If you truly realized a very special talent of your kid, you can start at the age of three, four or five. Otherwise, the kid will try to stay away from it and get stressed. When the age is enough to start formal school lessons, it is most probably safe. In other words, six.
I’ll mention some skills to build an important foundation. Maybe, you’ll also realize you’re into it. I suppose the musicians and music teachers aren’t even reading this topic here. 🙂
When you finish the foundation here, you can go for more. I might have made it sound easy but it is not that easy actually. Please make the patience your first skill to teach. You should see each of the little steps as an achievement. After the foundation finishes, you can reinforce your teaching with some toys or tools.
Before you read further, I also want you to note that the actual learning of playing is not just mimicking. People tend to find successful four-year-old-kid playing ‘happy birthday’ song. An actually learning kid is not that kid. Mimicking is not learning. That’s a copy of behavior for a short time. That’s totally wrong. After all, we are talking about teaching.
Reading the Alphabet First
Reading the keys on the piano won’t require complete reading skills. So, don’t worry. A, B, C, D, E, F, G should be clearly understood. The kid should be able to read them onward and backward. Lay them together and sing them together. G, F, E, D, C, B, A. When the kid able to do so, celebrate that. The next quest is here. The kid should now learn to say them without looking. The reason, for it, is called ‘little steps principle’ in pedagogy.
You should vary the same activity if you see fast improvement. Then, teach the kid to skip one onward and backward like A, C, E, G, etc. Understood me… Guess what’s next? (skip two)
Yes, a three-year-old might be able to do these. Flashcards can help!
The technique is really important. I can give you an example of myself. We learned to typewrite while I was really young and computers were new to the world. Our friends were playing games and trying to type to my game-mates. It consequently caused me to build my own way of pressing the keys. However, a kid with the right technique might beat me after some time. 10-fast-fingers with technique can beat 10-faster-fingers (and experienced fingers) without technique.
You must have heard about the eighth note, whole note, dotted half note, half note and quarter note. There are flashcards for these, you can buy easily. I suggest you get a wide one. The set should include several of a type. Colored note charts can be very useful as well. For example, blue for a quarter.
Mark the piano keys with signs you arrange and play accordingly. Giving this sense is not easy work and remember our rule; celebrate.
Follow the technique steps. Thumbs are one, pointers are two, middle fingers are three, ring fingers are four and pinkies are five.
Show the kid how to set fingers on each key. Start with easy rhythms using the technique. Catching faster rhythm without technique might seem fast progress for a while. Do not get tricked by its nature.
Using the right hand, have the kid push thumb on the C note. If it is OK, pass on D with the pointer finger. Finish with adding E with the middle finger.
Using the left hand, follow the same steps as C, B, A.
If you have completed so far, it’s time to practice on it to gain pace. Divide the activities above and repeat until you come this far.
Every piano exercises should be done with the right technique. Once a wrong habit is developed, it is really really hard to fade it. So, believe us.
Training the Ears
Mention the difference between high notes. Low notes should sound like grumbling and high notes should sound like birds. Eyes open to let the kid play these once. Have the kid close eyes. This time, you play one and ask about the type. Do not start from close sounds and narrow them in the progress.
There are many helpful exercises for ear training. Even when you cannot reach the piano, you can continue ear training with apps like this. Furthermore, On the top right, you can find the gearwheel symbol to set the settings. Find a good setting for your current progress. In addition, you’ll find many other piano related things. I mean, ear training is just one of those beneficial exercises. To find them, simply click on the house symbol on the top left of that page. You can browse lessons, exercises, tools, and products. Actually, the parts made for teachers can be useful for you.
The later achievements are following; note identification, key signature identification, interval identification, scale identification, and chord identification.
Ear training gives better results when repeated every day.
People can get amazing results when they let their kids start practicing the piano at the age of 3. Teachers recommend alphabet knowledge to start and keep going with the true technique.
This instrument is, in fact, difficult to learn. The difficulty should not tire you. It is fun. When you know it is difficult, it is really more satisfying. Imagine that everyone could learn to play the piano easily. This would turn something very staled and common. If you are after rare and unique, you should let your kid try instruments at an early age. Do not get disappointed if the results are not as you expected. Please see it as a sign that shows your kid has a different talent waiting to be explored.
As you teach your kid, we can define you a teacher. A good teacher learns, knows about the learner, simplifies accordingly, and teaches. A perfect teacher teaches how to learn and get better independently.