"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." ~ T. Wood
to easily compose a melody that looks like this:
and sounds like this:
Previously, beginners could not do this.
But now they can!
App fact: The Little Composers Piano is capable of producing 10 million unique compositions.
To get the most out of this app, your little composer should know or learn the following note names:
Video 1: Little Composers Piano Intro
Welcome to littlecomposers.com
In this video, I will show you, how to make your first composition with the Little Composers Piano.
Let's create our first melody. From the menu, select Re cord, and the Mentor option. From this point on, every key you touch will get recorded. Right now, we have eight empty containers and a cursor that blinks. This means, that the app is ready, and listening. The built-in music mentor suggests some keys that you can use, to fill up the first container.
To do so, I will only play keys that show a note name. I am allowed to play any of those keys, even the same one, two or more times. Now I am going to play the E, and G key, and to finish the first container, I play the C key, twice. It's time to fill the second container. Do you see, that the mentor suggests different keys? I continue with a D, and F key, and finish up with two, B notes.
The cursor has moved to the third container. This time, the mentor does not show me new keys to play because I can keep on using the same keys I used before. I pick the B and D key, and instead of playing two of the same keys, I play the F key, and the G key. Container three is done.
think you know how to fill the rest of the containers. Watch which keys I pick, and don't worry about picking wrong ones, because when we are finished, we can always make changes. Look at the last container. Do you see what's different? Unlike all the other containers, the last one, only needs three notes. Skipping the fourth note, makes everyone think that the composition is finished.
Now, I can listen to my composition. This is my favorite part. Let's listen together. In the next video, I will show you, how to make changes to the melody, and save it.
Learning the note names becomes much easier when you realize that there are only seven different names to remember. Those seven note names are kind of like the seven days of the week which never end. After Sunday, we continue again with Monday, Tuesday ...
Now let's apply this rule of repeating names to quickly understand how note names get reused. The left key is called the A key and after that comes the B, C, D, E, F and G key. Just like Monday comes after Sunday, the "a" note comes after every "G" note. To make this easier to read, we've made the second group of note names lower case. When you refer to the name of a high note, just say "high c" and everyone will know that you are referring to the second c.
If your child is still too young to use the above app then we suggest that you start with the Pre Piano Keyboard
It is based on the same concept but the color-coded keys make learning the three rules every little composer needs to know much easier.