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Piano Prep Course

Older Child

This course teaches the first few pieces in Suzuki piano volume 1 (four different rhythm variations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). It is aimed at children aged around 7-11yrs working with a parent or other adult support person.

You child will start by learning to play the twinkle variations with each hand separately, then the last few lessons of the course they will put both hands together, playing in unison. This course usually takes between one and four months.

Coordinating the hands is a big step in getting started on piano and it is common for children to learn the right hand tunes quite a few pieces ahead of where they can play hands together.

Developing a good piano hand position and the dexterity to play at CD-speed often takes most of book 1 so it doesn't matter if your child starts on the main book 1 courses before completing the polishing of the Prep Course. Keep working on polishing posture and speed and give it time.


 Course Materials

You will need a copy of:

Suzuki piano volume 1 (New International Edition) book and CD (or mp3s)

or the book can be bought without the CD and the mp3 tracks can be bought as a digital download on Amazon or on iTunes.

and the following pdf download:

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A narrow A4 ringbinder folder with tabs can be a good way to keep your piano paperwork in order.

 

Instructions

Print out the course booklet using the link in the Course Materials section (visible when logged in), then work through the lesson videos using the course booklet to record your progress.

There is no need for the child to watch the "music reading" videos unless they want to. These videos are aimed at whoever is doing the music reading and in most cases this will be the parent.

When subscribed to the "Standard" or "Fastrack" Piano options you'll see at the end of most lessons there is the option to send me a video so that I can check the playing and give you feedback. The video uploads can also be used to ask me a question. I look forward to hearing from you.