Lesson 4: Hands Together in Parallel Motion -- Walking Up and Down the Stairs

This is an important lesson because it will represent a challenge to the student.  Parallel motion is more difficult than contrary motion when putting hands together because it is not symmetric: the right pinky is now no longer working with the left pinky, but rather the left thumb. It is important that instruction not be rushed, and that the student be willing to have the home teacher touch his/her fingers during the learning of this piece.  The piece in this exercise is a shortened C major scale. Scales will be a part of every lesson from here on out.

 

Lesson 5: Playing a Chord -- 1-2-3 Triad

Chords are very difficult for small hands, but their importance in piano requires that we teach them early on.  Like the previous lesson, this will require the home teacher touching the student's hands. Specifically, you may need to physically lift your child's fourth finger while he/she plays or spells the triad. It is important for your child to first hear the right way to play the chord, and then he/she will be naturally motivated to want to play it unassisted.  Chords will be a part of every piano lesson from here on out.

 

Lesson 6: Skipping fingers -- See Me Practice Piano Now

This lesson introduces an exercise that will be used for much of the beginning lessons.  It requires the student to use all five fingers, but not in sequence.  This exercise is useful in that young students will often practice it on various hard surfaces in various places (in the car, on a table, etc.), which will allow their fingers to work out and strengthen away from the piano. 

<also, put the 1-2-3 triad hands together>

Practice chart for lesson 6:

Comprehensive video for home-teachers for lesson 6

Bare essentials video for home-teachers for lesson 6:

Supplementary video for untrained home-teachers for lesson 6:

Student video for lesson 6:

See Me Practice Piano Now/
So We Can Develop Now:

                

1-2-3 Triad:

                   

 Walking Up and Down the Stairs: