It's October

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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.  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.

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3 thoughts to “It’s October

  • Linda

    I found your wonderful resource today. I am excited to pour over the material with my students in mind. Thank you for your valuable insight into teaching the piano! This all looks fantastic!

  • carol dawn

    Used this with several of the younger children with the “triplets” on the keyboard. They seemed to enjoy it, especially when they could then play a glissando for all the other leaves falling down.
    Thanks much!!
    Used your other Halloween pre-reading pieces, too.
    And the pumpkin notes with a boy who regularly confuses right and left hand notes around middle C.
    Thanks again!

  • Gina Hill

    I just switched 2 of my 6 year old students into piano adventures by Faber (book A). They were both getting bogged down in the Primer level, and things were moving too quickly. We are all so much happier now!

    I hadn’t thought about how the left hand moves opposite of the music! Thank you for such a great point! That will help me understand my very young students struggles!

    Thanks again for your site! It’s been such a fantastic resource for me as a new teacher! And my students have been loving their halloween songs. 🙂


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