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Best Free Music Apps for Teachers

Little Composers specializes in developing the best free music app for music teachers and parents who want to give their children a head-start when it comes to music lessons.

Creative Children Compose Music

This app teaches the fundamentals of music composition and is so easy to use that young children can compose a 16 note melody in mere minutes. The PLAY button will play every composition a child makes and an intuitive erase and replace mode provides an easy way to edit the composition until it is perfect.

image of the new creative children compose music app

This app is ideal for self study and also for music teachers who want to introduce their students to composing their own lessons and little songs.

Where can I download this app from?

Creative Children Compose Music is currently available on iTunes and in the Windows App Store.

The latest version with additional features is available directly from the makers and to use it, you simply go to the Little Composers website and open it right on your device. Registration is fast and free and once you have done so, you can access three more apps.

Little Composers constantly updates each app and soon, children and music teachers will be able to export a real music score which can be uploaded to the Little Composers website for publishing.

If you are a music teacher looking for free music apps for your classroom or students then simply visit Little Composers and download the best music education apps for free. We welcome your feedback and advice regarding the apps and hope to get to know you better because together, we can make the best piano apps for kids to learn and play with.

Virtual Music Teacher

The companion app to CCCM is the brand new Virtual Music Teacher app which is available in the Windows App Store and as already mentioned, also for our registered members and their little composers. VMT works differently than CCCM and puts the focus on sight-reading music as well as learning the most important note names.

We hope that you will find these music and piano apps helpful for your classroom and if there is anything we can do to make it easier for you to implement them in your curriculum then do let us know. We do all the development in-house and are able to makes changes on a daily basis.

Please share this post on your social media pages and help other teachers who are looking for educational apps for the upcoming school year to find them faster. Thank you! 🙂

Creative Children Compose Music app for iPad and iPhone is “in review”

Little Composers just sent the Creative Children Compose Music app to Apple. Once reviewed, it will be available in iTunes by the middle of April.

Creative Children Compose Music

About the app

Creative Children Compose Music (CCCM) marks a departure from color-coded keys because there are now much more powerful ways to learn how to play the piano. This improved method of learning is no longer based on following color patterns to play a song. Instead, we now teach children to compose their own music from the moment they start.
The difference is so amazing that we scrapped all plans to further develop apps which use color-coded keys as we did in the past.

From this point on, Little Composers is all about composing original music. This is done with a new generation of apps that rely on AITFM (artificial intelligence tweaked for music) which helps to follow the rules without actually knowing them. At first, this concept is somewhat complex but in practise, children just compose little melodies which sound right not only to them but also to the ones who listen.

 App preview

We’ve removed everything that could hinder learning and what you see below is a finished composition made by a beginner who followed just three simple rules.

  1. Fill the red squares with red keys
  2. Fill the grey squares with grey keys
  3. Always end with a C note


Once a composition is finished, the composer can listen to the new masterpiece. Because this app is fully optimized for visual learners, even the playback button is animated. After listening, the little composer can take advantage of the powerful “erase and replace” mode. Erasing a recorded note and replacing it with a new note is very simple. Just touch the square which doesn’t sound right and play a new key. Done. Replacing just one note changes the melody and making one or two changes is enough to hear a completely different song.

preview image of the creative children compose music app for the apple ipad and iphone

Music theory for Little Composers

Ask piano students who had lessons for 5 or more years to compose you a little song and you will most likely get a shoulder shrug. Ask them to play something/anything and about half of them will give you an excuse why they can’t do so right now.
Why are most music students not taught about composing music? Imagine taking cooking classes and all you ever do is prepare food according to a recipe provided by the instructor. Sure, that way you can cook a few things but what about if you are really gifted? Who can you turn to when the inner genius hungers?

Music students face the same dilemma and sadly, some even quit because they find the lessons boring. Well, that will all song be a thing of the past because technology is replacing the old ways which, quite frankly, are ripe for retirement. Creativity is precious and the “Creative Children Compose Music” app is specifically designed to bring out every ounce of it. You, the parent can take advantage of this new technology by giving your child access to an iPad or iPhone and help them with installing the right apps. Games and the motor skill they are supposed to teach are “yesterday”. Useless entertainment for the bored. The children of tomorrow deserver better than wasting their precious years with killing time. Building up creativity and logic skills today can give them a much better life tomorrow.

