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Pre Piano Lessons is a new interactive music method that transforms kids into little composers. The application was specifically developed for visual learners who learn faster by constantly creating and analyzing different musical patterns.
The app features a well tested user interface which is so intuitive that even young children can figure it out the moment they start. The big animals at the bottom act as the keyboard and each animal name represents the actual piano key. Camel starts with the letter C and and if you played the camel next to a real piano, you would get the same sound as the C key makes.
The smaller animals are used to compose a short melody which is done by simply touching the arrows. But the real magic happens when touching the octopus button. From that moment on, it’s all about listening, watching, hearing, modifying and most of all, learning.
Pre Piano Lessons is just the beginning and those who outgrow the app can continue learning with “Pre Piano Keyboard” (also on the app store) and finally move up to the “Little Composer Piano” which is a more sophisticated version of Pre Piano Lessons.
Pre Piano Lessons iPad App
During a two year testing period, parents gave us a wealth of feedback and because of that, the Pre Piano Lessons app is the best it can be. Here is what one mom had to say:
“As a radio announcer it is very important for me to have my daughter involved in the world of music. I just want music to mean as much to her as it does to me. So it made sense to start her in it as soon as possible. I found Little Composers and instantly knew it was for us! It really is brilliant and easy to follow along. I highly recommend it for you and your “little composer.” ~ Trish W.
If you want to encourage your child to create music on his own, then don’t hesitate and download the app right away as you are bound to enjoy this experience.
Please rate this app and share your opinion with us on the Little Composers Facebook page
• Easy to use interface delivers instant results
• Thousands of patterns to compose and learn from
• Adjustable play-back speeds and animated keys
• Dedicated help page, how-to videos and support
• Prerequisite for “Pre Piano Keyboard”
Pre Piano Keyboard has just been updated to version 1.3
- This update includes a new audio sample library
- Debut of the 1/4 note rests
- Rebranding to Pre Piano Keyboard
A few weeks ago, we’ve upgraded the audio samples and the web apps which are available via the Little Composers website have already been compiled with the new sounds.
1/4 Quarter Notes
Previously, the app was only able to record notes. Starting with version 1.3, our little composers have a new option in the menu: REST.
Every time the rest button it touched, it will insert a 1/4 note rest into the melody. This feature is available in both, recording and editing mode.
Last but not least, the app has been renamed from “Creative Children Compose Music” to “Pre Piano Keyboard” so that it fits better into our growing list of apps. Once a child masters this app, it then can move up to the next level which has even more options and doubles the song length.
The Pre Piano Keyboard is perfect for visual learners and if you or your child is curious about music then give composing a try. You might be surprised how fast you can come up with your own melody. Little Composers makes children famous (as stated in our mission statement).
Creative Children Compose Music just got a new feature added as shown in the app diagram below. This latest version is able to add rests to the melody which greatly enhances the composition experience as it mimics real songs more closely.
This app helps anyone to learn the basics of composition by implementing three easy rules.Fill the red containers by playing red keys
- Fill the red containers by playing red keys
- Fill the white containers by playing white keys
- End every composition with a C
How to edit the melody
Once a melody has been recorded, the app can play it so that you can listen. Sometimes, as we listen to our compositions, we feel that some changes would enhance the melody. Here is how you can edit and record over the old notes. We call the process “erase and replace” and works like this. Touch any container that you want to erase and then play a new key. As soon as you do that, the old note will be erased and replaced by the new one you just played. You can repeat this process as many times as you need to make the melody perfect.
Why you should use and learn this app
We are working on an advanced version which has many more features, an actual piano keyboard and instead of four bars, you can record and listen to 16 bars of music. There are many more options and for the first time, we are implementing a MENTOR mode to help you with getting the basic melody right.
Visit us on the Little Composers Facebook page to learn more about this new version.
Where can we get this app?
