Piano by number for children's piano lessons

 

 

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Start piano at home with your child

Start with numbers, then read music

Books for Younger Kids      Books for Older Kids      Books for Adults

 

SAMPLE PAGES - PIANO BY NUMBER

Below is a pair of facing sample pages from PIANO IS EASY.

   

        Picture of piano keyboard with PIANO BY NUMBER stickers installed. Click to play Piano by Number with your computer's mouse.

Above you'll find sample pages from PIANO IS EASY, and below it a picture of how your piano will look after you apply the 12 removable, numbered stickers. 

There are many more songs that you and your child can try on our website to get the idea of PIANO BY NUMBER:

Click Here to Play Piano by Number Online Using Your Computer's Mouse!

Instructions and Stickers

Easy to follow instructions for installing the removable stickers on your piano are included with each book. 

Every order includes removable stickers for your piano. If you need more, we'll be glad to send extra stickers free of charge. 

Illustrations and Binding

Tiny fingers need a lot of patient help!Each 8.5 by 11 inch piano book is sturdily bound with a comb binding that will lay flat on your piano music stand.

The color cover and the color back cover are frames for hundreds of classic line drawings that illustrate the theme of each song (from the famed Dover Library) giving this book a "Currier and Ives" look and feel. 

Children love pictures, and our piano books are designed to be attractive and fun.

THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT is illustrated in a similar style, and is identical in format to PIANO IS EASY except that there are different songs and illustrations. 

See also THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER.

Lyrics 

The lyrics to each of the 44 songs in PIANO IS EASY and THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT are displayed on the facing page (see above). 

This makes it easy to play and sing along to the songs, which children enjoy.

There are 44 fun, familiar songs in both THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT and PIANO IS EASY, and both books includes a Play Along Audio CD, produced by Grammy Award winner Joe Castellon

 Click here for a list of songs in each fun "Piano by Number" book.

Recommended age for children

Piano by number is appropriate for any child who can count to ten and is able to identify the written numbers. 

Children as young as four should be able to play the songs.

 

What is "piano by number?"

I like this, I like this!Sheet music uses five horizontal lines and small circles to tell you which piano keys to push. Many find this confusing at first, especially children. Read more about this. 

Playing "piano by number" is a temporary system devised to give a quick, enjoyable start to piano lessons, just like training wheels on a bicycle. 

You put numbered stickers on your piano keys and then play familiar songs right away. 

Piano by number will later be discarded when the child feels comfortable making music at the piano and is ready to start reading music. 

See I CAN READ MUSIC to find out how our piano method starts children reading music. It's fun!

Reading Music

Children start reading sheet music a little later in this method, using our book I CAN READ MUSIC, after they have gained confidence playing familiar songs by number, using a book such as PIANO IS EASY. 

Every book package order includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC.

I CAN READ MUSIC is the perfect way for kids to make a smooth transition from the ease of numbers to the difficulties of reading music. Click here for sample pages.

Stickers on my piano?

Where are my stickers?You wouldn't think of removing the letters and numbers on your computer keyboard or typewriter, would you? 

Children need a visual reference point, which the removable stickers provide in the beginning.  

The removable stickers on your piano help your child learn the geography of the piano, and are easily discarded later. 

Stickers also provide a quick and fun start to kids piano lessons, so that the child is enthusiastic right from the beginning. 

It's easier to build on enthusiasm than frustration. 

Remember your piano lessons as a child? Most people experienced intense frustration as a child trying to start piano.

Like training wheels on a bicycle, the numbered stickers will be removed when your child feels confident with the piano and can play familiar songs like Jingle Bells, Wheels on the Bus, I'm A Little Teapot and other songs that they have heard and remember. 

The stickers will not damage plastic or ivory keys in any way, and are easily and completely removable. No residue remains when they are removed.  

Adults should help apply the removable stickers to make sure the installation is correct, according to the easy-to-follow directions in each book. 

Kids love stickers, and we've included lots of extra stickers! 

It's fun! 

Is piano by number a good choice as a music learning tool?

