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The Piano Student: Top Posts

The Piano Student is a music resource directory for teachers and beginning-intermediate level piano students.  Below are a few of the most popular posts and the most active posts.  I hope you enjoy the resources you find.  If you are having trouble finding a particular resource, please let me know.

Updated on Jan 3, 2018

Top Posts (with all-time views)

Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1 460,512
Free Christmas Sheet Music for Children  251,353
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3 239,337
Nursery Rhyme Piano Sheet Music for Children 204,722
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4 201,208
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 2 206,401
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5 185,934
Canon in D | Easy Piano Sheet Music 139,619
MMF All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Digital Print Piano Lesson Book 95,080
Free Note Name Worksheets | Music Theory for Kids 95,032
 The Entertainer | Piano Sheet Music for Three Levels  83,934
Music Flash Cards | Treble and Bass Clef 84,737
Chopsticks | Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music (Three Levels) 58,438
Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride) | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 64,104
10 Beginner Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play | Free Sheet Music 48,034
More Nursery Rhymes for Piano | Free Beginner Sheet Music 42,911
Danny Boy | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 29,784
Happy Birthday | Free Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music 40,516
Toccata in D Minor (Bach) | Two Free Piano Sheet Music Arrangements 39,216
Moonlight Sonata | Easy Piano Sheet Music 31,062
Danny Boy | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 29,784
Christian Hymns | Free Easy Piano Sheet Music 29,020
Amazing Grace | Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music 24,597
Carol of the Bells | Easy Piano Sheet Music 22,942
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Hey Jude (Beatles) | Premium Easy Piano Sheet Music

Looking for a new piece of sheet music to share with your piano students for play yourself?

The music of the Beatles is always a surefire hit, and “Hey Jude” and one of their biggest hits.

“Hey Jude” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles. It was released as a single in 1968. It was written by Paul McCartney though credited to Lennon–McCartney. It was first conceived as “Hey Jules,” the name of Lennon’s son, to comfort him during the break from is first wife and connection with artist, Yoko Ono. “Hey Jude” hit #1 in many countries around the world. It became the year’s top-selling single in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. “Hey Jude” has sold around 8 million copies, and is considered one of the greatest songs of all time.

Print Easy Piano Sheet Music

This piano sheet music arrangement is ideal for the advancing pianist, with parts written specifically to make the arrangement highly playable. Visit MusicNotes to listen to the arrangement, and print the score. The digital recording on the site may also be useful to you in learn to play the sheet music.

Print Hey Jude – Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Related Easy Piano Sheet Music

Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 4
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 5
Piano Chord Chart for Beginners | 28 Basic Chords
Free Christmas Sheet Music for Jazz Piano
Free Sheet Music | Chopsticks for Piano (Three Levels)

homeschool music lessons · music lessons · Tips for Practicing · video lessons

Beginner Piano Technique Made Easy – FREE Video Lesson

Getting the most out of your child’s piano lessons typically only requires a few modifications to their practice habits and techniques. Sometimes the changes have to do with what they are doing with their time. Sometimes the changes have to do with what they are doing in terms of piano technique. The later is the focus of the video lesson included in this post. The video lesson limits the number of tips to just three. When your kids master them, they’ll have a much greater ability to master the lesson materials they’re given each week.

Beginner Piano Technique | Learn to Play More Expressively and Tons Faster – FREE Video Lesson

Main Points of Piano Lesson (Transcript)

Keep your wrists relaxed and level to the keyboard. Keep you fingers rounded with your finger tips on the keys. Practice with a quarter on the back your hand until it doesn’t fall off anymore. When you can do these three things successfully you’ll be on your way to playing more expressively and tons faster.

Are You Just Getting Started with Piano Lessons?

The following links from the piano student blog will point you to free beginner level piano sheet music and free music theory resources for the beginning student.

Piano Sheet Music

Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 2
10 Beginner Piano Pieces Kids Love to Play
MMF All-In-One Piano Book | Level 1A
Nursery Rhyme Piano Sheet Music for Children
More Nursery Rhyme Piano Sheet Music for Children
Famous Composers for Little Fingers

Music Theory Worksheets

Color-by-Note | Treble Clef Note Names Worksheet Bundle
It All Adds Up! | Rhythm Worksheets (Music Theory)
Free Music Theory Worksheets for Kids (Note Names)
CodeBreaker! Free Note Naming Worksheets
Color That Note! | Free Note Name Worksheets (Music Theory)

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Music Practice for Kids: How to Get the Most Out Of It
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

homeschool music lessons · music lessons · practicing · Tips for Practicing

Essential Music Lesson Tips You Can Learn from a Toy

Sometimes the best teaching strategies come from the wackiest places.

