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How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Hi I’m Delwyn, a professional music teacher with over 40 years of experience empowering budding pianists, young and old, to reach their musical potential. I now want to show you how you could do the same for your children. Giving your children a musical education is one of the great ways of blessing them. It is a gift that keeps on giving throughout their lives. How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is a new online course designed specifically with you, the homeschooling parent, in mind. It comes from a background of teaching my own children (and hundreds of others), just as my parents taught me and my siblings (and thousands of others)! 

Keyboards, orchestral strings, brass, woodwind, guitar, percussion, voice—whichever musical instrument(s) your child eventually takes to, the best foundation for developing all round musicality will be some degree of skill at the piano.

For a variety of reasons, one-on-one lessons with a piano tutor are not an option for many parents. For some, the cost of lessons is prohibitive. For others, remoteness of location means such lessons are unavailable. And, even where there is a local piano tutor nearby, many who choose to homeschool prefer that their children’s musical education takes place in the home alongside other subjects. Many families may simply prefer to keep their children at home.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is a course that will save you time that could otherwise be wasted using ineffective methods. It could save you thousands in the cost of materials and tutor fees. The content is clearly presented through Powerpoint slides, with voice-over explanations and includes audio tracks and some video demonstrations. All the course material is digitally streamed through a leading-edge education platform. It includes downloadable PDFs of the music used.

Who is it for?

Whether you are an experienced pianist, had a few lessons as a child, have some musical background on another instrument, or have never played an instrument, How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro can work for you and your family as it guides you step by step from the very beginning. It also works for grandparents who want to help their grandchildren experience the world of musical expression, for parents who want to learn to play the piano themselves before teaching it to their own children, or even capable musicians who may have struggled in the past to teach others. 

This course will not take you from middle C to Mozart, but it will show you the basics that need to be covered from the beginning—important steps that might otherwise be neglected. From there you will have a good understanding of how best to guide your child in working through any music tuition material, and how to formulate good practice habits to last a life-time.

A Varied Approach – How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Because we all have different learning styles, How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro provides a varied approach to learning. As well as showing you how to teach the learner to read music and relate that to hands on the keyboard, there is also a playing by ear component, and, of course, musical theory, to give a fully rounded introduction to musical education.

Although many of the pieces are original compositions, designed for the course, the reading component is a blueprint method (tried and true over 3 generations) that gives a lifelong skill applicable to all future music reading on any instrument.

The playing by ear component makes use of ‘Pattern Pieces’—some familiar traditional tunes, and others newly created—which are learned by listening and/or through observation, without recourse to written scores. ‘Pattern Pieces’ teach skills that support reading music, such as fluency, dynamic balance between two hands, etc. without being distracted by the reading process.

“I didn’t have any ideas how to teach someone who struggles to hear differences in pitch. The strategies that you walked us through will be really good in helping my children with this.”

Theory is ongoing through each lesson as staff, notation, key signatures, dynamics, etc. are covered systematically at the appropriate level of learning.

Other features

As well as showing you step by step procedures on how to teach your child piano—engaging eyes, hands and ears—How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro also covers other areas that anyone new to teaching piano would want addressed:

  • The right instrument—What to look for in choosing a piano or keyboard.
  • Learning styles—Discovering what works best for you and what works best for your child, while still making good use of other styles.
  • Practice Plan ideas—Progress comes through practice. A clear plan helps keep practice on track. And fresh ideas keep practice interesting.
  • Reward ideas—Achieved goals should be rewarded. There is a section on good ideas for rewarding progress.
  • Reviews of various piano books—Choosing the right piano books can be difficult. This course includes a review of several well-known piano tuition books.
  • Extra helps—note reading charts, flashcards, speed tests, pulse exercises.
  • Essentials for success—a list of 15 components that together make success inevitable.

