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Music and Movement Songs for Toddlers on a Rainy Day

In another blog post I list my top 10 favorite music and movement songs for toddlers that I have curated for my in-person early childhood music classes. Today I am sharing a list of songs that you can use on a rainy day to help with giggles and get the wiggles out!

Rainy days are often long days for parents. Children love to be outdoors and play. So parents can PLAN for these rainy days by collecting special musical instruments or other toys that only come out on rainy days. Children then look forward to these special rainy day activities!

I always look for musical instruments I don’t already have at garage sales or consignment shops. But if you don’t have access to these I will leave a list below of some instruments I find most families do not have that you may interested in adding to your “Rainy Day Basket”. I also have a free 20 minute toddler online music class that would perfect for a rainy day!

Music and Movement Songs for Toddlers

Here is the list of music links.

If You’re Happy and You Know It

Skip to My Lou

Bananaphone

15 minutes of Laurie Berkner

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Robin in the Rain

Move and Freeze

Skidamarink

You Are My Sunshine

Jungle Boogie Dance

Shoo Lie Loo

Apples and Bananas

Pat-A-Cake

The Tickle Bug

Do you have some favorites that I can add to my collection? Leave the title and the artist in the comments!

Piano Activity: Fidget Spinner Finger Builder

Are you working with a young piano student who has trouble keeping their fingers curved? You are not alone! This piano activity is suitable for any age beginning piano student or a student who has trouble with finger strength.

I have seen a huge change over the past 30 years in the lack of hand strength and fine motor development in young children who are starting piano lessons. I believe it is because children today are spending more time in front of screens and televisions, rather than moving their bodies and playing outside.

So teachers are always looking for fun piano activities for kids to help strengthen their hands and fingers for the technique they need to play the piano.

Fidget Spinner Piano Activity

Children and adults love playing with fidget spinners. So working with a fidget spinner isn’t like homework or a lesson assignment at all! Preschoolers and Kindergarteners will benefit from counting and identifying the number on the free printable. Older students may try to count as fast as possible to get to a number beyond (40 not on the printable)… Bravo!

You can access the free piano activity below. Be sure to watch my youtube video (also below) to see the piano activity in action! And for more fun piano activities for kids, please subscribe to my Youtube channel!

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    Sneaky Mouse Piano Game

    If you’re looking for a fun activity you can play with your preschooler, that will leave your future piano teacher thanking you over and over, then this piano game is for you!

    Children love to play games, so I want to show you a piano game that you can use to help prepare your young child for piano lessons.  Whether your child is already taking preschool piano lessons or you are hoping they will study the piano in the future, this activity will help develop the fine motor skills that children need for piano lessons.

    Fine motor skills are not only important for learning to play the piano but they are also important for school readiness.  Kids use fine motor skills to color, write, and do other activities that help them succeed in school. So you will find that this game is even helpful in preparing your child for Kindergarten.

    One thing you will need besides the Sneaky Mouse Cards is the Last Mouse Lost Game Board and instructions which can be purchased from Amazon (affiliate link).

    Last Mouse Lost Game Board

    I often find tangible board games adapt into preschool piano games because preschoolers learn really well with tangible 3-D products. Kids as young as 18 months love love love to push these silicone bubbles. Due to copyright, I do not republish the instructions of this game, but I do give you instructions on how I modify the game. I also have a youtube video that gives more details that I will share here.

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    Most piano games are flat… meaning they are printed games like tic tac toe, bingo, candy land, and go fish style card games.  But actually having a game board… the cheese… makes this game really really fun, and very beneficial in teaching so many things little piano students need to work on…. Finger numbers, finger strength, finger coordination, and knowing Right and Left Hands.   Plus it’s a strategy game, not a game of chance.

    Strategy begins all over when someone draws the card that says “Turn over the cheese”.  You actually turn the cheese board over and resume play!

    My five year old grandson asks to play this game every time he comes over!

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    Benefits of playing Sneaky Mouse Piano Game

    • work on Right Hand and Left Hand
    • learn finger numbers for playing the piano
    • build finger independence
    • strengthen the fingers
    • engages the mind because it is a strategy game

    Sneaky Mouse Card Game

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      Here is the Beehive Music Activity for Preschoolers

      Preschool piano lessons will not look like traditional piano lessons for older kids. Preschoolers learn by moving, singing, playing musical instruments, and playing games. So we have to find ways to engage these busy bodies because they will not sit still for long! I want to introduce you to a music activity for preschooler children that I have taught over and over… and kids still beg for more.