Playing piano by number is an excellent first choice because most children find conventional piano methods (sheet music) far too tedious to start with. 

It's important to get a good start that children find fun, or you risk frustration. 

Difficulties with conventional piano methods cause a slow, frustrating start, and, in almost all cases, most students later quit altogether. Read more about this. 

But the children are right: there ought to be a better way to start playing piano, and now there is!

Piano by number is like phonics for reading

I like fast songs!Here's why the old way of getting children started playing piano has poor results at best: playing piano by number is easy and instantly understandable, very much like speaking to a child. 

In contrast, reading even the simplest sheet music is very much like writing words to a child, a more complex task reserved, logically, for a child's later learning years. 

You don't ask a child to start writing "Momma," you let them say it first. And then later the child learns letters, then words, then sentences. 

Conventional piano methods ask far too much too soon, and the child cannot learn at their own pace. Read more about this.

Think of playing piano by number as a set of training wheels on your child's bicycle: it's something to get you going, and will be discarded later for a more complicated system when the child feels comfortable.

Click Here to Play Piano by Number Online Using Your Computer's Mouse!

Get a good start!

The objective of using piano by number at first is to ensure a successful start at piano study. 

Students initially taught piano by number make a smooth transition to reading sheet music because, in their words, "playing notes (reading music) is just like playing by number, only different."

Why is this method different?

Our books are designed to provide kids with preparation for piano lessons, a fun process children can do at home, before they start regular piano lessons.

All other piano methods start children far too quickly, causing early frustration and eventually leading most kids to quit.

We've found this failure can be prevented by starting your child playing piano "by number" at home, and then making a slow, smooth transition to reading music using our book, I CAN READ MUSIC.

This "Fun Method" has proven results, turning children into happy, interested experimenters who enjoy tinkering with the piano.

See also PRESCHOOL PIANO PACKAGE

 

 

 

 

ARTICLES ABOUT CHILDREN AND PIANO
Click here for the FREE EBOOK, a good place to start.  
Click here to read the NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES, including lots of valuable information from teachers and parents from various sources.
Click here to read ARTICLES FROM NEWSWEEK and other periodicals regarding children and piano study. 
Click here to read an INTERVIEW with the author of PIANO IS EASY.
Click here to read the essay, HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILD READ MUSIC?
Click here to read the entire tutorial HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD TO READ MUSIC
Click here to read the report WHAT IS A GOOD AGE TO START PIANO LESSONS?
Click here to read the essay PIANO LESSONS: A CHILD'S POINT OF VIEW
Click here to read the essay WHEN IS LEARNING FINGERING NECESSARY?
Click here to read the article  A CHILD'S BILL OF RIGHTS FOR PIANO LESSONS 
Click here to read the article IS PRESCHOOL A GOOD AGE TO START PIANO?
Click here to read the article BRAINS, CHILDREN AND PIANO
Click here to read the article WHY THE PIANO IS THE BEST CHILD'S MUSICAL INSTRUMENT 

ARTICLES ABOUT PRESCHOOL CHILDREN AND PIANO
Click here to read the article TEACHING PRESCHOOL CHILDREN PIANO
Click here to read the article PRESCHOOL PIANO ACTIVITIES

ARTICLES ABOUT CHILDREN AND READING MUSIC
Click here to read the article HOW TO HELP KIDS FIND MIDDLE C
Click here to read the article WHAT KIDS REALLY UNDERSTAND ABOUT SHEET MUSIC
Click here to read the article WHY DELAY READING MUSIC
Click here to read the article AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY FOR KIDS LEARNING TO READ MUSIC

SPECIAL EDUCATION AND PIANO
Click here to read the article AMAZING MUSICAL ABILITIES OF AUTISTIC AND ADHD CHILDREN
Click here to read the article HYPERACTIVE KIDS AND PIANO 
Click here to read the article PIANO BY NUMBER FOR A SEVERELY DISABLED GIRL 
Click here to read the article DOWN'S SYNDROME AND PIANO BY NUMBER 

