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Q: How early in piano lessons should you encourage students to start creating their own melodies, harmonies, or rhythm?   ~ John S.

A: As Maria/Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music sings: “Let’s start from the very beginning – a very good place to start!” Start with each new concept as you introduce it aurally, kinetically and visually. It is easy to do this at the beginning because there are much fewer concepts to address. Frances Clark’s, Time to Begin, the introductory level of The Music Tree is a classic example of this approach to new concepts. It’s simple, it’s organic, and it’s doable!