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10 Free Online Piano Tutorials for Kids

Are you interested in having your kids learn to play the piano, but can’t swing the cost of traditional lessons that average $120 per month?

Online piano lessons offer incredible savings and a few strengths that traditional lessons don’t offer. To begin with, online lessons are often taught by experienced teachers, and sometimes scripted to be sure that every element of the lesson is thoughtfully presented. Online lessons also allow students to review what was taught every time they practice.

Now that you’re beginning to see the value of online piano lessons from the stand point of educations value, let’s take a look at the savings.

The cost of online piano lessons varies from site to site, but on average lessons will run you about $15-20 per month per child. After I share the links to the free lessons, I’ll provide you with links to a few sites that offer online lessons, along with their pricing plans.

Free Online Piano Lessons for Kids

This lesson is a great place to start. It introduces students to Middle C and their first three rhythms – Quarter Note, Half Note and Whole Note.
This lesson is a continuation of the first lesson, adding treble clef D above Middle C. It continues to drill the first three rhythms – Quarter Note, Half Note and Whole Note.
I Love Bubble Gum (Primer Lesson)
I Love Bubble Gum is a three note song that introduces treble clef E above Middle C. This lesson continues to drill the first three rhythms – Quarter Note, Half Note and Whole Note.
Five Woodpeckers (Primer Lesson)
This lesson introduces students to Solfege and identifies the piano keyboard keys.
Musical Alphabet (Primer Lesson)
This piano lesson introduces kids to the musical alphabet.
Tick Tock (Level 1A Lesson)
Tick Tock is a Level 1A song, and is ideal for students that have completed a primer lesson book. Students are expected to know treble clef notes C, D, E, F, G and bass clef notes C, D, E, F, G.  The lesson continues to drill basic rhythms: Quarter Note and Whole Note.
We Love You America (Level 1B Lesson)
We Love You America is a Level 1B lesson, though is easy enough to play by the absolute beginner. It’s a Middle C Position song that drills two basic rhythms: Quarter Note and Half Note.
Frog in the Middle (Primer Lesson)
Frog in the Middle is a very easy song with only three notes: C, E, and G. This lesson provides plenty of repetition.
This lesson talks about the good and bad ways to sit at the piano, how your arms should be positioned, and piano bench height.
I Am A Gold Lock (Level 1A Lesson)
I Am A Gold Lock introduces treble clef F, and continues to drill treble clef notes C, D, and E. Rhythms remain very simple.

Online Piano Lesson Pricing

MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy – $15 Per Month for the Whole Family

MakingMusicFun.net offers online piano lessons at the most competitive price. It’s not $15 per student. It’s $15 for the whole family. Once you sign up you have unlimited access to the piano lessons, piano sheet music, music theory worksheets and games. If you sign up for the annual plan your kids can participate in the MusicStars online festival. It’s a great way to get individualized feedback.

Hoffman Academy– $18 Per Month Per Student

Pricing goes up a bit with Hoffman Academy, but it’s still a great value. They offer a comprehensive program, including piano lessons, sheet music, and worksheets. Mr. Hoffman teaches many of the lessons, but has a team of teachers sharing their talents to help young students grow into great musicians.

FlowKey – $19.99 Per Month Per Student

FlowKey takes a different approach to online piano lessons. The first two on this list have developed a course of study for young students, so everything a student needs to know gets covered. FlowKey provides some instruction to students, but is more of a site where you learn the songs that you want to learn with a just-for-fun mindset. FlowKey might provide you with a great option for the teens in your family that are interested in learning to play the piano.

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Music Practice Tip That Will Surprise You

Are you ready to make a change in the way you practice, and start getting incredible results?

Most of us practice too fast, and we don’t accomplish everything we could in the time we spend.

I tell my students:

“Practice slow enough to play it right the first time.”

It’s not always possible, but getting it right the first time can happen far more often if you pick the right goal (a few notes or a phrase) and the right tempo.

Try slowing things down to see what you can accomplish. Not just Quarter Note = 60 on the metronome – I mean way down. Try Eighth Note = 60.

