"My First Piano Lessons"

Introducing a color-coded primer course designed to accelerate the earliest beginners by teaching them to play before and as they learn to read music.

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Children with no musical background are learning to play piano songs in minutes.

Course Overview

In this section, you can watch the entire 20-song piano course in 7 minutes to get a feel for the scope and sequence.

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Each of our 20 piano lessons come with a video tutorial and a brief introduction to the basic concepts taught in each lesson.  Hear how each song sounds, see the tricky spots in each piece explained, and gain confidence playing as much of the guesswork is eliminated.

What makes a good piano curriculum?

​When I started teaching piano lessons when I was 14, I didn't think it would matter at all which piano course I used.  I thought that just being a good teacher would be all my students would need.  Well, yes and no.  Being a good teacher is important, of course, but having a good curriculum can make all the difference in a student's musical experience.  After all, they only saw me once a week for 30 minutes, the rest of the week they just have their books.

But such a lesson would only come to me with experience.  In the meantime, I told the parents to let the kids bring any books they may have had around the house, or to buy whatever looked attractive to them at the music store.  The biggest benefit for me as a teacher with this approach is that I was exposed to a wide variety of piano courses.  The biggest drawback is that some of my students got the short end of the stick.  Method books matter.  Once I figured that out, I researched the different methods, examining the pros and cons, aiming to find one that would best fit our needs.

​In the end, I chose the John Thompson Modern Piano Method because it had a few features that were important to me, namely the ones listed below:

Features I look for in a piano course...

  • It should not shy away from key signatures besides C, F, and G major early on.  This creates an unnecessary dependency and a fear of other key signatures.
  • It should not shy away from requiring the hands to move out of “home base” position.
  • No pre-reading.  An example of pre-reading music is music notes with only letter names or finger numbers.  While this is great for a quick start, it can become problematic later on when "real" sheet music is introduced.  From the first lesson, I want my students to be seeing real notes on a staff. They do not have to understand it all yet, but this early exposure ensures that the staff, bar lines, and more are not an intimidating lesson later on.  I'm not a fan of pre-reading.
  • There needs to be a steady progression.  I don't like the mountains of busy work many courses have to accommodate students who don't practice.
  • I like seeing history and theory blurbs relevant to the pieces being learned.
  • (Most importantly) I need to like the songs in the books and so do my students.  I want to see real music.  I found that charm lacking in many of the books my students brought to their lessons.

Why I wrote a piano course...

Supplemental Activity - Major Scales Fingering Charts

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