So many parents these days want their children to learn to play the piano before they can read. There are very few, if any, piano books designed for very young children. That makes even attempting to teach a very young child very difficult. Debbie and Friends have published a book that will allow you to begin the learning process with your young child. Learning to Play Piano for the Very Young by Debbie and Friends is full of brightly colored pictures and simple information for children to use to get familiar with the piano keyboard, learn to read notes on the treble clef using pictures and play several familiar songs. Even a parent who has no musical knowledge can help their child use this book.
I was impressed with the colorful pictures and associations used to help the learner become familiar with note names and placement on the staff. The removable keyboard tent takes what is in the book and puts it on the keyboard. By the completion of the book, the learner could be playing seven familiar songs. The only possible addition I would make to this book is to add a sticker sheet for application to the keys of the keyboard or piano. I have found that many young children really struggle with the eye-hand coordination necessary to read music and press the appropriate keys and may need a stable (tactile) reference point applied directly on the keys. Non-permanent stickers have always been my go-to solution in the past. Using the characters from the book to make stickers applied to the keys might take it one step further.
You might be interested to know about Debbie. Who is she?
Debbie studied music and music education at Berklee College of Music, where she is now the Dean of Continuing Education. She was a classroom music teacher for many years and brings that experience to every performance. Debbie has been making music with kids for over 20 years. She has worked with some of the world’s greatest icons in children’s music entertainment and education throughout her music publishing tenure. These pillars of children’s music include Shari Lewis, Buffalo Bob Smith of Howdy Doody, and Sesame Street-famed music teacher, Bob McGrath. Their influence on her songwriting and her creative approach to sharing music with children is evident.
Learning to Play Piano for the Very Young is a 24-page book that includes the keyboard tent to aid in learning. It is available to purchase for $9.95, plus applicable tax and shipping. A small investment in this book could tell you whether your child is ready to move on to more traditional piano lessons and learning. Plus, parents can learn right along with their child. I recommend this book for anyone interested in beginning piano with their very young child.
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