Wednesday, April 6, 2011

KinderBach- A TOS Review


Kinderbach is a online or dvd piano curriculum for young children that you can do at home.  We received a membership as part of our Crew team on The Old Schoolhouse.

So how did we like it?  Well, first of all, it is not captioned.  There are parts of the videos that have background noise.  Andrew WAS able to hear it and discern some parts and not others. I asked them if they had captions via the Internet or DVD option and they said, "I’m sorry.  We do not.   We learned the technology as we produced the videos.  Hindsight is always 20/20."  That was a tad disappointing.  I always hope a company will have captions at least in their future plans.  

  Andrew enjoyed the ditties presented in each but it was geared to a younger crowd.  (He is 10.  And although younger developmentally, this was geared visually to a younger age.  It is listed as for ages 3-7.)  Each lesson was very short which I liked.  By short I mean less than five minutes.   This VERY much works for us.  We are at the 'preschool' age of attention.

There were also PDF books to download with activities.  The activity books for each level are over 40 pages long. There are 6 levels in this program and 10 lessons in each level.    Although not all lessons use a piano, you do need a piano or keyboard to do this curriculum.

Because I do play the piano but don't teach it, I found it interesting the way that they presented the material.  They would call a quarter note a 'walk' and would speed things up or slow then down depending on the note used.  I think that might work well with younger kids but I found myself wanting to describe exactly what the note was called versus a comparison.  I was hoping that because this was geared to the younger crowd that it might work well for Andrew because that is where his attention 'age' is at.  Sometimes that works..sometimes it doesn't.


Because Andrew had some difficulty understanding the instructor because of the background noise...coupled with the fact that he spent most of his time laughing at the videos instead of doing what they asked.. it provided nice entertainment but not learning of how to play the piano.

I recognize that everyone is different and you may indeed like this.  As always you can click on the banner below to find others that reviewed the product.  In addition, you can do a free trial lesson.  So please look at other reviews and the website yourself to make your own opinions.

You can find the full price structure by going to THIS page on the KinderBach webiste.  It is $19.99 a month or $95.88 for the year.  You can buy DVD packages or pay the fee for online access.

I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

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