Many of us have played the electronic game, Simon. You turn it on and a light lights up along with a corresponding sound. In the following rounds Simon adds a single color & sound combination each round. Red. Red-Green. Red-Green-Blue. Dynamite!

When you start to consider how Simon is designed you find an amazing teacher. One that makes it easy for kids to learn, and meets the needs of every type of learner.

Want to know more about how Simon teaches and how you can use these strategies in your lessons too? Check out the following video.

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Music Practice for Kids: How to Get the Most Out Of It
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

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Music Theory: Dynamics for Kids Video Lesson

Want to drill the four most popular music dynamics symbols with this FREE piano lesson?

This free video music lesson introduces children to the four most common dynamics markings that music composers use – with popsicle sticks!

Music Theory for Kids: Dynamics Symbols

This music lesson introduces kids to the dynamics markings:

Piano – Soft

Mezzo Piano – Medium Soft

Mezzo Forte – Medium Loud

Forte – Loud

This music lesson also gives a short introduction to Italian monk, Guido of Arezzo. He’s the guy that invented music notation and his Guidonian Hand that maps note names on the part of you hand.

Want to learn more about Guido of Arezzo?

Biography About Italian Music Theorist “Guido of Arezzo”

Guido was a monk from Arezzo, Italy. (A long time ago people referred to each other by their first name and the city where they lived.) Guido invented a way to teach his singers to learn chants quickly. It was very helpful, and it made Guido famous throughout north Italy. Unfortunately, the other monks he worked with didn’t like that he was innovative, so they asked him to leave and move to Arezzo. Arezzo didn’t have an abbey, but it did have a group of cathedral singers. Bishop Tedald (of Arrezo) liked him, and asked him to lead the church singers. While at Arezzo, Guido kept working on his new techniques for teaching, including the musical staff and other aspects of music notation. Guido is also credited with the Guidonian hand, which became an extremely popular mnemonic system that maps musical note names on to the hand.

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Music Practice for Kids: How to Get the Most Out Of It
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

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Music Practice for Kids: How to Get the Most Out Of It

If you’re ready for your students to make every minute they practice count – keep reading.

Most pianists don’t practice as effectively as they could. For young piano students, the time that they spend in exchange for the growth they see is even worse. It’s either because they lack the discipline to practice in a way that will get good results, or they either don’t know how to practice.

My art teacher said something that has stuck with me for years – “You’ll get better, unless you’re stupid.” This quote makes me laugh – and it’s true. I teach a lot of really bright kids, due in part to the fact that their parents are very invested in their education. Every one of them has the potential to succeed. The only question is, “Are they committed to learn at their fullest potential?” Are they trading 3-4 hours each week to get better at a few things, or 3-4 hours a week to get better at a lot of things?

This post suggests an exceptional way to practice that yields results you can measure and see your child’s/student’s progress skyrocket.

Set A Goal For Every Time You Practice

Every time your piano student practices, they should have a list of several things they’d like to improve on. The list doesn’t need to be long. If they plan to practice for 30 minutes, 3 to 4 goals should be enough. Ask your student to begin with the phrases that need work, focusing only on them for the majority of the time. At the end of the the 30 minutes they should be able to clearly see improvement.

Practice Very,Very, Slowly

Practicing slowly helps you play fast. Practicing very slowly helps you play even faster. Wierd, but true. In fact, you don’t even have to practice the notes fast to play fast. Your fingers will just be able to do it because they’ve been so perfectly trained. With my own piano students the results are often so amazing that they can’t believe they really did it.

Check out this video for a lesson on practicing slowly that your students won’t soon forget.

Drill, Drill, Drill

Learning the notes and rhythms is the first step to learning the music. Next comes repetition. I ask my students to work on a phrase until they can play it correctly and then drill that phrase until they’ve played it 5 times correctly. All that repetition helps what they learned to stick. The next time they practice they’ll retain some of what they learned the last time, and should continue to drill for greater confidence.

“Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” – Ludwig van Beethoven

Reward Student Effort

Learning to play the piano is a long-range goal. Kids often like short range goals and immediate rewards, like getting candy for doing their chores or getting a sticker for playing the G major scale. A sticker chart might be a great addition to their practice routine.

