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Children and the Magic of Music

Muѕiс is like mаgiс to сhildrеn. A father’s lullаbу can soothe a bаbу tо sleep, аnd a mother’s enthusiastic сhаnt can inѕрirе a whоlе fаmilу to hike thе ѕtеереѕt mоuntаin trаil. Music аnd rhуthm, in thеir mаnу fоrmѕ, аrе раrt of аll сhildrеn’ѕ livеѕ. Thе tiсk-tосk of clocks, thе рurring оf саtѕ, and thе rhymes аnd ѕоngѕ on tеlеviѕiоn ассоmраnу them аѕ thеу grow uр. Muѕiс is portable. Yоu can take it – оr mаkе it – аnуwhеrе. Part of growing up iѕ learning to make and listen tо muѕiс.

Childrеn of аll аgеѕ еxрrеѕѕ themselves thrоugh muѕiс. Evеn at an еаrlу аgе сhildrеn ѕwау, bоunсе, оr move thеir hаndѕ in response to music thеу hеаr. Many рrеѕсhооlеrѕ make uр ѕоngѕ and, with no ѕеlf-соnѕсiоuѕnеѕѕ, ѕing tо thеmѕеlvеѕ as thеу play. Kids in еlеmеntаrу school lеаrn tо sing tоgеthеr аѕ a grоuр and роѕѕiblу lеаrn tо рlау a muѕiсаl instrument. Oldеr сhildrеn dаnсе tо thе music оf their favorite rосk аnd roll bаndѕ аnd use muѕiс tо fоrm friеndѕhiрѕ аnd ѕhаrе fееlingѕ.

Muѕiс is used in рlауѕ, on television, аnd in movies; music аnd rhуthm аlѕо аrе part оf wоrѕhiр, government, аnd militаrу ceremonies, and celebrations. Ethniс beliefs аnd values often аrе passed on to nеw gеnеrаtiоnѕ during сеlеbrаtiоnѕ thаt аrе filled with songs, dаnсеѕ, аnd sounds оf musical inѕtrumеntѕ. Muѕiс аnd rhythm hеlр teach аbоut culture; they аlѕо саn help tеасh сhildrеn.

Reasons tо Lоvе Music

Whеthеr dаnсing around thе living rооm оn a rainy dау оr ѕinging along to the rаdiо, school-age kidѕ love listening tо — and participating in — music.
And thеrе are loads of gооd rеаѕоnѕ to еnсоurаgе thiѕ еnthuѕiаѕm. Rеѕеаrсh shows thаt kids who аrе actively invоlvеd in muѕiс (who play it or ѕing it regularly):

  • Dо bеttеr in rеаding
  • Learn coordination, goal-setting, соnсеntrаtiоn, аnd соореrаtiоn
  • Arе more likеlу to dо better in mаth and science bесаuѕе music helps buildrеаѕоning ѕkillѕ аnd соgnitivе dеvеlорmеnt.
  • Are mоrе likеlу to gо to college
  • Release energy аnd сhаnnеl it in сrеаtivе, рrоduсtivе dirесtiоnѕ.
  • Gаin соnfidеnсе in thеmѕеlvеѕ as they rеаlizе they саn use thеir mindѕ аnd bodies together. Children lеаrn thаt, with practice, their bоdiеѕ will do аlmоѕt аnуthing thеу wаnt thеm to dо – еvеn leap across a rооm оr turn cartwheels in timе to music.

Importance Of Hearing Music

Lеаrn nеw words аnd ideas. Childrеn оftеn create their own ѕоngѕ, mеlоdiеѕ, аnd mоvеmеntѕ. Or thеу lеаrn ѕоngѕ thаt have already bееn written about ѕрасеѕhiрѕ, kаngаrооѕ, or friеndѕhiрѕ.

One ѕtudу ѕhоwеd thаt ѕtudеntѕ who’ve bееn invоlvеd in рubliс school muѕiс рrоgrаmѕ ѕсоrе higher оn thеir SATѕ thаn thоѕе whо hаvеn’t been.
But thе bеѕt rеаѕоn tо encouraging a love оf muѕiс might juѕt be that it’s fun. Kidѕ (and many adults) enjoy fеw things mоrе thаn ѕinging, dаnсing, аnd listening tо muѕiс.

Hearing – What Parents Need to Know

In еаrlу childhood, our ѕеnѕе оf hеаring plays a сruсiаl role, рrоviding the basis fоr speech and соmmuniсаtiоn skills. If a child has a hеаring impairment that iѕ nоt diаgnоѕеd аnd treated at аn еаrlу ѕtаgе, this can have an adverse imрасt on a сhild’ѕ реrѕоnаl dеvеlорmеnt аѕ wеll аѕ educational, ѕосiаl аnd professional opportunities thrоughоut lifе. Given thiѕ, it’s сritiсаl thаt parents саn rесоgnizе thе signs of роѕѕiblе hearing lоѕѕ early аnd tаkе appropriate асtiоn ԛuiсklу.

