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Eventually, kids will no longer remember the yellow school bus because the trip to the nearest school will no longer be seen as the most effective way to educate our children. Many parents have begun to question the systems that have been in place to educate children for so many years. Amid the many studies showing the excellence of alternative educational paths, parents are searching. Oftentimes questions about our current educational systems effectiveness lead parents to the notion that children can often be educated in a way that is more suited to their own talents, and in a manner that will encourage greatness, by staying in their own home for formal education.
When parents choose this path they will sometimes question their own ability. What if you are not trained in foreign language, higher level mathematic operations or music? How will you educate your intrinsic learner without possessing the skills of a seasoned professional in these areas? A few clicks of your mouse will yield innumerable resources for these areas and allay many fears that you child would miss something if homeschooling is the path that you choose.
Let us take music for example. Music is one of those mediums that affects our energy level, our state of mind, and our memory recall (counting and alphabet songs anyone?) There have been countless studies performed on the effect that learning an instrument has on mathematics and literacy. An article in Time Magazine recently even stated the following:
“Science has shown that when children learn to play music, their brains begin to hear and process sounds that they couldn’t otherwise hear. This helps them develop “neurophysiological distinction” between certain sounds that can aid in literacy, which can translate into improved academic results for kids.”
This can again be intimidating if one is not even able to read music, how will you teach it? Let’s take a look at a groundbreaking concept that allows children to not only learn the fundamentals of music composition but also can teach them how to sight-read music. During the foundational years of preschool and early elementary school this skill can aid in the acquisition of many other learning concepts as well.
The concept is the brainchild of an Austrian born composer who saw a need for the availability of a digital concept that allows children to not only be exposed to, but also integrate music composition into their education. Thus, little composers was born. Possibly the most intriguing element about this concept is that it is available as a free app to the public and your child will be enticed to compose, replay and learn music composition all while requiring minimal parental guidance. What could be simpler than that?
Little composers can help you solve the questions about where to begin with your child’s music education, just knowing that such apps and concepts exist may just stave off any feelings of inadequacy on the part of a parent. When parents feel empowered they feel confident and that in turn can lead to greatness and beyond for the newest “little composer.”
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).
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?
Times are tough and parents are rethinking their finances which is why more and more moms want to know how they can teach their child to play the piano without spending a lot of money on lessons
YOU CAN teach your child how to play the piano and save a lot of money by doing so
We live in a different world where computers and especially the internet empower us to do incredible things which the generation before us could only dream about. 20 years ago, beginning music lessons meant to buy or rent an instrument and find a good teacher that isn’t too far away. Once a parent managed to do that, they then needed to drop of their children every week in time for their piano lessons. Not to forget, there was also the monthly payment of $50.00 or even $80.00 depending on how much the teacher or music school would charge.
PRE PiANO is a new app which turns any mom into a great music teacher
What does it take to teach a child how to play the piano? Well, not as much as you think. Surprisingly, most moms tell us that there is no way that they could teach music. The number one reason is that they never had music lessons and therefore are not able to teach. Little Composers is about to change that belief and with the release of PRE PiANO, any parent or nanny can teach the basics of music to beginners.
Encourage, praise and challenge
Knowing about music is not important when teaching piano to a beginner. Our app handles almost all the teaching for you but there is one thing which we don’t want an app to do and that is giving praise and encouragement. As a parent, this is your job and the better you are at encouraging your child the more it will learn. This sentence is so important that it should be read twice. So let’s all remember that without encouragement and praise little, if anything, happens.
Can you say “well done” or “wow, that was amazing”? If yes, then you have what it takes to introduce your child to playing the piano with the help of PRE PiANO by Little Composers
We offer support and constant updates for all of our apps and if you visit www.LittleComposers.com right now, you can even register for free and get upgraded to a premium membership which lets you access everything we have. If your children love music then teach them how to compose and play their own music.
It is easier than you think.