The word is desperate for a new Steve Jobs or a mini Bill Gates and the economy isn’t doing well when products are designed by engineers who have never learned to think outside the box. The next generation will and can do better than we did and music is the new way to build a better future. Imagine that …

Do you remember the yellow school bus?

Eventually, kids will no longer remember the yellow school bus because the trip to the nearest school will no longer be seen as the most effective way to educate our children. Many parents have begun to question the systems that have been in place to educate children for so many years. Amid the many studies showing the excellence of alternative educational paths, parents are searching. Oftentimes questions about our current educational systems effectiveness lead parents to the notion that children can often be educated in a way that is more suited to their own talents, and in a manner that will encourage greatness, by staying in their own home for formal education.

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When parents choose this path they will sometimes question their own ability. What if you are not trained in foreign language, higher level mathematic operations or music? How will you educate your intrinsic learner without possessing the skills of a seasoned professional in these areas? A few clicks of your mouse will yield innumerable resources for these areas and allay many fears that you child would miss something if homeschooling is the path that you choose.

Let us take music for example. Music is one of those mediums that affects our energy level, our state of mind, and our memory recall (counting and alphabet songs anyone?) There have been countless studies performed on the effect that learning an instrument has on mathematics and literacy. An article in Time Magazine recently even stated the following:

“Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.”


This can again be intimidating if one is not even able to read music, how will you teach it? Let’s take a look at a groundbreaking concept that allows children to not only learn the fundamentals of music composition but also can teach them how to sight-read music. During the foundational years of preschool and early elementary school this skill can aid in the acquisition of many other learning concepts as well.

The concept is the brainchild of an Austrian born composer who saw a need for the availability of a digital concept that allows children to not only be exposed to, but also integrate music composition into their education. Thus, little composers was born. Possibly the most intriguing element about this concept is that it is available as a free app to the public and your child will be enticed to compose, replay and learn music composition all while requiring minimal parental guidance. What could be simpler than that?

Little composers can help you solve the questions about where to begin with your child’s music education, just knowing that such apps and concepts exist may just stave off any feelings of inadequacy on the part of a parent. When parents feel empowered they feel confident and that in turn can lead to greatness and beyond for the newest “little composer.”

The future of piano lessons

Every piano has a story

I am always amazed about how many families own a piano. The reason for having a piano is often because someone is taking piano lessons or, someone has taken piano lessons. The title of this blog article is about music lessons in 2020 and beyond. The focus of this blog article is on technology which has already begun to change the way we learn.

Before we get into the future of learning, we need to understand how conventional piano lessons work. The concept is a simple one. Someone wants to take piano lessons and so it all starts. A parent then needs to organize an instrument which means a trip to one or more music stores unless some aunt or uncle is volunteering to donate their unused piano. Either way, lessons start every fall and without an instrument, the hunt for a piano teacher is pointless.

The next step is finding a music school or piano teacher close by. This is usually done by referrals from neighbours or friends who are already taking piano lessons. Once the instrument is in place and the lessons are booked the excitement begins.

Lesson one and the first music book
The first music lesson is the best one. Everyone is happy and the teacher plays for the student and mom gets to listen while fighting temptation to glimpse into the future when her little girl or boy will be a famous performer or teacher …
Lets move to lesson two and the actual first music lesson with instructions. Page one, lesson one and 30 minutes later a high-five with a reassuring “good job” slur. Everyone is happy and so it continues for a few weeks. Christmas concert followed by a period of little progress often blamed on the fact the kids love to play with the toys Santa brought.
Then things get serious. Year-end concert (a scary experience which has brought tears and fear to many children with no end insight). Those who do well are happy to come back after the summer and start grade two piano. Those who are not doing well don’t look forward to another repeat. This experience repeats two or three years and finally, mom says it’s OK to quit. If a younger sister or brother is starting or taking piano lessons then the instrument will continue to get played and if not then the family own a piano and it always amazes me how many families own a piano (which is how this blog article started).

Piano lessons in 2020 and how technology is changing them

I hope that the above story didn’t scare you and if you have or know someone who has a piano sitting in our living room then you surely understand the point I am trying to make.
Every once in a while, things change and the world moves on. Remember when you where little and after every family vacation film had to be dropped off to get the pictures developed?
We don’t do that anymore because that process has been replaced a few times. First came the digital cameras and then the smartphones which not only take amazing pictures, but also give you a way to share them on your social media pages.
As you can see, technology is replacing old slow processes everywhere and online learning is now part of that trend as well.

