Introducing the piano to kids as early as 3 years olds can help develop their interest on the instrument. There are a lot of piano toys which parents can let their children play with just to be acquainted to it and to how this instrument works. If your kids show enthusiasm in playing the piano, that is a good sign for you to bring that interest into the next level by teaching them how to play the instrument. But for those unlucky parents, do not be worried. You still have plenty of time and options to acquaint your kids to other activities. Remember that every child excels in different ways. So, going back to the piano, most parents thought they have to wait until their kids are old enough to attend piano lessons but the real deal is, they can be their kids’ first piano teacher if only they have a lot of patience, time, and determination to do so. They may also have the dilemma on how to teach piano to kids because they are unsure of the appropriate teaching techniques.
Here are a few useful tips for parents on how to efficiently teach their kids play the piano.
- Kids learn fast through visuals and repetitive exercises. Help your kids be familiarized with the basic piano notes by putting them on their corresponding piano keys. On a piece of blank paper write the basic piano notes do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, to, and high do. Cut each note and tape it on its equivalent piano key. This technique can work better if you repetitively sing or play the tune of the Sound of Music song “Do-Re’Mi.”
- Choose simple but entertaining nursery rhymes that are appropriate for your kids’ age and they personally know. Remember that although kids learn fast, they still have a short attention span so keep them entertained with the songs they love to hear or hum.
- Parents should be hands-on piano teachers. When teaching kids the proper piano keys to play for a particular song, you should be seated with your kids at all times. This way, you can help them focus on practicing playing the piano and you make yourself available to them when they have questions to ask. This is a good parent-daughter or parent-son bonding for you, too.
- Do not pressure yourself and your kids. Learning how to play the piano doesn’t end in mastering the basic piano notes. Kids should learn how to read and understand piano scales in preparation for advanced piano pieces but this activity can be tough for those who are not yet ready for the transition. Parents can try to introduce the piano scale of the basic piano notes and if their child picks up in at least 3 trials, then just a few more practice and they’re ready. When teaching the piano scale, use blackboard or whiteboard and colorful chalks and markers to keep your kids entertained.