Piano for Kids: Developing Your Child's Creative Abilities

Children love music, Teach them to play piano, to expand their horizons and gain self confidence with the gift of music.
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  • Lectures 37
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

My udemy courses have over 4000 students taking my piano courses for adults, and now kids can take them too.

Children learn piano like everything else they do, quickly!

  • Is your child a piano prodigy?
  • How will you know unless they have the chance to find out?
  • You can find out easily.

In this comprehensive video course providing piano lessons for kids, I teach your child from the very basics, to being able to read music, and play piano at an easy level.

Did you know that piano is one of the easiest instruments to learn?

Your child should be able to play simple songs by the end of the course, and be in a position to take further lessons and even exam courses, with the confidence of having a sound background in piano and music behind them.

During lessons your child will learn to play 25 tunes.

Your child will learn to play piano:

  • Using short easy lessons
  • Having fun doing it
  • Learning to read music

You will be wowed as you listen to your child playing piano in double quick time.

  • By lesson 3, some music is being read and played
  • By lesson 5, the first tune is being played
  • By lesson 9, the notes in music and where to find them is known
  • By lesson 10, five tunes can be played using both hands.
  • By the end of the course 25 tunes have been learned, and can be played at will, while following music and understanding, dynamics and rhythm.

In 20 weeks +, your child will be wanting more lessons as this course will be complete.

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As the course has lifelong access, you can use it for younger children when they grow up.

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You don’t need an expensive piano, any piano or keyboard will be fine. Your child will not need to know music, I teach them that.

You will need some form of piano or keyboard, don’t worry about the size, kids do great on full sized piano’s it is amazing to watch them play.

I use my more than 30 years of piano teaching experience, (having taught hundreds of youngsters over those years,) to guide your child through the stages of learning piano, using a standard text book from a recognized publisher, whom I always use for my private lessons. (Available worldwide, from Amazon, or good music shops.)

By using this text book, I ensure your child learns everything properly, and in a recognized manner, using correct names for everything.

Nothing is left to chance. I play every single note that your child will play for them first and with them. They always know what they should sound like and how to play every note.

Lessons are fun to take. I advise at the end of every lesson, what students need to practice. Practicing is only five to ten minutes a day, and mum and dad can join in too, I even tell mum and dad, what to do to help.

Check the lessons available for viewing to see the quality of teaching.

I have never met anyone who regretted learning to play piano; I have met many who regretted, not learning to play piano.

As with all my courses:

you have unlimited lifetime access at no extra costs, ever

all future additional lectures, etc in this course are always free

there is an unconditional, never any questions asked full 30 day money-back-in-full guarantee

my help is always available to you if you get stuck or have a question – I believe my support on udemy cannot be bettered.

Start your child on a musical career and enroll them in this course.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of the alphabet from A to G and to be able to count from 1 to 5 is required.
  • A piano or keyboard will be required to take the lessons and practice each day between lessons. Five octaves is recommended although the course can be taken with a four octave piano or keyboard. Children do not generally have a problem playing full sized pianos.
  • No previous knowledge of music is required.
  • A standard textbook is required it is called Alfred's Basic Prep Course-lesson level A. ISBN 0-88284-816-X Available from Amazon worldwide, or most good Music shops, typical cost 6 USD

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play simple songs while reading from the music.
  • Apply the rudiments of music.
  • Play piano confidently using music.
  • Read music at a basic level sufficient to take more advance learning later.
  • Play piano using the correct fingers for whatever is being played.
  • Keep proper rhythm while playing tunes.
  • Play 25 tunes learned through the course.
  • Play using two hands as normal playing.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for children from the age of 5 years upwards.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:48

This lesson describes how the course is used and what is required of the student. Adults should download the small booklet for information on the part they should play.

The link should be on the right of the video at the top of the page.

Section 2: First Steps
09:27

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to sit at the piano or keyboard for best effect and long term comfort. (very important,)
  • How to find the notes at any point on the keyboard.
  • Recognition of fingers so that the correct ones can be used at all times. Incorrect fingering makes playing difficult and stunted.

