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Piano Lessons for Beginners ROTE MUSIC

Piano lessons for beginners start at the very beginning. Think of a very first piano lesson. Everything is new! And because it takes time to learn rhythm, counting, notes on the staff, the keyboard geography, where the notes on the staff are located on the piano, high and low notes, soft and loud notes and so many other things, it can be a little overwhelming.

What is Rote Music?

Rote music is definitely something I teach right in the first piano lessons.

It’s music that is learned through imitation. A teacher (or other person) SHOWS the student how to play the song on the piano and the student copies it. Early songs I learned by rote when I was a beginner were “Heart & Soul,” “Chopsticks,” and “Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater. I still teach these songs if a child doesn’t already know them. But there are so many other songs you can teach!

Many preschool or young school age kids are not reading fluently, so teaching rote songs can really launch kids in piano technique and musicianship while they develop their reading skills.

Easy Rote Songs for Beginners

These are some of my favorite songs to teach beginners, but there are many other songs kids can learn. One of the most popular songs students have usually learned to play before coming to their first piano lesson is the Baby Shark Song. Kids LOVE to play songs they know and they love to learn by rote!

Sources for Rote Music

Because of Youtube, I find many students continue learning songs by rote. Synthesia videos and other Youtube video tutorials are in abundance and help kids learn the music they are really desiring to learn.

Youtube is where I post songs for my piano students work on. When the pandemic started, I knew my students would have difficulty making progress without seeing my demonstrations. Watching others play and imitating them is an important part of learning piano. And it is an easy way for brand new students to feel good about playing music, practicing at home, and playing music that is above their reading level.

There were many times my students wanted to play a song that I knew was too difficult for them, but they spent hours learning from Youtube videos and mastered the songs they loved. Every time I was in awe! It’s proof… you can achieve whatever you put your mind to achieving.

Rote music is not only for beginners. But it should be included in all piano lessons for beginners!

Rote Music Video Series for Beginners

Below you will find my first video in the series “Piano Lessons for Beginners ROTE MUSIC”. If you are interested in learning some songs you can teach to someone else, then subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell. You will get the updates when new videos are released.

First Game for Beginner Piano Lessons!

I teach this game at every first piano lesson. We play it over and over, week to week, until students can play without the black key letter cards on the piano (this will take a while). You can get this game for FREE when you sign up for my mailing list. Members on my list will have access to the members only free content I create. These free resources will help you prepare your child for future piano lessons and help them learn skills they will need to succeed in school.

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