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Little Composers just started to publish online piano lessons that help our students with transitioning from the music apps to an actual piano.
The lessons are published on a weekly basis and the first 9 lessons are already online.
The course is free and everyone who passes the quizzes and masters the lessons receives a beautiful music certificate.
More information about the lessons can be found here:
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”
A version of this post originally appeared on the Music Teacher’s Helper Blog, written by Leila Viss.
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.
Little Composers just finished preparing a special package for music schools who are searching for new music lessons apps for the classroom.
Little Composers invites representatives of music schools and music studio owners to contact us so that we can assist you in preparing for the 2015 2016 school year. We are always working on new apps and because we have a long history of teaching, we understand your situation and will try out best to help and support you.
New Music Lessons Apps especially made to support music teachers
Many students love music school and look forward to each and every lesson. So much has changed and now that so many of the students have high end cell phones and tablet computers, music teachers are beginning to take advantage of the readily available technology. There are all kinds of apps out there and just looking for something specific can be daunting.
PRE PiANO NOTES
This app is ideal for music students who already know some of the note names and whose teacher is keen on introducing them to composing their own music. Little Composers has all kinds of PRE PiANO apps for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. If you are interested in mentoring your students and guiding them as they begin to compose music then check out all three of the PRE PiANO titles and give your students the very best apps available.
Supplemental music apps for the classroom
Some of our educational apps for Little Composers are especially designed for teaching the note names. Both, treble and bass clef versions are available and help new students with memorizing the note names faster. Later, we will also release more titles with teach chord names and chord progressions to help music students understand and expand their composition skills.
Creative Children Compose Music
To learn how Little Composers came to be visit our website and check out the about us page
Our “do it yourself music lessons” are cheap and just as effective as taught by a music teacher. – Ernst Renner, Little Composers founder
Calling all moms!
For many people, lessons of any kind are a big luxury especially now that everything has become so expensive. Little Composers has just developed a new music method which is perfect for moms who want to teach their children music lessons.
Mom, my first music teacher
What? That is the usual reaction when we show parents the Creative Children Compose Music method from Austria. At first, parents are certain that they can not teach their child or children because they never had music lessons, don’t read music and worst of all, have no way of providing an instrument.
Little Composers provides:
- The virtual instrument
- Over 1000 unique lessons
- A user interface which takes seconds to learn
- A built-in virtual music teacher … just in case
- A little bit of time
- A willingness to praise your child
Does this sounds like something you want to know more about?
Let’s look at the Creative Children Compose Music method in more detail.
How do we get the music apps?
Visit www.LittleComposers.com and give them a try right now. Depending on “when” you read this, you might even get a free premium membership or, sign up for a free membership which gets you all the apps you need to start teaching your child.
Depending on your child’s age, you might want to start with PRE PiANO which was custom designed for children of age three and up. Or, if your child is around five years old, then try PRE PiANO KEYS which uses real looking piano keys instead of animals.
Ether way, you can start learning right away and you will be amazed how fast your child will grasp the basics of music. And the best part is that you too will learn something and one day, your learning experience might just be so interesting that others want to hear about it too.
With over 1000 lessons, you and your child will have plenty of material to discover and perhaps, if inspiration strikes, you might even enter the composition contests and become famous.
There is not much up-to-date teaching material for young children which is why Little Composers started to publish PRE PiANO LESSONS for children. Because so many kids have now access to an iPad or similar tablet computer with a touch screen, the PRE PiANO LESSONS are best experienced on these new devices.
To get the best performance, you should make sure that a recent web browser such as google chrome or Firefox are installed. The apps take advantage of the latest optimizations found in all current web browsers which allow for audio playback at native speeds. This means that the child will hear the sound as soon as the surface it touched.
PRE PiANO LESSONS INFO
PRE PiANO LESSONS are not free and parents who want to enrol are asked to pay a yearly fee of US$ 25.00 which provides access to the premium members area of www.littleComposers.com
Most children should be able to easily finish the three levels within a year which makes the lessons very affordable. If desired, the child can then move up to the Little Composers Academy or just keep composing music for fun. Everything that is learned can be used to master all of the Little Composers music apps which receive constant updates and performance improvements.
If you are interested then reserver your spot now
The PRE PiANO LESSONS will be moved to a dedicated server and set up so that 1000 students can access the lessons anytime. If you are interested in enrolling your child or children then sign up for a free membership by visiting the Little Composers website.
This way, you will receive an announcement when the lessons start and qualify for special support which is provided on a one-on-one basis.
To try out the apps, simply visit the Little Composers website and see how your child likes composing and playing. There is lots more to see and we always welcome feedback and improvement suggestions.