The Youngest Learners

Over the years, a number of different methods have been developed to help the very young begin their musical journey. These include a method developed by Kodaly (1862-1967) designed to help young children express themselves through singing. The idea is to get children from a very young age to participate in musical games, and therefore help them develop an understanding of music. The method also incorporates the Solfége system, helping them to develop an understanding of pitch and rhythm and musical terms such as 'crotchet' and 'quaver'.

Another, the 'Suzuki Method', is aimed at children as young as 3 years old, where the key is learning by listening in the early stages, then playing by ear and later learning the skills for reading actual notation. For this method, full participation by the guardian is integral to the process. Guardians are actively encouraged to practice along with their child and make it a daily routine becoming apart of daily family life. For piano specifically, a method which I believe works particularly well is the 'Dogs and Birds' method developed by Elsa and Chris Lusher. Here the notes on the keyboard together with the musical notation are connected to animals such as for example the note 'D' which becomes associated with a 'Dog'. This approach can really engage young children and those with learning difficulties as well as making learning fun.

So if you have a young child who is showing an early interest in learning the piano, why not book a free, no obligation taster session and lets have a friendly chat. Who knows, maybe together we can unleash their musical potential.