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How to teach really little kids the piano?

I'm going to teach the piano to kids who are JUST starting out the instrument. The problem is, I have a to-be-student child who is about 3. She can't read nor write, loves to chat and has the attention span of a, well, 3 year old.

I'm very uncertain how I'm going to start her off. Trying to teach her the different notes and stuff would be too much, let alone reading the scores.

Should I start her off with playing by the ear or something? Also, how can I help keep her attention? :/

Im not expert at the piano but I am a mother and a nanna, as well as having trained as a teacher assistant for kids with disabilities as well as specialising in guiding childrens behaviours.

I suggest just making it fun, let her bang away on the keys for the first lesson just to satisfy her curiosity,

second lesson just try to get her to follow your prompts - hit a key saying the key name (for example hit "c" and say "c") this will promote learning the of correct terminology even if they don't understand what it means at this time as they have fun.

maybe find out from the parent what tv shows the child likes, most have theme tunes, perhaps learn one and play it for the child this will then involve a personal interest in the music.

The most important thing at this stage is fun, they then get into the habit of attending lessons early and consider it part of their routine, they also learn that it is fun and associate pleasant memories with attending lessons, this is all preparation for the later learning. But dont underestimate how much some children will learn, while they are still very young, Kids Learning capacity at a young age is amazing they CAN be absolute sponges for information, hopefully you may find yourself with one of those children rather than a little terror on legs.

either way a steady approach with lots of scope for adaption - some on a moment by moment scale is the best way to go

hope that helps

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