After my beginning students have mastered their right and left (Bird vs. Bear) and learned the first three notes on the piano (The Dog House), we learn the remaining notes
First Piano Lessons: The Big House
The remaining group of notes consist of a group of three black keys and the four white keys that are in front, behind and in between those black keys.
Previously, my students have learned about the animals that live on the keyboard (around the Dog House). The group of three black keys is know as the Big House. This is like your house, or my house.
I always start with the white key all the way to the left of the big house. I ask, “Now, how did I come into your house today?” Usually the answer is, “through the door”. I try to get them to specify that I come in through the Front Door (this key is F for Front Door). Then I skip to the white key that is all the way to the right of the group of three black keys. I ask, “How do you get to the backyard to go visit all of your animals (in the dog house)?” Students normally answer, “I go out the Back door!” (this key is B for Back Door).
We are left with two white keys that are inside the group of three, or inside the Big House. These keys represent the people that live in the Big House. There is G for George, who lives closest to the Front door. Finally, we have A for Alice who lives closest to the Back door.
After the students are confident with these notes, we learn a few more basic folk songs (Twinkle Twinkle or London Bridge) that use our Dog House and Big House notes.
This is how I teach the majority of my new students the letter names for the piano keys. However, check out this article if you have a preschool student who wants to start lessons. (We have a different technique for pre-readers).
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