Young Students

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Lesson Length for Young Students

I’m starting a small 5/6 yr old group. I’m thinking of having it be 20 min instead of my normal 25-30. Any thoughts? I would have it be the regular time but tell the parents there may be some weeks that will be done early…

Stool for Young Students

Those of you who teach very young children (age 5-6), do you use a special kind of stool for them that is different from what older students or adults use? I have 2 piano stools, the one I use for very little children is a…

Starting age for SM

I’m a new SM teacher and have started one class with two students which is going really well so far. I have run into some people with younger aged kids than what I originally thought was a good age to start teaching. I had always…

Justifying not starting young students

I start students at age 7. Only one younger student who has started has worked out for me. So what do I say to a parent who asks me for a reason why I start at 7? I don’t want to be negative. I would…

Early childhood music & movement – Neil Moore

Is there a SM encouraged/endorsed Early Childhood Music & Movement program? If not, what are some favorites as lead-ins to SM? Music Rhapsody is our endorsed program. It beautifully integrates pieces from Simply Music throughout to lead seamlessly to Simply Music. It was designed by…

Music learning for very young children

A mom asked me how to start her 20-month-old on the path to learning music. Do you have any suggestions for this mom? I can think of some obvious things at the keyboard, with rhythms, listening to music, and children’s videos. Thank you for any…