Posted by Lorren on January 7, 2010
A short while ago, I was given the chance to try out Kinderbach for free, in exchange for a review. My kids loved it! Even my three-year-old enjoyed it. If you have a keyboard at home and small children, Kinderbach is an excellent introduction to both music and to the keyboard. Kinderbach is created for children ages 3 to 7… my seven year old enjoyed it as much as my three-year-old, but older children might find the program to be immature for them.
Kinderbach has a schedule with daily lessons for your kids to enjoy. There are games and activities, coloring sheets, and video lessons to help kids become acquainted with the keyboard and how to play it.
I remember when I was in the first grade, I played “Mary Had a Little Lamb” at a talent show. I didn’t know how to find the starting key, so I played it all in sharps. Woops. It was okay though, because I was six. I didn’t have any formal piano lessons, so I didn’t know that the way that the black keys were grouped together would tell you where to start playing a piece. Kinderbach uses the lovable Dodi the Donkey (who has a house on the piano keyboard) to help kids find the notes that they need, so they can find the right note to start a song like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on.
Some of the games my kids liked to go back to. Like there was a high-low game where you would stand up on the high notes, and squat down on the low notes. My seven and my three year olds love that one!
Music education has been part of our school since Kindergarten. We have BJU Music K, 1, and 2, and by far, I prefer Kinderbach, and so do my kids. Kinderbach isn’t going to teach your kids to be maestros, but they will give them a good introduction. I will probably buy some of the upper levels on DVD for my kids next year, they like it so much. Considering that I pay more than $100 per year for the BJU curriculum, Kinderbach’s DVD cost of $40.45 per 10 week course is a bargain. You can also get the lessons over the internet for $19.95 a month, or $95.88 for a year.
As an adult who sings in my church choir, I know far too many adults that don’t know how to play an instrument, or even read music. If you want your children to be able to read and play music, Kinderbach is a great introduction for small children!