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Want to find piano lessons for children? Try Kinderbach.

Kinderbach is more than piano lessons. It is Piano, with Music Appreciation.

Each lesson has playing and coloring and singing along so that your child has a gentle introduction to many music concepts.

Kinderbach lessons basically include a video session, with singing and stories, worksheets to color and cut and some type of music practice—whether that is tapping to a beat or playing on the piano. In just the beginning, my daughter learned about reading notes, about rhythm and levels of sounds…and little by little she learned where and what all the keys were on the piano. Additional music pages help kids feel successful in playing simple songs pretty quickly.

See a video about how Kinderbach works on their site.

The video sessions are led by Kari Gregor, creator of the program, who uses a cast of characters to help deliver many of her lessons–small children will love Dodie and Frisco—my child certainly did. The fun videos do all the teaching.

You can use the online or DVD versions and move at your own pace. We have used Kinderbach before, but this time around I LOVE being able to use my iPad for the lessons. Using the iPad makes it so portable and easy for our family! I hear that Kinderbach even has an APP coming out (not positive, though, check that infoJ)

Anyway, when we first tried Kinderbach, we were able to look at two weeks’ worth of lessons totally free. You can too—click to see their two week trial. To really enjoy each lesson, for us I found it helped for me to preview the lessons and print out any sheets we would use in that lesson, so it was streamlined, although an older child could easily work alone.

We do have access to a piano, but you can easily use a little keyboard as well to get going (we did for awhile).

Kinderbach’s online lessons start at $7.99 a month. DVDs can also be purchased starting at $40.45. You can also preview Kinderbach with their free trial. And there is a sale going on right now, hurry! Details: “Sale ends TUESDAY, January 31, 2012. Can you believe it’s the end of January already?! Anyway, 40% off coupon code is: KBclear2012”.

So much nicer than going to piano lessons!

See the Kinderbach website to find out more, and find them on facebook.

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I received three month access to Kinderbach through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

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To me, Kinderbach is actually more than piano lessons. In fact, in my teacher plans I label it Music Appreciation, because of the way it is taught. Most lessons have a little bit of playing and coloring and singing along so that your child has a gentle introduction to many music concepts. Here is a little clip:

Each Kinderbach lesson basically includes a video session, with singing and stories, worksheets to color and cut and some type of music practice—whether that is tapping to a beat or playing on the piano. In just the beginning, my daughter learned about reading notes, about rhythm and levels of sounds…and little by little she learned where and what all the keys were on the piano. Additional music pages help kids feel successful in playing simple songs pretty quickly.

See a video about how Kinderbach works on their site.

The video sessions are led by Kari Gregor, creator of the program, who uses a cast of characters to help deliver many of her lessons–small children will love Dodie and Frisco—my child certainly did. The fun videos do all the teaching for you, which I appreciate—I am no piano master!

Online lesson format view

Online lesson format view

You can use the online or DVD versions and move at your own pace. We actually went pretty quickly, sometimes doing a weeks’ worth of lessons in a day as Emma wanted to go forward.

To begin, we were able to look at two weeks’ worth of lessons totally free. You can too—click to see their two week trial. To really enjoy each lesson, for us I found it helped to preview the lessons and print out any sheets we would use in that lesson, so it was streamlined, although an older child could easily work alone.

Originally, before we had a piano, I purchased a little $20 keyboard at Target so we could practice along (a keyboard or piano is necessary). Later, through a gift from grandparents, we were able to move up to a piano.

IMG_0261When we used the little keyboard, I set it up with the computer. This worked nicely at first. When we moved to the big piano, I positioned a little table with laptop in front of her again. My daughter loves this. (I heard some people were able to use the Wii so they stream the lessons onto the television—this would be great!) I am still trying to get my techie son to hook my laptop up to the tv so we can watch in this manner.

