Easy Piano for Kids - Complete Beginner Piano Course
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Become your kid's first piano instructor!Learn how to teach your kid play piano with this really easy-to-follow course.
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Created by Dilhan Sener
Last updated 9/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 15 mins on-demand audio
  • 22 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Read the notes and the rhythm
  • Apply some basic musical terms and notations
  • Show the notes on the piano
  • Draw treble and bass clef
  • Write easy piano pieces
  • Play easy piano pieces
  • Play easy versions of popular pieces from great composers
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Requirements
  • You should have a piano/keyboard in your house to practice what you've learned from this course.
Description

This course's material is equal to 25+ private piano lessons.

This course is different than all the other piano courses you've seen. It has technique, terminology, practice, quizzes and fun! This is the way to start your piano journey!

This piano course is designed for kids and will give you parents a chance to become your kid's first piano teacher. This beginner level course teaches :

  • Pre-reading : Playing according to finger numbers without the knowledge of notes
  • Basic musical terminology ( dynamics such as piano,forte,crescendo , time signatures , playing legato and staccato etc. )
  • Rhythm : different note and rest values
  • Staff : How the notes are aligned , drawing Treble and Bass clefs
  • Notes : Reading notes in both Treble and Bass clefs, intervals
  • Play : Starting from easy piano pieces and at the end of the course you will be playing easy versions from Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and Haydn.

In this course , I used

  • Videos : in which I show you how to play on the piano.
  • E-Book : there is an downloadable e-book that I prepared for this course and we will follow throughout this course.
  • Quizzes : to test you if you were following the course properly.
  • Worksheets : you can print for each section as additional study material.

The material in this course is equivalent to 4 months of private lessons. If you follow this online course regularly it will take 5-8 weeks.

If your kid wants to play piano and you want to try if he/she really wants it before giving a lot of money to hire a private piano instructor, this is the course you are looking for. You can easily teach your kid piano by following the instructions in the videos and the book.

I hope you will have a great time learning together!

Who is the target audience?
  • This easy piano course is designed for kids aged between 5-10, if you are a parent looking for a piano instructor, I recommend you to try this course first to see if your kid is interested in piano. It is really easy to follow so as a parent you can be your kid's first piano instructor before paying a lot of money for private lessons.
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Curriculum For This Course
104 Lectures
05:21:25
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Pre-Reading
21 Lectures 01:00:42

Before you start learning how to play the piano, it is important to know how to sit properly and how your hands should be like when playing.

This is a short animation video that shows the basics before starting this lecture.

Preview 01:13

Introduction to piano and finger numbers. In this section, you will play the songs according to finger numbers, so you should be prepared for that.

Preview 02:51

This is a worksheet about finger numbers. You can print it and then your kid can color the fingers as explained below:

- Find the finger number that is written on the hand, then color that finger only.

Preview 1 page

In this lesson, you will learn :

  • how many beats a quarter note is ,
  • how to play according to finger numbers,
  • how to count and play at the same time,
  • how to say the finger numbers and play at the same time.
Preview 02:45

In this lesson you will learn :

  • how many beats a half note is,
  • how many beats a whole note is,
  • how to count and play half and whole notes.
Preview 04:45

In this lesson you will learn :

  • the difference between quarter,half and whole notes,
  • how to play a piece that contains different rhythms,
  • how to count and play a piece that contains different rhythms.
Repeat : Quarter, half, whole notes
01:56

In this lesson you will learn :

  • What is forte,
  • How to play forte,
  • What is piano,
  • How to play piano,
  • What to do when you see a repeat sign.
Forte, piano , repeat sign
07:50

In this lecture you will learn :

  • what a time signature is,
  • how to count when the time signature is 4 4,
  • to play pieces in 4 4 time signature.
Time signature : 4/4
04:49

In this lesson you will learn how to clap and tap the rhythm of pieces in 4/4 time signature.

Clapping Rhythm
02:54

In this course you will learn :

  • The note DO and its place on the piano ,
  • What is mezzoforte ,how to play mf.
  • To play a short piece that has DO in it.
Introduction to notes : DO , mezzoforte
04:09

In this course you will learn :

  • The note RE and its place on the piano,
  • to play a piece that has Do and Re.
Introduction to notes : RE
04:42

In this lecture, you will learn the place of Mi on the piano.

