Updated: Oct 31
Whether you are a parent or a teacher who wants to get toddlers started on piano, we have some tips and tricks that can help. Teaching a toddler piano will be a lot different than teaching a child or an adult piano, as they have shorter patience and don't comprehend the same way.
How To Get Toddlers Started On Piano:
Getting a toddler started in learning piano can be a fun and rewarding experience. It's important to make the process engaging and age-appropriate. Here are some things parents or teachers can do:
Create a Musical Environment:
Toddlers love music and they love to dance. Surround the child with music from an early age. Play a variety of music styles and encourage them to sing along or dance. Listen, sing, and dance along too.
Invest in a Suitable Instrument:
Acquire a keyboard or piano that is toddler-friendly. You don't need a full-size piano at this stage. There are many small, affordable keyboards designed for beginners.
Start with Simple Concepts:
Begin with the basics, like teaching them the names of the keys and the difference between high and low notes. Keep it simple and build from there.
Use Visual Aids:
Speaking of teaching the note names, using color-coded stickers or flashcards can help them associate notes with keys on the keyboard. These aids make learning more visual and fun.
Short, Frequent Sessions:
Toddlers have short attention spans. Keep lessons short but frequent, ideally a few minutes a day. Consistency is more important than duration.
Let the child explore the keyboard on their own. Allow them to press keys and create their own sounds, fostering a sense of play.
Incorporate Fun Songs:
Introduce simple, familiar songs that they can learn to play. Nursery rhymes and children's songs work well such as Mary Had A Little Lamb, Hot Cross Buns, and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It helps to shorten the song though, since toddlers have a shorter attention span.
Use Games and Play:
Incorporate games and playful activities that involve the keyboard. For example, you can make a game out of finding and playing certain keys or matching notes to colors.
Be Patient and Positive:
Keep the atmosphere positive and encouraging. Praise their efforts and progress, and be patient with their mistakes.
Lead by Example:
If you have some musical ability, play the piano for them and let them see how much fun it can be. Children often mimic what they see.
Consider a Teacher:
If you're not confident in teaching them yourself, consider enrolling them in a toddler music class or finding a qualified piano teacher who specializes in teaching young children.
Make it Social:
If possible, arrange playdates or group sessions where they can play music with other toddlers. This can make the learning process more enjoyable.
Explore Apps and Online Resources:
There are many interactive apps and online resources designed for young children that can make learning the piano more interactive and engaging.
Set Realistic Expectations:
Understand that progress will be slow at this age, and not every toddler will show the same level of interest. The goal is to make music a positive and enjoyable experience.
Remember that the primary focus with toddlers should be on fostering a love for music and an appreciation for the piano. If they decide to pursue formal piano lessons as they grow older, the foundation you establish now will be invaluable.
See how our Musician's Addition piano instructor, Evan teaches toddlers: