Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kinderbach: A Review

As a member of the TOS Homeschool crew, this year I am reviewing many homeschooling products that I have received for free. I am not paid to say nice things about the products, but I am obligated to use the product and share my honest opinions with you. In today's review, Little Guy was our product tester..

Kinderbach, what is it?

Kinderbach is an online music theory 
and piano instruction for young students. 
You can purchase a dvd package for $40.45 or 
buy an online subscription for $19.99 per month 
or prepay for the whole year at $95.98. 

Kinderbach describes their program as:

The KinderBach curriculum is a proven teaching method which gives children a solid music foundation, aligned with the MENC National Standards for Pre-K,that can translate to any instrument.  Basics are basics and KinderBach covers them using language children understand.  Youngsters will learn music vocabulary, note reading, rhythm, physical technique, ‘do, re mi’ singing, listening skills and music composition plus the joy in making music. 

Little Guy's experience with Kinderbach

I am glad we had the opportunity to try this program. I discovered it was not a good fit for him. I feel the age description of 2-7 is too broad. At six, almost seven years old, Little Guy could not relate. If you know my youngest, he lives with two teenage brothers, so he already thinks he's about 12. The clowns and songs would have impressed him 3 years ago. He has some knowledge of the keyboard and music theory, so the lessons were too slow moving for him. He  did enjoy some of the rhythm exercises, but he got frustrated that it took so long to get to actually playing the piano. 

The things I liked about Kinderbach
  • It is a good introduction to the piano and music theory.
  • The parent needs no musical background.
  • It includes PDF coloring pages and activities.
  • The yearly cost is equal to about 5 1/2 hour piano lessons in my area.
  • You choose how long the lesson lasts. We did 4 lessons in about 20 minutes. 
  • The website is full of extras to support you in teaching your children.
  • It incorporates video instruction with games, exercises and songs. It kind of reminded me of Sesame Street with a music theme.

If you would like to see a sample of their videos, please visit here.

Kinderbach offers a try before you buy policy. Find out here if it is great fit for your little ones.

If you want to see what others are saying about Kinderbach, stop by the crew blog.

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