Why use adapted middle C position?

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There are a few common hand positions that beginning piano students use: sets of black keys, Middle C position, C Position, etc.

The “adapted Middle C” position (shown above in the picture) is a method introduced in the Klav-Ear Piano Method. It allows students to have the full octave range within their hand span. This makes it possible to use many common children’s songs that have a melody that goes above the 5th of the scale.

Example: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. In the key of C, the highest note is an A, so it would be off limits to beginning students who use the Middle C or C hand positions. Using the adapted middle C position, the student can easily play all of the notes without needed to change hand positions.

I don’t always use this hand position with my students. But it sure comes in handy when a beginner has a favorite song they love (that they usually wouldn’t be able to play for another year).

Do you have addition hand positions that are particularly useful for early beginners?