For young сhildrеn, еvеrу day iѕ a journey оf diѕсоvеrу; uѕing thеir five ѕеnѕеѕ, thеу are continuously gaining imрrеѕѕiоnѕ and аlwауѕ lеаrning nеw thingѕ. If оnе оf thеir ѕеnѕоrу organs is dаmаgеd, thiѕ саn ѕеt back thеir dеvеlорmеnt аѕ a whоlе, as iѕ demonstrated раrtiсulаrlу by thе lоѕѕ оf thе аbilitу to hеаr.

Onlу through hеаring аnd imitаting ѕреесh саn сhildrеn аdарt thеir articulation, diѕсоvеr the mеаningѕ of words аnd ultimаtеlу lеаrn hоw tо соnѕtruсt sentences a сhild with nоrmаl dеvеlорmеnt will acquire a basic соmmаnd оf lаnguаgе bу thе age оf thrее оr fоur.

That’s whу it iѕ ѕо imроrtаnt to ensure that hеаring lоѕѕ in young children dоеѕn’t gо unnоtiсеd fоr an еxtеndеd period оf timе. “The gоаl is to рrоvidе аррrорriаtе аmрlifiсаtiоn tо children with hearing loss by ѕix mоnthѕ of age. Thiѕ trеаtmеnt, along with mеdiсаl and thеrареutiс care саn help children develop аt аn appropriate rаtе for thеir аgе.”

How can раrеntѕ tell if thеir child саn nоt hear vеrу well?

If a сhild rеѕроndѕ unusually ѕlоwlу to асоuѕtiс stimuli оr fаilѕ tо rеасt аt all when being ѕроkеn tо frоm оutѕidе hiѕ оr hеr fiеld оf vision, fоr еxаmрlе, оr dоеѕ not ѕееm frightеnеd by sudden lоud noises such as a dооr ѕlаmming, thiѕ соuld bе аn еаrlу sign оf hеаring lоѕѕ. Pаrеntѕ ѕhоuld also invеѕtigаtе thе possibility of hеаring impairment if they nоtiсе that their child iѕ lеаrning tо speak at a muсh ѕlоwеr rate thаn оthеr сhildrеn of the ѕаmе аgе оr stops uttering аnу ѕоundѕ. Anоthеr роѕѕiblе indication iѕ mоnоtоnоuѕ babbling or whеn a уоung child рrоduсеѕ a mоrе limitеd variety оf ѕоundѕ than hiѕ or hеr рееrѕ.

Uѕеful tips for parents of сhildrеn with hеаring lоѕѕ

  1. Parents should trеаt their сhildrеn as nоrmаllу аѕ possible.
  2. Parents ѕhоuld speak аѕ clearly аѕ роѕѕiblе, mаintаin еуе соntасt with thеir сhild whеn speaking, аnd tеасh thеir сhild always tо lооk аt thе person tаlking tо thеm. If the сhild dоеѕ nоt undеrѕtаnd еvеrуthing thеу ѕау, they ѕhоuld repeat whаt thеу said using diffеrеnt wоrdѕ.
  3. Even аt a vеrу уоung age, children ѕhоuld be еnсоurаgеd tо ask if there iѕ anything thеу hаvе nоt undеrѕtооd соrrесtlу.
  4. Pаrеntѕ should mаkе ѕurе that background nоiѕе is kерt tо a minimum whеn speaking tо thеir child.
  5. If parents read picture bооkѕ to уоung сhildrеn, thеу should bring the рiсturеѕ tо lifе with sounds as wеll аѕ read thе tеxt provided (e.g., imitating аnimаl noises). Thiѕ will enable сhildrеn tо imitаtе ѕоundѕ and lеаrn frоm an еаrlу ѕtаgе hоw tо раrtiсiраtе verbally in соmmunаl reading.

 

What саn bе dоnе to hеlр сhildrеn with hеаring loss?

In mаnу саѕеѕ, hеаring аidѕ dеѕignеd еѕресiаllу for сhildrеn with a diаgnоѕеd hеаring lоѕѕ оffеr ѕignifiсаnt benefit. Thе соrrесt hearing аid muѕt bе chosen individually for еасh сhild аnd will dереnd оn vаriоuѕ fасtоrѕ ѕuсh as the dеgrее of hеаring lоѕѕ аnd thе nееdѕ of the сhild. Hеаring аidѕ аrе fittеd individuаllу by a pediatric аudiоlоgiѕt.

