kids piano lessons
Hey kids (and parents of kids)!
How cool would it be to be able to play your favourite tunes on the piano? You'll definitely impress your friends, and have a whole lot of fun learning.
Our lessons at DeeVine Melody focus on FUN. Yes! FUN!
I totally believe that if you love what you are doing, you'll stick with it and become a confident piano playing superstar!
Not only will you learn your favourite top 40 songs, but Dee will teach you heaps of cool tricks and impressive sequences that you'll learn to play with confidence.
Yes, there's a little theory, as you'll need to know the names of the notes you're playing, how to read them and how to listen for the right sounds, length of notes and rhythms.
IMPORTANT NOTES FOR PARENTS:
To achieve the best possible outcome from learning any type of instrument takes commitment and practice, like learning any other skill, or becoming great at a sport or hobby.
To help you prepare your child for piano lessons, you'll need to do a few things at home to ensure your child is interested in learning music, and will be capable of concentrating long enough to dedicate themselves to regular practice.
You'll definitely need a piano, or at the very least, a keyboard. Keep it in a part of the house that isn't cold, or lonely or isolated. Allow the child to play as often as possible, even if it's just as they walk by, and tinkle a few keys as they pass by. Try super-hard not to tell the child to stop playing - even when you've heard the same song a thousand times!
Another one of the absolutely crucial things to do to ensure your child's musical success, is to find the right teacher. You'll need to find the most suitable piano teacher for your childs temperament, abilities and personality. Here are some pointers on how to find that person:
I would always say that the most important element when choosing a piano teacher is intuition, or "gut instinct".
Go to a lesson with a teacher who has been recommended, or you have heard about through a friend, or maybe try a couple of different teachers.
When at the first few lessons, pay close attention to your child. If your child seems to genuinely like the teacher, that's important. Maybe even more important, does this teacher genuinely like your child?
Your child will spend one-on-one time with this person for weeks, months and possibly years. Is this person going to validate them? Encourage them? Understand them? Like them?
The most essential thing is a natural fit between your child and the teacher. Stay at the first lesson or two (or all!) and see if the teacher is paying close attention, or staring off into space dreaming of a holiday!
Try really hard not to speak for your child, let the child speak for him or herself. A good childrens piao teacher will know how to speak at the correct level of understanding for your child and will adapt the lesson to the childs needs, instead of following a strict minute-to-minute schedule.
A great teacher will individualise your lessons for your child, not just use the same material and lesson plan for every child. Does the teacher incorporate things your child enjoys, did they ask what type of style or what types of music your child enjoys? Maybe even ask if there are particular songs your child would like to learn. This all shows that the potential teacher shows a genuine interest in getting to know your child and assisting them to learn in a way that will be interesting. This will then allow your child to enjoy their lessons more fully, and to gain the most skills - which will lead to your child being a more skilled musician!
To summarise, look for simple things. The little additional touches that your potential teacher includes in the initial contact, and the first few lessons. Does this teacher:
When choosing a piano teacher, be guided by your child. Children rarely have poor character judgement. Watch the interaction between your child and the teacher carefully.
If you would like to go ahead and book a lesson with Dee from DeeVine Melody Piano School, you can contact her via our contact page here