Having been a pianist for 40 yrs and having learned through traditional piano lessons for 3 yrs and then taking off on my own composing and playing my own music as well as in church, I felt most qualified to teach my own girls piano. Only my youngest wanted to learn this particular instrument and I tried the traditional method when she was 6, but she kept getting frustrated at not being able to just sit down and play a song. I tried again at 8, but she still got discouraged. She loves to sing and wants to be able to play along. I have heard her sit down and attempt to pick out tunes by ear and she has asked me to show her single note sequences, but she did not respond to traditional music theory and instruction.
I decided to try this class on Currclick, our first online class of any kind. After sitting through the 1st class and then sitting with my daughter to see how she did. At first, I thought, "Oh no, not another failed attempt at teaching this child piano!" She gets easily frustrated and says "I can't do it" if she fails the first 3-4 attempts. She could NOT get her hands to hit 1-3-5 keys without hitting 2 or 4 or both. So I played the chords myself and watched her hands as she copied me and saw the problem: she was not curving her fingers or keeping her wrists up. So I made her practice just hitting the chords c-f-g for 10 minutes, gave her a break, then told her to only practice the first 2 lines for 10 min. By tonite, she was downstairs singing "Dashing thru the snow.." and playing without having to pause her singing to catch up with her hands.
Thank you. I am a skilled pianist, play by ear and note, but I have been unsuccessful in teaching my truly gifted singer/musically-inclined daughter to play using traditional books and methods. I know she is excited about being able to play and sing for Grandma next week at Thanksgiving, and in one lesson, you have given her one song to play.
I am testing out this class to see if she would do well using this method exclusively to learn to play piano. I like that as we homeschool, this type of learning is geared to getting the child immersed in the subject by "doing" and "getting results" right away so the child does not become discouraged and gives up. Understanding that the technical theory and music reading can come after they are playing already is a real benefit. While my child is only 9 and cannot type fast to chat while in the classroom, she enjoys seeing/reading other's questions and the teacher's replies. The online classroom experience is so much more convenient than driving to music lessons weekly; plus, the teacher sends a link to the recorded session which you can watch again, in case you forgot or don't understand something.
I agree with the teacher that this is not a drop off class. You need to sit down with your child, particularly if you do not know music yourself. While I am a musician, I still have to learn this type of system and it is easily replicated instructing my daughter after watching the class.