What can you learn online? Perhaps it would be easier to mention what can not be learned online because as things stand now, online learning is everywhere. Just like smartphones replaced the way we look at pictures, apps replace the way we learn. Take a look at YouTube. It’s one of the most busiest sites the internet offers and you don’t have to search long before you find valuable content which, just a few years ago, was unthinkable. Want a Harvard business class on the latest start-up strategies? No problem. Want music lessons? No problem.

Little Composers (www.littlecomposers.com) realized this trend a few years ago and begun to develop educational apps which enable young children to learn how to play piano online. Back then it was a theory but now it has become reality and children everywhere are beginning to learn about music with easy-to-use, intuitive apps that run on devices they already have.
If your children are curious about music then you are in for a treat. There is no need to go piano shopping just yet and no need to wait until school starts because the internet starts new students every day and every hour and every minute with no end in sight.

New app teaches children how to compose and play music

Little Composers developed a ground-braking app that teaches children how to compose music. As you can guess by the name, Little Composers introduces young children to music by letting them compose their own lessons. This is made possible with the intuitive Creative Children Compose Music app (see image below).

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How to use the CCCM app

Composing music is possible if a parent (or mentor) explains a few simple rues. The first and most important rule is to differentiate between two groups of keys. The first group (red) are the keys C, E and G. The second group (grey) is made up of the keys B, D, F and G (the same G that belongs to the red group).
To provide a visual clue, we’ve made the C, E and G keys somewhat darker which makes them easy to recognize. The other group (grey) can be quickly found by looking at the three white keys to the left of the grey keys. It’s best to just load the app and play a few grey keys and then some white keys. You will instantly hear that what ever key you play sounds like real music. The reason why we have limited the number of keys that can be played is simply to speed up learning. You may know that a real grand piano has 88 keys which make no sense to beginners and take weeks of practice to get something useful out of and even then, it’s just some simple made-up tune that kids forget by the time they move on to the next lesson.

How to make a composition

The CCCM app opens in “practice mode” which means that you (the mentor) or the child (the student) can just play a bit without awakening the built-in recording machine. Once ready, simply touch or click once on the blocks above the keyboard. Now the first block will blink and which ever key you press will be recorded into that block. To fill the first four red blocks, you simply play any of the grey keys in any order you like. Then it is time to fill they grey blocks. To do so, play the white keys to the left of the grey keys. Their names are B, D, F and as an exception, you can reuse the G key. So all in all, you have four keys to choose from when you fill the grey blocks. To finish the composition, you switch back to using only the grey keys three more times. Remember that it’s up to you which ones to choose. As long as they are from the right group, they will sound right.

Listen to your composition

When you are finished, you can listen to the composition by touching the tape icon (two reels). Please listen carefully because the way the recorder plays you melody is the right way to play it. You should encourage your child to listen to the whole melody and then give it a try and play it.
The intelligent “erase and replace” mode let’s you make a correction if needed. To erase and replace a note name with a new one simply touch the block and it will blink just as it did during the original recording. Then simply press a new piano key which will overwrite the old note name. That’s it. You can do this as often as you with or use the red triangle (top right corner) and select NOW to start over.

Save your masterpiece

The drop-down menu which you just saw how a few more buttons that you might want to try. The SAVE button will save an image to your device with the name “myComposition.jpg”.
If your child loves the composition she / he made then you are welcome to upload it to the Famous Little Composers Gallery where we will post it for all to see.

Give the CCCM app a try and make a few compositions. You don’t need any prior music experience to use this amazing app and who knows, you might just have a Little Composer in your family?

When is my Child Ready for Music Lessons?

A version of this post originally appeared on the Music Teacher’s Helper Blog, written by Leila Viss.

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Is there ever a day that doesn’t include music? Think of the moments that would not be the same without music–in the car, at the fitness club, during Sunday worship, at the movies, on the TV, at the big game and on your smart device. Admit it, imagining life without music would be…unimaginable.

Although not everyone is destined to be a concert artist, every human being can be a music maker and enthusiast. Once one explores creating music on an instrument and invests in lessons, an appreciation grows which then instills an admiration for a lifetime. Giving your child or yourself the gift of learning music on any instrument is something to treasure but finding the right teacher, the perfect fit to suit your interest level is not always easy. Below are answers to some of the most common questions posed by parents who want to know more about the process of learning music and finding the right teacher.

How can I tell when my child is ready for lessons?

