One of the first concepts your beginning piano students learn is how to find groups of two and three black keys on the piano. This forms the basis of their keyboard awareness and is an important skill to solidify before the introduction of note reading.
Beginning students are full of enthusiasm and employing game-based learning from the get-go keeps motivation high during impressionable first lesson experiences.
Today’s piano printable is designed to pair with our WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers method books, but can be used with any beginning student!
A Beach-Themed Keyboard Awareness Printable
Your young piano students will have a blast reinforcing their keyboard awareness as they help Thumbelina (the elephant character from WunderKeys Piano for Preschoolers) collect shells on the beach in this summer-themed piano game.
Here’s how to play:
- Print out our “Day At The Beach” game board (download instructions below). Laminate the game board.
- Instruct your student to close her eyes while you use a dry-erase marker to draw a line that begins at Thumbelina, passes through four shells, and ends at the bucket.
- Have your student open her eyes and then play each group of black keys that rests on the path drawn in Step 1. Note: When playing a group, your student should press down the keys at the same time.
- Next, draw a new path so your student can play again!
Reminder: To “play” groups of 2 and 3 your student presses down the keys at the same time. Encourage your student to play a variety of high and low black key groups while playing this game.
Where To Find Today’s Printable
Loving the cuteness?! We have more! Today’s printable can be downloaded by visiting the “Preschool” section of the WunderKeys Resources page found here.
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