Little Composers : About Us
Founded by Ernst J. Renner, Little Composers is taking the music industry by storm with their next-generation apps. These intuitive apps are specifically designed for children to learn on their own. With just a little bit of guidance from a parent, even young children can become famous Little Composers.
It all began in Austria ...
Our story begins over 30 years ago in a little town in Austria when a tragedy caused former principal Josef Wiesinger, OSR, to return from retirement to teach his last music student.
Back then, my 24 months of serving in the army band (E♭ trumpet) were almost over. Most Saturdays I had fun playing button accordion with a popular dance band and little did I know that accepting the organist position would change my life significantly.
At the age of 79, Mr. Wiesinger was no longer comfortable with playing the organ. Rather than showing me, he explained the concept of music in ways no one ever had before and a few months later, I was ready to fill the void. We kept on meeting frequently, often times for many hours as he continued to mentor me.
Many years have gone by since then and now I am sharing my apps and lessons with you on this website. Are you on Facebook? Please like and share Little Composers. You never know whose life you will change by doing so. Thank You! - Ernst J. Renner, Little Composers Founder
The First Little Composer
Many years ago, I taught piano in Edmonton (Canada) and came across a three-year-old girl that wanted to learn how to play the piano.
I was able to convince her mom that this isn't really a good idea but I was not able to convince the little red head that she is way too young to begin piano lessons. You could say that her mind was made up.
And so new music method was born
I will never forget our first lesson. I took a sheet of paper from the printer and traced her little right hand. Then drew little animals above the fingertips. At first, there were only five animals but since she was able to instantly press the corresponding piano keys, I added a two more which was enough to play real songs.
Because that experiment worked so well, I began to introduce other children by writing songs with animal symbols instead of notes and they too caught on instantly. Parents were delighted and I was baffled.
After many many revisions, a new method began to emerge and I called it PRE PiANO. After many years of teaching, I decided to make PRE PiANO available as an app-based learning method and made music apps for the Apple iPad and iPhone which, so far, have enjoyed over 70000 downloads.
NEW: PRE PiANO is now available online and designed to simply open in a web browser which most children have access to, regardless of the device they are using.
2016 was the year of trademarks, copyrights and developing apps for the major app stores. With the help of my friend and business partner David, this milestone has been accomplished faster and much better than anticipated.
2017 marks "phase two" and will mostly be consumed with publishing online music courses, marketing and adding more features to the apps. Our Online School "The Little Composers Academy" is coming along nicely and we expect to be up and running with the first courses by mid-summer of 2017.
Everyone knows the advantages of taking music lessons but many children don't have access to a piano or music teacher. Say hello to "pre Piano Lessons", the free app-based learning method which includes both, the instrument and the teacher.
The concept is simple. So far, there are a total of 56 pre piano lessons that come pre-loaded with the app but that is not all. If you look at the screenshot below, you easily see the ABC and PLAY buttons. ABC shows or hides the note names on the keys and the PLAY button takes over the role of the music teacher. Since musical people are most often visual learners, the keys and notes are animated. That means that the student not only listens, but also watches as the lessons plays.
You can try the first 5 lessons right away and if you register, you get all 56 lessons for free