We recently got to review The KinderBach Online Piano Lesson Membership with Teacher Corner for The Schoolhouse Review Crew. We are a musical family - my husband took piano and then guitar lessons for several years, and I myself play the flute and took piano lessons from first grade until High School. We all really enjoy music. I've been wanting to teach my kids piano and have started a few different methods/programs but hadn't found anything that really stuck or that sparked a real interest in my eight year old son and four (almost five) year old daughter.
Through the Review Crew, we received six months of online lessons from KinderBach. It's a very fun and engaging program. It's designed for children ages three to seven but my eight year old liked it just as well as the four year old. The online lessons come with printable worksheets, lesson plans, student books, goal books, teacher guides, certificates, coloring books, and more - and it's all printable so you can just print off what is needed. The new Teacher’s Corner even has MP3's which the kids really enjoyed listening to.
KinderBach has six levels of lessons - 60 total - that use characters to teach the kids about note notes, rhythm, and music. We used it daily for several weeks (missing a few days here and there) and are still utilizing it. Ellie's favorite character was the Dodi the Donkey whose house was between the two black keys. :) I felt that the lessons were just short enough that the kids didn't lose interest but long enough for them to actually get the point and have it sink in.
One thing that was really nice was being able to watch the videos from the KinderBach website on my tablet. As you can see in the picture below, the kids could just take it over to the piano with them and when they'd finished watching, they'd get out the student books I'd printed and start playing. They both really enjoyed the coloring pages and printables as well. They helped to drive the point of the lesson home. An example: in the first lesson they learned about finger placement on the keyboard. While listening to the lesson, they colored a page with fingers on a hand different colors. (Which you can actually see in the picture above next to the tablet on the piano.)
You don't have to have a grand piano or anything to use KinderBach - any simple keyboard works just fine - and you don't even have to leave your house! (One less activity to run to!) There is also a DVD available for those interested. Online subscriptions start at $7.99 per month (billed annually) which is pretty darn good if you are thinking about starting lessons for your kids locally. I think in our area they're around $7-10 an HOUR so that's a pretty good savings. You can try KinderBach free for two weeks and if not satisfied, they have a 30 day money back guarantee. You can find KinderBach online at all these different places:
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