Starting Children Piano Lessons
There are many benefits in learning piano. Several studies have been done on children who play a musical instrument versus those who don’t. In short, there is considerable evidence that learning an instrument at early age accelerates early child cognitive development.
If you are interested in learning piano in the private space of your own home either for a child or as an adult you should consider piano lessons with Music Lessons Academy Australia.
10 Things to do Before Your Child Starts Piano Lessons
Starting children piano lessons can be a big undertaking. Here are some things you can do to help your child start their journey towards learning piano and becoming a future pianist:
1. Listen to Music Together
First things first. Our children grow up surrounded by music since they were a 1 year old. It’s the songs they hear at an early age. It’s in the movies and shows they watch and in the video games they play. Enrich your child’s music listening experience by intentionally choosing the kind of music you play in your home. Listen to your favorite popular music, but also choose some classical pieces and music from different cultures and time periods. Your public library and the internet can be great resources for sampling new music.
2. Sing Together
The first instrument you learn is your own voice. Even if you don’t think of yourself as a great singer, sing to your children and encourage them to sing along. Singing develops so many music skills that young children will use later when playing as piano students.
3. Watch Piano Performances
It’s super easy to find piano performances on the internet. Search on Youtube and you can watch people of all ages playing the piano at all different skill levels helpful for learning piano.
Looking at such resources such as YouTube videos can be a good start to learn to play keyboard and can also be fun for kids as it can be like virtual classes where they learn music potentially in their own room rather than school where they may lose focus or feel like the teacher doesn’t give enough personal attention to their needs.
4. Rhythm and Clapping Games
Games like “Pat-a-Cake” and “Pease Porridge Hot” don’t just keep the baby busy for a while. For kids, these games develop a sense of rhythm that form a foundation of music learning later in life. This method is fun and free and allows the parents to get involved with kidss learning early on before even undertaking musical education. Visit http://funclapping.com/ for more clapping games.
5. Acquire a Piano or Keyboard
Your child will need to practice every day in order to really make progress on the piano, and so you’re going to need a piano or keyboard in your home. A well-tuned acoustic piano in good condition is ideal, but a quality electronic keyboard can also work for a beginning student. Free digital piano apps online can be related to your child’s learning but it will never be as an effective method as learning on the actual instrument. Ask local music shops for more information on how to decide what keyboard instrument is best for your family or search online to look into different types of pianos that may be the best start for you.
6. Make Sure Your Child Is Ready
In order to be ready for piano lessons, children need to reach a certain level of both physical and mental development and confidence. Hand size, finger strength, attention span, and an interest in learning the piano are all important factors. The method of using your fingers to play notes on the pianos is an important set of skills for children’s musical education and can be taught at young ages.
7. Establish Clear Expectations
Before your child begins piano lessons, be sure you sit down and have a conversation about what you expect. I recommend agreeing on a time of day to practice, every day, even if that practice is only for them to play for five minutes. Start small, but start consistent, and then you’ll have something to build on as your child advances through their piano lessons to the point where they can play many songs on the piano. The first lesson is important to establish whether or not the young child wants to progress any further with their musical education. Please note, no child is instantly gifted with the ability to play piano from the first lesson, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE is the key to learn everything there is about piano.
Even if the first step is just to learn a note or some notes and begin to string them together, kids just need time to practice and have fun with the keys until they ready to pursue bigger and better things.
8. Realize Your Important Role as a Parent
I can’t emphasize enough that a beginning piano student needs the help of encouraging parents in order to succeed in their daily music practice. Be prepared to sit down with your child and help them practice every day. Your teaching as a parent is just as important as the teachers who teach the child when learning piano. As a parent, having the resources for the kids learning is important, and you also want it to be a fun lesson, making practice fun encourages kids to continue with learning.
As a parent, you may not be able to teach kids like teachers at a school would teach, but you can teach non-musical skills such as motivation and resilience as they start to play piano and undertake piano lessons.
9. Make Sure You Have the Time and Energy to Make It Work
Create a time and a place in your life for learning music. If you or your child are already over-scheduled, but you feel that piano is an important thing for your child to learn, find something else you can set aside. It can be hard to find fifteen to thirty minutes a day in a busy schedule, but learning to play the piano can be so much more fun and valuable than other things that might be taking up time. If you can organise piano lessons it can be a great step in the right direction for the course of the student to play music.
10. Playing the Piano
To play the piano and ensure your child is ready even before they begin lessons can really help you and your family. Let your child play piano and and get a feel for the finger movements and understand the keys to see if they genuinely want to learn piano. You can’t force kids into learning and you don’t want to put them into classes if they do not want to learn the instrument. A good start for a beginner could be to visit any free online course that starts to teach the basics skills of playing the piano for young children.
Bonus. Explore Options for Lessons
We think that Music Lessons Academy is a great option for beginner piano students who want to start piano lessons, with fantastic teachers that want to progress and develop your ability to play piano at an early age to help you explore your interest in piano and build confidence. If your child or children wants to learn piano, start with us as we have many resources to help our students achieve their musical goals.
Even if your child has already started piano lessons and you haven’t done some of these things, no worries! Music lessons are an ongoing process, and piano students will benefit as you apply these ideas at any time during their education. Visit online at Music Lessons Academy Instagram for posts that show helpful ideas for students to learn and develop.
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