Our story begins in a little town in Austria soon after our soccer coach and church organist succumbed to cancer. That event caused former principal Josef Wiesinger, OSR, to return from retirement and teach his last student.
Back then, my 24 months of serving in the army band (E♭ trumpet) were almost over and I had fun playing button accordion with a popular dance band. 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.
A lot of years have passed since then and sometimes when I observe a child composing, I smile and remember how it all began ...
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Founded by Ernst 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.
The First Little Composer
Many years ago, a three-year-old girl with red hair wanted to learn how to play a 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.
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.
"With the help of some elephants, giraffes and alligators even the young ones can enjoy the gifts that music brings" Amy Catriona for The Express, Shaw TV Vancouver
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: RE 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.
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"We are really excited that children all over the world are beginning to compose their own music and humbled by the fact that they choose our Little Composers apps to do so." Ernst Renner, founder of LittleComposers.com