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Essential Music Lesson Tips You Can Learn from a Toy
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

music lessons · printable sheet music

4 Women Composers Your Kids Should Know

Most kids, if they’ve studied music in grade school can name a handful of music composers. Their list would certainly include composers like Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. Really astute students might be able to remember a few more that their teacher shared, like Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Grieg. Missing from their list are women composers. When time is short, it’s understandable the the list might be limited to these composers is some cases, however, to miss adding a notable woman to the list would fail to encourage our next generation of young girls. If they only see men writing music, it might not occur to them that their creativity is encouraged and welcome in the world of composition as well.

This post celebrates the accomplishments of the greatest of women composers, and provides teachers with the resources they need to share their music with young students.

Clara Schumann

Clara Schumann was the wife of great composer Robert Schumann. Most people don’t know that Robert would have never been the famous composer that he was if it weren’t for his wife, Clara. She was an exception pianists that played many concerts to support her family. When she wasn’t busy doing that she taught piano lessons and composed music. Germany, Clara’s birthplace, celebrated Clara by placing her picture on the 100 Deutsche Mark for 13 years, until switching to the Euro.

Clara Schumann Music Lesson Plan Resources

Prelude in Bb (Clara Schumann) for Easy Piano (Level 3)

Prelude in Bb (Clara Schumann) for Easy Piano Solo (Level 5)

Prelude in Bb Major for Easy Piano (Play & Learn Edition)

Clara Schumann: Classics for Kids (Audio Episode)

Clara Schumann Bulletin Board Pack

Clara Schumann Coloring Page

Clara Schumann Word Search

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Barbara Strozzi

Barbara Strozzi, by the age of 12, was developing a wonderful singing voice and accompanying herself on the lute. In support of her devotion to music her father arranged for composition lessons with a leading composer. By the age of 16 Barbara had already published her first album of music, and she was recognized as a singer of virtuoistic talent. Strozzi’s popular works include Che si può fare, Op. 8 and Lagrime mie. Most worthy of mention is that she is recognized as the most prolific composer – man or woman – of published secular vocal music in Venice in the mid-seventeeth century.

Barbara Strozzi Music Lesson Plan Resources

What Can Be Done? “Che si può fare” (Barbara Strozzi) for Easy Piano

Che si può fare (Barbara Strozzi) for Easy Piano (Play and Learn Edition)

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Barbara Strozzi | Free Word Search

Barbara Strozzi | Free Coloring Page

Mystery Melody: Barbara Strozzi Boom Cards

Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade was a French composer and pianist born in Paris, France in 1857. She studied piano, violin, and composition with notable musicians, though not on an official basis, as her father disapproved of music education. At the age of 18, she gave her first concert, and from that point on her work as a composer gained steadily in favor. Chaminade’s “Scarf Dance,” was one of the most popular piano pieces of her time, and it’s estimated to have sold five million copies by the time of her death in 1944. In 1913 Cécile received the Legion d’Honneur, which was a first for a female composer. Ambroise Thomas remarked, “This is not a woman who composes, but a composer who is a woman.”

Cecile Chaminade Music Lesson Plan Resources

Tarentelle, Op. 123, No.10 (Cécile Chaminade) for Easy Piano Solo

Cécile Chaminade – Composer Coloring Page

Cécile Chaminade – Word Search Worksheet

Children Album, Op.123 for Easy Piano

History Hunt: Cecile Chaminade

Tarentelle, Op. 123, No. 10  for Intermediate Piano Solo

Women Composers | Facts & Word Searches

Fanny Mendelssohn

Fanny Mendelssohn was born in Germany in 1805. As children, Fanny and her brother Felix studied piano and learn the art of composing music. Their father encouraged Felix to become a professional musician, but when Fanny expressed the same he suggested that Fanny become a housewife. After a courtship of several years Fanny married to the artist, Wilhelm Hensel. He encouraged Fanny to compose, and while she never enjoyed a life long career in music, she still found time to write over 400 pieces of music. One of her most popular pieces is “Songs Without Words” for solo piano.

Fanny Mendelssohn Music Lesson Plan Resources

Music Composer of the Month: Fanny Mendelssohn

Composer Time Capsule: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Übungsstück – Sheet Music for Intermediate Piano Solo

Fanny Mendelssohn Classical Music Composer Listening Activities

Pleased to Meet You: Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel

Euphemia Allen

Euphemia Allen doesn’t make most peoples list of greatest women composers, she certainly deserves it. She gave us one of the most popular pieces for piano ever written – Chopsticks. Who hasn’t played this song? Allen originally titled it, “The Celebrated Chop Waltz.” It was composed when she was just 16 years old. We don’t know much about her life, but for the 1901 Scotland census she listed her occupation as ‘teacher of the pianoforte’.