You may be unaware of your child’s innate readiness for making music but there are some signs that should help you make that assessment. Here are specific suggestions that will assist you prior to embarking on a music teacher hunt:

  • Purchase a keyboard instrument (a portable digital keyboard may do the trick but plan to upgrade when lessons begin) and let your child explore sound before enrolling in lessons.
  • Once this exploration begins, notice how your potential musician experiments at the keys.
  • If the keyboard receives regular visitation, this is strong evidence that your child is ready to engage in lessons.

How do I know what instrument is right for my child?

Because it just takes a finger to lower a key to create a sound, the piano is the easiest instrument to begin exploring and eventually making music. Therefore enrolling your child in piano lessons may be a place to begin his/her music education. Once your budding musician is introduced to other instruments in school around 4th or 5th grade a shift in interest may occur. This may result in a change of preference for instruments. Don’t ever regret your investment in piano lessons as this experience serves as an essential stepping stone to perfectly suit your music enthusiast.

How do I choose the right teacher?

1) Referrals from friends and acquaintances are your best bet for a good teacher. If they are happy with a teacher there’s a good chance that you will be as well.

2) Ask to arrange an interview with several teachers and you’ll discover that each owns a unique studio. It’s important for you to determine what your priorities are for your child’s music education. Here are some things to consider when shopping around:

  • Some teachers may excel at preparing students to compete, while others may lean towards a more relaxed approach with fewer opportunities to compete or perform formally.
  • While some may remain set in a traditional approach with standard repertoire others may emphasize lessons in creativity beyond the page and various styles other than Classical.
  • Group lessons are a popular social setting which may best suit those who are still on the fence about studying an instrument. Private lessons usually accommodate schedules more easily and meet your intentions of one-on-one instruction. Many teachers now offer both to add variety and opportunities to meet music-making peers, reinforce concepts with games, refine performance skills and more.
  • Music is meant to be shared so ask if the teacher offers encouragement and opportunities to perform, even casually. Although difficult, performing instills discipline, motivation, confidence and good experience for public speaking and so much more.
  • Teachers usually use a method book or series to teach an instrument. Numerous parents have asked which one I use in the initial interview. Although it may be an appropriate question, I inform all my potential student families that I teach a human being and not a method. Perhaps a better question to ask during your chat with a teacher is: What methods and tools (books, styles of music, technological devices and more) will you use to help my child progress in his/her music skills?

How do I balance being a supportive parent without becoming a “tiger mom”?

Always a good question, here’s a couple of tips to help you maintain a healthy attitude:

1) Some teachers may require you to be present at lessons to take notes so consider this as a free lesson yourself and learn right along with your child. You will realize that building musical skills is a long-term process with peaks, valleys and plateaus.

2) Regardless if you attend lessons or not, it is important for you to remember that this is your child’s endeavor and not yours. Allow your budding musician to:

  • Learn how to learn
  • Read all assignments
  • Take charge and ask the teacher questions themselves when they forget a concept
  • Be responsible for collecting books prior to the lesson, etc.

3) Perhaps THE BEST support you can offer your child is providing and modeling structure:

  • Make daily practicing a priority so it becomes a habit by setting up a schedule just like brushing teeth.
  • Instead of setting the timer and demanding practice, ensure that the teacher’s instructions are understood and completed during practice time by reviewing the assignment with your musician. The amount of daily time at the instrument may vary as consistent practice will make the assignment easier to play by the end of the week.
  • Arrive promptly for each lesson and be on time for pick-up.
  • Show teachers the respect they deserve by following all studio policies and submitting timely payments.

The Power of Music Changes Lives

A little while ago, an image surfaced on Facebook which got a lot of responses, likes and shares. It wasn’t a photo of some amazing rare bizarre weird thing that went viral. Instead, it was a simple picture with just one sentence written on it which said: “I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for music”.image of music changed my life

I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for music

Why did so many people connect with that message? Every person has a story and those whose story includes music know the changes it brought into their lives. I grew up in a sleepy little village where musically speaking, not much happened. My teenage years were wasted on things which haven’t mattered to me in the last 30 years although they once were all I could think about … until the music came.

That all changed when I crossed path with a retired master tailor who was a self-taught musician. His love for music was huge and he loved to share that love. He inspired me to buy an instrument and amazingly, he taught me what he know for free. We used to jam in his tailor shop and he enjoyed playing just with me as much as performing on stage for the whole town. He was in his own world and anyone who know him agreed.