ARTICLES ABOUT CHILDREN AND PRACTICING
Click here to read the article WHY NAGGING YOUR CHILD TO PRACTICE WON'T WORK
Click here to read the article RULES FOR PIANO PRACTICE
Click here to read the article DON'T CALL IT PRACTICE, CALL IT PLAY
Click here to read the article SETTING UP A CHILD'S PIANO PRACTICE REGIME
Click here to read the article WHY CHILDREN SUCCEED AT THE PIANO

ARTICLES ABOUT CHILDREN AND PIANO BY NUMBER
Click here to read the essay THE PIANO WHISPERER 
Click here to read the article STARTING TO PLAY PIANO BY NUMBER
Click here to read the report USE PIANO BY NUMBER WITH SCHOOL CHILDREN
Click here to read the article BUILDING A CHILD'S CONFIDENCE WITH NUMBERS
Click here to read the article TURN YOUR PIANO INTO A TOY

ARTICLES ABOUT ADULTS AND PIANO
Click here to read the introduction to EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER
Click here to read the introduction to TEACH YOURSELF PIANO, an excellent guide to important self-teaching points.
Click here to read the article RULES FOR PIANO PRACTICE
Click here to read the article TIPS FOR ADULT PIANISTS
Click here to read the article PIANO FINGER STRENGTH IS CUMULATIVE
Click here to read the article THE PIANO ZONE
Click here to read the article MAKING EVERY MINUTE OF ADULT PIANO PRACTICE COUNT

ARTICLES ABOUT THE PIANO
Click here to read the article HOW GOOD ARE TOY PIANOS?
Click here to read the article ORIGINS OF THE BLACK PIANO KEYS
Click here to read the article HOW TO BUY AN INEXPENSIVE PIANO OR KEYBOARD
Click here to read the essay WHY GRAND PIANOS ARE BETTER THAN UPRIGHTS
Click here to read the essay PIANO WARS: EVOLUTION OF THE PIANO IN AMERICA
Click here to read the essay THE GREAT PIANO CRAZE OF 1910
Click here to read the essay THE BALLET OF THE PIANO HANDS
Click here to read the essay A PIANIST'S MEANS OF EXPRESSION
Click here to read the report HUMIDITY AND YOUR PIANO

For our complete article list, click here.

   

Piano Is Easy and the Piano by Number series are written by John Aschenbrenner, a noted children's music educator, Emmy Award winning composer, and Broadway veteran. 

Click here to view his distinguished academic background.

John is actively involved every day in inspiring children to take a happy interest in the piano using Piano by Number and simple piano games. You can, too! 

Red musical note: start your child reading music today!

 

TOPICS OF INTEREST TO PARENTS:

"What is a good age to start piano lessons?"

"What are the benefits of playing piano for my child?"

"How can I help my child read sheet music at the piano?"

Piano Lessons: A Child's Point of View

Visit the WALDEN POND PRESS ARCHIVES and read articles about children and piano

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PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE INCLUDES:

PIANO IS EASY (ISBN # 0-9718936-1-6) Sturdily bound, durable, colorful 107 page illustrated song book with 44 songs such as Jingle Bells and London Bridge, Play Along Audio CD and removable numbered stickers. 

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a copy of I CAN READ MUSIC. This fun, easy-to-understand music activity book is the best way to start children reading music. Click here for sample pages.

Every book package order of PIANO IS EASY includes a FREE copy of the 56 minute DVD video from TEACH YOURSELF PIANO. This video will have you playing chords (three piano keys played with the left hand) and fun, familiar songs with both hands right away. That's a $16.95 value free!

2 BOOKS,  PLAY ALONG AUDIO CD and DVD 

Click here for a list of songs.    Click here for sample pages.

PIANO IS EASY BOOK PACKAGE $39.95   

 PIANO IS EASY book package includes a 107 page song book with 44 songs and removable stickers, plus a Play Along Audio CD, free DVD and copy of the book  I CAN READ MUSIC.

You can also purchase individual books with CD $24.95

   

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