TEACHING CHILDREN PIANO VISUALLY
There is one sure-fire way of getting kids interested in the piano: get them involved in learning the piano by eye and by ear.
Reading music off a page short circuits the enjoyment factor for children who have never played before. In fact, it takes a long time, decades for many amateurs, before anything approaching “pleasure” is derived from reading music. Music is pleasurable at the keyboard level first, not the intellectual level of notation games
When was the last time you took “pleasure” in finding information in the phone book? That’s how mundane reading music is to kids.
But children are naturally visual. Presenting songs in a visual way, to be memorized, is the quickest way into the child’s budding musical imagination.
Before you begin, make sure you have found a song that truly interests the child. You may have to go through a bit of question and answer and show and tell before you arrive at the right choice.
Begin by dividing the song into tiny bits, perhaps three or four notes at a time, right hand only. Devise games that repeat that little part, and hammer it home without being robotic.
Within a few minutes the child will have enough “parts” of the song to allow a version of their own to be played. Allow them to use one finger, both hands, any combination that occurs to them. You will be amazed at what occurs to them with just a little bit of suggestion.
You’re really getting them to use their ingenuity at the keyboard, and applauding them for it.
Don’t criticize fingering or anything else except the notes. Define your battle as getting the child to know the sequence of tones that make up the song. Once they get that, anything else is easy to add.
Don’t be distracted by further refinements unless the child shows interest in such additions. Present them, but back off if the child seems confused. If they’re perfectly happy playing the song with one finger perfectly, so be it for now.
Many times, if you are observant, you will see that children’s confusion at the piano stems from not looking at the keys and their fingers in order to understand the physical motion.
As soon as you show the child how to move, they will be able to imitate you to some degree, depending of course on the difficulty of the move.
This visual method is far less stressful to a child than the usual method of trying to jam the entire musical experience through the little dots on the page.
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