Kinderbach is available for home lessons or school lessons. They recommend beginning your child at ages 3-7. Prices: An annual payment is $95.88—this comes out to a very reasonable $7.99 a month for over 240 lessons. If you purchase monthly, the cost is 19.99 per month. You can also buy the DVD/CD packages starting at $40.45.

Overall, we think our music appreciation class is wonderful alternative to trekking to regular lessons!

See the Kinderbach website to find out more, and  find them on facebook.

See what my crewmates have to say about Kinderbach

I received a 3 month trial of Kinderbach online through the TOS Crew for review purposes. I have given my honest opinion.

Kinderbach Music Lessons

Summary & Rating: 4.5 What an ingenious way to teach piano! We have been using this online music curriculum since early December to teach my 4 year old about music, and the piano. As I was totally clueless about playing piano, I expected this review to be difficult for me–instead, it turned out to be a really fun thing we could do together.

We began our study using a little keyboard I got for under $20. It was actually a perfect size for a young child.

We began our study using a little keyboard I got for under $20. It was a perfect size for a young child.

Using Kinderbach really opened my eyes to what a difference the internet can make in our lives. Here I was, sitting in my family room watching my daughter learn piano!

I really wanted to use all the printable pdf lessons, so in order to make this work for us, we needed to do a few things.

First, I purchased a little keyboard so we could practice along (a keyboard or piano is necessary ).

Then, I went through some of the information online. We were able to look at two weeks’ worth of lessons totally free. You can too—click to see their two week trial. Each Kinderbach lesson basically includes a video session, with worksheets to color and cut and some type of music practice—whether that is tapping to a beat or playing on the piano. To really enjoy each lesson, I found it helped for me to preview the lessons and print out any sheets we would use in that lesson, so it was streamlined.

As we use a laptop, In the early stages of our lessons, I set up our “piano time” at our large kitchen table, with the keyboard facing Em and the laptop directly behind the keyboard (See photo A).

See a video about how Kinderbach works on their site.

We "graduated from the little Keyboard to the big piano at Christmas, when Grams & Gramps gave us a PIano!!

We graduated from the little keyboard to the big piano at Christmas, when Grams & Gramps gave us a Piano for Christmas!!

Once we were all set up, I was able to sit and play along. The lessons are broken down so that each day you can do a little bit of playing and a little coloring and singing along.

The lessons are designed by Kari Gregor who uses a cast of characters to deliver many of her lessons–small children will love Dodie and Frisco—my child certainly did. You can also move at your own pace. We actually went pretty quickly, sometimes doing a weeks’ worth of lessons in a day. (I do not know if that is recommended, but it worked for us some days when Em was really into it)

We learned about reading notes, about rhythm and levels of sounds…and this was just in the beginning trial.

At Christmas, we got a big surprise from my Mother and Father in law and received a really nice full size keyboard!  (See photo B) At that point, I moved Em over to that and she did pretty well adjusting to her new location. This did make it more difficult to incorporate the worksheets (not having the desk right there) but, I began doing the worksheets nearby and then getting on the keyboard. Em was progressing nicely as far as learning notes and some simple piano playing! (Pretty good for a four year old!)

Kinderbach is available for home lessons or school lessons. They recommend beginning your child at ages 3-7.

For a total of 60 weeks of lessons, the cost is $95.88 for the year–making it VERY reasonable. If you purchase monthly, the cost is 19.99 per month. You can also buy the DVD/CD packages (starting at $40.45).

At first this seemed pretty expensive–but compared to purchasing lessons it is not. I also love the $95 price–and I would plan to set this up at the beginning of the year if I was planning ahead. I wish the monthly one was a bit less–I could do like $12.99 a month-but 19.99 is out of my budget.

I am really sorry our trial with Kinderbach is over! We really enjoyed it and it is a wonderful alternative to trekking to regular lessons.  I truly am amazed at the amount of information covered and the colorful and interesting video presentations. Go try Kinderbach. I really think you will enjoy it!

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A trial subscription to Kinderbach was provided to me for the purpose of my review. I have expressed my unbiased opinion on this product.