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Piano Prep Course

Young 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 3-6yrs working with a parent or other adult support person.

Your child will start by learning to play the twinkle variations with just right hand, then the same twinkle variations with just left hand. In the last few lessons of the course your child will put both hands together, playing in unison. This course usually takes between 3 months and 2 years.

Coordinating the hands is a big step in getting started on piano and it is common for young children to keep the hands playing separately for quite some time. Even after they start to put hands together it is usual for young children to continue learning 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 the Suzuki piano volume 1 book (International Edition or New International Edition) and the CD (or mp3s).

If you live in New Zealand you can buy the book and CD from me.

If you live overseas (or in NZ) here are some other links to buy the book/CD/mp3s.

mp3s from Amazon (note that these are not available to purchase from all countries)

mp3s on itunes

Book and CD together from Book Depository

Book and CD together from Amazon

Book by itself from Book Depository

Book by itself from Amazon

You'll also need the course booklet:

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




Print out the course booklet using the link above.

Work through the course booklet and the lesson videos together.

If you would like my feedback at any time, just  send me a video ("Piano" "Video uploads") or book a lesson ("Piano" "Individual lessons"). I look forward to hearing from you.

Course Content

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Part 1. Right hand rhythm ladders
Part 2. Froggy Froggy Jump Jump Twinkle with Right Hand
Part 3. Learning the other twinkles with Right hand
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Part 4. Left hand rhythm ladders
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Part 5. Left hand twinkles
Part 6. Hands together twinkles