If you are a parent thinking of getting your child started on playing musical instruments like the piano, or wanting to give the primary lessons yourself, we made you a simple guide with some free sheet music for kids to get you on the road.
Mozart started learning the piano basics at the age of three.
It’s true that the younger the children are, the bigger the head start they have in any field of mastery, like in playing musical instruments. Children can start learning to play musical instruments as soon as they can understand and perform instructions.
For music teachers, ages 6-8 years old are perfect because, during this time, children are more teachable, which means they can concentrate long enough for the duration of the lesson. At this age, children are like sponges, learning everything easily in whatever they are exposed to.
As parents, you would probably start thinking of piano lessons for your children once they start showing signs of interest. The earlier they show interest, the faster you should start cultivating it by giving them formal lessons whether by hiring a music teacher or training them yourself.
There is no definitive age for learning. In other words, play it by ear, and you will be the judge of whether your child is ready to train in music.
In the formative years of children, it is crucial to develop in them skills that will become the foundation of playing the piano or any instrument or craft for that matter.
On technical skills for piano playing, the learner has to memorize the notes and associate these with the piano keys, to strengthen the fingers, and to build hand coordination. Let’s talk about these three skills:
These are only a few of the fundamental skills in piano playing, but there are certainly more depending on the music teacher and the kind of training they provide. After these basic skills are improved, beginners can move on to beat, pitch, scale patterns, and so on as they progress to more details in sheet music reading.
For children, this is also a great time to hone soft skills that can take them further beyond piano playing. Without these, it will be a lot harder to progress over time. Remember, learning the technical aspects of playing the piano is only half the battle. The values that beginners learn on the onset will determine what kind of pianist they will grow up to be.
While we mentioned that foundation skills are important, we want to cultivate the child’s interest and not get them too overwhelmed with technical aspects of piano in the beginning.
You can do this by integrating fun and games to keep their attention to the lesson. Be as creative as you can be. Put some fun stickers to label your piano and their fingers, and assign colors or animals to each note. Make the worksheets visually appealing. Play guess the tune games.
A good way to introduce children to the beauty of piano playing is by having them play familiar melodies on their first day. It puts them on the right footing if they can appreciate playing while reading sheet music appropriate for their level. The level of difficulty of your sheet music can encourage or dishearten beginners. That is why assessment of your learner’s skills is vital in teaching.
The benefit of the internet is that anyone can start learning a skill such as playing the piano for free. Sheet music for kids—beginners to intermediate learners alike—are abundant and they come in varying levels of difficulty and different styles.
Primer level worksheet helps beginners enjoy playing music, and build basic skills mentioned above at the same time. Here are some layouts to look for:
There are many sheet music that include nursery rhymes that your kids would totally love practicing. Some of the classical and traditional music you can find in free sheet music for kids are:
Yes, the catchy tune in the Cinderella film. These classics come in simple to complex variations at beginner levels.
If your child is inclined to modern music, there are lots of these too that you can download for free. But remember that not all beginner sheet music arrangements are equal.
You may recognize simple arrangements that provide the gist of the melody alone and are familiar even when played slow and with one note at a time. The important thing here is that the learner appreciates playing while reading sheet music. Playing with a recognizable song also trains ear power and sensitivity to notes. This also means they are training to identify mistakes by sound alone.
More complex arrangements for beginners are faster, nuanced, and more challenging to read but are nonetheless easier than full-on notation sheets that advanced level to professional piano players use. These arrangements are more suitable for beginners who have finished months of constant training. You can always speed up or down your child’s pace since every learner is different.
I prepared a bunch of sheet music for the piano that can jump-start your child’s training.
You can download the free sheet music for beginners below:
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Related: In the meantime, you can check out some more sheet music samples
I hope to have given you an idea or two for starting your child’s piano lessons.