Doremi Teach Piano Roadmap

The first step on your piano teaching journey. Get started with an overview of the approach and how to implement it in your teaching.

The ability to keep a steady beat underpins everything in music and is an essential skill for all musicians. For our beginners it’s the first skill we need to develop and is a prerequisite for work on rhythm. (8 lessons)

The essentials of teaching rhythm effectively. From preparation to presentation and lots of practice! Including ideas for older beginners. (16 lessons)

How to prepare, present and practice the element of pitch.

Including a little diversion into the history of notation.

This course introduces pitch and rhythm from the very first lesson with a brand new student. By the end of this module the students will have learnt the solfa so and mi, and the rhythm names ta (crotchets/quarter notes) and titi (quavers/eighth notes).

Preparing, exploring and presenting the new note la

Presenting the rhythm ta rest, also known as crotchet rest or quarter note rest

We are feeling confident with our newest note la so it’s time to discover it in new contexts. Working on the so-mi-la-so-mi motif and also so-la-mi motif.

At the same time we’ll be practising our ta rest and also increasing the repertoire for our discovery of the new note do in the next module.

Discover everything you need to know to understand the new note do before finally presenting it.

At the same time we’re still practising ta rest and the new mi-la and la-mi patterns.

Now we’ve learnt do and we’re preparing re it’s time to start thinking about shifting to those white keys. For that we need to know their letter names. Present and practise the musical alphabet while continuing to increase our solfa pitches.​

Discover everything you need to know to understand the new note re before finally presenting it.

At the same time we’re improving our fluency with letter names, learning new landmark notes and discovering treble and bass.

Bringing our Sing and Play Courses to an end with the move towards Grand Staff notation. This module introduces the clefs, including the terms tonic and dominant. We will also briefly cover fa so that our students are ready to move away from pentatonic music and towards diatonic.

At the same time we’re improving our fluency with letter names, landmark notes and of course that new note re needs plenty of practice.

Make the jump from solfa to letter names and clefs, the Doremi way. Then delve deeper into the major and minor tonalities that come from transforming melodies.

Followed by Helen’s approach to introducing chords and theory in a musical and engaging way.

As always, Helen’s unique dissection reveals just how complex the tasks are. But following the micro-steps makes it super simple. You just need to know how!

Following on from Doremi Piano Sing and Play, Helen uses a partnership of books.

Doremi Piano Let’s Play – Move onto the Grand Staff and absolute letter names and refine their reading skills with Let’s Play. A fantastic resource for sight reading practice too. Even students who haven’t started lessons with the Doremi Piano approach can jump in here to learn or consolidate Grand Staff reading skills.

Doremi Going Wild – This contains fun traditional animal songs. It starts with mrd and moves onto more complex tonesets involving hand movements but with relatively simple accompaniments to ensure the student moves forward with confidence. Uses the keys of C, G, F and D majors.

Doremi Piano Classical Kick-Off – When your student is ready, move into Western Art Music with this great introduction to classical piano music. 10 pieces carefully selected to inspire students who are Initial to pre-Grade 1 and includes pieces composed by Türk, Vogel, Dunhill, Gurlitt, Reinagle and Haydn. It doesn’t require any prior knowledge of Kodály.