Wednesday, April 6, 2011

KinderBach **TOS Review**

We had the opportunity through the TOS Crew  to review an online music program called KinderBach.  KinderBach is a program that teaches children ages 3-7 basic music theory and how to play the piano. It currently has six levels with a seventh in the works.
Each level includes ten weeks worth of lessons doing four lessons a week. You can choose to have an online membership and watch all of your videos online or you can order DVDs of the lessons. Whichever works better for your family.

Each lesson includes instruction from the teacher and some sort of activity. The activities vary from lesson to lesson. Some days it's a coloring page and other days it's doing rhythms on pots and pans or marching high and low to songs, you just never know what kind of fun activity you will get to do. 
Kinderbach also provides PDF workbooks and coloring pages for you child to accompany the lessons. 

Kinderbach uses fun characters to help your child learn like Dodi and Frisco.
The characters seem to keep the kids engaged and really help them learn through fun little memory tricks.

Our Experience:
I started off with the intention of doing this with all 5 of my younger children from 3-9. I was quickly informed however by my 9 year old son that it was just too young for him. My 8 year old enjoyed some things but not others. I can say the three younger children who are 3,4 and 6 loved everything about this program.

The younger girls loved doing the activities and often after doing the days lesson begged to do another. They understood the concepts and remembered them later. I was a bit skeptical about a video piano program but thus far it really does seem to be working and the kids love it!

We will continue to use KinderBach for as long as my children enjoy it and continue to learn. I just can't get private lessons for the price of KinderBach and I honestly think it will provide them with a great base before we begin lessons out of the home.

Online memberships for the video's on the computer are $95.88 annual or $19.99 monthly per family. The yearly membership ends up being only $7.99 a month for all of your kids!I know I couldn't even cover my gas to lessons much less the actual lesson fee for that!
DVD packs are $40.95 per level. Depending on how many children you plan to use it with over what space of time this may be the more cost effective method for your family. I'm still trying to decide what would be the most economical for us. 
The best part is you can try KinderBach totally FREE before you commit just by visiting their website here. There's no risk to you by trying it out for free and then you can decide if this program is right for your family yourself. 

Visit the Crew Blog here to see what my crew-mates thought of KinderBach. 

I received a three month subscription to KinderBach in exchange for my honest review of their product. No other compensation was received. 

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