How to Teach Your Child the Piano like a Pro

A step by step course to master the subtle challenges of teaching your own children the piano.

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The idea of teaching your own child (or grandchild) the piano is a pretty big ask, especially if you don't know where to start. When I first started teaching my own children it had been a long time since my first lesson at the piano and it was pretty daunting. We want to get this right and not put our children off learning!

You may be wondering about:

  • the right instrument to use
  • the best music books for your child
  • what to cover first
  • whether you will have enough patience
  • whether your children will listen to you.

Scroll down and check out a FREE preview of 4 lectures in the curriculum below:

Keyboard Note Names

Introduction to Reading Music

First Lesson: Recognizing Bass Notes

Differences in Pitch (playing by ear section)

For less than the average cost of a 10 week term of lessons I will show you the basic skills at the piano that will enable you to teach your own child. Along with this, you can learn how to negotiate the special challenges of teaching your own children with the range of learning styles they have.

Here's what we will cover:

  • instrument set up
  • from the very first lesson up to playing with both hands
  • best practice music reading skills
  • developing playing by ear skills
  • special help on teaching your own
  • reviews of various piano books
  • and much more!

If you want to know if you are ready to do this course and want some ideas around that first, I invite you to join me in my free mini course: What Does it Take to Teach Your Child the Piano? These 3 free video lessons have been put together to give you assurance that this is what you are looking for. Click on the title to take you there.

If you are looking for a course to use to teach your child piano, check out my course for beginners: Headstart Piano Online

Your Instructor

Delwyn McKenzie
Delwyn McKenzie

I'm the business owner of Accent Music School which I run from our home here in NZ. I hold a music degree from the University of Canterbury, majoring in composition. My husband Robin and I have 3 adult children. For some of their school years they were home schooled and all of them had piano lessons with me from the outset. There was limited access to music tuition where we lived, so I taught them, following the example of my own mother. Having been taught by one of my own parents and going on to teaching my own children has given me a good understanding of what is involved in where to start when there is no other music teacher available. In over 30 years of music teaching I have taught classroom music, orchestral groups (often composing music for them), written a piano curriculum, and tutored many individuals on piano and stringed instruments. One of my greatest delights is to give beginners the best possible start on their musical journey and this is why I have produced my own curriculum - Headstart Piano.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and goes as long as you want it to! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What if I have never played the piano and can't read music?
No problem. You will be learning a thoroughly proven method of getting started at reading music at the piano. Even those who do know how to read music will find these first steps valuable as they prepare to teach their own.
What if I am not very musical?
All sorts of people can become musicians if they put the time into it. If you are more 'technical' in your approach, that can actually be a help for becoming a good music reader, because you may not depend on hearing so much for your learning.
What's the hardest part about teaching your own child the piano?
Expectations. We are emotionally involved with our children, and we expect more from them than we might when teaching someone else's children professionally. This is covered in more detail in the course with some great advice on how to do it well.
Do I have to purchase a piano course as well?
Not for this course. All new, original music and resources you will need to get started as a parent are provided in a downloadable form. But to teach your children, you may need to select a book suitable for them. I discuss what is needed in a good first book or book series and include my reviews of a number of piano books you can choose from including my own course: Headstart Piano.
Does this course cover playing by ear?
Yes it does. We cover the whole process of playing by ear from scratch in section 5. This section is relevant for musicians who are better at reading music than playing by ear who wish to improve their aural skills, as well as for those who don't yet read music and wish to learn how to play by ear.
Do I have to have access to a piano for this course?
Yes! This is a practical course and you will be playing the piano or a touch-sensitive electronic keyboard. More information (along with some suggestions for a suitable instrument) is given in the course.

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