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SELECTING CHILDREN'S SONGS FOR PIANO

There is a general rule for selecting children's songs for the piano.

All piano methods begin with songs on only the white keys. This is to make it easier for children, leaving the black keys for later when they are familiar with the landscape of the piano.

A perfect example is Mary Had A Little Lamb. This song not only uses the white keys, but almost all the notes are next to each other, a big plus for little kid's fingers: (the song is expressed here in PIANO BY NUMBER format.)

| 3 2 1 2 | 3 3 3 * | 2 2 2 | 3 5 5 * |

Remember that, for the very first songs the child plays, you are deliberately choosing a rather modest mountain to climb. The easier you can make it, the better start you assure the child. Expecting children to immediately adopt and comprehend your complex (to them) piano method is a recipe for frustration.

As lessons continue, select the songs the child will play carefully, taking care that each choice is a familiar song that is easy to play.

What physical movements are difficult for a 5 or 6 year old? (We don't mean on a permanent basis, but only at first. Remember that a child's first impression of piano lessons is about all that matters. Make it difficult and you will lose them right away.)

It depends on the child, but here are a few guidelines that will help you choose the right songs:

Leaping from note to note is rather harder than moving to adjacent notes. Thus, some songs are harder than others. Choose the easiest ones. Build up to harder songs.

Playing with both hands at once introduces needless complexities. Avoid it at first, unless they play the single melody with both hands. This is fine, because in using both hands to play a single line, the child is showing their natural tendencies. Make a note of it. Go with their "fingering flow," no matter how ridiculous the posture.

Insisting on hand position is a killer. It's enough to find the notes at first, especially on day one. Hand position comes naturally later.

Insisting on fingering, at first, is a killer. Allow the child the freedom to explore the piano at first with whatever finger they choose. Fingering will diminish their joy at hearing a familiar tune from their own fingers. Wait. The right moment for fingering comes later.

With those points in mind, it doesn't matter where you start.

Find songs the child knows. 

Our Piano by Number books have a large collection of children's songs they will find easy to play right away.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

See also USING FAMILIAR SONGS IN CHILDREN'S PIANO LESSONS

See also KIDS SONGS FOR PIANO

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Our Play Along Audio CDs are an important element in making the piano fun for kids, and are produced by Grammy Award winner (Sesame Street) Joe Castellon. 

Our colorful books and videos have been created by Emmy Award winning composer and teacher John Aschenbrenner and are guaranteed to get your child happily started at the piano.

Digitally engineered and mastered, these high quality educational recordings include fun, familiar songs that children love to hear and play along with, and are sure to give hours of musical enjoyment, entertainment and guidance to your child.

Special thanks to these schools recently joining our growing list of organizations using PIANO BY NUMBER:

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