If you love playing the piano, more than likely your children will gather around when you play and perhaps enjoy singing songs with you. If not, there is a way that you can instil the love of music in your little ones and get them wanting to learn. Here are 5 tips you can use to help teach your children to appreciate the piano even if they are not quite ready to learn how to read notes or figure out how to play.
1. Make it fun
Children respond most to things that are fun. If you want your child to eventually learn the art of playing the piano, you must show her how fun it can be to play. Let her sit down at the keyboard and plunk away and make up her own songs or even sit down beside her and make something up with her. Chances are if you are laughing and enjoying time together then she will see music in a different light. Children who are made to learn how to play without a real interest in it themselves often resent it and never learn at all.
2. Take her to recitals
While most children cannot sit through long concerts or recitals from professionals, you could try taking her to a community function where several people get together and share a song or two. Or if you can’t find something similar like that in your town, you could invite other friends and family to your home to play and you could all spend some time listening and talking about what it is you like about each song played.
If you play the piano yourself, your child may just enjoy sitting there listening while you play her favourite songs from preschool or even her favorite holiday. You can often find the sheet music for these songs online with a quick search.
3. Add Pictures for Notes
If you draw a picture of a banana, apple, dog, or giraffe for each of the notes that are found on the keyboard and tape them above the notes on the keyboard, your child will learn to remember the notes by association. Spend time with your child going through each letter and say the name of the key and then play the note with them so they can hear what each one sounds like. Often reading notes for children is too hard and that is why they can become resistant to practicing or taking more of an interest.
4. Seek out tools and programs for your child
If your child is not quite ready to handle the huge keyboard on the piano, you can often find interactive piano books that tell a story or have children’s songs with a small electronic keyboard attached to the storyboard. In this way, they can learn the notes while looking at the pictures and following along with the storyline. You can also look in the stores or online for programs that teach preschoolers to play the piano.
They show different tricks and methods you can try to get your child learning notes and listening for special sounds with the keys. Children learn things differently than adults do and often times when an adult tries to get a child to play, they stress too much on the wrong things. With tools designed for children, you can have an easier time learning for both child and adult.
5. Sign them up for a Kindermusic program
These classes are designed to help children learn the basics of rhythm, what a tempo is and how to move to the sounds of music. For those of us who are unsure of how to teach or do not have the time to sit with our child as much as we would like, these programs are perfect for teaching your child to learn to appreciate the piano.
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