Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Kinderbach - Music Lessons Made Easy
I have to confess, my son has been playing the piano since he could crawl up on the bench and reach the keys. He has learned in a very natural, organic way. As he has gotten older and his hands have grown into the keyboard, I have taught him the names of the keys, and a bit of how to read music. We have been playing simple duets together, and I have taught them to some of his friends, too. None of them are prodigies, but they have fun, and I don't have a hard time listening to them. My son has also been composing short pieces for quite some time now. I'm impressed, but then I'm his mom...
That said, for the average parent who doesn't have *&^% years of music lessons and performance behind them, Kinderbach can be a real answer to "how do I teach my child music?" A keyboard is not even necessary for the first few lessons, and an inexpensive, toy model will do for the rest. As long as it plays somewhat in tune, and has the keys in the right places. Children ages 2-7 will enjoy learning about high and low sounds, loud and soft sounds, rhythm, beats, patterns and intervals, along with Frisco, Dodi, Carla and all the Piano Pals. In six levels, with a seventh on the way, 22 hours of video lessons and printable activity books to complement each level, children will soon be playing simple songs.
Along with great instruction and fun characters, I feel like there is a bit too much music theory thrown into the program for beginners. For young children, the video lessons are engaging and keep them moving. There are coloring pages to reinforce the lessons and cut and paste activities. Other advantages to the program are that it can be done at home, at the child's own pace. No expensive instruments are needed. Try the first 2 lessons for free, then decide whether to purchase an online subscription for $19.99 a month or $95.88 a year (that's $7.99 a month!). You can also try it out for a day at $5.95. Several DVD packages are available starting at $55.95. Kinderbach stands by their program with a 30 day money back guarantee.
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We were given a free online subscription to Kinderbach in exchange for reviewing and commenting on our experience with this product. No other compensation was received.