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March 30, 2016by emilylowe0

One of my goals in beginning piano lessons is to identify the Right (high) and Left (low) side of the piano. (Accomplished via the Bird vs. Bear method) After this skill is mastered, my next step is to start introducing the keys. In a perfect world, I would like my beginner student (5 or 6) to be able to play a song after their first lesson.

First Piano Lessons: the Dog House

One of my goals in beginning piano lessons is to identify the Right (high) and Left (low) side of the piano. (Accomplished via the Bird vs. Bear method)

After this skill is mastered, my next step is to start introducing the keys. In a perfect world, I would like my beginner student (5 or 6) to be able to play a song after their first lesson.

One of my favorite tricks for quickly introducing letters of the music alphabet and where they “live” on the keyboard is the Dog House and the Big House.

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First, I have the student tell me what colors the keys are on the piano (black and white). Then I ask if they can see any kind of pattern to the black keys (group of two, group of three, group of two, group of three)

We focus on the group of two in the first lesson. Every group of two black keys is a dog house. I have the students find several dog houses on the piano. If you look at the dog house closely, there is one key that is inside of the dog house. I ask my student what lives in a dog house?
“A Dog!”
With this revelation, the key in the middle is D for Dog. After the student correctly identifies several dogs on the piano, we move to the other animals who live next to the dog.

To the left of the dog (or in front of the dog house) is C for Cat, and to the right of the dog house (or behind) is E for Elephant. All together, you have a group of 3 notes that are all animals that the student can group together.

And with the knowledge, the student can play basic folk songs like, Mary Had a Little Lamb, or Hot Cross Buns!

If you have a preschool student interested in lessons, check this article for how we work with pre-readers. If your preschooler is looking for some music related fun this summer, make sure you register for our summer camp!

If you have a young student who is ready to start lessons, head over to the Music Star Studios website!

 

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