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Primer

Just getting started? You're in the right place. Theses primer level piano lessons should be learned in the order they are presented so every lesson is as fun a rewarding as day you begin.

Week 1

Congratulations on your decision to play the piano!

Before you get started with this week's tutorials, let's learn your finger numbers. Learning your finger numbers will help you to understand the suggested fingerings the music provides, making it easier to play. Grab a piece of paper and a pencil, trace both hands, and number each finger: Thumb (1), Index Finger (2), Middle Finger (3), Ring Finger (4), and Pinky (5).

To help you learn your note names and play the rhythms correctly every time, remember to say your note names as you play and repeat the rhythmic phrases that your instructor recommends.

Most of the time you'll only be assigned one piece each week. Younger students (5-6) may achieve the best results by working on only one piece per week. If you're older (7-8) and need another piece to practice, go for it!

Print MMF All-in-One Piano Primer and let's get started!

Week 2
I Love Bubble Gum    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial
Piano Finger Technique for Beginners    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

The best things usually happen when you have a plan. This week let's make a plan for practicing. For most students 20 minutes per day for 5 days per week is plenty. You'll make good progress, and never feel burdened by the practice schedule. If you're homeschooling, ask your mom to consider scheduling time during each school day for piano practice.

Watch the piano finger technique tutorial first, and then do your best to apply these techniques every time you practice.

Week 3
Au Clair de Lune    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Most of the time it will take you about a week to get a primer level piece sounding perfect - or at least good enough to move to next week's assignment. If you're not playing the right notes most of the time, or you're not yet able to keep a steady beat all the way through, keep practicing that piece and get started on next week's lesson.

Week 4
I Am a Gold Lock    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Are you remembering to say your note names and rhythm phrases as you play? It will help you to memorize your note names and play every rhythm perfectly.

Week 5
Fudge, Fudge, Call the Judge    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

The rhythms and stepwise melody of Fudge, Fudge, Call the Judge make it very easy to learn. This week the focus should be on keeping a steady beat from beginning to end.

Can you put a quarter on the back of your right hand and keep it there while you play the piano? Ask mom or dad for a quarter and try it. If your piano fingering technique is good, and your hand remains flat, the quarter will stay on.

Week 6
ow I Love My Horsey    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial
Color That Note! Treble Clef Note Name Tutorial    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

With How I Love My Horsey, piano students will have learned their first five treble clef notes. Drill these notes with the Color That Note! Treble Clef Note Name Tutorial. Print the Color That Note! Treble Clef Note Name Worksheet (C Position) and grab your crayons!

Are you remembering to say your note names and rhythm phrases that your instructor recommends, as you play?

Week 7

Let's practice your note names with the Color That Note! Bass Clef Worksheet from the MMF All-in-One Primer, p.16.

Week 8
Doctor Foster    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Doctor Foster introduces bass clef note "G." Print Flash Frog™ Flashcards and pull treble clef notes C, D, E, F and G, and bass clef note G from the pack.

Piano students often forget to place both hands on the piano before they start to play. The result is that they play notes later than they should be played. If you're ready before you start playing, you'll be one of the best!

Week 9
Who's That Tapping at the Window?    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Drilling your note names this week includes chocolate!

Who's That Tapping at the Window? introduces bass clef notes C and F. Students now have every note they will learn in the primer level tutorials. Print the M&M Note Name Challenge Worksheet and ask mom to pick up some M&M's at the store.

Game Play
Ask mom to place 9 M&M's at the top of the M&M Note Name Challenge Worksheet, and one M&M on the staff in the place of one of the notes you've learned. Drill treble clef notes C, D, E, F and G, and bass clef notes C, F, and G. Each time you name the note correctly you win an M&M.

Are you remembering to round your fingers?

Week 10

Purple Cow is your most challenging piece so far. Practice phrase by phrase and very slowly to master this piece. Sometimes it's hard for kids to figure out how to play slower. Ask your mom or dad to show you how. If it takes you two weeks to complete this piece it's okay. Most students need that much time to make it perfect.

Are you the best in the world when it comes to piano finger numbers? Let's test your skills with a game. Print Piano Games for Kids | 10 Skill Building Games and pull Ladybug Ladybug from the pack.

Game Play
Fly like a ladybug, spinning your finger clockwise as you dive to touch the notes with the correct fingers. Ask your mom to check for correct answers.

Week 11
Jack Be Nimble    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Are you getting pretty fast at naming your treble clef notes (C, D, E, F, and G)? Print the Ready, Set, Go! Note Name Speed Test, and grab a stopwatch and a pencil. Time yourself naming 10 notes at a time, or name all 40 notes at once.

Getting the notes correct at any speed is good. Naming 10 notes in 10 seconds is great! The fastest we've ever seen is 40 notes in 19 seconds!

Week 12
Do Unto Others    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Do Unto Others should be played "legato," which means smooth and connected. To do this you need to hold each key down until it's time to play the next note. After you've practiced Do Unto Others for a few days, listen to the instructor's smooth and connected performance in the demonstration section at the end of the tutorial.

Are you remembering to say your note names and rhythm phrases that your instructor recommends, as you play?

Week 13
Hop On One Foot    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Recording yourself playing the piano helps you see and hear things that you're doing great, and not so great. Let's do that this week. Ask your mom or dad to record you playing Hop On One Foot after you've had a few days to practice. Watch the recording to figure out what you could improve, and head back to the piano to make your performance perfect.

Are you remembering to round your fingers?

Week 14

Let's practice your rhythm values this week with the Rhythm Connect! worksheet from the MMF All-in-One Primer, p.18.

Try putting a quarter on the back of your right and left hand this week. How are things going? Are you keeping your hands flat? Are you able to keep the quarters from falling off while you're playing? If so, way to go!

Week 15
Jim Along Josie    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Are you sticking to your practice schedule? If, not, maybe a music practice record would help you stay on track? Choose which chart you like best and keep track of your practice time. You could even try to set a record!

Print Free Music Practice Records for Kids

Week 16
Banbury Cross    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Banbury Cross is your first 16 measure piece. You've learned a lot since you started playing the piano, so one week of practice may be enough. If not, it's okay to spend another week. Just keep going with Banbury Cross, and start practicing I Had a Little Hobby Horse too.

Week 17
I Had a Little Hobby Horse    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Recording yourself playing the piano helps you see and hear things that you're doing great, and not so great. Let's do that this week. after you've had a few days to practice, ask your mom or dad to make a recording of you playing Hop On One Foot. Watch the recording to figure out what you could improve, and head back to the piano to make your performance perfect.

Are you remembering to round your fingers?

Week 18
Let's Celebrate    Subscribe to Unlock Tutorial

Congratulations! This week you'll complete the MMF All-in-One Piano Primer, and you'll be ready to start Level 1A next week.

Print a Music Award Certificate when he/she has successfully performed Snake Dance with a steady beat and no mistakes.