Practicing, in part, is training muscle memory. If your fingers are only trained enough to play a phrase at a moderate tempo, they will fail at a faster tempo. If your fingers are trained perfectly at a very slow tempo, playing very fast will be easy. It just happens.

I’ve had students surprise themselves!

Give it a try.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book, Level 3 (PDF)

Looking for the perfect piano book to start your kids with? This all-in-one piano book provides students with graded music that steadily increases the challenges as they improve week by week, but never so much that they don’t feel successful. Also included are worksheets for note naming.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 3 (Digital Print)

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About This Course
The MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Book Level 3 is intended for students that have completed prior levels, Primer-Level 2. The songs are carefully sequenced to make sure kids are always challenged but never feel frustrated because they don’t know what to do or just can’t sound good playing the piece.

Pieces in this book are meant to be practiced in pairs. They are called partner pieces. Each piece with a partner piece will name that piece at the bottom of the page. Whatever the focus, being rhythm or patterns or meter, the partner piece will help students to drill that skill a bit more so they really learn it.

The theory resources included in this book are four Intervals! worksheets. They are intended to introduce musical intervals and drill note naming skills. Teachers should explain the worksheet during the lesson and work through part of it together. Students can complete the rest of the worksheet at home. If you need more worksheets you can print them for free on the MakingMusicFun.net website.

Contents
Introduction
Goodbye, Old Paint
Brahms’ Lullaby by Brahms
Camel Hump, Funny Bump
Fur Elise by Beethoven
Egyptian Dance by Saint-Saens
Malaguena by Lecuona
The Entertainer by Jopin
Intervals! Worksheet (2nds)
Intervals! Worksheet (3rds)
Intervals! Worksheet (4ths)
Intervals! Worksheet (5ths)
Turkey in the Straw
Maple Leaf Rag by Joplin
Wee Falorie Man
The Campbells Are Coming
Le Donna E Mobile by Verdi
Russian Folk Song by Beethoven
Oh, Susanna
Camptown Races by Foster
Musette’s Waltz (La Boeme) by Puccini
Go Down Moses
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Scales (2 Pages)
Intervals! Worksheet (2nds) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (3rds) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (4ths) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (5ths) – Answer Key
Certificate of Promotion

MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 3 (Digital Print)

Compare to Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 3 is similar to the Alfred Basic Piano Library Course, offering well written arrangements that are thoughtfully created for the young player, but offers digital printing and considerable savings. The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course is intended to provide study resources for students five years and up. Special attention was given to the attention span and small-sized hands of the young beginner. The pages are clean and uncluttered, with fonts and colors that are  designed to appeal to kids. The focus of the Level 1A book is to introduce new musical symbols, drill symbols that have already been introduced, and support note reading.

Interested in Learning Piano Lessons Online?

The MakingMusicFun Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

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Pros and Cons of Online Piano Lessons for Kids

When it comes to learning things these days most of us head for the computer. Sometimes we want an article. Other times a video tutorials… and the interest in this is growing rapidly.

It used to be the only way to learn the play the piano was to have a piano teacher sitting next to you, guiding you every step of the way. With the introduction of desktop computers, tablets. and phones, traditional ways of learning are changing. To better understand whether this new method of instruction works – and if it can work for your kids – I’ve written this pros and cons post about online piano lessons for kids.

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You may have grown up taking piano lessons from some lady that you mom met in your neighborhood. She was the closest and most affordable, so that was the teacher you were given. She seated you down on a hard piano bench and made you play scale after scale, followed by some seriously boring piano music. That was bad enough, but it wasn’t over yet. You still had to practice those boring scales and music 30 minutes every day.

When you’re limited to the teacher that’s closest and most affordable you don’t always get the best teacher.

Those days are over if you’re ready to embrace online lessons for kids.

The teachers that create online lessons are typically master teachers that know how to help kids be successful and keep them interested. They are using the latest trends and teaching methods to deliver lessons that are clear and easy to understand.

Pro – Piano Lessons Are “Watch and Learn”

Piano lessons have always been a “watch and learn” experience. Whether you’re sitting next to teacher or watching your teacher online, you are observing to learn – being guided through listening and though verbal instruction.

