Piano notes for kids in the song "The Music Alphabet" can help beginners relate note reading to the piano keyboard!
I wrote this little song for someone who is brand-new to note reading and even the names of the piano keys, but who has an analytical mind, and finds exercises intriguing rather than tedious!
My husband, in other words, whose brain is ahead of his fingers.
A new musician, he is struggling to combine fingers with piano keyboard with note reading! So perhaps "Piano Notes for Kids" should be changed to "for kids of all ages... "
Okay - how should this song be attempted for a beginner piano player? Simple as this song is, to be able to play The Music Alphabet, students must:
And you can probably think of more things...
So how would I start with this piece? Although the words of the song say "Place your thumbs on Middle D," it doesn't have to happen that way.
A student could just play the whole song with "pointer" finger, with one hand. That might make sense. I said "thumbs on middle D" because I know what happens when the thumbs share Middle C; the right hand always plays the C even if it is written for the bass clef to play.
My husband thought this was fun to play; what I think is fun is being able to recite the musical alphabet forwards and backwards 3 times in a row very fast, so that you can carry that skill to the piano keyboard and look at the piano keys and know what the names of the keys are, going left down the keyboard.
Hope some of your students find this piece helpful and even a little bit fun!
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