Piano Resources for Children – Finding Musical Recipes for Success at Home
Parents want their children to have the best educational resources available. When it comes to piano lessons, however, many parents who don’t play aren’t aware of resources available for home use. Parent’s who do play the piano, however, are more likely to purchase piano materials for home use in addition to their child’s piano lesson assignments. This gives young kids an additional learning boost at home. If you don’t play the piano, or if you are a home-school parent, and want to give your children a musical foundation at home, don’t be deterred. Below are 3 Keys for helping your children get a good musical foundation at home that are as easy to use as following a recipe.
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1. Look for resources that teach the basic ingredients of piano theory. Ignore unrealistic promises that avoid teaching children the basics they need for a solid musical foundation with “solutions” such as playing by colors or numbering the piano keys with stickers. Young children need to know their colors and their numbers to learn to play the piano, but not for this reason. Don't underestimate your child's intelligence. Avoid resources for home use with fantastical promises that substitute knowledge your children already have instead of teaching valuable, new skills.
2. Look for resources you can use at home as a prequel to enrolling your children in piano lessons or in conjunction with this. Giving your child a musical foundation at home is no different than teaching your children to read at home. Your children will need pre-skills and then foundational knowledge that builds on these skills. You taught your child the alphabet and their numbers and started teaching them how to read, and then you sent them off to school to learn even more. You can do the same thing in piano because music theory language is easy to see and hear on the piano keyboard. Since children absorb language so quickly, giving your child a musical foundation at home when they are young will support other learning processes and improve their overall educational progress.
3. Make your values clear to your children by purchasing a keyboard or piano for your home. Musical values are learned just like other good values you share with your children. Having a piano in your home when your children are young sends a powerful message that has a powerful affect. Children with this advantage grow feeling that “piano is part of our home.”
Add these simple ingredients to your child's piano experience and you'll have a recipe for improving your child's musical success.
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