At some point or another, your child may express a desire to learn how to play the piano. If they do – then jump on it! Children are far more likely to progress with their learning if they feel like it has been their choice to do so. Learning the piano is great for kids because it is so visual, and unlike an instrument such as the violin, it is possible to get a note out straight away. This parenting advice below lists the importance of learning to play the piano in an early age and provides a few tips to guide an individual through the basic steps.
Here is our guide to helping your child get to grips with the basics of the piano:
Get a Piano Tuned
The first thing to do is to acquire a piano if you haven’t got one already. Check the classified ads because a lot of people give theirs away if they have to move quickly and can’t take it with them. You’ll need to pay someone to move the piano for you, but once it is installed in your house (and you have had it professionally tuned) it will be well worth the effort.
Find a Teacher
The next step is to find somebody that will teach your child the rudiments of piano playing. Choose someone that is friendly and easy to approach otherwise it may scare your child off. Ask the teacher how much they charge per hour, what their teaching ethos is, whether you child will be able to do grades, and which book you should buy them for the teacher to teach from. Establishing a good and long-term relationship with your child’s teacher is a really good thing to do. Show interest and ask for a resume of every lesson so you know which stage your child is at.
Don’t expect your child to be able to motivate themselves into doing regular practice – they won’t. As soon as the novelty wears off their interest may dwindle, but if you are paying for lessons then they are going to have to practice to get any value from them. Set up a practice diary for them and suggest that they do half an hour of practice every day at the same time of day so they get into a routine. Ask the teacher what practice schedule he or she recommends. Oversee the practice but don’t interfere too much – leave the child to it, but be around and about in case they have any questions.
If your child is doing well then praise them! Perhaps you could reward them with a new piano stool, or a new book to say well done. If on the other hand they are showing less and less interest then don’t force it – have an honest conversation with them about whether they actually want to pursue it or not. If they don’t then you will be wasting your money paying for lessons.
Playing the piano, or any sort of musical instrument, is great for a child’s development. They will learn social skills, listening skills, and they will learn how to communicate without talking. For many children the first lesson is the beginning of a life-long love affair with music.
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