Get used to the keyboard by racing on it!  Here are a series of “races” that I like to have beginning students work on.  I’ve recently realized that even intermediate students can use a refresher on the keyboard.  To race, first time yourself to get a baseline.  Then work on your race daily as a part of your warm-up routine.  Once a week do an “official timing” and see how much you have improved.

Oh yeah, you have to actually name the key out loud as you press it.

  1. Step up the keyboard
  2. Skip up the keyboard
  3. Octaves up the keyboard
  4. Chords up the keyboard
  5. Step down the keyboard
  6. Skip down the keyboard
  7. Octaves down the keyboard
  8. Chords down the keyboard
  9. Inversions up the keyboard
  10. Inversions down the keyboard
  11. Repeat all of the above using solfege
  12. For younger children – black keys up and down the keyboard

More details about the races and times will be included in my warm-up book!  Don’t forget to comment if you would like a preview copy!



About Ms. Cyndi

Passionate about my family, my faith, and teaching music. “To teach a child to love music is to give a gift of character and beauty that will last forever.”
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