      “Here is the Beehive” is a counting finger play that you can use to teach the finger numbers for the piano. Fingering can be confusing because the fingers are numbered 1=thumb, 2=pointer, 3=middle, 4=ring, and 5=pinky. When you hold your hands out in front of you, you will see that the finger numbers go in OPPOSITE directions. This can trick even older beginning students.

      I use a lot of fingerplays while teaching preschoolers because these music activities can help children learn how to feel the beat (a gross motor skill), and can also help little hands develop finger independence (moving one finger at a time which is a fine motor skill).

      Parents are wonderful music teachers for their preschool children because they can capture the best teachable moments in a child’s day. I remember many preschool piano lessons that just didn’t happen because a child was overtired and uncooperative. Parents are very capable of teaching the very simple musical concepts that are covered in preschool piano lessons utilizing an abundance of music activities for preschoolers.

      You can even extend music activities by adding a coloring sheet, reading some books about bees, singing other bee songs, and by just allowing your child to create their own bee song at the piano. Below, I am offering some FREE printables that will help you extend your learning time. I am also including a few wonderful book titles from Amazon (affiliate links), and a video I created demonstrating the fingerplay.

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        I would love to hear what some of your favorite fingerplays for preschoolers are. Leave a comment below! I’d love to make a video featuring your favorite music activity for preschoolers.

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        Mothers Day Gift Ideas for Young Kids!

        I have raised five children and when they were little I was always looking for homemade or DIY Mothers Day gift ideas. They loved having something special to give me that they created. As a music teacher, I always encourage my students to play songs for parents. I know their parents appreciate practice and thoughtfulness. This is especially so when kids learn a song just for them.

        It’s a fact… young children love to create. My almost 2 year old grandson is always saying, “Watch me!” as he dances, plays an instrument, or is riding his little scooter. It’s only natural for a young child’s creative expression to explore musical instruments… examining, experimenting, and often playing them in ways unintended 🙂 So when I created this Mothers Day gift idea, it is with the intention that a preschool age child can experiment and play any key on the piano to play the Mother’s Day Song, because this is how they learn!

        A Mothers Day Song

        This unique Mothers Day gift idea includes a song sheet that has a flower for each syllable of each word. It’s fun to see if the child hears that some syllables might be longer than others. Some young children may not notice and that is okay too!

        To help the child with the words, I like to point to the flowers as I speak the words. A child can repeat each row like an echo. They even have fun moving a small toy (like a lego, mini eraser, etc.) from flower to flower.

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        Some Ideas How to Introduce this Activity to Kids

        I am a huge fan of play-based learning, so allowing a child to experiment playing notes at the piano without rules is really important… there are no right or wrong notes when it is their own creation. There are so many developmental benefits of making music, so when children are encouraged to make music it catapults their brain into higher levels of cognitive development.

        I always encourage parents to create a joyful home using children’s music. However, in this instance, I encourage parents resist the temptation to give a young child creative ideas. While these suggestions are usually not intended to impede the creating process, I find children become limited by these suggestions… thinking they must copy an example demonstrated by an adult.

        Upon hearing their creation, it is fun to ask the child to tell you what thoughts they had about playing their song the way they did. Did they have any other ideas? Does the song move higher? Or lower? Are there some notes that are long? or short? Will their song sound better if it is played soft? medium? loud? a combination of some of those ideas? Talking about these kinds of musical thoughts may give them some more good ideas!

        Some children may be absolutely brand new to the piano keyboard and anything they play is wonderful. Other children may already know a little bit about the piano and might like to write the music alphabet letters on their flowers. This helps them remember to play the song the same way each time. And of course, you can print the song sheet again if they change their mind!

        A Mothers Day Card

        Mothers day gift ideas

        Another part of this Mother’s Day gift idea is a greeting card.

        Often young children want to get things for the people they love, and having a beautiful greeting card is special for them. On Mother’s Day, they will be able to play their song on the piano and also give a beautiful card that they can sign. Light gray words reading “I LOVE YOU” are inside the card. A child can choose to trace the letters, and they can also trace or color the butterflies on the back of the card.

        Writing, tracing, coloring all encourage the development of fine motor skills which are super important to any young piano student. So I always encourage toys, games, and ideas to help young musicians get a head start.

        I am offering this Mothers Day gift idea for free! By signing up on my mailing list, you will receive the digital files for the Mothers Day Song and the greeting card (envelope not included). You will also be notified of all the freebies, preschool music products, and videos I create to help you teach music to your child. I am sure your budding musician will love creating a one of a kind song and greeting card! Make this Mother’s Day a memorable day for your preschool child! And… the special mother in their life!

