WunderKeys is a Preschool Piano Program for children between 3 to 5 years of age. It gets children familiar with the piano keyboard, and helps them to develop skills they will need later, when they complete the course and move on to a beginner piano method book.
My first experience with WunderKeys
I started teaching WunderKeys with just one student and was amazed at how exciting she found the stories in the lesson book.
The rhymes and math songs are practised in spoken English and counting from 1 to 10. They also help the student develop 4 important skills which are essential for students of music:
- Rhythm – singing and dancing in time to accompaniment
- Pitch – singing the correct tune
- Finger dexterity – the finger exercises with the rhymes are designed specially for this
- Identification of different fingers – each finger is a different ‘friend’ from the lesson book. Kids love the finger friends, so they find it easy to identify different fingers
My student liked the pattern recognition exercises, but loved to create her own original pattern and then copy it. Her favourite activity by far was the card games. She did not realise she was practising counting and memorisation when we did these at the end of class.
The student-teacher piano duets teach young piano students to play with 2 or 3 fingers at a time. It’s a game to the student. To the piano teacher, it’s an exercise that helps the student get familiar with the pattern of black and white keys on the piano keyboard.
What’s different about WunderKeys?
Unlike a lot of other pre-school piano courses, this course is designed for solo teaching (one student at a time) and teachers can teach at the students pace, repeating activities until the student has learned them well.
The story reading, songs and rhymes reinforce spoken English being taught at kindergarten level, and that’s why it’s particularly well suited to children who study in English medium schools but don’t have exposure to spoken English at home.
WunderKeys combines the fun of a group hobby class, with the learning focus that students can only get, with one-on-one teacher time.
Are you and your child ready for WunderKeys?
- Is your child 3 to 5 years old?
- Can your child understand simple instructions in English?
- Is your child comfortable speaking simple sentences in English?
- Does your child enjoy listening to music?
- Is your child interested in playing around on your keyboard / piano at home?
- Can the parent spend a few minutes a day with the homework?
- Can any family member play one song and one rhyme daily, for the student to listen to at home (mp3’s that can be played on a phone, computer or music system) ?
WunderKeys homework takes just a few minutes a day, so it’s not a problem for working parents. Children get used to the idea that daily homework is fun, and later, when they start beginner piano method books, daily piano practise is then easy to implement.
After a few months of class
My student’s initial shyness during the first few WunderKeys lessons disappeared and she began to talk a little more and ask for activities she liked. She was interested and attentive throughout the class, and would sing and dance with abandon.
It’s been sometime. My student is on WunderKeys Book 2 and likes to play the piano for 10 minutes at every class.
She comes to class because it’s a fun activity, while I teach her, because of the educational value of all the fun that’s WunderKeys