Try piano with your child?
We have Music-On-The-Go come to the house.
30 minutes every week.
We use a pretend piano.
It’s a full-size 88-key Casio portable keyboard with weighted keys and pedals, on a stand.
So, less expensive and smaller than a regular piano.
John’s first public recital is this Saturday.
Our teacher, Ms. Melanie, has him playing these games:
Quarter Game – Balance a quarter on each hand as he plays.
Floor Games – Make a 5-line staff with duct tape on the floor.
Middle C is on a smaller line (shown here with black electrical tape).
Then use little kid feet, flash cards and other objects to practice moving up and down the scales and the staff.
You can put down a card for “treble” or “base”,
A, B, C, way of looking at music,
and the 5-lines, 4-spaces prospective, working on memorization.
She is teaching John how the notes relate going up and going down,
in different settings.
On the floor, on the keyboard and alphabetically.
It’s called multi-modal learning, using a variety of tools and prospective.
I can see John’s practice with piano positively affecting other areas of
his learning, and vice-versa.
Perhaps piano could work for your family’s learning?
Please try music and reading music.
Your kid will like having the community of band.
The pleasure of creating music is an added bonus.
We also use a metronome which helps build self-control, self-regulation and restraint.
Peace be with us,