How to Teach Piano to Kids Reading Notes for Childrens Piano Lessons
So in lesson four, your kids are introducedto the piano. They are introduced to what notes on a page mean. Now you put it together.It's really cool. Again back to the little Mozart series. These two cards are extremelyhelpful. They show notes going up and they show notes going down. So, if have been ableto teach them which way up and down is on the piano, you then can teach them if theylook at these notes then that means they must move down. So, choose any key, doesn't matterwhat key. Here. Then I've got to go down and down. It's really cool. The opposite, chooseany key. It doesn't matter. Then I go up and up. They can go big up as huge as that orthey can go a little up. It doesn't matter
it's the idea that it's moving and it's connectedto what that says. So once that happens , you now need to approach your fingers. Inpiano, your fingers have numbers and in guitars they have different numbers but in piano,they have numbers that take all five into count, your thumbs are ones, twos, threes,fours, fives. If you put them together like this like sort of doing subconsciously theymatch; ones and twos and three and fours and fives. They don't match anymore. Now it doesn'tmake any sense. So keep them together for a while and have the children can you typeyour ones, can you type your twos, can you type your threes. Typing their fours is goingto be the hardest. Your four is your naturally
weakest finger anyway and it's very difficultto keep all of these finger tips together and pull just the four apart. Try it. Todayat home. Try it. It's going to be trippy. Five is pretty easy. So that's reinforcedtogether when it's easy pull it apart, put it on the piano and have them play threes,fours; it doesn't matter what notes, just have them play the finger numbers. It's kindof difficult and it's going to take a while to get, but eventually they'll get it. It'snot insurmountable. It's just a little bit difficult. One of the things that you needto watch out for at stage is that the child doesn't do this; closed fist one finger. It'svery very common, very very common, but you
want to never allow that behavior to happenbecause it's reinforcing a completely incorrect thing and it doesn't allow any playing tohappen. So always always you need to see all five of their fingers and that's somethingthat you can just say over and over. I need to see all of your fingers; all of your beautifulfingers. I need to see all of them. Even if you're just playing with one, I need to seeall of your beautiful fingers and so when they're practicing threes or fours you seeeverything. The other thing is to not let them sort of bang at this point because thatwas fun when they were small two weeks ago but now that they're big that behavior isnot really productive. So this takes some
time to practice making the fingers go tothe piano and in their certain numbers, but once that happens you're onto bigger and betterthings.
Hoffman Academy Piano Lesson 1 First Song
Hello and welcome. I'm Joseph Hoffman. Today we're going to be learning a few ofthe basics about the piano and by the end of this lesson you'll be playingyour first song on the piano. So let's come over and get started. First thing you'll probably notice about thepiano is wow, a lot of keys here. Well it's actually quite simple. The furtheryou go to the left the lower the sound. Playing piano Here we have the low notes of the piano,
and the further we go up to the right, weget to the high notes. Now, let's experiment with your own piano. I want you to find a place up in the highrange and then one note at a time just keep playing each note higher and higher until you getto the very highest note. And there on my piano is the very highestnote. Good, now let's go back to the low end. Find a low note on your piano, and let's goone note at a time lower and lower playing
every note until you get to the very lowest note on yourpiano. Good now let's take a look at the patternsof the black keys. What can you tell me about how the black keysare grouped togetheré You probably noticed that there are groupsof two and three. Let's say how many are in each group thatI point to. Ready two, three, two, three, two, three,two three. That pattern continues all the way up thepiano.
Now let's try going down. Two, three, two,three, two. Just one lonely black key down here. It really ought to be a group of three, butthey decided to make this the lowest note way back when they invented the piano, andso that one has to be all by itself. Sorry little black key. Now that you know where the high notes andthe low notes are, and about the groups of two and three blackkeys, you are ready to learn your first song.
The first song you are going to learn is quot;HotCross Bunsquot;. This song comes from hundreds of years agoin England back when kids used to have to help their families earn enough money to liveand they would go around the town selling bread. A hot cross bun is a special kind of rollthat would have a cross shape on it And in England back then just like the icecream truck comes and you hear the sound of the ice cream truck coming you know youwant to go buy some ice cream. The kids would sing this song around the streetsso people would know it was
time to buy bread, and they would come outand buy the bread. Here's quot;Hot Cross Bunsquot;. Hot Cross Buns. Hot Cross Buns. One a penny,two a penny. Hot Cross Buns. Let's sing quot;Hot Cross Bunsquot; together againand this time I'd like to show you some hand signs to goalong with it. If you were to touch some bread right outof the oven, you might go like this because it was hotso we are going to go quot;Hotquot; and then on the word