You can teach the piano to children from age 3 onwards using the Dogs and Birds method.
It is not necessary to know the alphabet.
Animals symbolize the notes: Dog for D, Bird for B, and Cat for C etc.
I would, without hesitation, recommend "Dogs and Birds" as a most wonderful introduction for our youngest children in the commencement of their musical journey at the piano. Emily Jeffrey – Royal College of Music, Purcell School, and Royal Holloway University of London
What People Say About the Dogs and Birds Piano Method - See some video testimonials here.
The method itself is, pedagogically, extremely sound. Fiona Lau - Music Teacher Magazine (Keyboard Focus), November 2018. We were very pleased to read this article on the Dogs and Birds method. Download a pdf here.
Online Teachers' Courses We are holding one-day online courses for piano and music teachers on the Dogs and Birds approach. Each course will be given by Elza and Chris Lusher (creators of the method), will be for around five participants and will be adapted to the attendees’ needs. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. We can then plan sessions.Feedback from an attendee of an earlier zoom course: The course has transformed my teaching of the Dogs and Birds method … there were so many tips and tricks included that got me so excited … I've since implemented lots of these methods into existing and new students' lessons … the students are building great foundations, and most importantly they are having SO much fun! I already loved the Dogs and Birds method but doing the course has brought my teaching of it up another level. Lucy Porter (Redditch Music School).
The next UK course will be held on Sunday 22 August 2021. It will start at 12:45 pm BST and last for 5 hours, including three 15 minute breaks. There will also be an hour long introductory session sometime during the preceding week. The cost is £60 per participant. Can any piano or music teacher who is interested in this particular session please email us at email@example.com.