Pick up any journal of child psychology today and you'll see the recommendation of getting children to learn to play a musical instrument at an early age. Studies show that children who receive a music education are generally smarter than their non-musical counterparts and do better in academics, helps students to relieve stress, helps builds the students self confidence, and helps to foster creativity, self discipline and patience while improving memory. However, unless we as the parent are musically inclined ourselves, music lessons require an instructor which may be a bit difficult to find.
How We Used It
When we found out we would be reviewing Easy Piano Basics, the kids were pretty excited to find out they would be learning to play the piano. My oldest daughter is self taught and the kids have often wanted to learn to play as well.
The ability to play the lessons on various tablets and smart devices is one we found very hand, as we could do a lesson in the bedroom by just putting the Kindle in the music tray of the keyboard so the kids could watch and work on keyboard fingering at the same time.
The kids have really enjoyed using this program. After completing each lesson, the smiles on their
|Garrett working hard on proper fingering|
But what happens when they finish this program. Obviously, this is a basics program and they will not be playing the Liszt Sonata once they are finished with it. However, JazzEdge offers another subscription, PianoWithWillie which offers much more difficult lessons for those who are beyond the basics. Considering the kids would already be familiar with Willie and his style of teaching, this would be a great option to move beyond and apply the skills they will have learned upon completing Easy Piano Basics.
If piano is not your thing but you have a desire to grab a pair of drumsticks and bang around like Rick Allen, then JazzEdge offers DrumsWithWillie to teach you to play the drums as well.
|The Excitement of a Lesson Completed|
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