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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.