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I have mentioned before that my daughter is really musical.  We have a keyboard and she has been "playing" it and she really loves it.  I think she is ready for some instruction.  The problem is, I live in a place where the instruction is really boring and arduous without much short-term results for the kids to be proud of.  A friend's kid, for example, has been taking lessons for three years but just now she is starting to play some things and she is enjoying it.  I don't know what style it is but I have seen kids crying and fighting.  I really don't want that.  

 

I recently found out about Simply Music and Pianimals.  I am sure there are more too.  Anyone here ever try to teach their kid piano at home?  I should mention that I don't play any other instrument.  So, I will have to learn and practice with my children side by side.  

 

When I brought up the idea of learning the piano, my son got interested too because he has been composing poetry and wants music to go along with it.  This might be a good time for us to embark on a playful musical journey.  Any suggestions for home based learning resources?  I want a program where the kids start playing familiar stuff soon enough that they feel encouraged to practice and learn more.  I am leaning towards Pianimals.  I would love to get insight from anyone who has used it.  Suggestions for other programs are also welcome.  Any and all tips and conversation about music learning in general are also welcome.  

 

Thank you in advance!

post #2 of 7

I would not try to learn and teach piano at the same time. there's just too much going on there to give her a fair shot at the instrument. 

 

saying that, there are other options in regards to lessons. Any churches in the area may have someone that would be willing to give lessons, as may schools with a general music program.

 

If you have any colleges in your area, a music major may be willing to give lessons, and those may be less expensive than others due to the person being a student. 

 

You can ask at the children's desk at your library if they know of anyone that gives piano lessons.

 

Once you find someone, you can help by sating your expectations. "I want the enjoyment of the instrument to be more important than technical mastery." or what ever it is that is important to you.

post #3 of 7
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Red Pajama, thank you for responding:)  I wish taking lessons from someone else was an option but at this point it is not.  This is why I am looking at home based approaches.  Learning along side my kids is not ideal but it is what it is.  My dd's eyes simply sparkle when anything musical happens and she does love the keyboard.  I don't want her to miss out on a possible passion, you know what I mean?  

post #4 of 7
In your situation I would just wait until you can provide her with a skilled suitable teacher. In the meantime allow her to continue exploring, expose her to lots of good music for listening, sing lots. Perhaps there's a children's choir program she could become part of? I'm a parent who did some in-home teaching of piano to my own kids. But we had a real piano, and I have some piano background as well as extensive music pedagogy training in violin. I still much prefer a real piano teacher, so we eventually started driving 3 hours round trip for lessons. The chance of a child discovering a passion for piano goes up exponentially with good teaching. Poor teaching stands a good chance of diminishing it. Unlike most homeschooling topics, music is not just a chunk of knowledge or a basic skill. It's an artistic discipline.

Miranda
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Thank you Miranda.  You have given me something to think about.  It is really too bad that she doesn't/and will not have access to the right resources.  She would have done well in a performance program where she got to explore aspects of music, dance, and acting.  She just really leans towards that.

post #6 of 7
There's a really neat program (Cd and book) called Musical Improvisation for Children by Alice Kay Kanack. It's suitable for an untrained parent to use with a 6-year-old, with only a keyboard. It teaches musical courage, expressiveness, interpretation and some basic theory in a very hands-on exploratory way. The listening tracks and improv stuff is amazing. I highly recommend it. It's the one with the red/green/yellowy cover (she also has one for piano students already studying the instrument, but you want the other one). I believe Amazon carries it.

Miranda
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There's a really neat program (Cd and book) called Musical Improvisation for Children by Alice Kay Kanack. It's suitable for an untrained parent to use with a 6-year-old, with only a keyboard. It teaches musical courage, expressiveness, interpretation and some basic theory in a very hands-on exploratory way. The listening tracks and improv stuff is amazing. I highly recommend it. It's the one with the red/green/yellowy cover (she also has one for piano students already studying the instrument, but you want the other one). I believe Amazon carries it.

Miranda

 

Yup, found it on amazon.  Thank you for the recommendation.  We will be checking it out :)

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