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          Itsy Bitsy Spider First Piano Song

          Itsy Bitsy Spider is a great first piano song. Young children are very excited to learn to play a song they know.  I love teaching preschoolers this familiar song, because their ear will guide them as they learn which notes to play.  Children naturally know where the long and short sounds are in the song because they can sing the song.  Often, young children only need to be shown which piano keys need to be played, or they can learn by seeing the alphabet letters.

          Traditional piano lessons require students to learn to read notation.  Learning to read notes is important, but many other experiences are more important than note reading when teaching preschool students.

          Is learning to read music hard for beginners?

          When reading music notation, a lot of things must happen simultaneously.

          • Students must identify the note name on the music staff.
          • They need to know which piano key the note on the paper corresponds to. 
          • Students must also recognize the note value.
          • There is a finger number associated with that note.
          • Students have to make their finger cooperate and press the piano key.

          Reading the notation, figuring out which piano key it refers to, and then pressing the correct piano key with the correct finger for the correct amount of time… Whew! This is a lot! And this is difficult! But it is even more difficult for preschoolers. So how can we make this simpler? Let’s focus on the music alphabet. 

          What is the music alphabet?

          What is the music alphabet?  The music alphabet is A, B, C, D, E, F, G.  That’s it.  Each letter coordinates to a white key that is positioned between other white and black keys.  The piano keyboard is set up as a repeating pattern. When you know the name of the white key, it is identical up and down the keyboard.

          Why is the music alphabet beneficial to preschoolers?

          Many students are eager to play songs they know. Often these songs are more difficult than the preschooler’s ability to read notes. But, because their ear can guide them, preschoolers can easily learn songs using the music alphabet letters.

          Children want to feel successful from the very beginning.  They want to play songs they know, AND they don’t want to wait years to play these songs. Kids can reap the benefits of music early! Often, teachers feel familiar songs are too advanced or beyond the student’s reading ability. What they don’t realize is that there is more than one way to teach the piano. And to get preschoolers playing songs they are excited to learn means we should teach what they already know… the ABC’s.

          How can children benefit from playing familiar songs?

          If the first piano song a preschooler learns is a familiar one like Itsy Bitsy Spider, children can springboard from that song. Meaning… they can build upon what they learned from that song and creatively learn many new things. They can take a rhythm pattern from the song to play musical instruments or use the pattern to make a new song. They can create more verses to the story. They can explore the sounds on the piano by having the spider crawl up the piano. They can learn about the spider’s web and learn to play a glissando on the piano as a spider would go down its dropline. There are so many ways to springboard from this first piano song.

          Are there songs for my preschooler?

          One of the biggest requests I have seen from parents and piano teachers who desire to teach preschoolers is the lack of music available to teach. Teachers are begging for simple first piano songs, coloring pages, activity pages, and games that reinforce the concepts beginners are learning. 

          At this age, children need so much repetition. Additional activity pages and games allow children to experience the lesson over and over in new ways which help them internalize the ideas being taught.

          Where can I find piano music for my preschooler?

          First Piano Song

          Most preschool methods only teach a concept once, expecting a child to learn it and understand it in one week. But preschoolers need more time. They need more repetition. These methods also focus primarily on note reading. But, because most kids this age are not ready to learn to read, focusing on note reading seems silly. Let’s let young children explore the piano and figure out songs using the abilities they already have which includes knowing the alphabet.

          My own preschool students rush through the door excited to show me a song they figured out at home… a first song, like Baby Shark or Chop Sticks. They want to play songs they know.

          I decided to create preschool piano activities that are different. First piano songs which allow children to learn and re-learn all the foundational skills that need time to be mastered. Every time a new song is introduced, they can re-learn, remember, go into greater details and have new games and worksheets to explore.

          Itsy Bitsy Spider is a wonderful first piano song. The song is introduced using alphabet letters. Activities and games included in the pack help teach and reinforce all the basic skills of the first year piano student. Because these skills are repeated as they learn additional songs, there is less of a progression, but more of an introduction, repetition, and mastery, while children are doing what they love… learning songs they already know.

          Are Reading Based Piano Lessons Good for Preschoolers?

          I have spent years watching preschool piano materials emerge to the forefront of piano teaching.  Having taught from every single early beginner method,  I have one thing to say.  No matter how cute and colorful the pages are, preschool piano methods emphasize note reading. So are reading based piano lessons good for preschoolers?