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro  

Once you have completed How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro, 

  • You will be better equipped to identify the challenges and pitfalls of teaching your own children piano. 
  • You will know how to avoid pitfalls because you will understand how to identify problem areas of learning and communication that may come up in your particular situation. 
  • You will know how to overcome challenges because you will be resourced with new ideas for tackling them.
  • You will discover the learning areas you find easy and those that need more attention, and also those of your child, who may have different strengths and weaknesses.
  • You will have fresh ideas of how to keep practice interesting and how to mark those learning milestones by rewarding progress.
  • You will have an idea of what to look for in a piano or keyboard, and also which book(s) to suit your needs through our reviews of various piano books in common use.
  • And you will have a grasp of the sometimes intangible elements that lead to your, and therefore your child’s, success.

“Thank you so much for developing this course. It has given me some really good skills to be able to do a better job teaching my children to play an instrument. I am already able to play the piano myself, but it was helpful the way you stepped through all the basic steps in case parents didn’t play themselves. I actually got a lot out of you going through those steps, because it modeled for me the way I can go through those steps in teaching my children.”

Summing up the course: How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro

Ever heard someone say, “I wish I never learned piano.” No? Me neither. But I have heard many times, “I always wanted to learn piano, but never had the opportunity.” In this internet age the opportunity to learn is right here, right now—even when finances are a concern, even when living in a remote location, far from the best professional piano tutors. How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is new course designed to give homeschooling parents a solid beginning, so they know how to go about making sure their children are off to the right start in learning piano—the best foundation for their musical journey. 

Check out my Free Course.

If you want to know if you are ready to do this course and explore some ideas around that first, I invite you to join me in my FREE mini course: What Does it Take to Teach Your Child the Piano? The 3 free videos in this training course have been put together to help you think through what it could involve for you and also give a few tips you may find helpful. Click on the link to take you there: https://accentmusicschool.teachable.com/p/what-does-it-take-to-teach-your-child-the-piano

 

Coming soon: Headstart Piano

How to Teach Your Child the Piano Like a Pro is designed for the homeschooling parent. What about homeschooling students? Is there a companion course for them? Very soon there will be. Headstart Piano is my own online piano course for beginners aged 6 – 12. This has been wonderfully successful with my current pupils in my physical music school, so I’m looking forward to sharing it online. Register your interest now in this course at accentmusicschool.com for notification and early access as soon as it becomes available. 

http://accentmusicschool.com/

Theory Time

Open the world of music to your homeschool student with Theory Time! Master the ability to create art that resonates through the aural senses of the human body and the neurological pathways of the human mind. Become proficient at playing an instrument or singing, and produce a life-long skill. Learn to comprehend music theory, the “language of music” and become literate in reading a musical score. Empower your child to understand the intricacy of music – one of God’s greatest gifts!

Music theory is common to every genre of music study, whether piano, voice or instrumental (woodwind, strings, brass or percussion). In fact, theory is the foundation upon which successful music study and performance is based. A composer writes music and takes many “theoretical” concepts into account such as “What key will this piece be in, and what key will produce a happy sound? What key will create a somber aura? What chords work well in that key?” These considerations and other elements of music composition including rhythm, melody, intervals, chords, key signatures and terms are all rooted in music theory. When every musical facet works together, the result is a beautiful aural tapestry painted by the colors of sound. Analyzing a musical composition in this way also enables us to delve into the composer’s mind, even if the piece was written hundreds of years ago, so we can appreciate the art and culture of that time.

Theory Time’s K-12 Workbook Series is a proven method for aspiring musicians! It is a comprehensive, progressive course that provides a “building block” approach from fundamental to advanced levels of training. Mastery of the course will provide the tools necessary to maximize the student’s music potential on both a professional and recreational level. A student who works through the Theory Time Workbook Series will be well-prepared for freshman college theory.  Many students have placed out of freshman college theory by working through the series.  Each workbook is suitable for independent self-study and/or a traditional teacher/student relationship. Free Ear Training videos are available at www.theorytime.com that complement every Ear Training exercise from each workbook via the Theory Time Youtube channel.  Each workbook is also a “textbook within a workbook” incorporating extensive reference material, drill and Fun Sheets (Grades K-8) or Challenge Sheets (Grades 9-12). Theory Time is a leading publisher of over 100 music theory education products in the music industry and also offers Reproducible Curriculums, Theory Games, Reproducible Fun Sheet Packets, Themed Summer Camp Curriculums, Flashcards and Teaching Aids. View all the products at www.theorytime.com and stay informed by following Theory Time on Facebook and Twitter.

