certain kids songs that are timeless favorites, depending on age.
youngest group you will find less recognition of popular favorites like
Star Wars and Disney-type tunes, and more familiarity with nursery songs
and things like the Star Spangled Banner. It depends on what their
parents let them view and listen to. I have parents who have yet to
introduce Star Wars to six year olds, and others who play Super Freak
(Rick James) and let their kids know it.
child gets older, they are exposed to more complex dramas like Star
Wars and Indiana Jones.
songs that are best for early piano lessons are those that can be played
on the white keys alone. This is because it is too confusing at first to
deal with the black keys, for most children, especially the young ones.
the white keys of the piano in this category might be:
pop songs can be done on white keys only:
Off to See The Wizard
Over the Rainbow
Twinkle Little Star is perhaps the most familiar, after Jingle Bells,
for kids starting out at the piano.
surprised to see how delighted a child is to be able to play a familiar
song like Twinkle.
simply show the child the sequence of keys and memorize where your
fingers went. Most songs have internal repeating patterns of notes that
children readily recognize and with which they delight in playing.
In a first
piano lesson, one of the first things I do is find a familiar song they
know and make sure they have memorized at least the first few notes.
This will act as a calling card, so they can play it for people and say,
"Look, I can play the piano!"
interest in the piano and self-esteem take a tremendous rise from this
tiny accomplishment, playing a recognizable song.
child, it means they have conquered that big thing called a piano, and
enjoyed doing it.
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