KinderBach is an online piano program for children ages 3-7. There are 6 levels with 10 weeks in each level and 4 days of lessons each week. The beginning lessons are short, perhaps 3-6 minutes. They eventually increase in length, but never get very long.
KinderBach will teach your children:
- time signature and beats
- to recognize keys A-G
- Treble and Bass Cleft
- rhythm notes (quarter, half, eighth, etc.)
- to play simple songs on the piano reading from a staff
- to recognize and clap and play rhythms
- and more
Each KinderBach lesson is a video with fun songs, cartoon characters, games and activities to keep the children involved and interested. Children will play rhythm instruments, sing along, play the piano and complete pages from the included PDF activity books during the lessons.
KinderBach teaches in a simple, concrete, step-by-step manner ideal for young children. It uses repetition and introduces concepts in several different ways to insure that the children understand what is being taught.
How we used KinderBach:
We used KinderBach with our 5 youngest children, 7, 6, 4, 3, and 1 years old. I was focusing on the 6 and 4 year old and the lessons were simple and engaging enough that they were happy to do 4 lessons each day. The program incorporates enough review throughout that they were able to master the material at this pace. Our 3 year old did not achieve mastery at this pace, but he was able to learn many of the notes and clap with with some of the rhythms. He certainly knows a lot more about music than he did before we began. Our 1 year old just loved clapping and dancing to the music and watching the videos. Our 7 year old has had piano lessons and knows how to read music, so this was simply fun review for him.
Our children were able to complete the lessons by themselves and did not need supervision to follow along and do all the activities. I think if I had wanted our 3 year old to have mastery, I would have needed to supervise him to make sure he understood the directions.
What we thought:
KinderBach is a delightful and charming program. Our children look forward to doing KinderBach and are disappointed when we did not get to it. KinderBach is a solid, fun introduction to music.
If you wish for your children to begin piano at a young age, this is a terrific option. At $19.99 per month or only $95.88 if you pay for the full year at once (that works out to $7.99/month). It’s much more affordable than a private teacher. Plus that one subscription serves for as many children as you wish to go through the program.
The KinderBach course of study seems comparable to what our piano teachers have taught our beginning piano students. You also have the option of moving through the KinderBach lessons as quickly or slowly as your children desire.
To use KinderBach you will need to be able to play your piano or keyboard while looking at your computer screen. If you have a slow internet connection you will want to consider KinderBach’s lessons on DVD ($40.45 for one 10 week level).
If you want to introduce your child to piano, the first two weeks of KinderBach are available for you to view and try for free.
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KinderBach sent our family a free online subscription in order to complete this review. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not otherwise compensated for this review. This post contains affiliate links.
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