Euphemia Allen Music Lesson Plan Resources

Chopsticks | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

Chopsticks (Allen) | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Chopsticks Piano Duet | Easy Piano Sheet Music

Chopsticks | Recorder Sheet Music

Please let us know how you enjoyed the resources by commenting below!

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Beethoven Meet the Composer Easy Piano Book
Bach | Meet the Composer Easy Piano Book
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 5

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25 Jazz Piano Sheet Music Arrangements for Kids

Jazzy rhythms and colorful chords make jazz piano arrangements appealing to kids. However, most arrangements aren’t written down. When they are the arrangements are too hard for beginning and advancing students.

The following collection of free and paid jazz piano arrangements make playing jazz approachable for even the youngest players. The rhythms are easy to play, but they swing – and the chord are rich, yet include only the most important notes to provide the color without becoming too difficult to play.

Click the links to listen to the arrangements. Every site includes an Mp3 recording that will be helpful in choosing the perfect song and also useful in perfecting your child’s performance.

Print Beginner and Easy Jazz Piano Sheet Music

Beginner

Blue Bumblebee for Jazz Piano

Jingle Bells Boogie (Fling) for Jazz Piano

Thumping Blues for Jazz Piano

When the Saints Go Marching In for Jazz Piano

Easy

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella Jazz Piano

The Entertainer (The Sting) for Jazz Piano/Level 3

Freight Train Boogie for Jazz Piano

Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho for Jazz Piano

Maple Leaf Rag for Jazz Piano/Level 3

Tiger Rag (Hold That Tiger) for Jazz Piano

Easy/Intermediate

Ain’t Misbehavin’ for Jazz Piano

Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Berlin) for Jazz Piano

Away in a Manger  Jazz Piano

Easy Winners for Jazz Piano

The Entertainer for Jazz Piano/Level 5

The Entertainer (Joplin) Play and Learn™ Edition/Level 5 (Sheet Music and Great Composer Worksheets)

Fifth Avenue Stroll for Jazz Piano

He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands for Jazz Piano

The Lollipop Kid for Jazz Piano

O Christmas Tree for Jazz Piano

Pure Imagination for Jazz Piano

Skating (Charlie Brown Christmas) for Jazz Piano

St. Louis Blues for Jazz Piano

12th Street Rag for Jazz Piano

Want to Learn to Improvise Too?

Check out these books that are written just for kids. The JazzKids® editions were created by Berklee College of Music graduate Willie Myette, to show beginning improvisers how to improvise at the piano. Our books are designed to be used in conjunction with other reading curriculum like the Alfred’s Piano Course.

Learn more about the JazzKids® Editions

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Pirate Quest | Musical Terms Game
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 5

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The First Noel – 3 Piano Sheet Music Arrangements

Looking for a arrangement of The First Noel for you or your kids? This post includes links to free and paid arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy practicing and performing for friends or at a recital. All of the sites linked to from this post provide you with a PDF version of the sheet music and a digital recording that’s helpful during practice time. I hope you fin the perfect arrangement for you!

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Beginner Piano Sheet Music

The First Noel Beginner Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement is perfect for piano students with a few months to one year of experience. Click to check out the recording.

Easy Piano Sheet Music

This arrangement of The First Noel is a great choice for students that have graduated from their Level 4 piano book. Click to check out the recording of the arrangement.

The First Noel Easy/Intermediate Piano Solo

This arrangement of The First Noel is a step up from the beginner version, with an active left hand part. Click to visit the site and check out the recording.

The First Noel Easy Piano Sheet Music

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Scale Sleuth™ | Musical Scales Workbook for Kids
Pirate Quest | Musical Terms Game
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 1
Free Beginner Piano Sheet Music | Level 2
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 3
Free Easy Piano Sheet Music | Level 5

homeschool music lessons · printable sheet music

Alice the Camel – Beginner Piano Sheet Music

If your kids like silly songs, they’re sure to like Alice the Camel. It’s got a twist at the end that will get them giggling.

The piano sheet music included below is ideal for students with anywhere from beginner with limited experience to 2 years of playing experience, depending on their age and time invested. The mp3 recording included on the site will provided tons of help as your child practices this piece.

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Alice the Camel Beginner Piano Sheet Music

The arrangement is written entirely in C Position and includes an opportunity to learn about first and second endings.

‘Lyrics for ‘Alice the Camel’

Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
Alice the camel has five humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
Alice the camel has four humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
Alice the camel has three humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
Alice the camel has two humps.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
Alice the camel has one hump.
So go, Alice, go.

Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Alice the camel has no humps.
Now Alice is a horse.

