Teaching young ones how to play music is no easy task. It takes a lot of patience and some imaginative lessons. Instead of trying to sit little Johnny down in front of a piano with sheet music and a ruler, why not give him lessons with KinderBach: Simply Discover Piano. This app helps you’re little one discover music by giving video lessons that can be watched multiple times every day for as long as it takes to learn. The information in the lessons won’t teach your kindergartener how to play Mozart’s Violin Concerto, but it will teach her what a half note is.
Each lesson comes with videos, printable coloring materials, and in-app games to help children learn rhythm structure, finger placement on a keyboard, and note patterns. Videos usually include fun songs, colorful images and very simple instructions or definitions of terms. For example, one video teaches children the concept of notes “stepping up” by having them circle shapes on a piece of paper that represents low, middle or high notes.
There are 30 weeks worth of lessons ranging from teaching children where the two black notes on a keyboard are versus where three black notes on a keyboard are, all way up to learning how to decipher the solfége of a song. There are three different levels. Each level has 10 lessons each. Each lesson has four videos.
Lessons include an intro video that tells you what you will need in order to participate. Sometimes you will need a keyboard. Sometimes you will need a pot and pan. Most of the time, you will need to be able to print a coloring sheet from your iPad. If you don’t have an AirPrint-enabled printer, you can send away for a PDF copy of all of the printable sheets so that you can print them from your computer.
KinderBach is free, but lessons cost anywhere from $0.99 to $1.99 each. You can also purchase each level of 10 lessons each for $8.99. If you know that your little one is going to love learning about music the KinderBach way, you can buy all 30 lessons for $26.99 with the Classroom KinderBach: School Version app.
What I liked: The songs are very charming and easy for little ones to be engaged in. The words are spoken very slowly and clearly so that your child won’t get confused.
What I didn’t like: The videos take an extraordinarily long time to load. I don’t think anything can be done to change this, though.
To buy or not to buy: If you’ve wanted to teach your young child, preschool or kindergarten aged, music theory, this is a fantastic teaching aid. There are lots of fun songs to sing along with. Download the first couple of lessons to see if your little one has what it takes to become then next musical genius.
- Name: KinderBach: Simply Discover Piano
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Education
- Developer: Zephyr Games
- Price: Free with in-app purchases