The start of learning piano.

09:46

We start by using your left hand to play your first notes on piano.

You learn about:

  • Quarter notes
  • Bar lines
  • Measures

These form the basis of rhythm which is at the heart of playing any music and is started immediately.

Every future lesson will incorporate the basis of rhythm learned in this lesson.

What is learned here is very important and needs time to absorb. Parents could help by ensuring the student takes this lesson a couple of times at least.

07:08

Now it’s the turn of your right hand to play with rhythm.

Mastering right hand playing of the piano with rhythm, is the start of playing meaningful music.

This lesson builds on the foundation, learned in the last lesson on right hand piano playing.

The double bar is also covered in this lesson. Another sign used in music building on ones learned earlier.

07:19

The black keys and another note type is introduced in this lesson.

This lesson introduces the half note,

  • Clapping a rhythm.
  • Playing the two types of notes now known.
  • Saying the fingers to use while playing.
  • Playing the musical sequence on page 10 of the text book,while singing the words.
  • Playing the note sequence on page 10 and also the note sequence on page 11 as one piece of music.
  • Repeating the playing of music on page 10 and 11 and sing it at the same time.


10:55

We will have some fun and play a new rhythm in our first tune.

You will remember this, as it is the first proper tune you will ever play on piano.

You also learn a second tune in the lesson.

You Will:

  • Clap the count of the song.
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the finger numbers.
  • Play and sing the words.
  • Play the music on pages 12 & 13 as one song.

The two songs are called:

  • Merrily We roll Along
  • O'er the Deep Blue Sea.

Duets are not played at this stage as it is too early. The sounds of extra notes being played confuses young children. The duet parts will be left until the end of the course.

Quiz 1
3 questions
13:45

This lesson teaches you two more tunes and how to read music dynamic signs.

Dynamic signs tell you how loud or soft the tune should be played. Now your tunes can sound better.

In this lesson you will:

  • Clap the count of the music.
  • Play and count a new song called Hand Bells.
  • Use the two dynamic signs learned in this lesson.
  • All with the left hand.
  • Repeat for the left hand
  • Play and sing the words to the whole song beginning on page 14 through page 15.

Duets are not played at this stage as it is too early. The sounds of extra notes being played confuses young children. the duet parts will be left until the end of the course.


09:59

The notes of the piano are taught in this lesson. Once the notes of the piano are known finding them is easy.

The white key notes are found by using the black keys. Ever so easy to learn and remember.

By the end of this lesson every white note on the piano will be known, anywhere on the keyboard. This lesson is very important, needing time to digest and understand. This lesson should be taken a few times if there is any doubt that a student is struggling to understand.

07:48

A new tunes to learn and a new musical sign to remember.

This lesson will teach you a new simple tune using the left hand.

You will know the names of the notes now so finding the notes will be easy for you.

You will:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.
  • This sequence should be followed for all songs you learn.
  • A new musical sign is introduced that is used in almost all music so needs to be remembered.


Duets are not played at this stage as it is too early. The sounds of extra notes being played confuses young children. the duet parts will be left until the end of the course.

Quiz 2
3 questions
Section 3: Middle C Position
06:38

Let’s play a melody in the middle C position.

Middle C position is very important, so you need to remember this.

This is a tune to be played with the right hand.

You will:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.
  • This sequence should be followed for all songs you learn.
  • Notice the new musical sign that you need to follow.


Duets are not played at this stage as it is too early. The sounds of extra notes being played confuses young children. the duet parts will be left until the end of the course.

06:57

Let us try middle C position, with both hands, and learn another tune. This one is called My Clever Pup.

Remember the middle C position. now you learn about the stems on notes.

  • Some go up
  • Some go Down.

You will:

  • Play this tune with right and left hands
  • Be aware of the new musical sign.
  • You learn a new note. A whole note. (Also called a semi breve)

Now you do now a lot of tunes.

