Beginning Piano A (for ages 7-11)
A series of 4 lessons for kids ages 7-11 designed for the absolute beginner. You will learn the fundamentals of how to play piano – including how to read music, proper technique at the keyboard, ear training and rhythm. You will learn to play some familiar tunes. And, of course, there will be some fun and games 🙂 After completing Beginning Piano A for kids, you will be eligible to sign up for Beginning Piano B for kids.
An attention span of 50 minutes and a desire to learn. Practicing between lessons is required – very little at first. If you do not practice, you will fall behind — and that’s no fun!! Parental enforcement of practice time highly advised since practicing is not necessarily “natural behavior.”
1) One of the following: an acoustic piano OR an electronic keyboard with weighted keys & a pedal (best model is 88 key Yamaha Clavinova) OR any 76 or 88 key keyboard that has a built-in music stand and pedal. Make sure that your keyboard can be seen & heard clearly over the zoom session.
2) Access to a printer to download the written materials. Ability to download mp3s and listen to them while at the piano.
3) A 3-ring binder for the downloaded materials – it’s best to print out the pdfs rather than reading them off a tablet since you will need to mark them up at times.
4) A sharp #2 pencil with a good eraser.
Is it necessary to practice between classes?
Think of the old adage: you get out of it what you put into it. Practicing will be required for children to participate in this class. Very little time, at first, will be needed for practice — as little as 10 min. a day. As the material builds, practice time will increase — but not by much considering this course is only 4 weeks long.
What if I don't have a keyboard?
Have your parents search for a rental from your local music store or borrow one. You can always purchase one to own later. Some places will let you “rent to own.”
Is 4 weeks enough time to learn to play the piano?
Four weeks will get you started. The first 4 weeks are Beginning Piano A for kids. If you enjoy this course and keep up with the assignments, you can continue your studies by signing up for Beginning Piano B for kids (to be offered in the near future) which builds on what was previously learned.