Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be sharing information about an awesome on-line course designed to teach children to play the piano, “Busy Kids Do Piano”.
About Busy Kids Do Piano
Online piano lessons for the busy kid.
The course is 20 video lessons in 4 different modules, 3 bonus activities including composer worksheets (great way to EXPLORE THE WORLD!), listening activities and a rhythm ensemble piece. It is a wholistic and relational approach to music so that parents will learn to be a musical companion for their child. There are lots of materials to support the parent in learning alongside their child as they also guide their child through the course: a Parent Guide, with specific notes for each lesson, gives practicing strategies for every single piece. A parent checklist at the end of each lesson’s materials helps the parent decide if the child is ready to move onto the next lesson.
We are a family who strongly believes in the importance of musical education for children. Our children have taken music lessons and have been surrounded by a variety musical instruments since they have been little babies. We have always given our children the freedom to try out any instrument of their choice. For my daughter, that has primarily been the piano, whereas my son has had his training on drums.
We recently decided that my son should take lessons on a different instrument. After a brief stint on the trumpet (yikes!), we decided that piano would be a good fit. When the opportunity presented itself to try out “Busy Kids Do Piano”, we thought we would give that a whirl. My son has completed Module 1 (5 lessons) and we are happy to share with you our experience of this wonderful resource.
The course currently offers two levels of piano lessons (one and two). Each level is comprised of four modules containing 5 video lessons (and accompanying worksheets). Individual levels focus on one particular element, (many of which focus on music theory), and are designed to increase music literacy in general. For example, the first module focuses on on rhythm and keyboard geography (e.g., where is middle c? where are a, b, c, d, e, f, g?). The first lesson on rhythm was a breeze for my son because he’d taken 2 years of drumming lessons; however, it started getting very interesting for him in lesson two when the focus shifted to learning the keys on the piano. From there, the difficulty of lessons were appropriate for him.
Having taken piano lessons for myself for 8 years, I can say that the progression of lessons including material covered, exercises provided, and supplemental information available is spot on for children. The lessons are challenging enough but not so difficult that a child will get frustrated. This program includes a parent guide which is helpful for parents who may not have any musical training.
I feel I had a bit of an advantage because of my own training. While the tips in the parent guide are excellent, there are a few things to watch for that perhaps are not stressed in every lesson or a parent may forget to stress. Carly did talk about posture at the piano and the position of fingers on the keyboard and so on. However, I am a stickler for technique so I am always looking for these things every time my son plays. In the parent guide, Carly also stresses the importance of rhythm and saying the note names while playing in the parent guide. This is so important and I also made sure my son was doing these things. If I didn’t have musical training, I’m not sure I would recognize nor stress the importance of the technical part of playing. Overall though, the parent guide is excellent.
My son really enjoyed watching the videos and it was always refreshing to see Carly’s smiling face. I think all children will immediately be drawn to her. There has clearly been a great deal of thought put into producing these videos and creating the accompanying materials. The proof is in the pudding: my son LOVES playing the piano. Every day (often several times a day) he will go to the piano with no prompting and begin his practice. The cost for the course is $49.95, which works out to $2.50/lesson. Carly is also available as a support throughout the course and is very approachable if a parent or child should have any questions.
Here’s what my son has to say:
My Review: I really like how you don’t have to leave the house when doing a music lesson. I think that it’s a good level for how hard or easy it is and I like watching the videos. I find it fun to practice and I like doing my practice sheets. I can practice without my Mom’s help, but sometimes I need her help. I think it’s fun to learn to play the piano and these lessons are more fun than my drumming lessons were.
You can’t go wrong here! If you are interested in piano lessons for your child and are having difficulty finding a piano teacher, or you just don’t have time to drive to lessons (i.e., you are a busy parent!), I highly recommend this course. We are very pleased with our son’s progress and I think your child will love it too! Click on the image below for more information.
About the Teacher: Carly Seifert
Carly Seifert has been teaching piano lessons for 13 years and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and state and local teaching organizations as well. She currently teaches 35 students out of her home in private and group lesson settings, and also created Busy Moms Do Piano – an online piano course designed specifically for the Busy Mom
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