Using the Pedals
Children should sit on the whole piano bench, as opposed to half the
bench for grown ups, all the way to their knees.
When a child is
starting to use the pedal, they can “half –sit” on the edge of the piano
chair to be able to reach the damper pedal (to the right) for the
piece/s that require pedal.
With the influence and inspiration of methods like for example
the Suzuki method by Shinichi Suzuki, more and more very young children
are becoming real virtuoso pianists.
Since they also need to use the pedal
correctly, a special piano foot rest has been developed that has pedals as
well. But this is still an exception. Most kids manage well without
pedal until they can reach them!