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Best Piano Apps for Beginners and Composers

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. image of the best piano app for beginners and composers

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 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.

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

PRE PiANO NOTES App Teaches Composition

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

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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!

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