Teaching Preschooler Beginners Online

The good news is that they seem to have a vaccine for COVID. Which means things may return to “normal” in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, online teaching is probably here to stay. A lot of parents are excited about online lessons for their children as it saves time and travel. Some teachers, (myself included) enjoy the flexibility that online teaching provides.

For many teachers having a thriving piano studio, includes teaching preschool students. However, this may be the most challenging group to teach Online. I am here to tell you it can be done! You can successfully teach preschool students online. Here’s how I do it.

The set up.

A fast internet connection is the first and most important consideration when planning to teach anyone online. Below is some basic information on internet speed.

For 1:1 video calling

In this case, there are two people on the Zoom call; you and the person you are calling. 1:1 Zoom calls are common but not as common as Zoom meetings with multiple participants.

HQ Video HD 720P Video1080P HD Video
Upload Speed600 kbps1.2 Mbps1.8 Mbps
Download Speed600 kbps1.2 Mbps1.8 Mbps

I use the zoom platform as this one enables both screen sharing and use of a webcam. I use an overhead webcam set up with a boom stand. I have an iPad for video and screen sharing. I use the Forscore app so that I can screen share music examples.

Student’s homes also need to have a decent internet speed. Before the lesson they can check their internet speed here. https://www.speedtest.net/

Parent Involvement

From the beginning I let parents know that their preschool child has to have a responsible older “helper” attending lessons and supervising music time between lessons. This person can be a parent, older sibling, grandparent, or caregiver. Most parents are more than happy about this. A piano lesson is a great opportunity for families to spend time together. Some parents even sign up for their own lesson.

The Piano Box

I love hands-on activities! I absolutely want my Online preschool students to have fun and learn using them. So, I make my favorite activities and snail-mail them to my student. Imagine, how psyched and excited your students and parents will be when they receive their “piano box”

Here is what I include:

  • Colorful popsicle sticks cut to the size of the groups of the two and three black keys on the piano and labeled 2 and 3.
  • Popsicle sticks labeled with letters A through G. These are used to find piano keys.
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The Best Piano Teacher in Town Free – Preschool Webinar 

The Best Piano Teacher in Town Free Preschool Webinar 

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 12:00 pm ET

Imagine having a great time teaching preschoolers. Teaching little kids on the keys. Imagine those lessons are so much fun that you could teach eight three-and-a-half and four-year-olds back to back and feel energized and inspired. Imagine that you are really teaching them music, they love it and their parents are not just happy but thrilled. Imagine you can’t wait to get to work because it’s so much fun and the time flies by.

 

This is what I posted 2 years ago…

This isn’t only possible, this is my life. I left my well-established studio of beginning through advanced students behind. I said goodbye to West Palm Beach Florida and came to Cleveland Ohio ready to start teaching. I have a home studio but I also teach three days a week an arts center that is famous for Kindermusik, as a result, I have 25 students (so far) 19 of whom are four years old or younger. I love it and here’s why.

Fast Foward 2 years and I am still teaching almost all of those preschoolers who are now reading music, playing well, and loving the piano!!

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Preschool Piano Skills and Goals

What does it mean to be the best piano teacher in town? It means having preschool piano skills and goals that will attract and maintain great students. Here are some benefits.

1) You have a full studio with a waiting list.

2) Students and Parents are happy.

3) You can charge a premium rate for lessons.

4) You will get many referrals.

5) You love teaching.

 

The Benefits of Teaching Preschool Students. Preschool Piano Skills and Goals

1) Preschoolers become great older students.

2) Preschoolers increase your enrollment.

3) Preschoolers are fun to teach.

 

Working With Preschool Piano Students

1) Young children learn best using a multi-sensory approach.

2) Most preschoolers cannot sit for long periods of time, they need the opportunity to get up and move.

3) It is important to establish goals for preschoolers and have rubrics in place to measure the progress of your preschool students.

4) Parents need to see measurable progress with regard to their child’s piano study.

 

Goals For Preschool Piano Students

1) To learn strong aural skills.

2) To Play with excellent technique.

3) To understand how music works.

4) To memorize and improvise music.

5) To love the piano and become lifelong players.

Preschool Piano Skills

1) Lesson etiquette

2) Proper Posture

3) Finger Numbers

4) The Music alphabet

5) Treble and Bass Clefs

6) Names of the piano keys

7) Concentration

8) Stories of great composers

9) How to play along with the teacher and keep a steady beat

10) How to identify high and low sounds on the keyboard

11) The names of basic rhythmic value

12) The concept of organized sound

13) The concept of timbre

14) Dynamics

15) Tempo

16) Listening to great music

17) Recital Participation

18) Basic improvisation.

19) Singing and matching pitch.

Read the post “Little Kids on the Keys”

 

 

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