Young children love music. They love to sing, to move, to shake, to bang. They love to play around on the piano keyboard, making loud and soft sounds, high and low sounds, fast and slow sounds. They like to make music that sounds like a lion, a mouse, a herd of horses, a racing car, a train, a thunderstorm, a starry night.
Piano lessons for children aged 4-6 years provide an opportunity to connect this innate love of music with a love of learning through playful and musical development activities built upon play, story, movement and games. Through these activities young children are shown how to play piano, how to read music, how to play creatively and they can develop their fine motor skills, their musical listening skills, spatial development, hand-eye coordination and visual perception.
The Music for Little Mozarts program provides a fun introduction and a solid foundation for musical growth and piano playing development and enjoyment. Our lessons are formed around five main elements that work together to create an enjoyable learning atmosphere and a solid musical foundation for young children.
Rhythm and Theory Games
We play games like memory match, build a rhythm, and flashcard games to introduce new concepts, practice rhythm skills, and consolidate previously learned concepts and skills.
Music is an aural art, so listening is a vital component of learning any musical skill. Listening is woven through all other learning elements through games of response, imitation, and converting sounds and rhythms in life to music.
Movement and Creative Music Response Activities
Young children like to move and wiggle. Learning opportunities allow children to move to music, to clap, stamp, dance, and jump. We move from piano, to floor, to chair to best suit different aspects of the lesson. Lessons provide children with the opportunity to develop their fine motor skills (finger strength and control) and their gross motor skills (clapping, jumping, drumming) through finger games, rhythm games, and creative musical extension activities.
Tactile Music Theory Activities
Children learn through all their senses, including touch, and music is no different. We notice the feel of the piano keys to our fingers. We notice what it feels like to play loud, soft, high, low, fast and slow. We incorporate pen and pencil activities, colouring and drawing, hand held percussion, manipulatives and white board music writing to provide the tactile element of learning music.
Piano Playing through Imitation, Story, Visual Note Reading
Children learn to play the piano through responding to the story of Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear with correlating music pieces, watching, listening and then imitating what is to be played. We listen to music and imitate what we hear. Through these methods children learn, step-by-step, to read music, to listen to music, and to play what they read and hear.