Thursday, January 28, 2010

TOS Crew Review -- Kinderbach

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Although not a core subject, people have long recognized the benefit of gaining an understanding of music.

Even from a young age, children love to dance and sing and make noise, I mean, music. Through a wonderful website and online program you can turn this play time into productive learning about music, keyboarding, and even some basic music theory.



Product
: Kinderbach
Details: A web based music program for ages 3-7. They offer a total of 60 weeks of lessons, with four lessons each week. Teaches basic keyboarding and music theory.
Price: $19.99 per month paid monthly or $95.88 for a full year.


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What we loved . . .

  • Sheets to print off for kids to work on along with the video. Kids enjoy having something in their hands to help them follow along with what they see in the video. I could print out one for each child watching that day and they could participate as they watched.
  • Fun music, engaging songs and videos. Older kids might find them cheezy, but their target audience will most likely love them. They teach and encourage movement.
  • Memorable characters. Children will meet characters that teach them about music along the way. As they remember the characters, they also remember the musical lessons that they taught.
  • Enough material to last you over a year (60 weeks of 4 lessons each week!). They have their full curriculum for those weeks listed on their website as well.
  • Perfect for preschool through first or second grade (ages 3-7). This is a great introduction to music and keyboarding for young ones. They can march around, sing along, and learn the basics about notes, fingering, rhythm, tempo, and more. Music theory for preschoolers!


Some considerations . . .

  • You do need a keyboard that you can bring over by the computer, preferably one per child, or they can do the lesson more than once, taking turns with the keyboard, or one can pretend to have a keyboard as they take turns. But I don't need to tell you all that, you're a homeschool mom. You know how to improvise.
  • It does start very basic. If your kids have some music knowledge they might want to skip the first lessons. Or, they might want to do them anyway because they are so much fun.
  • Of course, the price is a consideration. If you were thinking of paying for private lessons anyway, this might be a more inexpensive alternative. However, over $90 is a lot to pay for a preschool music class.


If you have a young one at home that you would like to expose to some music lessons and want to take a closer look at Kinderbach, check out their free trial. You can enjoy the first two weeks of lessons free. If you like what you see you can sign up for more of this great resource.


For more TOS Crew reviews on this product, check out the TOS Crew blog.


Disclaimer: This web based membership was provided to me free of charge from Kinderbach as part of my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew. I received no additional compensation and the opinions expressed here come from my personal experiences and sincere thoughts.

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