Theory Time’s Medallion Workbook Series is a comprehensive series in five levels, incorporating the levels of the K-12 series:  Bronze: (Theory Fundamentals, i.e. Primer through Grade 3), Silver: (Early Intermediate, i.e. Grades 4 & 5), Gold (Intermediate, i.e. Grades 6, 7 & 8), Platinum: (Advanced, i.e. Grades 9 & 10) and Diamond: (College Prep, i.e. Grades 11 & 12).

What are the Benefits of a Music Education for Homeschool Students?

Music study develops many desirable characteristics in students such as poise, hard work, attention to detail, time management, cognitive development, memorization skills, short and long term goal achievement, and increased self-esteem.

Playing the piano, for example, is the basis for all music study (as evidenced by keyboard illustrations used in most music textbooks). Playing piano increases coordination between the eye, hand, fingers, shoulders, wrist, arm and foot stemming from brain signals. Fingers which have worked together all one’s life are taught to become independent, thereby increasing fine motor skills. When the right hand and left hand play together, the brain must transmit instructions to each individual hand, telling it to play legato (connected) or staccato (detached), forte (loud) or piano (soft), or somewhere in between each of these articulations and sonorities. Learning to play any instrument or becoming a trained singer requires a disciplined regimen, but it results in a life-long skill that keeps the mind active, the ear in tune and the soul sensitive.

Learning to sight-read is also a great benefit of music study, and is the desire of every musician. Training the eye to recognize intervals, learning “landmark” notes that one can recognize at sight and understanding the relationship of a staff to the correct registers of an instrument while simultaneously recognizing rhythmic patterns is an Olympic workout for the brain! The eyes are strengthened as they read at least one measure ahead of what the fingers are playing or the voice is singing. This is multi-tasking at its best using detailed eye-hand coordination!

Furthermore, music provides entertainment for the artist and audience alike, and is a skill that translates into many opportunities for community service either part-time or as a full-time profession. Some of the most notable people in history have been musicians, or continued performing for enjoyment while contributing to society in other important career fields.

Most importantly, music is an essential part of church worship services and giving praise to God. Whether serving as Minister of Music or church music staff, pianist, choir or orchestra member, churches always need good musicians! Music is a God-given form of outreach whether it is performed in a sanctuary or in a nursing home or hospital for those in need.

Why Use Theory Time?

Theory Time services its customer base by offering free Educational Podcasts and free Ear Training Videos at www.theorytime.com.  Theory Time workbooks thoroughly teach, explain, drill and review every music theory concept presented. The Theory Time Workbook Series was one of the first complete music theory courses on the market. It consists of 13 levels, one for each grade K-12. Each workbook averages 14 lessons, and only one or two concepts are introduced per lesson. After detailed explanation (to minimize errors), the concepts are drilled thoroughly in a step-by-step format and later reviewed. After every few lessons, there is a “Fun Sheet” (K-8) or “Challenge Sheet” (9-12) in each workbook.   Students who are late beginners may choose to work through the “Medallion Workbook Series” as this comprehensive series teaches the same concepts as the K-12 series, but in an accelerated format.

Theory Time is designed to make learning theory interesting and students WANT to do their theory to get to the next Fun Sheet! Our belief is that detailed explanation, fun and drill develops a skill! A marvelous foundation is built as students progress to a new workbook year after year, and it’s exciting to see how students retain information from the materials.

