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Left-handed 6-year-old at the piano (Read 998 times)

Offline dinulip

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Left-handed 6-year-old at the piano
« on: July 15, 2016, 09:38:25 PM »
I just began to teach the piano to a barely six-year-old little girl - not very mature - who happens to be left-handed.  I noticed right away that her right hand has much less tonus than her left one.  I am afraid that she will get frustrated with her new learning experience.  Since her mother and I have agreed that those were only *trial* lessons - I a considering postponing her training by one or even two years - until her right hand becomes a little stronger and she is more mature.

Comments and advice from anyone who has gone through a similar experience are welcome! :)

Offline shine11

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Re: Left-handed 6-year-old at the piano
«Reply #1 on: July 26, 2016, 01:51:30 PM »
Hi. Just from my experience, left/right handed has never made any difference to learning.  Regarding maturity of six year old, try her on the animal notes version of this. I've taught many four year olds and even the odd three year old with attention span of a gnat and had much success. I also use it with adhd students. For older children, use the blank notes edition. Make sure you use heaps of other material in lesson also. Flash cards, "dozen a day" pink book?, " Theory made easy for little children"? (Stickers, colouring in here). Write the notes (not notation) for easy tunes they might know and can play. Or copycat games, just copying you playing.. keeps you from going nuts also😉