Pro – Students Benefit Through Instant Replay

Online piano lessons really shine in the days that follow the piano lesson. With traditional instruction students only receive guidance during the lesson. Then they’re stuck trying to remember everything that was shared during the lesson. The unfortunate result is that students don’t remember everything that they were taught. Online piano lessons solve that problem, allowing the piano student to listen to the instruction every day if they want to, so that every lesson is fully understood and fully mastered.

Pro – Cost Online Piano Lessons vs. Traditional Lessons

Online piano lessons provide a substantial cost savings for families. Depending on where you are living in the USA, you may pay as much as $40 for a 30-minute lesson. That’s $160-$200 per month. Online piano lessons cost around $18 per month.

Con – Not Every Need is Met with Online Piano Lessons

Online piano lessons don’t address the individual needs of every student, and sometimes the pacing is too quick. Sometimes students need something explained in a different way.

It’s not a perfect system, but there’s much that can be learned and many families are benefiting from online piano lessons and saving big.

Are You Ready to Give Online Piano Lessons a Try?

Here are two online piano academies that are worth a look.

MakingMusicFun Music Academy – The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

Hoffman Piano Academy – The Hoffman Piano Academy is chock full of quality piano lessons and resources for kids, including HD quality piano lessons, sheet music and worksheets. The basic plan is free and the premium plan is family friendly at just $18/month or $179/year.

Summary 

Online piano lessons aren’t for everyone, but it’s pretty clear that they are providing a rich experience for many adults and kids. And they are making piano more affordable, at a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book, Level 2 (PDF)

Looking for the perfect piano book series to start your kids with? The All-in-One piano book series from MakingMusicFun.net provides students with graded music that steadily increases the challenges as they improve week by week, but never so much that they don’t feel successful. Worksheets for note naming are also included.

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Print Piano Lesson Book, Level 2

MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 2 (Digital Print)

Product Description

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 2 is intended for students who have completed the MakingMusicFun.net (MMF) All-in-One Piano Primer, Level 1A and 1B piano books. Lessons are carefully sequenced to make progress easy and fun. Theory worksheets, such as M&M Note Name Challenge and Codebreaker!, are also included to help students develop greater confidence with note naming.

Some pieces in this book are meant to be practiced in pairs. They are called partner pieces. Each piece with a partner piece will name that piece at the bottom of the page. Whatever the focus, being rhythm or patterns or meter, the partner piece will help students to drill that skill a bit more so they really learn it.

Contents

Introduction
William Tell Overture by Rossini
Alouette
Ode to Joy by Beethoven
M&M Note Name Challenge Worksheet (Treble and Bass Clef)
Lavender’s Blue
When the Saints Go Marching In
Chopsticks
Blue Bumblebee by Fling
Codebreaker! Note Name Worksheet (Treble and Bass Clef)
The Galway Piper
The B-I-B-L-E
The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
Boom, Boom, Indian Drum by Fling
Can-Can by Offenbach
Irish Washerwoman
Hickory, Dickory, Dock by Mother Goose/Fling
Zum Gali Gali
Aiken Drum
Dance by Kabalevsky
Git Along Little Doggies
My Ma Gave Me a Nickel
Prince of Denmark March
Spring from the “Four Seasons” by Vivaldi
Silent Night
M&M Note Name Challenge Worksheet – Answer Key
Codebreaker! Note Name Worksheet – Answer Key

Compare to Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 2 is similar to the Alfred Basic Piano Library Course, offering well written arrangements that are thoughtfully created for the young player, but offers digital printing and considerable savings. The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course is intended to provide study resources for students five years and up. Special attention was given to the attention span and small-sized hands of the young beginner. The pages are clean and uncluttered, with fonts and colors that are  designed to appeal to kids. The focus of the Level 2 book is to introduce new musical symbols, drill symbols that have already been introduced, and support note reading.

Interested in Learning Piano Lessons Online?

The MakingMusicFun Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

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The Fundamentals of Piano Practice | 5 Piano Lesson Tips

Learn a musical instrument as an adult or as a young child may sometimes seem like a  daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. Below are a few piano lesson tips to help you get started, and enjoy playing the piano every step of the way.

1. Set Clear Goals

Learning how to play the piano should begin with clear goals – goals that are tangible and easily achieved. Setting small goals, and achieving them, ensures that the desire to learn is not short-lived.

