Piano by Letter and Piano by Number are great alternatives to reading music, an important consideration for parents of preschoolers or any child having difficulty with reading sheet music.
Reading music is often too difficult for the younger children to do with confidence. There are many ways of starting a child playing piano, including by number, by color and by letter.
The rationale of these starter systems is that they build enthusiasm and confidence while at the same time building the skills that will be necessary to read music.
Piano by Letter is designed to work with any other piano method, including Piano by Number, to give your child an enthusiastic start at the piano.
Here's a sample page from PIANO BY LETTER:
After your child has started playing fun, familiar songs by letter, it is easy to introduce the concepts of reading music using our book I CAN READ MUSIC.
There's nothing to unlearn with any simple starting piano method, be it by color, by number or by letter. Once the child is happily started, and reading music, they won't even remember their "training wheels," just like on a bicycle!
PIANO BY LETTER is similar in format to PIAN0 IS EASY and includes the many of the same songs expressed as letters instead of numbers.
The advantage of the letter format is that it helps the child learn the names of the notes. The advantage of the number format is that it is easier for children to understand the directional flow of the music (up and down.) Letters are fine when the alphabet is moving "up," (ABCD) but harder when the alphabet is reversed (DCBA.) Numbers are just as easy for kids regardless of whether they are moving up or down.
There are 50 songs in PIANO BY LETTER in a 120 page illustrated songbook with familiar songs like London Bridge and Jingle Bells.
Just put the lettered stickers on your keys and you're ready to play!
Preschool kids love it, and use it like a toy.
PIANO BY LETTER includes the following 50 songs your child will want to play on the piano:
A TISKET A TASKET
BA BA BLACK SHEEP
BICYCLE BUILT FOR TWO
DOWN BY THE STATION
DOWN IN THE VALLEY
DO YOU KNOW THE MUFFIN MAN?
EENSY WEENSY SPIDER
FANTASIE IMPROMPTU (CHOPIN)
GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN
HEY, DIDDLE, DIDDLE
HOME, SWEET HOME
HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW
I’M A LITTLE TEAPOT
IF YOU'RE HAPPY AND YOU KNOW IT
I GAVE MY LOVE A CHERRY
IN THE GLOAMING
IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING
LISTEN TO THE MOCKINGBIRD
LONG, LONG AGO
MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB
ON TOP OF SPAGHETTI
POP GOES THE WEASEL
RED RIVER VALLEY
SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
THERE'S A HOLE IN THE BUCKET
WHEELS ON THE BUS
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
PIANO BY LETTER INDIVIDUAL BOOK
BOOK, PLAY ALONG AUDIO CD AND STICKERS
See also: PRESCHOOL PIANO PACKAGE: A selection of books for the youngest kids
See also: CHILDREN'S MULTI BOOK PACKAGE: Includes books for older AND younger children
See also: ADULT PIANO PACKAGE: A selection of books for adult beginners
See also PRESCHOOL PIANO LESSON PLANS
See also TURN YOUR PIANO INTO A TOY
See also WHY KIDS NEED FREEDOM TO LEARN PIANO
See also THE PIANO WHISPERER
See also TEACHING PRESCHOOL CHILDREN PIANO
See also BRAINS, CHILDREN AND PIANO
See also HOW A CHILD'S AGE AFFECTS PIANO LESSON MOTOR SKILLS
See also BUILDING A CHILD'S CONFIDENCE WITH NUMBERS
See alsoPIANO FINGER ORGANIZATION GAMES FOR THE VERY YOUNG
See also WHEN IS LEARNING FINGERING NECESSARY
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