|You can easily pause, rewind, fast-forward and play the videos.|
You can find the length of the video at the bottom.
The videos are set-up so that you can see the teacher playing the piano and speaking to the camera in the lower left hand corner. Any available downloads to supplement the lessons are at the bottom of the video (video, audio, mp3, etc.). A top view of the instructor playing the piano is in the direct center and above that is a digital piano, which shows the keys being played in bright orange with the name of the note above it.
There are also tests that go along with the unit lessons. Here are a few examples of how the tests look. They often only show a handful of questions and you can readily check your answers. Correct answers will be marked off with blue and incorrect with red. You can opt to show the correct answers, that you can see where you made your mistakes.
Each book also comes with a downloadable pdf book. You can view it online or you can print it out. We printed ours out and hole-punched one side and arranged them in order in a 3-ring binder. The kids haven't used it much, but they enjoy using it to match the notes and name them using small pieces of felt that I designed.
While this piano program was created with homeschool students in mind, I believe students in public school or even adults would benefit from these videos. My own children will likely take a break from it for the remainder of the summer (due to vacations and mostly being out of the house). But we intend to revisit this program at the start of the new school year!
So here is the one big improvement I think HomeSchoolPiano should do to make this product even better - make an app for it! Why make an app for it when there are other piano apps available? Well, there are tons of piano apps out there. However, most only teach you certain songs, and some are not designed well and barely work, while others are just not kid-friendly (such as a million and one pop-up ads). We have tried out a couple and there's only one that we found that pairs well with this program. It is just a basic piano and the keys light up and display the name of the key (similar to the HomeSchoolPiano videos). It does have songs that you can learn, but we did not use that feature much. My daughter used this app alongside the HomeSchoolPiano lessons so that she could watch the videos on our computer or laptop and use the app on the tablet. While it is not a full-sized keyboard or piano, it definitely kept her attentive and interested in the videos. She was able to use the videos and app independently. When we tried to set her up with the videos on our laptop and the keyboard on the table in front of it, she became intimidated and did not want to have anything to do with it.
So, why should HomeSchoolPiano create their own app? A) It would be designed to work specifically with the HomeSchoolPiano lessons. B) While you can watch the videos on your phone or tablet while you are on-the-go, you are unable to practice what you learn. With an app, you would basically have a mini piano in your pocket. You can freestyle play or practice specific songs whenever you want. C) It would make lessons easier for homeschoolers who have multiple children, that way everyone can watch the videos on a computer/laptop and practice together or on their own, meaning one child could use the piano app while another uses a real piano/keyboard.
So how much is it worth? Considering what most parents pay for a piano tutor, it isn't much at all. They have two payment options, and both give you a lifetime subscription! How amazing is that? You can use this program with up to five students and it doesn't matter their age or what level of piano instruction they are at, they can begin wherever they need. And if other subjects, vacation, or life is hectic and they need to take a break, they don't have to ever worry about their subscription running out or that they have to cram through the lessons faster than they can properly learn them. They can return when they are ready to begin again.
Option OneSuccess 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.
Option TwoPayment Plan (Payments of $99.97 per month for three months): Unlimited life-time access to HomeSchoolPiano along with all bonuses (downloads, jam tracks, sheet music) for up to 5 students.
Try out the Free Lessons before deciding if HomeSchoolPiano is right for your children! Be sure to also check out the JazzEdge Network, which includes Willie Myette's jazz education, performances, and other educational resources.
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