          I believe the answer lies in the teacher (or parent).  If a teacher understands preschool ability, they can craft the piano lesson for success.  But sadly, many people teaching preschool piano do not understand that preschool piano lessons should look radically different than 9 or 10 year old beginner lessons.  Many teachers only teach out of the book which is flat and 2 dimensional.  Preschool children are creative and need more 3-D experiences along with their lesson book.  Preschoolers learn best by moving. They also want to play songs they already know.

          Are piano lessons worth it?

          I am a big believer that children learn best through play.  And while you can follow the outline of a book, there should be lots and lots of other activities that reinforce what is being taught in the book, laying the foundation for future concepts being taught in the book. Reading based piano lessons ARE good if they include:

          • Movement Music: clapping, stepping, hopping, etc
          • Playing instruments
          • Learning to keep a steady beat
          • Games teaching right hand and left hand
          • Creative play at the piano (i.e. making bird sounds, elephant walking sounds, etc)
          • Learning basic rhythm patterns
          • Soft and loud sounds
          • Finger identification
          • Finger and hand strengthening
          • Activities that strengthen fine motor skills
          • Learning keyboard geography
          • Use of materials that de-emphasize success by completing a book
          • Singing and matching pitches
          • Counting
          • Pattern play
          • Learning the music alphabet
          • Learning songs using the alphabet letters
          • Learning songs by watching someone else play the piano
          • Playing games away from the piano bench

          Should my child take piano lessons?

          Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents and teachers actually acknowledged that learning and enjoying piano playing doesn’t have to fit in a one-size-fits-all mold and that preschoolers are learning without homework and formal lessons. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if preschoolers could play more and practice as their interest allows?

          There is fear in the piano teaching world that parents will realize they can teach from the lesson book themselves.  This is true. 

          I am a huge fan of parents teaching preschool piano to their own child for many reasons. Here are 10 ways parents can get your child ready for piano lessons.  But the top reason for this belief is that when a parent isn’t paying for piano lessons, there is less pressure on the preschooler.  The child can learn music concepts creatively, naturally explore the piano, play games, and just enjoy making music. 

          When parents pay for lessons, they feel children must practice at home practice like older students do. This is where the piano experience begins to melt down for preschoolers. Really! Preschoolers can take soccer lessons, gymnastics, swimming, and other types of lessons without a requirement of daily practice. Is there value in the lesson itself? Children DO learn in the piano lesson. So why do teachers and parents expect a requirement of daily practice with preschool piano lessons?

          Are reading-based piano methods good for preschoolers?

          Are reading based piano lessons good for preschoolers?  It depends.  It depends on parents and teachers meeting the needs of the child and allowing children the freedom to enjoy making music at the piano with fun activities and lots of reinforcement of concepts that don’t demand mastery.

          Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parents and teachers actually acknowledged that learning piano doesn’t have to fit in a one-size-fits-all mold and that preschoolers can learn without formal lessons and practice requirements. Not all children are ready to read in preschool. Using reading based methods may not be the right fit for every preschool child.

          Where can I find Preschool Piano Resources?

          Reading Based Piano Lessons

          Because I have taught from all the different preschool piano methods, I know where they fall short. As I read Facebook community pages discuss preschool piano, I was frustrated that so many teachers demand that preschoolers learn in the same way that a 10 year old would learn. So I finally decided to create the resources I wish I had when I first began teaching preschool piano.

          This includes teaching children to play more songs (especially songs preschoolers know and love), activities, and games. Repetition, repetition, and more repetition is what children love and helps them master the basics.  The topics currently taught in most preschool piano methods are covered, so parents and teachers can overlap, find more supplementary materials, and create a more balanced approach to preschool piano lessons.

          I hope this article helps you decide if preschool piano is right for your child, know what to look for in a piano teacher, or helps you feel encouraged to play piano games with your child at home.  Here are links for more information on why I created this blog, what I hope parents will get out of my blog, and top resources for teaching your child piano at home, and piano games you can play with your child.

          Christmas Gifts that Prepare Preschoolers for Piano Lessons

          Many parents of preschoolers want their child to learn to play a musical instrument. Piano is often thought of as an approachable instrument for young children. This article will list fun, educational toys that make great Christmas Gifts that can help prepare preschoolers for piano lessons. These toys all help develop finger strength, hand strength, and fine motor skills and spark imagination and creativity– which are important in piano playing.

