Piano for kids is the universal, fundamental and most accessible multi-octave instrument for learning the music language. Piano for kids is the most effective tool, because the keys’ layout presents an obvious representation of the Grand Staff, making it much easier for a beginner to understand music grammar.
Piano for kids is a melodic and percussive instrument at the same time, the digital keyboard is the ideal training device for the development of hearing and rhythm. Playing piano for kids doesn’t require any special physical exertion, like stringed and wind instruments do. While playing piano, a child can simultaneously sing, developing his voice and mastering proper intonation.
The digital keyboard (piano) for kids can’t be played out of tune; when a key is pressed, a clean, even note is sounded, allowing the hearing to develop without obstacle. While playing piano for kids, the student receives the melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once. Reproduction of both the melody and accompaniment develops the melodic and harmonious ear. When we teach our fingers to ‘walk’ smoothly (legato) or stomp (staccato), we are developing everything at once – the depth of hearing, control of the voice, and the subtle nuances of motor movement.
Piano for kids is extremely important. Devotees of violins, accordions, flutes and harps, will of course object to this. They will say that other instruments are much more ‘articulate,’ better convey emotions and the subtle interrelations of tones, that furthermore diversity is important, and an instrument should be a matter of one’s taste. Undoubtedly, this is true. But we’re talking about the ability to teach at an elementary stage of music development. In this, the piano for kids has no competitors. Moreover, the digital piano/keyboard is even more effective than ordinary pianos!
Recommended for teaching piano for kids is the Gentle Piano System – Music GPS – in our curriculum ‘Soft Way to Mozart’. For learning to play piano for kids our instrument of choice is an electronic piano connected to a computer through MIDI, which enables interaction between the two. Sight reading, when played and voiced in Solfeggio, is developed simultaneously. The support for this is an elementary representation of the music staff and corresponding stickers on the keys. At the same time, each of these skills can be worked on separately, which will speed up familiarization with music notation. In piano for kids music reading should develop in all possible directions, both in “height” and “depth.” Here are some of the best supports for this:
1. Piano for kids fluent sight-reading development: the most basic music material on a traditional, black and white music staff. Simple is best, as the coordination shouldn’t be overtaxed.
2. Piano for kids development of coordination: “practice” material on a simplified music staff with colors and shapes.
3. Piano for kids perfection of the technique of playing: special exercises for the visual, tactical, and auditory perceptions. They should be carried out parallel to all other work.
Piano for kids as an ultimate ear training tool. No person is obligated to be born with musical gifts in order to make music. While learning, we should depend on the basic abilities of any person: his ability to hear different sounds, distinguish different colors, and move his fingers. This is absolutely enough. The abilities of a person aren’t gifts – they can easily be developed. A true gift is the success of a method of education, not the talent of a “genius.” And, of course, the most important element in such a method is natural gradualness.
Piano for kids with ‘Soft Way to Mozart and our music GPS makes it easy even for toddlers to start. A person between the ages of 2-5 to 80 has come to learn from zero. Which skills of his can we rely on to start a gradual progression to fluent sight reading with both hands? Distinctly speaking plain words and syllables. Distinguishing one picture from another. Distinguishing colors: red and blue, green and brown. Pressing down a key with one finger. That’s all! A two-year-old child has full control of these skills – that’s the essence of piano for kids with Soft Mozart.