Wednesday, April 6, 2011
TOS Crew Product Review ~ Kinderbach
Have you been looking for a fun and easy way for your little one to learn how to play the piano? Maybe you would like to expose your tyke to music but aren't sure where to begin. Do you live in a rural setting and just can't find a way to fit in long drives for piano lessons? These are just a few examples of reasons busy homeschooling families might find Kinderbach a perfect fit!
At the Kinderbach website (www.Kinderbach.com) you will find online piano lessons for younger children. The lessons are divided into 6 levels and each level contains 10 weeks of instruction. Each weekly lesson has an introduction video lesson followed by 3 video lessons. That may sound a bit confusing, so let me simplify:
Level 1 = week 1 thru 10
Level 2 = week 11 thru 20
Level 3 = week 21 thru 30 (and so on for 60 weeks of instruction)
Week 1 = Introduction, Session 1, Session 2, Session 3
Each session may have other options to reinforce what the student has learned, such as printable coloring pages. There are cute icons on the screen just below the video that will show the student which options are available with each session.
Kinderbach teaches children where the notes are (on any piano). They don't use colors or stickers or "tricks" as part of their teaching method. But they also make sure it isn't confusing (part of why many programs use stickers or colors is to try and lesson confusion for the young pianist). As a mom who has purchased several books and DVDs to teach beginning piano, I really wish I'd found Kinderbach early on. I think it would have been a perfect fit for my daughter in her younger years.
In addition to the online lessons, Kinderbach also has books available in pdf format. The books help to "cement" what the student has learned, and Kinderbach incorporates fun characters into the lessons. As a mom in her 13th year of homeschooling, I can tell you that any subject that is taught using a variety of learning styles will be better retained. This is a large factor for me when I am considering a curriculum purchase. I truly appreciate that Kinderbach has created a learning program with such variety, and the pdf books are a huge selling point in my opinion.
How much does this wonderful product cost, you are wondering? Online piano lessons start at $7.99. DVD and CD packages begin at $40.45. You can also purchase songbooks and other "extras" here: www.Kinderbach.com/Shopping
Kinderbach has plans to add games and songs (kind of like pinao karaoke) online in the near future, so be sure to keep an eye out for those fun additions to this already fun program!
Let me also add that, as always, I received this product free of charge for review purposes.
Have a blessed homeschool day & be sure to incorporate music into your homeschool!
Day 90 done :)
Jan L. Burt