Do you have a preschooler with an interest in music? Have a keyboard and a laptop or DVD player? You might be interested in Kinderbach, an online piano and music instruction site for young children. We were given the opportunity to review the site and, although my children were much too young for the product, I could certainly see the potential for families with younger children.
Kinderbach is geared toward kids ages 3-7 and features online or DVD lessons. We tried the online version, for which you’ll need high-speed Internet. Each lesson consists of four different parts so you can easily spread the lessons over several days and many of the lessons have an optional activity sheet that you can print out for your child to do.
The appearance of the lesson format reminded me very much of Blue’s Clues (which is probably why my kids thought it was much too young for them). The instructor is a real person in a cartoon setting with cartoon friends who help cement the lessons. I really appreciated the fact that the correct terminology is used for the notes (i.e. whole note, half note, etc.). The lessons seemed like they would be very engaging for a younger child and the worksheets looked like they’d do a great job of reinforcing the lessons.
The online lessons start at $7.99 per month if you purchase a full year at once for $95.88 or $19.99 per month if you pay by the month. The DVD lesson packages start at $40.45 (plus shipping and handling).
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.