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15 Free Beginner Online Piano Lessons for Kids

Are you interested in piano lessons for your kids, but can’t quite afford the cost of traditional piano lessons?

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Online piano lessons make piano lessons far more affordable than traditional lessons, which can cost $120 per month on average. Even more in some communities.

Online piano lessons also offer you advantages that traditional lessons don’t. There have been so many times that I’ve sent a piano student home knowing everything they would need to know to be successful with their music, only to have them return confused and playing their music poorly. It wasn’t because they left the lesson unprepared. It was because kids forget what they’re supposed to do, and they forget what their piece is suppose to sound like.

Online Piano Lessons Makes Practice Time More Effective

The thing that online piano lessons do best is provide students with the repetition that they need to succeed. Every time students need to hear what the piece sounds like or need the instruction repeated, the video lesson can provide that support. Just login, head to the lesson and start practicing.

Online Piano Lessons Are More Convenient

Soccer practice or girl scout meetings will never interfere with piano lessons again. You can take piano lessons on your schedule.

It’s best to maintain a routine, but things happen and you need to change your plans. Online piano lessons make it easy. There’s no one you need to call to arrange a make-up lesson. There’s no lost of money for lessons you’ve already paid for. Just get your practice/lesson schedule back on track when things when you are able.

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15 Free Beginner Online Piano Lessons for Kids

Here’s they are! Fifteen free piano lessons from MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy and HoffmanAcademy.com that do their best to create piano lessons that provide kids with a traditional piano lesson experience and the advantages of online lessons – most of all big savings!

The following links will provide you access to the video lessons, but you’ll need to subscribe for access to the piano books, sheet music and worksheets that provide the best possible experience.

Middle C Warm-Up | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (First Lesson)

Middle C & D Warm-Up | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (First Lesson)

Musical Alphabet | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Unit 1)

I Love Bubble Gum | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Beginner)

Finger Numbers | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Unit 1)

Five Woodpeckers | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Unit 1)

Doctor Foster | Online Piano Lessons for Kids (Beginner)

Au Clair de la Lune | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Beginner)

Tick Tock | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Level 1A)

Hot Cross Buns | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Level 1A)

Finding C, D, & E on the Piano | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Unit 1)

Piano Posture | Online Piano Lessons for Kids (Unit 1)

Frog in the Middle | Online Piano Lesson for Kids (Unit 1)

Cobbler, Cobbler | Online Piano Lessons for Kids (Level 1)

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Finally, I’ll wind things up with a few practice tips for online piano lessons so you can make the most of the experience.

Practice Tips for Online Piano Lessons for Kids

1) Make a Practice Plan

To accomplish any goal you need a plan. For piano practice it’s great to set aside a certain time every day to practice. When you sit down to practice it’s best to decide what you will accomplish. You always get more done if you know what you’re going to try to do.

Twenty minutes every day right after school is a great plan. If you are a homeschooling parent, consider setting aside a certain time each day in your school schedule for piano practice.

As far as goals, mastering two measures of music may be enough for one day. Maybe it’s learning the melody for your new piece. Whatever your goal, try to stay focused throughout your practice time.

2) Pause the Piano Lesson

Most piano students won’t be able to play what their teacher plays the first time they try it. Just pause the lesson and try it again. This is how great musicians practice anyway.

3) Count Out Loud

The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy uses a unique system of counting with  students in the Primer through Level 2 lessons that makes playing the music perfectly, incredibly easy.

Students often forget to count out loud as they practice. In my experience the result is consistently the same. The rhythms are incorrectly played. When they count out loud the rhythms are correctly played. The challenge with the traditional system of counting is that students must know the values of all of the rhythms and where they occur in each measure. MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy makes it simpler, and helps students to be successful without the challenges of the traditional counting system.

4) Practice Slowly

Students love to play their lessons pieces as fast as possible. However, practicing slowly will make them a far better musician in less time. Practicing slowly is also the most important practice habit you’ll ever make.

By practicing slowly students train their hands to do exactly what they want them to do. Then when they want to play fast it’s no problem. Their hands know just what to do.

Practicing with a metronome is also a great idea. It will even out every performance and make everything they play more dazzling! It’s not something I recommend for beginners, but it is something to introduce by the third year of lessons.

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Related Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music and Music Theory Game Posts

Free Piano Sheet Music for Beginners (PDF)
Free Piano Sheet Music | Beginner/Level 1B
Free Piano Sheet Music | Beginner/Level 2A
Free Piano Sheet Music | Beginner/Level 2B
Free Piano Sheet Music | Easy/Level 3A
Carnegie Hall Park™ Music Theory Board Game

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