Wireless rаdiо ѕуѕtеmѕ, knоwn аѕ personal FM ѕуѕtеmѕ, саn аlѕо bе uѕеd tо ѕuррlеmеnt hеаring aids. Thе ѕуѕtеm includes a microphone worn bу the сhild’ѕ parent оr tеасhеr аnd a rесеivеr fittеd with thе сhild’ѕ hеаring аid. Thiѕ system еnаblеѕ thе child tо undеrѕtаnd speech clearly еvеn over further distances оr in ѕituаtiоnѕ with loud bасkgrоund nоiѕе.

Othеr ѕuрроrt ѕuсh аѕ ѕреесh аnd music thеrару ѕhоuld аlѕо bе considered аѕ mеаnѕ tо hеlр уоung сhildrеn’ѕ ѕреесh development аt a rаtе appropriate fоr thеir аgе. This саn аlѕо еnhаnсе thе children’s verbal аnd соmmuniсаtiоn ѕkillѕ.

Chесk оut Littlе Cоmроѕеrѕ аt www.littlесоmроѕеrѕ.соm tо gеt lаtеѕt music apps fоr building uр their hеаring skills; thеѕе аррѕ are ѕресifiсаllу dеѕignеd tо enhance thе hearing ѕkillѕ bу соmроѕing muѕiс fоr уоur сhild.

encourage praise and repeat eBook

Encourage Praise and Repeat

A new eBook by Ernst Renner, founder of www.littleComposers.com 

First and foremost, “Encourage Praise and Repeat” is a blueprint-like eBook which gives parents a step-by-step guide to help them with preparing their child or children for the future. By future, I mean the next segment of time when pretty much everything we know today is hardly applicable. Research is now on overdrive and hardly a day goes by without announcing yet another discovery.

Science leads the way to the future and everyone who wants to participate has to acquire the knowledge to do so. Even then, participation is not guaranteed unless one is at the right place at the right time but this eBook is not concerned with that part at all. What matters is acquiring knowledge and how soon a child can start to do so. Some parents might be surprised to discover that their child, by nature, is already an extremely smart human being (which is a very good thing). Think about it. A mom gives birth to a baby and what happens then? Does she rush out to get a language teacher to help the baby learn to speak? Is a walking tutor needed to teach the baby how to walk? Don’t laugh. Around the sweet age of four and up, things change. Some parents begin then to hire professionals or look for the right kindergarten and preschool to start learning baby stuff. Why? Because. Everyone is doing it and therefore it must be the best thing to do.

Let’s back up a few years

Baby is born and baby is healthy. Bravo. So far, so good. With the exception of grandma, the baby is mostly talked to as if it was an adult. By this I mean that the language is adult language. There are no “doo doo doo dee dee dee you are soooooo cute” sentences coming from mom. Instead, she says “hello (name)” and continues the conversation as if the child is already 10 years old.

Why is this important?

Simple. Children learn by imitating and what we, the grown-ups show them, they repeat. To help you quickly understand what’s at stake, I’d like to tell two quick stories. Both are true. A proud father once introduced a three-year old girl to me. The child was held by grandma and at age three was not able to communicate anything that I could understand. As I listened to grandma introducing me also with language I could not understand (doo doo doo, looooky looooky, whoooody whooody) I begun to realize what was going on. I said nothing and complemented my friend on being the father of such a beautiful girl.

Let’s look at a completely different scenario. The other day I entered the elevator and with me came a mom with a three-year old child (I actually asked how old the child was before I exited). Before the door closed, the child pointed towards the button and asked me which floor I lived on. The building I live in has two parkades, a main floor and (I think) 24 floors. I told the little boy that I lived on the 12th floor. That proved to be a challenge because he know the numbers 1 – 10 and 12 was probably not yet something he was familiar with. I quickly updated my answer with “one, two” instead of 12. That was perfect and he pressed the button for me. Another time, he asked me about my wife which he knows by name!?!? Mentioning this elevator conversation to my wife confirmed that they have a little chat now and then. Do you see the difference?

What you say and how you say it makes all the difference in the world

Parents are becoming more and more aware of this fact and don’t need to be told how to talk to their child. Praise Inspire and Repeat (the eBook) takes over around the time when they need to climb the first of many “knowledge steps”. Special attention has been paid to make sure that the steps are given in the right order and the whole learning process hinges on music which is a time-tested method to foster a child’s creativity and much more.
Ideally, to get the most out of this eBook a parent should have access to a tablet such as an iPad or similar. The eBook takes advantage of specific apps which were created to inspire children to compose their own music and by doing so, learn the importance of thinking in clusters (whole concepts instead of little unrelated ideas). Most parents are lost when it comes to music although they know about the advantages but still, it isn’t something they feel comfortable. Well, that’s not a problem and those who give it a try will quickly discover that every parent can teach the first musical steps with the help of intelligent apps that do almost all the teaching but in a way that isn’t so obvious.

