It’s very important to me to make key names completely secure in the piano student’s mind from the get go. The first activity we normally do in the piano lesson is to start and the very bottom of the piano naming the key names as we go.
I normally begin this process, and ask the student to continue all the way up the piano, with a little pause after the ‘g’ so we can remember to start again at ‘a’. Then we might play a game within the piano lesson such as musical alphabet memory, and send them home with some worksheets.
The first three worksheets here concentrate on C,D,E and the last three include F,G,A,B also. Grouping the names into the groups of two and three black keys is the easiest way for children to navigate the piano. After assigning the C,D,E worksheets the first week we review these keys in the lesson, and if they seem comfortable with these, the next three worksheets will be assigned.
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