Saturday, February 13, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Kinderbach

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was given 3 months access to Kinderbach, a young child piano online instructional program for ages 3-7.

There are 6 levels of the program which are broken down into weeks with 4 lessons in each week. Young children are introduced to the keyboard and the basics of music theory.

The instructor is engaging and fun and she introduces fun characters the kids want to visit again and again. There are pdf downloads that go with the lessons which help to reinforce what the kids see in the online video.

The cost for the online program is $7.99 a month which is billed in a one time payment of $95.88 or you can be billed monthly for $19.99 a month. The one time payment is a 60% savings.

You can also purchase the online program on DVD and activity book CD. The prices vary depending on how you choose to purchase the various ways it is packaged and you can view them all here.

All in all, I thought this program was a lot of fun and really effective at teaching beginning piano to young students. The online program gives you continual access to the instruction without the cost of both the DVDs and the activity CDs. However, if you have more than one child who would benefit from the program, then perhaps the DVDs would be a more frugal choice.

The cost is comparable to live preschool group programs you might find locally and this is a great option for those who are not nearby to such programs or find them difficult to negotiate with the schedules of other members of the family. Also, if you have some younger kids they can follow along together. That's what we did with J4 and I7.

If you are looking for a preschool to young elementary music offering for your homeschool, I highly recommend Kinderbach to you without reservation.

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