Looking back, I consider “Uncle Josef” my first music teacher. The trademark of every great music teacher is to awaken the spirit and he did. In just two years, he taught me enough about music that I could join a dance band and if my musical career stopped right there I too could say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for music but, there was more to come.

Turning 18 in Austria meant joining the army and lucky for me, that meant the army band. I often wondered how all of this could happen so fast. Start music lessons at the age of 15, play with a dance band tow years later and now I am in one of the best provincial orchestras there is playing a new instrument which I only picked up a year before. Looking back, those were the easy years and we had plenty of fun. Little did I know that this is just the beginning of much more to come.

Starting my first (of two) youth orchestras

Uncle Josef often talked about how our little town used to have a brass band before the big war which changed Europe as we know it today. Unfortunately, some of the key members of the brass band didn’t make it back and ever since, there was a void which was mostly felt among the older generation. I still remember how his eyes lit up when I told him that we could start a brass band with most of the children in our town and so we did. That was an amazing experience. This summer, the same brass band I founded when I was in my early 20’s celebrated their 30th anniversary.
Life has it’s own ways and at the age of 24, I left Austria to start over in Canada. Pretty much from day one, my life focused on music and there was nothing I haven’t done. Toured, recorded, composed, taught, published, you name it.
While working in Edmonton as a music teacher, I begun a new brass band project which consisted of about two dozen children. There is no grater joy that to bring someone from 0 to 1, to be there and help with that first step.

Little Composers

My last project www.littleComposers.com is bigger than everything I have done before. While teaching in Edmonton, I often wondered if music lessons cold somehow be squeezed inside a computer. That was 15 years ago and audio was much more complex than it is today. Technology has progressed at such a speed that we can finally take full advantage of everything music has to offer. And because of the internet, a whole new generation is getting ready to start a journey and begin their own little story. The more children get involved in music, the more the nations will connect and that is just the beginning.

I look forward to a time when the broken education system which squeezed kids through life realizes that music is just as important as math and therefore should not be subject to cuts by the bureaucrats which don’t know that music changes lives.

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Learn Note Names eBook for new music students

Little Composers has just published Learn Note Names, a new eBook targeted towards music students who need help with learning the note names.

Learn Note Names (eBook) is now available on amazon.com

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  • Struggle with music notation
  • Need to get up-to-speed with note names
  • Have troubles with identifying notes and chords


There are many apps and books that cover music theory but what makes this eBook different are the many encouragements the author has strewn in when ever possible. Because of that, Learn Note Names is an easy read for many new music students and everyone else who wants to understand music notation.


Learn Note Names (Treble Clef Edition)

Music notation is a very complex topic and therefore it is no surprise that so many students struggle with memorizing the note names. The worst part is that if a student has troubles with recognizing the note names, she/he will soon fall behind in all music theory related tasks and stop enjoying the lessons altogether.

Parents! Don’t let this happen to your child

Learn Note Names is an easy read that starts with a story. The purpose of the story is to make everyone understand how important reading is. Every parent who has a music student needs to make sure that the lessons are stress free and knowing the note names goes a long way to prevent troubles which nether the teacher nor the student want.

The eBook is divided into nine chapters and has a total of about 20 pages which means that it can be read rather quickly. Every chapter gives detailed instructions and adds two new notes. The eBook contains plenty of illustrations which support the explanations. Besides the theory part, the author includes lots of encouragement and praise and makes no secret about learning note names.

Learning Note Names is not easy

For some reason, music students get told to study the note names and criticized if they fail to do so. Now that many kids have access to electronic devices which run all kinds of apps, learning the note names has become a lot easier than it used to be but still, it is not something that can be done in one afternoon either. Once a student has been made aware that everything hinges on recognizing note names quickly, they can then decide on how much time they want to dedicate to studying.

Spend as much time as you need to

When someone is just beginning to learn something worth while, she/he is often told that “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Perhaps that old and proved proverb describes it best. As the eBook mentions, it is OK to get to know a few notes very well and then extend and enlarge that circle more and more as things start to make sense.


Learning the note names is key to success and there is no shortcut. If you decide to get this eBook then please provide some feedback so that future revisions and additions make it even a more essential text then it already is.

Press Release


App Allows Children To Compose Music With No Prior Experience

[Vancouver, BC] – July 22, 2015 — LittleComposers.com announced today the launch of their newest app, PRE PIANO. Registration is free for everyone until August 31, 2015.

