“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” ~ Plato
pre Piano miniMal
Most creative children are visual learners and enjoy figuring out how things work. To speed up the learning curve, Little Composers developed two pre Piano apps. This way, children who are still at the pre-reading stage can benefit from starting music lessons sooner.
How to use the app
First and foremost, PLEASE do not expose a young child (3 – 5) more than 15 minutes to an electronic device of any kind. With that out of the way, let’s cover how this app works.
After you load the app, you simply press the octopus button once. This will generate a short composition/lesson which first needs to be listened to.
How to listen to a composition?
Above the octopus are two more buttons. A turtle and a rabbit. You’ll know what they do as soon as you push them.
How to play the composition?
Every time you push the octopus button, the app will compose a new mini composition. After listening to the melody, mom or a mentor (older sister, babysitter, nanny etc.) will play the seven-note melody by pressing the correct animal (big animals, bottom of screen).
How to change a composition?
Unlike music books which do not allow for any changes, pre Piano miniMal is all about changing a composition and by doing so, create a new melody. To change the small animals, simply press the arrows above or below. Every time you press an arrow, the image will increase.
Important! Always listen to the new melody before playing.
How long should we compose and play?
Ideally, the play-time can be up to 30 minutes if mentor and child share the playing and about 10 minutes are spent on praising, explaining and asking questions.
Please do no rush the lessons. The musical ear grows slowly and therefore it’s best to spend about one month with this app unless a child is six years or older.
Ask questions and most of all, praise the child.
Children are like sponges when it comes to learning. Even if you are not comfortable with teaching, you can achieve amazing results with praise. Ask questions and let the child teach you. If you get these two things right, then you will be amazed by the results.
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