Theory Time is a general theory course, will complement any music method, and may be applied by any instrumentalist or vocalist. Students who complete the series will be proficient in first year-level college music theory and are well-qualified to pass an Advanced Placement Examination in theory. NOTE: College music majors including pianists, vocalists and instrumentalists must normally take a minimum of two years of the same general music theory courses.

Theory Time Product Categories

  • K-12 Workbook Series (as described in proceeding text)
  • Medallion Series Workbooks (described above)
  • Teachers Editions Volume 1, 2 & 3
  • K-12 Reproducible Curriculums
  • Answer Sheet Packets for Reproducible Curriculums
  • Test Paks for Middle/High School Reproducibles
  • Fun Sheet (K-8) & Challenge Sheet (9-12) Reproducible Packets
  • Summer Music Camp/Cross-Curriculum Packets (8 Themed)
  • Theory Games
  • Flashcards
  • Teaching Aids
  • Educational Podcasts
  • Free Ear Training Videos 

Visit the Theory Time website at www.theorytime.com for details, or call toll-free at 877-224-3407 if you have questions or need assistance!

Email address: info@theorytime.com.

Learn to Play Online Music Program

Learn to Play

https://www.learntoplay.biz

Learn to Play is an online music program for all ages that offers live & recorded lessons for more than 17 instruments.

Learn to Play – Sample lesson – Click here

Learn to Play’s mission is to provide each student with the best materials possible for learning to play music. The Learn to Play series was developed to assist beginning students in becoming truly proficient at reading music.

The goal is to help students have fun while they learn to read music. Because of the number of songs available at each level of learning, the students will be able to accomplish anything they want in music, from becoming a professional musician or music teacher, to simply enjoying themselves with music for the rest of their lives.

In 2005, one single page of music grew to over 20,000! Learn to Play now offers more than 400 books all designed to help students learn how to play an instrument. Learn to Play offers music lessons in guitar, piano, mandolin, violin/fiddle, ukulele, baritone ukulele, banjo, drums & other rhythm instruments, recorder, flute, harmonica, dulcimer and more. Most instrument books are available in 2-3 levels.

Many music teachers will tell you that the biggest issue they have faced in teaching music is that there just isn’t enough easy-to-play music at the beginner level. Lesson books generally present 3 notes and then give the student 2 or 3 songs with those notes. The lessons continue with learning another 3 notes and an additional 2 or 3 songs, etc. The students never have enough songs to practice to actually get good at each new group of notes before having to tackle yet more new notes. As a result, most students do not become good sight-readers; this makes every new song seem difficult. As the music continues to get challenging, the whole process becomes more difficult for the student.

Reading is the key! You can’t learn to read the English language well by using 1 or 2 easy readers. To become a good reader, you will need to read many, many easy readers, gradually increasing your skill level. The more books you read, the better reader you will become and the more enjoyable reading will be. It’s exactly the same with music. If you read well, right from the beginning, the entire learning process will be fun –not a day-to-day struggle.

Key Benefits:

  • Helps beginning students become truly proficient at reading music.
  • Any age or experience can jump right in and start learning music.
  • For one low monthly price of $19.95 (plus the cost of books), one or more individuals in your immediate family can learn to play an instrument.
  • Learn how to play over 17 different instruments.
  • Curriculum is available in 3 levels for most instruments.
  • The series includes a Teacher Manual, primarily for homeschool parents, which offers specific step-by-step information on how to help students take advantage of all the special features of the program.
  • Take one or more lessons each week – it’s all on your time – and it doesn’t cost extra.

“Learn to Play was literally an answer to prayer. After our fourth child became old enough to take piano lessons, we had to quit. We just could not afford $60 per month per child! We were at a local homeschool convention when we found out about Learn to Play, and we signed up immediately! For less than $20 all four of our daughters can take piano lessons. If we are out of town, they can still participate in the lesson or they can make up the lesson when they get home. We also have one taking guitar and another one taking violin! My girls love it because they were sight-reading their music in no time!”

– Tracey Davison, homeschooler