The app is specifically designed to teach children between the ages of 3 and 8 how to compose and play hundreds of different melodies from the moment they start. Children are like sponges when it comes to learning; it’s important to expose them to making music early because it nourishes their creativity.

“Little Composers aims to teach children how to learn and compose music online,” said Ernst Renner, founder of LittleComposers.com. “Our apps are unique and do not use colour-coded keys because this technique does not require creativity and dilutes the creative process.”


The PRE PIANO app is available on the LittleComposers.com website only. The app emphasizes creativity instead of imitating or replicating others’ music. The PRE PIANO app comes in three modules to teach children about different lessons, keys and notes. Thanks to the app, children can compose, play and learn hundreds of different melodies every day.


38 out of 100 children are able to compose their first song in less than 10 minutes using the PRE PIANO app.


Also available is the PRE PIANO KEYS app for children 5 and older. This app will be the next step for children who have already learned the basic lessons. And the PRE PIANO NOTES includes real piano notes and keys to bring children to the next step.

For more information, please visit LittleComposers.com.

About Little Composers

Founded in 2014 by Ernst Renner, Little Composers is taking the music industry by storm with their PRE PIANO 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. 

Little Composers turns moms into music teachers

We turn moms into music teachers and children into famous Little Composers.

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Children are sponges with it comes to learning and now, thanks to some intuitive apps by Little Composers, moms can start to teach their children how to compose and play their own music. Most parents are sceptic but as soon as they try the amazing new apps for Little Composers, they see right away how easy it is to mentor a beginner.

Watch the lesson and then play it

Music teachers follow an old routine. First, they play a lesson slowly while the student watches and listens. Then they go over some details and after that, the student has all the information needed to practice during the week. This is how conventional music lessons work. The teacher explains and shows and the student gets a week to practice.
Little Composers is changing that routine and empowers a parent to demonstrate the lessons. The playing of each lesson is done by the app which will repeat the lesson as often as the student needs to hear it. This way, there is no doubt and nothing has to be unlearned because of a misunderstanding.

Music always follows some basic rues which we’ll look into next.

Two basic rules which will help you to teach your child

1 Time and timing

While learning, it is crucial to develop a sense of timing. This sounds complicated but it is actually really simple. Imagine yourself walking. You don’t take a few quick steps and the a few slow steps and then a bit of a rest and repeat this pattern at random intervals. When we walk, we walk stead and playing music is based on the same basic.
If you need help with timing simply take a look at a watch which has a needle that moves every second. See how steady the needle moves moves. Based on those moves, we can extract a tempo. For examples, if you counted out loud: 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 every second you would get 60 counts per minute. Music has a tempo and it is the same as counting.

Concept of Music (a ground-braking app with over 3000 lessons built in) displays two bars of music and all a mentor needs to do is count twice from 1 to 4. That is all there is to it. Many professional musicians can be seen on TV playing an instrument and tapping their foot. This is something they do to help them with the count and most are probably not even aware that they are doing this.

The reason why time and keeping time is so important is because it forces us to play at the same speed and for beginners, that is a skill that needs to be mastered.

2 Note values ♩♩♩♩

Concept of Music (the app) features random lessons and many of them consist of six quarter notes followed by a half note which ends the lessons.
Note values are important to know because we connect them with the above mentioned counting system. The easiest note to recognize and understand is the quarter note.
The quarter note looks like this:♩
If there are four quarter notes in a bar (a bar is one measure) then the count is simply 1 2 3 4 and every time you count, the student plays a note. Instead of counting, you could also call a quarter note “long” which would replace the 1 2 3 4 with long long long long.
Why would you want to use the word long? Simple. There are eight notes which are only half as long as quarter notes and if the melody includes two eight notes, then the count is simplified by counting: long short-short long long.


Theory is just that. Theory and most children have a natural ability to “feel the music” so that counting and sorting of note values comes quite naturally. Above all, being able to hear each lesson played correctly is all that matters. Little Composers developed each app based on many years of teaching music and therefore, parents can take advantage of the sophisticated apps which do the heavy lifting so that a music teacher isn’t necessary. Eventually, a music teaches will be needed but as you know, there are tons of famous musicians who are self taught which means that they just loved to play and picked up the skills without the help of a teacher.

If your child loves music and wants to learn the head over to the Little Composers website and take a look at all the apps. We have just published Concept of Music which is taking the music world by storm because it turns moms into music teachers and children into Famous Little Composers


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