08:16

Let us try middle C position again, with both hands, and learn another tune. This one is called

Tongue Twister.

Two musical signs are in this tune for you to take notice of.

The notes are marked with there name and the first finger to start with is shown. This will be easy for you to follow. First the right hand is played then the left hand.

09:22

Another song, this one is about a little doggy and is called My Clever Pup.

There is also another musical sign called The Time Signature.

Now you will know how fast to play your music.

There are three musical signs in this new tune.

This is a good tune to practice. The video lesson needs taking a few times to make sure this is fully understood.


07:38

Now its the turn of a kitten to have a song. After this you will be able to play "Kitty Cat" in the Middle C position and with both hands.

Three musical signs are used as in the last lesson, but one of them is different.

Two types of note are used and the first note is C and finger number 1 starts the tune.

By now:

Note recognition should be quite good and the fingers to use.

Fingers should a little more flexible.

Dexterity following the music will be increasing.



08:19

You are doing really well now, let’s play another tune, this one is called Roller Coaster this one is with both hands in the middle C position.

Take notice of the three musical signs.

Two at the beginning and one at the end.

There are lots of words to sing in this song.

Don't forget the sequence you should be using for practicing.

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.

By doing this you will get the rhythm right.

Quiz 3
3 questions
Section 4: Dynamics
10:33

Another dynamic sign in this lesson, you will use it in playing a tune, called, The Zoo.

The Zoo has two types of notes in it. And three musical signs.

  • The time signature
  • A dynamic sign
  • An instruction at the end.

notice how your tunes are becoming longer and more complicated. That is because you are getting more advanced. You have learned a lot so far.

you will like playing this song. Its a favourite tune.

How much you know is shown in the quiz you took and the two quizzes before. If you are getting the answers wrong, go over the lessons again to make sure you understand everything. Better to do it now rather than later.

10:45

Playing in a new position and using both hands straight away. You are really good now.

This lesson teaches a new hand position.

You will be playing with both hands. Just as you did in the last song you played.

Get an adult to help with the words as they are broken up to fit the notes.

Looking at the music you will see that there is a time signature, a dynamic sign and at the end of the music there is a double bar. There is also the ordinary bar lines, but they are always there.

And there are two types of notes. Quarter notes and whole notes.

Take it steady here. No racing, the time to speed up is not now.


06:35

Playing in the new position, using both hands, a new tune called For My Teacher.

In this lesson the first thing to do is:

  • Check for the time signature
  • Check for a dynamic sign
  • Check the end of the music for repeat signs
  • Check the type of notes

You know how to do this.

When practicing don't forget to:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.
Quiz 4
3 questions
Section 5: Timing
07:19

A new time signature for you to learn, that you will use in this tune called, Sailing.

The time signature you learned before was 4 over 4. today you learn 3 over 4

You will also learn a new type of note.

The new tune called Sailing uses the new note as well as quarter notes. Take notice that you will be playing in the C position. You will play first with your right hand, and then in your left hand.

Before practicing this remember:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.

Doing this is important as you just learned a new time signature which changes the rhythm of the tune.

07:01

We will play a new tune called "Wishing Well" in this lesson and use ¾ time that you already know.

Check out the signs and the note types first.

Follow the rules:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.

This is the last lesson using the simple type of music you learned so far. From now on the music used will be real normal music. This will make your songs much better sounding.

Quiz 5
3 questions
Section 6: The Staff
04:27

A lesson in music today, so you know how the notes are written down. You are now learning to play, read and write music.

The Staff is how music is written

By following the notes on music there is no need to write the names of notes on the music.

This is the beginning of learning to read real music.

Spend time making sure this is understood. This is one of the most important things about music to learn.

Take this lesson at least three times.

05:41

How to name notes in the left hand.

Now you understand that music is written on the staff you need to know the names of the lines and spaces. Then you will know which note to play when you see it on a line or space on the staff.

You will learn about the Bass Clef.