          Preschoolers have small hands. Many children don’t have developed strength in their hands and fingers so they are not ready for piano lessons. I am amazed at how quickly a child can develop good hand strength with some of these toys – helping prepare preschoolers for piano lessons.

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          To play the piano preschoolers have to develop fine motor skills. They can do this in many ways: playing outdoors, playing games, coloring and drawing, playing with play dough, etc.

          The educational resources below all help develop the fingers and hands of preschoolers in ways that benefit the budding piano player. Best of all, children will have so much fun, they won’t even know that these activities will help them learn to play the piano.

          If you discover your child is frustrated by working on fine motor skills, check out my blog post, 15 Toddler Music and Movement Songs. These songs encourage gross motor skills which include large movements like marching, hopping, twisting, clapping. Children love to play musical instruments along with these songs.

          Toys That Build Fine Motor Skills

          In subsequent blog posts I will be demonstrating how you can use these resources to help your child build fine motor skills and prepare for piano playing.

          Sign up for my mailing list! I am offering a free game you can play with your child! “Piano Race Game” is THE game I teach every beginning piano student, and kids ask to play this game over and over. Kids select their favorite tiny little moving pieces (like legos or mini-erasers) and then take turns drawing music alphabet cards that send them racing across the piano keyboard. The moving pieces and small alphabet cards help build fine motor skills as the child draws cards and moves their piece to the next key. Best of all, they are also learning the music alphabet on the piano! Your child will love this game!

          Leave me a comment if you have other fun games that your preschooler enjoys that help build fine motor skills. I’d love to add them to the list!

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            Best Musical Instrument Sets for Toddlers

            Babies and toddlers put EVERYTHING in their mouths. Because so many toys come from China, toy safety is always a concern. One of my goals in creating this website is to share what I have learned from teaching babies, toddlers, and young children. Below I will share my favorite musical instrument sets for toddlers that are safe for children under age 3 years old. There are many quality brands that are tested and trusted by parents. Please shy away from the best “deal” on Amazon as those toys are often knock-offs and not safe for young children.

            The musical instrument sets below have been used in my early childhood music classes so I can personally attest that they are high quality. Children develop gross and fine motor skills at an individual rate, so abilities will vary in the first three years of growth. Please use your best judgement as to the age appropriateness of each musical set.

            What musical instrument can a baby play?

            Babies are becoming aware of their surroundings. Soft toys are perfect beginning musical toys. Also, toys that make a soft sound are ideal as loud sounding instruments can startle babies. I especially love small, light toys that can velcro to baby’s ankles or wrists so that the child can move and create the sound on their own. All baby toys should be washable.

            What musical instrument can a one year old play?

            One year olds can grasp and hold onto small items, but they are still developing the gross motor skills to play musical instruments. Shaker instruments like eggs and maracas are perfect beginning instruments for this age and you can see the delight on a child’s face as they make sounds with their instrument. Of course babies are equally happy to drop or throw their instrument to create a sound.

            What musical instrument can a two year old play?

            Two year olds are beginning to develop some fine motor skills for playing instruments. They still put everything in their mouths, so it is best to have child-friendly age appropriate instruments that are easy to clean. Two year olds love to play drums and xylophones and are very interested in many other percussion instruments. I also have another blog post about my favorite 20 musical instruments for preschoolers. Many of these individual music instruments would also be appropriate for toddlers. You can check out that blog post here.

            Quality toddler musical instrument sets

            The musical instrument sets below are appropriate for babies age 3 months and older. Any of these sets are a great first musical instrument set and appropriate for birthday presents, baby shower gifts, or Christmas presents. Check out 15 of my favorite songs that your toddler can sing, dance and play their musical instruments with here.

            (disclaimer: The links below include affiliate links which means if you purchase an item through these links I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. I thank you for your support, as it provides income that supports this blog and helps me be able to create new musical products for parents and children.)

            Hohner Kids Single Tube Shaker

            This set I originally posted here is no longer available, but Hohner is a wonderful brand and I have also used this tube shaker. This link is for only one shaker that is perfect for the younger child.

            Melissa & Doug Band in a Box

            The band in a box is a wooden set and I love that these pieces won’t break. However, the drum head on the tambourine is very thin and was punctured right away. I ended up cutting that drum head off the tambourine and it hasn’t affected the play-ability of shaking the tambourine. Even with that mishap, this is a quality music set that kids love to play with.

            iPlay, iLearn Baby Musical Set

            This set is very engaging for babies. There are a variety of shapes and sounds. I owned pieces from this set and they are very durable. There are over 7,000 reviews for this item on Amazon and it is almost 5 stars. I would say this is a great starter musical set for baby.

