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Pre Piano Lessons App : Help Page
The user interface has four areas of interaction. Scroll down for more information.
1 Generate a Lesson
Touch (or press) the octopus icon to compose a lesson. As soon as you do that, you will see that the composition module (3) has been replaced with an actual melody that consists of seven animals. The last space is intentionally left blank. Every time you touch the octopus button, the existing lesson will be overwritten with a new one.
2 Watch and Listen
Use the turtle or rabbit button to listen.
Listening is a very important part of the learning process and you must never skip this step. The faster speed (rabbit) is meant for when you just want to hear the lesson. The slower speed (turtle) is ideal for watching because you can learn how to play the lesson if you watch the big animals carefully.
3 Composition Module
The heart of the Pre Piano Lessons app is the easy-to-use composition module which uses arrows to change/edit any of the 6912 built-in lessons.
Composing and editing the melody is just a two-step process
- Generate a new lessons (octopus)
- Use the up and down arrows to make changes
Suggestion: Fill in the last blank note with a camel. To make this edit, press the up arrow once.
Feel free to change other notes to make the melody more interesting.
4 Big Animal Play Pads
Playing the lessons is the most important part and here is how it's done.
Right after you listen to the melody, you touch the big animals in the same order (left to right) as the little animals are arranged in.
Special feature for mom (the teacher)!
The small animals (between the arrows) can be touched as well. Doing so will animate (move) the matching big animal and play the sound. This feature is especially helpful for the first few lessons.
Helping a child with discovering music is an amazing experience for both, the student and the teacher. Here are a few points you should keep in mind when teaching a child.
The key to success is patience and praise.
A good teacher knows when to apply which one and an even better teacher (you?) will pretend to be the student and let the child explain how it works. This technique is especially powerful when used at the beginning of a new lesson as it helps you to check how much knowledge was retained.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a touchscreen device such as a tablet (brand doesn't matter), then you can easily start learning around the age of three or four years.
Regular computers should be avoided because mouse movements were never meant to play an instrument and on top of that can mess up the "timing".
If you don't have access to a tablet, then it is best to listen to quality music, sing and do clapping exercises.
How often and for how long depend on a child's ability to concentrate and focus.
The smarter a child is, the longer it can focus and the more creative a child is, the faster it gets distracted.
Start with four times a week and do 10 minutes of playing and 5 minutes of talking about the music you play and compose together.
Every so often, you will come across good days and when you notice that, double the learning time by 2. Be sure to praise accordingly and be patient.
Little Composers develops apps that are specifically designed to be outgrown. There is a good reason for why your child caught on quickly and mastered the short lessons in a few days or weeks.
When that happens, switch to the Pre Piano Keyboard app which continues from where the PPL app leaves off.