The line and space names when the bass clef is used.

Then you will play the notes as you read them on the music staff.

04:29

Playing a piece of Music just with the left hand. The right hand can have a rest,

This new tune is played with the left hand.

You will find out how you know its the left hand during the lesson.

Look at the music before you start and see what signs there are:

  • The Bass Clef
  • A time signature
  • The staff with notes written on the lines and spaces.
  • An end of music double bar.

There is a part in the words for you to add a friends name. then the song is all about them.

Don't forget when practicing to:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.


07:16

More left hand playing for you to enjoy. and another new tune.

This tune is called Mrs. Murphy's House.

Just as before check the music to see:

  • which hand the notes are played in.
  • Which notes are used.
  • The time signature. without this you won't know the rhythm.
  • Any dynamic signs. (Hint there is one dynamic sign.)

Learn to play this really well.

To help you playing do this:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.
10:04

More left hand playing for you to enjoy, and another tune.

In this lesson you will:

  • Learn another song. Called. Look at Me
  • Check the music for its information:
  • Dynamic signs
  • Time signature
  • Musical signs such as the clef.
  • Repeat sign
  • The type of notes

And then:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.

You know so many songs now you are really moving on.

03:43

The Treble Clef, like the bass clef tells you what hand to play the music in.

It also lets you know some different names for the lines and spaces.

Just as with the bass clef it is important to understand the treble clef.

Usually the treble clef is used for the right hand. This is really interesting music.

You have a short practice piece at the bottom of page 36 for you to practice.

As before make sure you check the musical signs first. Then you will know how to play the music.

03:50

Let’s play another tune. A Happy Song.

This song is using real music written on the staff.

As usual look for the signs on the music and the notes used. The first thing you see is the clef.

To help you the first finger number is written above the staff on the first note.

03:56

Another tune for you in this lesson. Gee We're Glad.

Another interesting song to learn.

You know so many songs now. Don't forget to look for all the musical signs first. And your notes, and what they are called. you will have to recognize the notes from now on from the names of the lines and spaces on the staff.

Follow the normal pattern for practicing this.

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.
04:50

This new tune is called Little Bird and uses your right hand.

Just as in the last lesson you are learning another song. This one is about a little bird.

Check out everything you can find out about the song:

  • The treble clef tells you it is played with the right hand.
  • The time signature tells you it is 4 beats to the bar and the notes are quarter notes.
  • The p sign tells you it should be played softly
  • The repeat sign tells you to play it twice.

Now all you have to do is remember the names of the lines and spaces and play the notes while counting. First of all remember:

  • Clap and count. (Counting is for the rhythm.)
  • Play and count.
  • Play and sing the note names.
  • Play and sing the words.
02:11

The Magic of the GRAND STAFF. You will like this.

Now this is real piano music. You will now learn about to staffs of music joined together to make The Grand Staff.

All the music from now on will be written on the grand staff.

Then you will be able to play using both the right and left hands together.

First of all learn about the grand staff and try to remember everything about it. Take the lesson a few times to make sure you understand.

04:48

Now we get to play a tune in the C position, with both hands using The Grand Staff.

Real piano music is written like this.

You will know how to place your hands in the C position already. now you can see where the C position fits on the grand staff.

Your exercise is using both hands.

Notice the treble clef for the right hand notes and the bass clef for the left hand notes.

This is quite easy to understand but take your time to absorb this lesson. Retake the video lesson a few times if necessary.

Quiz 6
3 questions
Section 7: Playing songs
04:54

Now we get to play a tune in the C position, with both hands using The Grand Staff. you know the middle C position.

Look at your music first:

  • Which clef
  • Which time signature
  • Types of notes
  • Dynamic signs
  • Repeat signs.

Now all you do is play the notes and count.

05:03

A little more music for you. All about the stems on notes in music. And a new tune to learn.

As before:

Look at your music first:

  • Which clef
  • Which time signature
  • Types of notes
  • Dynamic signs
  • Repeat signs.

