There are many methods to help learn piano notes but this way is easy and children immediately engage with this animal memory game. 2. Start by asking them to play the groups of 2 black notes and 3 black notes, all the way up and down the keyboard, making sure to use the left hand for low notes and the right for high.
8. A for ANTS comes next, notice that the full piano keyboard starts and finishes on an A .
9. The last one is B for BEAR – repeat the process, and all the notes have been named, as we have reached C again! Now try to see if they can remember all the animals from beginning to end, as they play each note from C – B.
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Hi, may I ask what fingering should the child to use when playing the notes in this 1st lesson? Hi Sarah, This early lesson is really a note naming exercise and so the emphasise is on finding and identifying the notes rather than playing them with any particular fingering. My favourite piano tutor books are Chesters, they have a cute set of fun characters and offer a good clear introduction to the basics and kids always love them. My child is only 5 – is it too early to start lessons – might it be a waste of money?
These are all frequent questions asked by parents who are interested in starting their child on the piano.
These first piano lessons are a series of short exercises disguised as games, that combine strengthening and co-ordination with note recognition and memory.
With this series of easy first piano lessons, parents will be able to assist their own children in the basic, first steps of playing the piano. Hi Alissa, The note printables for the keys are included in the First Piano lessons eBook, which full of support and tips for young beginners.
Hi Lia, The most important thing with young beginners is encouraging them to play as much as possible.
The problem is that I didn’t receive the email with the ebook because it was sent to a wrong email, could you please help me with this? It’s great for kids to have a special piece that excites them and that they are proud to perform. I’ll agree to help them learn the over-ambitious piece, as long as they realise that we are going to use some slightly different strategies (mainly memory and repetition) and of course lots of practice.
If you’re looking for more easy pieces for kids to play on the piano, check out our collection here. Thanks Marilyn, If you go to the Let’s Play Music home page, you can find the subscribe button on the menu along the top on the right hand side, and the fb and other social media buttons are on the right hand side, just under the search box. Unfortunately the music is copyrighted, so I can’t post it – there is a link to be able to buy the simple book from Amazon though!
Using the Cats – Dogs game as a way to find middle C, place the Right Hand on CDEFG with the fingers 1- 5. I got a question my daughter is 8 years and she just begin taking piano lesson but she hasn’t learn any notes or anything she just went straight to playing piano is that they way it should be? Monica, Don’t worry about that right now, many teachers want to get kids started playing so they feel like they are accomplishing something. Thanks for your comment Amy, I completely agree, I’m sure the teacher is getting her new pupil settled in, and the note learning will be coming along very soon! Hi Monica, I agree with Amy, I’m sure your daughter will be learning the notes very soon.
The piano lesson series were written specifically with children in mind, and it is always important to gauge each child’s ability and concentration, so as not to make them feel pressured in any way.