Introduction to notes : MI
02:53

In this lecture, you will learn dotted half note, which is 3 beats and a new time signature : 3/4. In 3/4 time signature all measures should have 3 beats.

Dotted half note, Time signature : 3/4
04:47

We have learned :

  1. quarter notes
  2. half notes
  3. dotted half notes
  4. whole notes .

The number of ice creams should match the number of beats. Can you do that ?

Worksheet : How many ice creams can Pinogi eat?
1 page

In this lecture, you will clap the rhythm of a piece that is 3/4. You should count until 3 in each measure.

Clapping Rhythm
02:30

In this lecture, you will learn the place of Fa on the piano.

Introduction to notes : FA
02:05

In this lecture, you will learn the place of Sol on the piano.

Introduction to notes : SOL
01:52

Can you match the symbols to their meanings?
Worksheet : Match the symbols.
1 page

In this lecture, you will learn to play Old Macdonald Had a Farm according to finger numbers and hand position.

Pre-Reading Section Songs 1 : Old MacDonald
03:31

In this lecture, you will learn to play Jingle Bells by reading the finger numbers.

Pre-Reading Section Songs 2 : Jingle Bells
03:40

A quiz about the things we have learned in this section.

What have we learned from Pre-reading Section?
5 questions
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Beginner 1
28 Lectures 48:07

In this lecture, you will learn about staff and whether the notes on the lines or spaces.

Staff : Is it on the line or on the space ?
02:17

Put "S" if the note is on a space, otherwise put "L" which means the note is on a line.

Worksheet : On line? On space?
1 page

Can you draw the notes on the given space/line ?
Worksheet : Which space, which line ?
1 page

In this lecture, you will learn to draw the treble clef. Treble clef is usually played by right hands, It is used for higher notes.

Treble clef : How to draw one?
02:55

This worksheet shows to draw treble clef step by step.

Worksheet : How to draw Treble Clef?
1 page

In this lesson you will start reading the notes with Sol. It is on the second line on the staff.

Notes on the staff : SOL
01:44

In this lesson, you will learn that Fa is on the first space on staff.

Notes on the staff : FA
02:06

In this lesson you will learn to play a piece that has Mi,Fa and Sol. You will learn the place of Mi on the staff, which is the 1st line.

Notes on the staff : MI
01:38

In this lesson, you will learn to play a piece that has Re,Mi,Fa and Sol written on the staff and you will learn the place of Re on the staff that is 0th space.

Notes on the staff : RE
01:26

In this lesson, you will play 2 short pieces written for right hand only. They have Do,Re,Mi,Fa and Sol.

Notes on the staff : DO
05:15

In this lecture, you will learn to draw the bass clef. Bass clef is usually played by left hand and it is used for the lower notes.

Bass Clef : How to draw one?
02:13

This worksheet shows how to draw treble clef step by step.
Worksheet : How to draw Bass Clef?
1 page

In this lecture, we will look at the hints for reading music on the bass clef.

Reading music
03:32

Match the notes with the boxes.
Worksheet : Treble Clef Review
1 page

In this lecture, you will learn when the stems are downwards or upwards.

Stems : up or down ?
02:48

Try to draw the stems downwards or upwards.

Worksheet : Up or Down?
1 page

In this lesson, you will learn a new musical term : legato .

You will learn how to play legato , and the difference between legato and non legato playing.

Legato
02:38

In the previous lecture, you've learned how to play legato. This time you will learn the difference between a tie and a slur. Tie connects the same notes so we hold the note until the tie ends.

Tie vs Slur
03:24

In this lecture, you will start learning intervals with 2nd intervals.

2nd interval is also called a "step" .

The keys/notes that are next to each other are 2nd intervals.

Intervals : 2nd
02:50

2nd intervals are also called steps.

Worksheet : Steps
1 page

In this lecture, you will learn 3rd intervals.

3rd intervals are also called "skips" because it skips a white key. For example Do-Mi is a 3rd interval and it skips Re.

Intervals : 3rd
02:38

3rd interval is also called a skip!
Worksheet : Skips!
1 page

In this lecture, you will learn harmonic intervals. When there are 2 notes sharing one stem, you need to play them together an at the same time, they are called harmonic intervals. In this video you will learn 2nd and 3rd harmonic intervals.

Harmonic Intervals : 2nd & 3rd
02:40

Select the correct order of notes.

Worksheet : Bass Clef review.
1 page

In this lecture , you will learn a new concept, which is rest. When you see a quarter rest, you shouldn't play anything as long as 1 beat.

In this video, we will clap some short exercises that have quarter rests.

Quarter rest
01:52

Can you find what is missing in this rhythm review worksheet?
Worksheet : What is missing?
1 page

In this lecture, you will learn how to play Au Clair de la Lune, a traditional French song. This arrangement does not belong to me. In this lecture's resources you can find it.

Beginner 1 Section songs 1: Au Clair de la Lune
02:47

You will learn to play an easy arrangement of Swan Lake from Tchaikovsky. This arrangement does not belong to me. You can find it in the resources of this lecture.

Beginner 1 Section songs 2: Swan Lake
03:24

A quiz about all the things we have learned in this section.

What have we learned from Beginner 1 Section?
8 questions
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Beginner 2
26 Lectures 01:25:03

In this lecture, in the first piece you will remember how to play piano and forte , legato . In the second piece you need to play an octave higher when you repeat for the second time.

Recap of what we have learned so far , musical octave
04:51

In this lecture, you will learn about 4th interval,which is when you skip 2 white keys.

Intervals : 4th
09:44

In this lesson, you will learn about whole rests. It is a 4 beat long rest.

Whole rest
04:46

In this lecture, you will learn about 5th intervals,which is when you skip 3 white keys.

Intervals : 5th
02:41

This is a worksheet about intervals.
Worksheet : Intervals.
1 page

In pre-reading section, you have learned how to play jingle bells with finger numbers.

This time you will play both hands by reading notes.

Jingle Bells
05:21

You will learn new notes in G position.

G position : New notes!
04:16

In this lecture you will learn what an incomplete measure is.

Incomplete measure
04:22

Find the right note sequence.
Worksheet : Review of G Position.
1 page

A worksheet for Bass Clef G position.

Worksheet : Review of G Position : Bass Clef
1 page

Half rest is 2 beats rest.

Half rest
04:57

We will clap and tap the piece that we played before in whole rest lecture.

Clapping Rhythm : Rests
02:42

This is a worksheet about rests.
Worksheet : Ssshh.. Silence!
1 page

In this lesson you will learn what a sharp is, and how does it change the notes when they are put in front of one.

You will play a piece with C sharp in it.

Sharps
02:45

You will learn about flats. Flat of a note is the black key to the left, which is half note lower than the note itself.

You will play a piece with B flat.

Flats
04:20

Only one from each pair is true. Can you find which one ?

Worksheet : Which one is correct ?
1 page

When there are 2 endings in a song, we first play until the first ending, then we see the repeat dots and go back to the beginning and play one more time but this time we will skip the first ending and play the second ending.

Repeat sign : first and second endings
04:02

You will learn to play the notes staccato.

When there is a dot under or above the note, it means they should be played staccato(really short).

Staccato
03:42

You will learn musical dynamics : crescendo and decrescendo.

Crescendo : gradually getting louder and louder.

Decrescendo : gradually getting softer and softer.

Crescendo and Decrescendo
03:40

Color the notes to their matching color.
Worksheet : Color the notes.
1 page

Some interesting facts about Beethoven.

Great composers : Beethoven
00:46

This is a listening course.

This is Für Elise by Beethoven. It means for Elise in German. But some say that it is Für Therese.

It is one of the most famous pieces by Beethoven , you can also find others - Moonlight Sonata , 9th Symphony etc. and listen to them. It will be a nice activity to get familiar with a specific composer's style .

Listening : Beethoven
02:55

Interesting facts about Mozart.

Great Composers : Mozart
00:48

This is a listening lecture.

The Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331 (300i), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is a piano sonata in three movements.

3rd movement is called Rondo Alla Turca, which is what you are going to listen now.

It is one of the most famous pieces by Mozart , you can also find others and listen to them. It will be a nice activity to get familiar with a specific composer's style .

Listening : Mozart
04:03

In this lecture, you will learn to play Ode to Joy by Beethoven.

Beginner 2 Section songs 1: Ode to Joy
06:33

You will learn to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star arrangement. It is originally composed by Mozart.

Beginner 2 Section songs 2: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
07:49

A quiz about the things we have learned from this section.

