I also played piano for about 18 months, but I was never very disciplined about practicing.
I don’t know if my kids will have the discipline and desire to become accomplished musicians, but I want to give them that opportunity.
We received a lifetime subscription to HomeSchoolPiano – Complete Set of Books, which is available for up to 5 students. Since there are only three kids in our family, that meant I got to join the kids and take lessons, too!
Our Experience with HomeSchoolPiano?
HomeSchoolPiano is suitable for all ages. My kids are 10, 5.5 and 4. The piano lessons were a bit over Cuddle Bug’s head (she’s 4), so she quickly abandoned the lessons. However, they were perfect for Bookworm (10) and PB & J Girl (5.5).
I had to sit beside PB & J Girl and help her with some things such as understanding which side was her left and which was her right and which finger was her ring finger, etc., but overall she was ready for lessons.
HomeSchoolPiano has 4 levels:
CorePiano for the absolute beginner,
Book One for the beginner who may be coming back to piano after some time away,
Book Two for beginner to intermediate, and
Book Three for intermediate learners
I started the kids on the CorePiano level for beginners, and found it to be the perfect place to start.
The lessons the kids covered in CorePiano include:
- Notes of the Piano
- Low and High Notes
- The Musical Alphabet
- Finger Numbers
- How to Sit at the Piano
- The Grab Technique
- Five Finger Scale
- G Clef Guideposts
- Steps and Skips
- Half and Whole Steps
- Higher and Lower on Staff
There are 33 lessons total in the CorePiano book, and each lesson varies in length from 3 to 10 minutes.
While we didn’t get to the other books, I did look ahead to see that Books One through Three each have 6 units (plus a bonus unit) and that each unit has a few quizzes. (There were no quizzes in the portion of CorePiano that we completed.)
If you’d like to see what HomeSchoolPiano is like, you can choose and download a free lesson.
What We Loved About HomeSchoolPiano
Willie Myette, the one who instructs the lessons in HomeSchoolPiano, is lively, funny, and entertaining. For instance, when teaching the Finger Numbers lesson, he lifted up each finger to demonstrate which one was assigned which number. When he got to the middle finger, he said, “Middle finger?” And with a chuckle and a shake of his head said, “I’m not going to put up my middle finger.” This will elude younger kids, but older kids and parents might also chuckle.
His playing, when he lets loose during the lessons, is beautiful and inspiring. My kids liked watching and listening to his playing, and they were inspired to try harder. In addition, Myette seeks to help kids learn to improvise when playing so they can eventually create their own music.
We also loved that at any point you can repeat a lesson if you need more practice or go back if you miss something he has said. (We repeated lessons a few times, especially for PB & J Girl.)
What We Disliked about HomeSchoolPiano
This is probably more a statement about my own kids than the program itself, but my kids had a tendency to either play the keyboard while Myette was talking or to talk themselves, so they missed a portion of a lesson. If the teacher were sitting beside them in person, this wouldn’t happen, but when they were watching the computer screen, the temptation to play or talk was too great for them.
Equipment Needed for HomeSchoolPiano
Obviously, you’ll need a piano or a keyboard (with at least 49 keys) and an internet connection and device to watch the lessons. However, there is no other special equipment required. You can view the lessons on any phone, tablet, or computer.
HomeSchoolPiano offers two pricing packages:
Success Package (One payment of $299): Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students
Payment Plan (Payments of $99.97 per month for 3 months): Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.
Compared to the price of paying for private lessons for even one student, HomeSchoolPiano offers families a significant savings.
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