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Pre Piano Lessons iPad

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
App Features:
• 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”

Creative Children Compose Music App Diagram

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.

creative children compose music app help diagram

This app helps anyone to learn the basics of composition by implementing three easy rules.Fill the red containers by playing red keys

  1. Fill the red containers by playing red keys
  2. Fill the white containers by playing white keys
  3. 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.

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 …

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?

Press Release

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.

APP FACT

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

MORE APPS

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

Concept of Music Sight Reading app

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.

screenshot of the new concept of music app

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.

Vote for your favourite Little Composers app

Little Composers develops the PRE PiANO and Creative Children Compose Music apps which teach and encourage young children to learn how to compose and play their own music.

To help us allocate resources better, we would like to invite you to vote and show us which apps you use the most. Please take a look at the poll below and if you currently use any of the Little Composers apps, then feel free to mark which ones. Families who have more children enrolled may check any app they use because that too helps us to get organized and serve you better.

Thank you for taking part. We really appreciate it.

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Suggest a new app

We are constantly experimenting and evaluating the feedback we get from the small beta group which helps us with tweaking and improving the apps. Now we ask you to join in and send us your feedback, criticism, improvement suggestions or a short testimonial

The more feedback you provide, the better we can fine-tune the apps which means that the children gain access to better learning tools which is why we do what we do.

What kind of information are we looking for?

  • Were you pleased with the download speed
  • Are all apps working in your browser?
  • Did you have to switch browser in order to get the sound working?
  • Does your child understand the software?
  • Do you use a touch screen device such as a cell phone or tablet?
  • Which devices do you use to open the apps?
  • Which browser do you use?
  • What kind of computer do you have? Laptop, desktop, tablet?
  • Are you happy with the sound quality?
  • Did you have to get external speakers?
  • What does your child say about the Little Composers apps?
  • Do you need help with getting featured in the Famous Little Composers Gallery?
  • Anything we are missing or should know about?

 

Each item on the above list helps us to understand our users and students better and therefore we encourage you to vote on the poll, ask questions and even post on our Facebook page

Thank you for your input!

New PRE PiANO KEYS App

Little Composers continues the PRE PiANO series of apps with the new PRE PiANO KEYS app which is almost ready to be released. Visit www.LittleComposers.com to learn more about this amazing new music method from Austria and watch a short demo video which will get you started quickly.

PRE PiANO KEYS

Once children outgrow the PRE PiANO LESSONS app, they can continue with PRE PiANO KEYS which is a little more advanced. Instead of animals, they little composers begin to work with keys and letters which are based on the animal names.
A quick refresher for those who have gotten used to the Bird, Camel, Dolphin, Elephant, Fish, Giraffe and Alligator. Take the first letter from every animal, and you get B, C, D, E, F and G. Please note that PRE PiANO KEYS does not use the Alligator because that would slow down learning and in some cases even be confusing because this app differentiates between two colours.

Red and white piano keys

You probably have apps on your tablet or smartphone which use color-coded keys and you know that there are a ton of such apps out there. Unfortunately, color-coding the keys isn’t really a good solution to understand music and therefore, Little Composers is not using them. Instead, we only color-code the C major chord to signal a kind of “home” position.
To see how the system works, look at the 15 blocks above the keyboard. The first four blocks are red and the next eight are light grey. The last three blocks are red again.

Why 15 and not 16 blocks?
The reason why the last block is a long one (takes up twice the space) is that if a long sounding C is played, the composition will sound complete and finished. It is important that beginners end every composition with C. Later modules will provide a lot more flexibility but for now, we have to learn and follow the rules until we know enough to brake them here and there.

image of the new pre piano keys app

At what age should we start out child?

Children are amazing and know a lot more then we think. Therefore, Little Composers only provides rough guidelines when it comes to age. Our experience shows us that the above app is ideal for children of age five but then again, some four-year-old children who play computer games might be able to figure the app out in a few minutes.

Special features:

The app does not only let you play a melody on the keyboard, it also records “what” is played. Touching the first red field will put PRE PiANO KEYS in record mode and then all a child has to do is keep playing.

Erase and replace.

Once a melody has been composed, the composer will most likely want to make a few changes. To do so, simply touch the letter which will make the block blink. Any time a block blinks, it is ready to be erased and any new note played on the keyboard will replace the previous letter.

Compose

Sometimes, a little composer doesn’t feel like composing and if that is the case, a special compose button will do the job beautifully. The compose button is also a great learning tool so give it a try and see what you can come up with? Feel free to stop the melody and “erase and replace” some notes.

To see all apps for little composers, visit our homepage and register. Doing so will give you access to all premium apps and more.

New FREE Music App for Children

PRE PiANO (by Little Composers) is a new free music app for children and lays the foundation for composing and playing simple melodies.image of a little girl looking at the pre piano screen which is a new free music app for children

Can Little Children Compose?

Yes. PRE PiANO has a user interface so simple that a three-year-old can understand it within minutes and you, the mentor, instantly. Because PRE PiANO is for children of age three and up, symbols are used instead of piano keys and the same symbols also serve as notes. Easy to use up and down arrow keys can change the image and touching the image produces the right sound.

This simple recipe was first used to teach a little girl who wanted to have piano lessons at age three and since then, countless children have been introduced to music with the help of some elephants, giraffes and alligators.

How are the images related to the sounds?

The animals have a special meaning and teach much more than just composing and playing. But first, I’d like to explain the names of each animal. To the left is the bird and as you probably have already guessed, the bird represents the b key.
The camel the c key and so on. The elephant, fish, giraffe and alligator all are there because of their name.

But there is a little more than just the names.
The seven animals represent three groups. There are the three land animals which live on land and thus, are represented by the camel, elephant and giraffe. They also look to the right of the screen. The second group are the sea animals like the dolphin, fish and alligator. The sea animals look to the left of the screen which is very important later on when children begin to learn about chords.
The bird isn’t part of any group because it mostly lives in the air. Experienced music students refer to the b as the seventh step and the triad which is build on the seventh step is nether major nor minor.

Major and minor triads

Music becomes interesting when children start to experiment with harmony. Harmony, in simple terms, is adding a second or third note to a sound and by doing so, creating a richer listening experience. Music can become quite complex once we add harmony and therefore, PRE PiANO starts out with just the basics BUT, and this is very important to remember, it does lay the foundation for much more to come.

This unique and beautiful looking app was developed by music teachers and is based on many years of research. You will not find a better app to introduce your child to music. Once a child understands PRE PiANO, it is time to move up to CCCM which approaches composition and playing from a different angle but follows the same principals.

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