Creative Children Compose Music is available on iTunes, in the Windows App Store and you can instantly access the latest build on via www.littleComposers.com
There, you can find how-to videos and much more information and support.
www.littlecomposers.com is working on an advanced version of the “Creative Children Compose Music” app. The follow-up app builds on the foundation and doubles the song length. An extended keyboard is also included and the new MENTOR mode make this release the best app for those who are beginning to compose.
Visit the Little Composers website to learn more about the new educational music apps for children. We have easy to use apps for children as young as four and a special app that teaches sight-reading and note names. There are demo videos and much more.
This quick update is meant to give you a first look of how the new piano app is coming along. To learn more about this app visit the Little Composers Facebook page
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.
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! 🙂
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.
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.
- Fill the red squares with red keys
- Fill the grey squares with grey keys
- 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.
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 …
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).
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?
LITTLE COMPOSERS DISRUPTS MUSIC LESSONS WITH NEW APP
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.”
PRE PIANO APP
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.
Teaching piano students is a joy, especially those students who can sight read music well. There are many aspects of playing an instrument but being able to sight read makes things a lot easier.
But this article is for those who are not good at sight reading music
Now there is an app for that (sorry Apple people) and the name of this new app is Concept of Music.
Concept of Music
Before I talk more about this one-of-a-kind app, I’ll show you a screenshot which helps to understand how it works.
As all apps for Little Composers, the left upper corner has the app title which is “Concept of Music” and below a tag line that says “learn to sight read” which is exactly what the app was designed to do.
The right upper corner has three menu buttons which enable a student to see, hear and then play the lesson. In the center is the actual score showing two bars of music. Pressing the NEXT (menu) button will advance the lessons and the process starts over.
The advantage is that beginning music students will be able to hear the melody which makes playing it correctly a lot easier. In time and with many repetitions their confidence level will increase and eventually, they can just sight read the melody und use the PLAY button to check if they make an error which hopefully is not the case.
Every piano teacher has seen her / his fair share of pianos with a marked keyboard showing the key names on the center keys. Because this app doesn’t allow for marking keys, a little readout is included which shows the name of the key pressed. This is an optional feature and can be disabled via the menu but it is off-screen and probably good to have.
The keyboard displays the black keys which are there for orientation but later modules will make use of sharps and flats as well.
We live in exciting times and it brings me joy to produce apps which make learning to sight read easier than it used to be. This app is ideal for children of age 5 and older as there is no upper limit. Those who want to learn or improve their sight reading skills will find the app most useful.
Little Composers apps are only available at the Little Composers website and if you want to be notified when this app gets published I recommend that you sigh up for a free membership account now.
Little Composers publishes the Creative Children Compose Music method which includes apps that teach children to compose their own music. The third module, PRE PiANO NOTES is progressing well and on schedule to be released later this summer.
PRE PiANO NOTES composes real music
Little Composers develops apps which turn moms into music teachers and children into famous Little Composers. Our latest module, NOTES is the third and last of the series. Module one, PRE PiANO LESSONS is for young Little Composers followed by PRE PiANO KEYS which uses the first seven letters of the alphabet to write music.
PRE PiANO NOTES, just as the name says, records and displays real music notes and therefore is suitable for children of all ages who want to experiment with composing their own music especially if they have outgrown the KEYS app.
Learn Note Names
In order to get the most out of the NOTES module, our Little Composers need to start to learn note names. No worry, we have several apps for that on our home page and iPhone users can use the search phrase “Little Composers” to find Notes for Little Composers in Apple iTunes.
Beginning Music Lessons
Parents often contact us and ask at what age their child should start with music lessons. Traditional music lessons where a student visits the music teacher generally start around age six or seven and it is OK to start even later. But music is changing and now comes in many forms and shapes. Music Lessons are not the only way to begin to learn how to play an instrument. Many children use apps to learn and play which not only enables them to start sooner, but also gives them a huge choice of apps and the amount of apps available is growing fast.
Little Composers is pleased to offer some of the best music education apps for kids who want to begin their music lessons early. If your child is curious about music then simply visit the Little Composers website and try a few apps. We offer support and even a composition contest which features the best songs in the famous Little Composers gallery.
See you there!