Now all you do is play the notes and count.

Notice the information at the top of the book page 43. The stem direction information has changed slightly.

04:34

Yet another new song and playing with both hands.

Look at your music first:

  • Which clef
  • Which time signature
  • Types of notes
  • Dynamic signs
  • Repeat signs.

Now all you do is play the notes and count.

Keep practicing until it is perfect.

04:18

Playing Right Hand then left Hand in the C position, and another new tune.

This one is called What a Song!

Look at your music first:

  • Which clef
  • Which time signature
  • Types of notes
  • Dynamic signs
  • Repeat signs.

Now all you do is play the notes and count.

Don't just practice this song. Go back and practice the songs you learned earlier.

08:25

Both hands playing a new tune, and it's the last tune to learn. So far you have learned 24 tunes and this one will make 25 in all. These will all need practicing regularly.

This tune is your Graduation Song. You can say you can read music and play piano. Well done.

First of all, look at your music:

  • Which clef
  • Which time signature
  • Types of notes
  • Dynamic signs
  • Repeat signs.

Now all you do is play the notes and count.

The last song in the book but not the last song you will learn

Section 8: Course Conclusion
01:04

Conclusion of the course, what you have learned and what to do next. Don't forget to download your completion certificate.

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Instructor Biography

Jackie Clark, Piano Teacher At Udemy

I am a piano, keyboard and guitar teacher and have been for over 25 years, with a 100% Student exam success rate.

I qualified to teach with the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music in London.

Why I teach online:

  1. I have taught students in the traditional route through exams and still do with private students although my main focus is now online teaching.
  2. The need for a less formal method of teaching piano and keyboard was shown desirable by many students. Many of whom expressed a desire to play piano for fun and relaxation rather than spending years learning classical or forever taking exams.
  3. I did notice that a desire to learn piano became a desire to pass exams as time progressed. Once the exams were passed, many students rarely played again. Of course this is not completely true several of my former pupils have gone on to be successful professional musicians.
  4. Now I believe the exam route is a superb route to learning piano but not for everyone.
  5. To answer the requirements of some students I developed the system of learning piano by the use of chords only, which allows students to rapidly learn to play piano using only chords. The advantage is that students learn to play piano very quickly together with enjoying their lessons and playing for pleasure forever. I have written two books teaching these methods. I do teach using traditional methods also for those wishing to learn using music.
  6. HD video lessons surpass other mediums for learning piano, in my video piano lessons I use my front on camera angle, that ensure students not only learn to play piano by seeing what is required to be played, they also fully understand how to play. I tried many ways to teach on line including the common overhead camera method. I found limitations in students understanding of the piano. Copying the keystrokes by rote teaches where to put fingers, but not a full understanding of why, so essential for future playing.
  7. Having taught students from ages of 8 to 75 years of age over a vast number of years I know that my courses will work for most people.
  8. Being online they are available anywhere in the world where an internet connection is available

When Teaching On-Line, I ensure you learn:

  1. Correct terminology, essential for future playing with others or expanding your knowledge
  2. Correct fingering of every chord, every scale and every note, together with variations
  3. How to find songs and utilize them to suit your own playing style
  4. From a practice schedule for you to use for practice between each lesson, ensuring your success
  5. How to improvise and make songs your own
  6. From a downloaded and printed text book to use for practice
  7. Full support from me, including you sending me recordings of you playing should you be having problems for my analysis and advice for improvement.

Why 4000 plus students are learning from my courses:

  1. I am a qualified teacher of Piano
  2. I teach only proper piano methods that will allow students to advance long after they finish the course
  3. I have 30 years experience in teaching piano, keyboard and guitar
  4. I provide personal support
  5. My lessons are fun
  6. I provide a practice schedule to use after each lesson
  7. My full front videos are as near to being in the room with you as possible
  8. I Care about you learning piano.

How can I teach you to learn to play piano? Take one of my courses to find out for yourself.

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