So... I recruited the older three to do the teaching. Sneaky, huh? I figured that if they are "hired" as teachers, they will learn a bit too. And I think it worked great.
Basically, Kinderbach is a series of online piano lessons, using some great little characters. The kids are learning some musical theory, they are learning where the notes are on a real keyboard (not one with stickers or colors or anything else fancy). While it is video based, the program does have the kids taking a very active part. You do need a piano or keyboard.
The online version does not work with my Mac, so we had to have the PC desktop powered up to use the program. That was a bit of a problem for us, and kept us from using it as consistently as I wish we had.
A one year subscription is available for a one-time payment of just under $96, or 12 payments of $19.99.
How did it work here? Well, I really do like this program, and I wish we could continue with it. That being said, well...
Katrina learned quite a bit, and she thought the characters were adorable, but we probably needed to move at a slower pace for her. I'm thinking another six months (so age 4.25 instead of 3.75) would have made a world of difference for her.
Richard on the other hand really, really enjoyed the program, and he learned a lot. He knows the keyboard reasonably well, and learned a lot of other things about pitch and patterns. I think he was at about a perfect age for the program (he was just over 5.5 when we started).
There are samples available online, and I'd highly recommend trying out the first two weeks. But I was more impressed with the later weeks, just for your information. The first 2-3 weeks of lessons involved a bit of eye-rolling from my kids, but it laid a great foundation for what came later.
And you can check out what my fellow crewmates have to say about Kinderbach at:
Any questions? I'd love to know what you would want to know in deciding whether or not this is something you want to purchase.
Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I did receive a free three month subscription to the Kinderbach website. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review. It does guarantee a review. A fair review. But I am not going to praise something unless I think it deserves the praise. If I don't like it, you'll hear that. And hopefully with enough detail as to why so you can decide for yourself if what I hate about it makes it perfect for your family. For more about my take on reviews, visit my blog post here.