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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.

Each piece has a "learning" lesson and a "polishing" lesson. The "learning" lesson is complete when the piece can be played reasonably fluently all through. The "polishing" lesson is complete when the piece can be played at CD speed with good hand position and tone. 

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:

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 you'll need 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.




Print out the course booklet using the link above, then work through the lesson videos using the course booklet to record your progress.

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

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