Boost your child’s brainpower by teaching him how to write his own music. Next use his melody to reinforce the academic concepts you’re teaching.
How to Create a Mystery Song on the Piano
Here I teach you how to play an easy mystery tune. Once your child understands the concept, encourage him to experiment with the formula to create his own song. Piano improv is easy when you know the formulas.
You’ll have even more fun when you use this formula to create a mnemonic for whatever topic you’re currently teaching. Help your child write a silly song about the math detective who wants to find out what 4 x 3 equals, or a song about the curious boy seeking to learn what clouds are made of. Have fun and get creative!
Step 1: Learn the left hand. Locate the highlighted keys and play them in descending order.
Step 2: Improvise the Right Hand. Once you can play the left hand in a steady rhythm, add in the right hand. You can improvise using any of the highlighted keys in any order. Watch the video for an example.
This piano improv activity for kids also makes a great duet that’s fun and easy for little kids. You play the left hand and show your young child which keys he can use to improvise the right hand. Later switch and show him how to play the left hand by itself in a slow and steady mystery rhythm.
The rhythmic patterns and wide latitude for creative expression inherent in piano improvisation make these activities super brain builders. For more tips on how to teach your child piano improv, visit EarTrainingandImprov.com.
Click play to see an example
Kristin is a piano teacher who specializes in teaching children how to create their own music. Kristin is supported by a wonderful husband and darling toddler boy, who will hopefully soon be making music too! See Kristin’s music teaching tips at EarTrainingandImprov.com
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