ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI
POP GOES THE WEASEL
RED RIVER VALLEY
SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
THERE’S A HOLE IN THE BUCKET
WALLACE AND GROMIT
WHEELS ON THE BUS
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
GAMES FOR THE PIANO contents:
- FOURS Student plays white keys four times each, from one to twelve. Try online here.
- THREES Same game but counting in groups of three.
- ADVENTURE with teacher’s directions. A rhythm game in which the child’s part is the simplest of all.
- ADVENTURE without teacher’s directions.
- HAPPY OR SAD Kids identify the emotional quality of small passgaes (a group of notes ) or chords.
- WHICH WAY IS UP Kids identify the direction in which the music is moving.
- NAME THAT SONG A game show involving very familiar songs.
- FOLLOW THE LEADER Kids have to observe and repeat the pattern that the teacher plays.
- FOURS WITH BLACK KEYS A more complex version of the FOURS games which includes the black keys.
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