            Lamaze Gardenbug Foot finder & Wrist Rattle Set

            These are the super soft instruments that keep babies busy for a long time as they discover sound and that they can make the sound by moving their leg or arm. I just love watching babies engaging with these rattles!!

            B. Toys Drumroll Please

            I own two of these musical sets. The kids all love to play with them. I love the colors and the varying textures that each item has. It is also convenient that the entire instrument set fits neatly inside the drum and that the lid is actually part of the instrument. I Highly recommend this set. It is more appropriate for the older toddler 18+ months.

            Playgro Baby Toy Jerry Giraffe

            I LOVE Playgro! A rattle like this has a lot to offer with several different kinds of sounds and textures. I own several different playgro baby toys. Children love the bright colors and the interesting parts to discover. These baby toys are washable too.

            If you have more recommendations that you have personally tested and would like to recommend, I would love to have you leave a comment!

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            Easy Preschool Piano Lesson Game

            Parents have an advantage in teaching their own child preschool piano, because parents can capitalize on moments when a preschool child is well rested and ready to play piano games. Children learn extremely well when they play games and most children love to play games with their parents. The concepts that are taught to preschoolers are very basic such as high and low sounds, long and short sounds, loud and soft sounds, etc. By playing games that cover these learning activities with their child, parents are laying a wonderful foundation for formal lessons when the child is older.

            Parents Can Teach Preschool Piano?

            Parents absolutely can teach piano to their preschooler, because they have many different kinds of resources at their fingertips these days. Videos, playing games, singing movement songs with instruments, baskets filled with amazing musical instruments for preschoolers, etc. and can easily teach a child a lot in 3-5 minutes. Formal lessons require long lessons that often wear a child out. When a preschooler is having a good day, he may enjoy piano games and activities for a long length of time. But when a child is not having a great day, no amount of pressure will gain the cooperation that is desired, even for a minute.

            One of the reasons I created this blog was to help parents find resources for music making in the home. Teaching preschool piano is kind of like teaching your child to read. No one needs a degree in education to read books to a child. Most children learn to read by being read to and by practicing reading together with an adult. Music is the same. Parents can build a solid piano foundation that formal instruction can later refine by taking time to make music together, playing games together, and providing musical instruments and activities for preschool children to explore.

            How Do I Know When My Child is Ready to Learn Piano?

            I often have parents in my early childhood education class ask what is the best age for a child to begin the piano. My usual response… it depends. Preschoolers learn and grow socially very quickly, but because each child is so unique, it really does depend on the child.

            • Can the child sit still and concentrate on something for 4-5 minutes?
            • Do they enjoy working with others?
            • Do they listen?
            • Are they working on fine motor skills?
            • Are they interested in the piano?

            These are all questions I ask a parent before we begin talking about preschool piano lessons. For some children, just waiting another 6 – 12 months can make all the difference in piano playingreadiness.

            Preschool Piano Activities: Match Game

            Piano Match Game is a beginning piano game that reinforces the position of the music alphabet on the piano keyboard. This game explores the geography:

            • Identify groups of 2 Black Keys
            • Identify groups of 3 Black Keys
            • Identify the alphabet letter locations within the groups of 2 and 3 black keys
            • match colors (or more advanced only match location.

            Every child LOVES playing this game and they are especially motivated if you have some super cute tiny yous to play with. Lego people, hatchables, squinkees, or mini erasers are great! Check out the video below to see how easy it is to play this game with your preschooler. Add this game to your piano teaching resources by clicking HERE.

            Now You Can Teach Preschool Piano to Your Child!

            Kids love to play Piano Match Game and beg to play it over and over again. Join the many parents who are now teaching preschool piano at home with fun and engaging piano games!

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              Conclusion

              The most important thing to remember is that making music and playing the piano should be joyful. In teaching preschoolers, all the components of learning music and the piano must be broken down into their simplest parts. Teaching the child through games helps them learn about each part individually.

              For the preschool child, this might mean when he learns about loud sounds, he will stomp his feet and then play a stomping sound on the piano, or when he learns about soft sounds he may tiptoe around the room and then make a tip-toe sound at the piano. Moving the body helps a young child learn and will connect music making to things they already know. These simple parts of music making are accessible for every parent to teach.

              Every child loves music! I hope you will enjoy building your library of musical activities and resources for teaching your child preschool piano.

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