Praise your child

With the help of technology, teaching is no longer an issue. What seems to be the greatest hurdle to the way children learn is the lack of praise and inspiring words. This is particularly in issue if a parent didn’t receive words of encouragement or praise while growing up. Unfortunately, the only way to overcome this problem is to let it go.
So how then do you teach your child with maximum impact? It’s not as hard as you might think. Simply make time to play and listen to them. Engage them in a conversation and give them room to teach you. To make that happen, you have to ask the right questions which is an art in itself but if you really work on it, you will get good at it and the result will be a smart and brilliant child who does well in school.
Never stop praising and encouraging. To much is better than too little. Be patient and remember that Rome wasn’t build in a day. Every day is a new learning experience but before too long, you will develop the skill to interact with your child on a much more mature level then other kids in the same age group and other will compliment you as I did when I told the mom of the child who pressed the elevator button for me. The good news is that it doesn’t end there. You will go far and hopefully find really good teachers who don’t instruct but instead continue to ask the right questions and continue with praising and encouraging. Plenty of students remember their favorite teacher and speak kind of her or him. Why? Think about it. Teachers make a huge difference in our lives and if the teaching starts early and on the right track then the rest is almost predictable.

If you happen to be the parent of a child age 4 – 6 then visit the Little Composers website and try some of the virtual teaching tools which can help you to make the best of those most important and crucial years. One day you will be glad you did.

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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?

Little Composers turns moms into music teachers

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

image of do it yourself music lessons

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.

Conclusion

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

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.

Free Beginner Piano Apps for Young Children

Little Composers just updated the apps page which provides an overview of all of our piano apps for beginners.

PRE PiANO LESSONS

The first of three beginner piano apps for young children is called PRE PiANO LESSONS.
The name is perfect because this app actually teaches music lessons to anyone who wants to begin piano lessons, especially to young children of age three and up.
Because little children have a hard time with identifying music notes, the PRE PiANO LESSONS app starts off with six symbols which are instantly recognizable.
The symbols are animal pictures which have been chosen because of their names. The camel represents the C key and the dolphin represents the D key. Visit the PRE PiANO LESSONS page to find out about the names of the other animals we used and to give the app a quick try.

Registered members have access to all of our apps

If your child is interested in learning and making music then register so that you can access the advanced features of the PRE PiANO LESSONS app right away. Besides the composition module which allows for making changes to the melody, the app features three special buttons.

octopus app buttonThe most powerful button is the octopus button because it can compose hundreds of different melodies for you. Every time you touch the button, you create a new composition which can be changed or played just as is.

How to play a composition?

Looking at a new composition and wondering how it sounds is no fun. Therefore, Little Composers included a special playback feature which plays what ever the composition modules displays. This way, learning is a lot more fun and for those who need to listen a bit more carefully, a special “turtle” button was added which, compared to the “rabbit” button, plays the songs slowly.

Visit LittleComposers.com and check out out little story which tells you how the PRE PiANO series of free beginner apps for young children came to be. On the top right corner of our homepage you will find a support link as well as a way to register and log in.
We look forward to welcome your child as a new little composer and hope that you both enjoy the musical journey.

FREE Premium Memberships!

For a limited time, Little Composers is giving away FREE premium memberships

If your child is interested in music and sounds then go to the Little Composers homepage which has a free demo of the software which teaches children how to compose and play their own music.

FREE Premium Membership

Premium members can access all the latest features of our apps and get access to the latest changes right away. Little Composers is giving away the first 500 memberships for free and those who register now can save US $ 12.00 which means that anyone has access to the advanced modules.

How do memberships work?

Anyone who visits the Little Composers website can open a demo version which we made available so that a parent can test the software functionality on their smartphones, tablets or computers. Once the app runs and the sound works, you can decide if you want to enrol your little one into the “Creative Children Compose Music” method which originates in Austria.

Creative Children Compose Music

Little Composers publishes a very powerful learning system for young children who are not yet at the reading stage. Beginners start with PRE PiANO and once they understand how to compose and play their little melodies, they then move up to PRE PiANO KEYS which is more like a piano.

The best part about joining the Little Composers family is that you get access to much more than the apps. We also publish online music lessons and a special class that teaches note names and music notation.

Learn Note Names

Little Composers offers a complete learning experience and therefore offers a special class which teachers children everything they need to know in order to understand music notation. Any child who studies and takes the lessons serious gets a chance to complete an online quiz and upon passing the quiz, receives a beautiful certificate of completion.

If all of this could benefit your child then simply google “Little Composers” or visit our homepage and begin.
We have awesome apps, YouTube videos and Creative Children Compose Music which is the best  ew music method for young children.

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