Thursday, February 2, 2012

Kinderbach - a review

Kinderbach is an online program designed to teach young children the basics of piano. It is a very gentle approach to teaching music. It is created to teach kids aged 2-7.

You can purchase online lessons or the DVD's to teach your kids music at home. Prices begin at $7.99/month and go up from there depending on what you want to purchase. Take a look at all their purchasing options and value packs

Kinderbach is 60 weeks of lessons with 4 lessons per week. Each lesson is pretty short and most have other activities to do off of the computer. There are coloring pages, activities on the piano/keyboard and games to help young learners get ready to learn any instrument. According to their website each child will know the following at the end of all the lessons:

Know all the notes on the piano by location and letter name
Be familiar with the grand staff,
Read some individual notes on staff and all notes by pattern on staff,
Understand and read rhythms from eighth to whole notes,
Have improved listening skills so that he/she can interpret rhythms, intervals and patterns heard.
Play familiar melodies,
Play hands together or separately,
Have a working music vocabulary,
Understand basic composition methods

Some of you may remember that I reviewed KinderBach last year as well. Our plan was to purchase a subscription for this school year, but the budget was just too tight! Anyway, Zach and Molly were so excite when we got to review it again this year! They remembered Frisco and Dodie immediately and they were eager to get started. The fun-loving characters and animals make it very appealing to my two kiddos. We reviewed a couple lessons and then jumped in where we left off! I was impressed with how much they remembered from last year!

The lessons are short and the kids were so interested in them we sometimes did 2-3 lessons at each sitting. They both love the PDF worksheets that go with the lessons. They are sometimes interactive with the lessons where they listen to part of the lesson and do whatever the instructor tells them to do and sometimes they are independent to be done before or after the lesson. Either way they really enjoy them. It's perfect for their ages of 4 and 6. They have learned a great deal about music theory as well as playing the piano.

One extra perk this year was that it was viewable on the iPad. This made it easier for me and more fun for the kids! Anything on the iPad is fun in their minds!

If you would like to see what other TOS Crew Members have to say head on over to the Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. There was no other compensation given for this review. All opinions are my own.

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