Some examples of goals that you can set as a beginner include practicing for at least 30 minutes a day, practicing a certain scale, or practicing a particular passage in your assigned music.

2. Practice the Fundamentals (Scales, Arpeggios and More)

Scales and arpeggios are a big part of the music we play, so it makes sense to spend some time learning them. Scales help us understand the key signature of the music, and are often included in the music. Some melodies also outline chords, making arpeggios an important thing to focus on too.

Every instrument also has a few fundamentals books, written by master teachers, that every one learns from. For the piano student, one of the best books is Hanon. This book provides the student with skill building exercises that are designed to strengthen each finger.

3. Practice Slowly

Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, that the key to achieving world-class expertise in any skill is simply a matter of practicing the correct way for a total of 10,000 hours. However, it’s not just a matter of playing the notes correctly, it a matter of avoiding countless hours playing it incorrectly.

When you’re learning a new piece, begin by playing the piece very slow, making sure that all of the notes are correct and beautifully played. Have a goal of playing every passage perfectly every time. If you’re disciplined in this way you’ll make far better use of your time and soon be a world-class expert yourself!

4. Use a Metronome

Metronomes help musicians understand how fast the the composer intended the music to be played and how to play with a steady beat.

When you’re just starting out you’re own sense of steady beat is a reasonably good guide. By the time students reach jr. high school they should be practicing with a metronome every day. The daily discipline will strengthen their sense of steady beat, and make them a much better player.

5. Listen

Listening is learning. Students should listen to recordings of other players. Particularly recordings of the pieces that they are practicing, as it will help them add artistry to their own playing.

Listening also means listening to yourself play. Grab your cell phone or iPad and make a video of yourself playing your assigned lesson piece. When you play it back, listen to see if you are:

  1. Playing with a steady beat
  2. Playing the notes correctly
  3. Playing the dynamics

Congratulation on choosing to learn a musical instrument. If you keep these goals in mind you’ll soon be a great musician too!

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10 Free Music Practice Charts for Kids

With the holidays over, it’s time to help your students re-establish strong practice habits. As many New Year’s resolution articles will tell you, written tracking is a great way to encourage the development of any habit or routine. Help your students stay consistent in their practice routine with a selection of fun and easy to use free printable music practice sheets for kids. With a variety of creative designs for a different age levels and time frames, you’ll find the perfect chart to motivate each one of your students.

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14-Day Music Practice Charts

These first charts are a good fit for younger students. The two week time period doesn’t appear too daunting, and kids get a fresh start often. These practice sheets are designed to allow kids to color or add stickers to track their way to completion. Click on any of the sheets to visit the practice chart gallery and download them for your students to use.

Get Clown Color-In Practice Chart

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Sticker chart practice sheets provide a purposeful structure, giving kids a goal to complete. In this example, they lead the owl to his tree by adding a sticker along the path for every day they practice. Other designs lead a puppy to its bone or a bee to its hive.

Get Practice Sticker Charts

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The Superstar Practice Chart also spans two weeks, but allows more customization than simply checking off that practice has been completed. This chart allows specific goals to be set for certain music and in other areas.

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Five-Week Music Practice Charts

Older kids can record their daily practice minutes and add them up each week on these neat, tasteful grid-style charts. Design options include flowers, piano keys, metronome, or music notes, shown below.

Get Five-Week Music Practice Charts

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Oliver the Octopus Music Theory Arcade Practice Charts

There are more skills to practice besides the instrument itself. Music theory skills, such as flash cards or scales, also need to be reviewed. This type of practice can be encouraged with a separate, designated practice sheet.

Get Music Theory Arcade Practice Charts

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Developing regular practice habits can be a challenge, but it’s one of the most important factors in students’ success. Give each student the tools and encouragement they need, starting with a free practice chart selected just for them. With a wide selection of free sheets, you can introduce different designs or formats throughout the year to add variety to practice time. While practice sheets can’t make your students practice, they can provide encouragement, accountability, and a feeling of accomplishment. They’ll find satisfaction in completing their practice session each day or watching their practice minutes add up, and you’ll find satisfaction in hearing their skills improve.

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