They are so keen to memorise the order of the animals that they inadvertently learn the piano keys without realising it! Then find middle C by looking for the 2 black notes in the middle – C comes just before these 2 black notes.
E  for ELEPHANT comes next, find all the elephants by hopping up and down the keyboard, noticing that it comes on the other side of the 2 black keys.6. The next note is F for FROG!
The next note is G for GIRAFFE, find all the Gs up and down the keyboard, always making sure that the right hand is used for higher than middle C, and the left hand is used for lower than middle C.
Although this seems a lot of information for the first piano lesson, children really seem to enjoy the challenge of remembering the correct order of the animals, and after a little bit of practice they love to demonstrate that they can recognise which one is which. Allow the child to explore the keyboard, using whichever fingers they find most comfortable (probably 1,2 & 3) The discipline of fingering comes in the following lessons. It makes the dexterity for the left hand easier and maybe he might find the right hand takes a little more practice, but either way, its very good for both. Chesters also have lots of additional support books like easy first Jazzy pieces and simple arrangements of well known tunes. They are presented in a playful and engaging way that doesn’t cause frustration, but hopefully a little satisfaction along the way. This will lay the foundations in a fun and easy way, giving children the incentive and confidence to go on to a piano teacher for proper one-to-one lessons and be in a strong position to learn and make the most of them. The first piano lessons series gets them started, and the eBook although it does include a lot of the same activities, includes much more in-depth teaching support and resources.
But you also know that this piece is too difficult for them and that they will probably find it a struggle. It is really important that you emphasise that this approach can be used for special pieces, but it’s also vital to continue playing their regular standard pieces where they can actually read the notes and really understand the music. Look for the largest print and the fewest sharps and flats and for an arrangement which doesn’t have full chords, or middle harmony lines. If the piece is too long, consider playing a shortened version by just attempting the main theme. Depending on the ability of the child you could aim to play it as a duet by highlighting shorter parts of the melody and getting them to sit with you and play in their bits as they follow the music as you play. It’s in C Major, so fewer accidentals and has a simplified left hand and melody line. Use the video clip below to refresh your memory and listen to it as you follow the music together. Enjoy playing the song together, encourage the child to sing along and to play the part that they have learnt. Gradually build it up, adding a new bit each lesson and always review the previously learnt bit too.
And if you’re looking for games and activities for early piano lessons, take a look at our First Piano Lessons series – lots of ideas for games and activities that can be done at home!
First piano lessons should be fun and playful, start by drawing around the hands of the child on a sheet of paper.
Ask the child to play each note with each finger and repeat it 3 times – call this exercise Up And Down The Escalator. You asked about pedalling – it is too early at this stage to introduce the use of the pedal.I hope that helps! The whole keyboard stretching out in front of them can be a bit overwhelming, so firstly it is important to break it down, and help to them recognise that there are indeed only 7 notes, just repeated over and over. Encourage them to explore some high and low notes, and make sure they can tell the difference. It comes after C and is in between the 2 black notes, which look like the dog’s black ears! Find all the Ds.


Repeat the hopping game in the same way, noticing that it comes before the group of 3 black notes. Check out my First Piano Lessons eBook for much more detail, resources and teaching guidance. We were paying ALOT on 1x week 30 minute lessons for our kids and I was so sad when our budget couldn’t support it anymore!
Of course there are tons of other great tutor books out there and I often pick and choose extra pieces from other sources to keep them interested and this builds up a fun repertoire. Firstly, it is vital that the child shows a desire and interest in playing the piano, and is happy to sit and concentrate for a short time, say 15 minutes to start with.
Progress will be much faster, and they will be more likely to succeed and develop a real love of the instrument.
When children first start learning the piano they need lots of repetition in order to develop an understanding and strengthen their fingers, so these activities and exercises are an excellent way to encourage them.
After all it’s all relative and young players have more challenges to overcome than older ones. In this video Let It Go is played in a different key so the actual notes played will be different to the printable copy. You can use it as a note reading exercise at first, before you actually show them how to play each new bit. It develops memory, discipline and teaches a clear strategy for tackling difficult tasks in a controlled and systematic way. Always make it clear that using the memory in this way does have a limit and while it doesn’t hurt to use this method with the odd difficult piece, it is still so important to learn to read the music properly and not to try to rely on memory alone. Alternatively, you can print the finger chart shown below by clicking on the picture to print.  Ask the child to number the fingers 1 -5 on both hands starting with the thumbs as 1 and the little fingers as 5.
Explain that 4s and 5s are usually weak, because they are normally a bit lazy and never really do anything on their own – so that is why it is difficult at first, but just like riding a bike or learning to write your name, practise will always help! The most important thing is to make sure a child is happy and relaxed right from the start and then they will be ready to learn.
Depending on the age and attention span of your child or the child you are teaching, to make it easier this lesson can be broken up into two sections which introduces C-D-E-F first, and then G-A-B  the next time. My budget does not permit me to hire a private trainer, so I have been looking for good resource.
It is a lot easier if they can already read a little, so it is probably best to give that a head start, and not to bombard them with too much information all at once! Whilst many kids will be familiar with the tune and the rhythm, this piece has got a significant range and requires a fair bit of hand movement so isn’t suitable for beginners. However, because the child will be relying mostly on ear and memory it will still help them to learn the tune.
Repeat this exercise with the Left Hand, with the 1 (thumb) on middle C and the fingers going down in steps the opposite way. Navigate by looking for the 2 black keys, and notice that they are always the same distance of 8 notes apart each time, call this an Octave. It also helps if they have strong little hands, although this can be improved with practise, if they have very small hands, it might be better to let them grow a bit!



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