I wrote this piece for a new student because I wanted something special to play at her second lesson. She was delighted with it.
If you’ve never seen piano material like this before, this is a pre-reading piece that can be used at the first or second lesson. The student plays on the group of three black keys, moving down toward the bass. If you need more help, check out some of the newer piano methods at your local music store. I use My First Piano Adventures for pre-school and first grade children, and Book A of that series contains a lot of pre-reading material.
No wonder students get confused when learning to play the piano. The numbers and words go one way (right), while the left hand moves down the keys the other way. In a few weeks it is normal for most students, but others have get confused. It is something to think about when we try to understand why some children have so much trouble learning to read music. Reading music presents so many challenges for young children!
If you want some more music for the first lesson when students have not yet learned quarter notes, I have posted a few. From my website you can download:
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In addition, there is a lot of pre-reading music on my website using quarter, half, and whole notes. The ones above use only finger numbers.