What have we learned from Beginner 2 Section?
5 questions
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Beginner 3
29 Lectures 01:45:33
Let's match the symbols to their meanings.
Worksheet : Match the symbols.
1 page

You will learn how to play Yankee Doodle, a famous kids' song. It is in a new hand position, both first fingers are on the middle C.

Yankee Doodle
02:54

In this really short video, you will be doing sight reading. Try to read and play immediately at a glance.

Say the notes!
01:18

This is an exercise to find the hand position according to the notes and the finger numbers.
Worksheet : Where is my hand ?
1 page

New time signature introduction : 2/4 . Every measure should have 2 beats.

Time signature : 2/4
03:42

When a sharp sign is put in front of the time signature, after the clef, it means that note should be played sharp throughout the whole piece.

Recap : Sharps
02:42

This worksheet has 4 short questions about everything we have learned.

Worksheet : A little bit of everything.
1 page

A brief review of rests.

Review : Rests
01:35

New rhythm : 8th note. It is the half value of a quarter note, half beat. When we see one, we will count like 1 and 2 and ( We divide a beat into half).

New rhythm : 8th notes
03:59

In this lecture, you will learn what a fermata sign does. When you see it, you should play the note longer than its value.

Fermata sign
05:52

In this lecture, you will learn what an accent is , and how to play the notes when they have accents.

You need to play slightly louder then the other notes when there is an accent.

Accent
02:51

When the flat sign is placed after the treble and bass clefs, you need to play that note flat throughout the whole piece. In this case it is B flat.

Recap : Flats
03:22

In this lecture, you will learn how to read and play C chord.

C Chord
05:57

This is a recap lecture, You will practice staccato by playing 2 short pieces.

Recap : Staccato
06:54

An octave is a 8th interval. Find the next/previous same note. or example An octave higher from Do is the next Do.

Musical octave
04:30

In this lecture, you will learn about G Chords. G chord consists of : G - B - D ( Sol - Si - Re )

G Chord
04:17

In this lecture, you will play a short piece that has many sharps so that you need to play on the black keys mostly.

Recap : So Many Sharps
02:57

This lecture is similar to previous one. Instead of sharps, you will be playing flats.

Recap : So Many Flats
03:47

In this lecture, you will play 2 fun songs that you need to cross your hands over each other.

Cross over
04:11

In this lecture, you will practice changing the hand position quickly from C position to G position.

Change the hand position.
03:19

In this lecture you will learn how to play C 5 finger scale. It is Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol.

Scales : C
03:56

In this lecture you will learn how to play G 5 finger scale. It is Sol - La - Si - Do - Re.

Scales : G
02:42

When transposing, change just the scale, the rest stays the same. So the rhythm and the skip ups and downs stays the same but instead of playing in C scale, you should play in G scale.

Transpose : C Scale to G Scale
03:58

Facts about Bach.

Great composers : Bach
00:47

This is a listening lecture.


Minuet : A musical style that accompanies the dance.



It is one of the most famous pieces by Bach , you can also find others and listen to them. It will be a nice activity to get familiar with a specific composer's style .
Listening : Bach
01:39

Facts about Haydn.

Great composers : Haydn
00:47

This is a listening lecture.


What is a symphony?

It is a musical composition for an orchestra.


Why is this called " surprise " symphony ?


When you listen to it, you will be "surprised" because while the symphony was in piano, a sudden fortissimo ( louder than forte ) chord is played hence this is the "joke" of Haydn.



It is one of the most famous pieces by Haydn , you can also find others and listen to them. It will be a nice activity to get familiar with a specific composer's style .
Listening : Haydn
06:29

In this lecture , you will learn how to play Minuet in G from Bach. This arrangement does not belong to me , you can find it in the resources of this lecture.

Beginner 3 Section songs 1: Minuet in G - Bach
09:10

In this video, you will learn how to play an easy arrangement of Surprise Symphony from Haydn.This arrangement does not belong to me, you can find it in the resources of this lecture.

Beginner 3 Section songs 2: Surprise Symphony - Haydn
11:58

What have we learned from Beginner 3 Section?
8 questions
About the Instructor
Dilhan Sener
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I am 25 years old computer engineering graduate. I've been playing piano since I was 8. I've graduated from a conservatory in Turkey, then I continued private lessons with my instructor from there. 5 years ago I stopped taking private lessons and instead I practiced on my own. I have started teaching kids piano 4 years ago when I was a college student and I've had 15-20 students during this time.