How to Teach Piano to Toddlers: 7 Steps

Step 5: Test if she can locate the keys.

Turn it into a game:

Can you press Fa? How about La? Where’s Mi?

Yay! If she can already identify those, Hooray!

You can now play music! 🙂

Step 6: Choose a favorite nursery rhyme and SING THE NOTES while you press them.

I recommend Twinkle Twinkle as it has an easy pattern.

do    do    sol   sol     la  la     sol
Twinkle     twinkle       little      star

Do it slow. If she recognizes the tune, you will immediately see a reaction. It is a magical moment to their ears.

“Do you want to try it? I’ll sing the notes and you can press the keys.”

Again, do it slow. You will be amazed that they’ll practice this on their own later on.

 

Step 7: Teach line by line.

After a few days, introduce the next line of the song by singing the notes again and not the actual lyrics.

fa    fa   mi  mi     re   re     do
How  I    wonder   what you   are

When she has mastered that, connect the 1st pattern to the 2nd pattern.

do    do    sol   sol     la  la     sol
Twinkle     twinkle       little      star
fa    fa   mi  mi     re   re     do
How  I    wonder   what you   are

At this point, your child would most likely feel a sense of accomplishment and would ask to go on.

You can now introduce the 3rd pattern, which is:

Sol sol   fa fa     mi  mi    re
Up   above  the    world so  high
Sol sol   fa fa     mi  mi    re
Like a diamond    in   the    sky

Give it a few days, depending on your child’s cues and then do the 1st and 2nd pattern again to end the song.

do    do    sol   sol     la  la     sol
Twinkle     twinkle       little      star
fa    fa   mi  mi     re   re     do
How  I    wonder   what you   are

Now connect them all together and you have just taught your child her 1st piano piece!

Here’s how it turned out for us.

If your child has memorized the sequence by heart, you can now sing it using the correct lyrics instead of singing the notes.

As you do this, give yourself a tap on the shoulder because you have just laid a musical foundation should your child wish to pursue this field.
Congratulations!

Your possibilities are now endless! You can now learn as many songs as you like. →