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#2423216 - Yesterday at 01:41 PM How should I teach a 9-year old piano?
Macromind101 Offline
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I am trying to teach my 9-year old sister how to play the piano over the summer before she enrolls in a piano prep class at a local university this Fall. My sister has been taking music classes at her school so she knows the basics (such as which notes are which and what a treble and bass staff are) but I've been incorporating what my own teacher has been teaching me into my sister's lessons, such as using a metronome. Problem is, she's been struggling to keep along with the metronome's beats. And right now, we're working off the Alfred's Young Beginner Prep Course Level A books, both lessons and solo (my goal is to have her get through Level B lesson and solo before the summer is over).

So I was wondering if it's a good idea to incorporate a metronome into a 9-year old's first piano lessons just so that she gets used to keeping a rhythm in the future. Also, I was wondering if there are any other books out there that I can incorporate into my sister's lessons. Books that are suited for young beginners but go at a more accelerated pace than Alfred's does (like Suzuki's, maybe?). Like I said before, the goal is to enroll my sister in a piano prep program in the Fall and so I would like my sister to have a good piano foundation for her age down by the end of the summer.

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#2423262 - Yesterday at 04:01 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: Macromind101]
Peter K. Mose Offline
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Teaching your younger sibling is a bad idea. It's a worse idea than using the metronome with a beginner - which is also a bad idea.

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#2423264 - Yesterday at 04:05 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: Macromind101]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Peter beat me to the punch, but we're on the same page.

Originally Posted By Macromind101
I am trying to teach my 9-year old sister how to play the piano over the summer before she enrolls in a piano prep class at a local university this Fall..... So I was wondering if it's a good idea to incorporate a metronome into a 9-year old's first piano lessons just so that she gets used to keeping a rhythm in the future. Also, I was wondering if there are any other books out there that I can incorporate into my sister's lessons. Books that are suited for young beginners but go at a more accelerated pace than Alfred's does (like Suzuki's, maybe?). Like I said before, the goal is to enroll my sister in a piano prep program in the Fall and so I would like my sister to have a good piano foundation for her age down by the end of the summer.

This is a classic example of what gives us teachers gray hair, or in my case, little hair at all.

Your intentions are wonderful, but I can see real damage occurring here. First, scrap the metronome. Second, if you're going to place her in a prep program, why are you trying to emulate it now? Perhaps I'm missing something here. I'd suggest exposing her to piano music, of a wide variety additionally, consider engaging a real piano teacher to guide her first experiences.
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#2423271 - Yesterday at 04:35 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: Macromind101]
AZNpiano Offline
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Yikes, gentlemen, please remember that we ALL had to start somewhere. I started with two of my younger cousins, neither of whom continued with piano much longer.
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#2423310 - Yesterday at 06:20 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: AZNpiano]
John v.d.Brook Offline
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Ah but surely your cousins were brilliant! See how you turned out! Or was despite their efforts?
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#2423326 - Yesterday at 07:22 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: Macromind101]
AZNpiano Offline
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I think I should have written "started teaching."
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#2423341 - Yesterday at 09:11 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: Macromind101]
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Registered: 10/27/12
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Originally Posted By Macromind101
I am trying to teach my 9-year old sister how to play the piano over the summer before she enrolls in a piano prep class at a local university this Fall.


Not a teacher, but this framing bothers me. frown

Can you think about letting her teach you how she learns?

Forget about the end of the summer, IMO.
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#2423344 - Yesterday at 09:32 PM Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: Macromind101]
hreichgott Offline
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Forget the metronome. And don't try to teach Suzuki unless you have been through at least the ECC and book 1 training courses or learned from a Suzuki teacher yourself. Emulating what your teacher does now is well-intentioned, but unless you are a beginner right now, what your teacher does now is not the right thing for a beginner.

Just play a few tunes and have a good time. Since she is going to start with a university course the pressure is off of you to try to cover everything. Maybe find some things you can play together, even the teacher-student duets in those method books. There are indeed methods that go faster -- Alfred Premier is mentioned a lot here, and I can vouch for Fundamental Keys.
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#2423660 - 44 minutes 41 seconds ago Re: How should I teach a 9-year old piano? [Re: John v.d.Brook]
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Loc: New York City
Originally Posted By John v.d.Brook
I'd suggest exposing her to piano music, of a wide variety additionally, consider engaging a real piano teacher to guide her first experiences.

+1

You are probably going to do more harm than good if you try to give lessons while still a student yourself.
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