Friday, June 14, 2013

Free Piano Lessons 4 Kids - Review and Give-away!

This is my first product give-away! I'm so excited, because this is an excellent teaching tool, whether you homeschool or just want to learn piano yourself. :)

Geared towards kids, FreePianoLessons4Kids incorporates short lessons, original music and a friendly face to teach the basics of the keyboard and more. The video lessons require no input or payments from Mom, other than printing out the accompanying PDF's with games, music scores and further learning exercises.  (I do recommend purchasing the PDF's for the lessons - the reinforcement is crucial, in my opinion.)

While every single video lesson on the website is free, there is a charge to download activity pages, sheet music, practice instructions and a mp3 listening album which corresponds to the lessons. I am delighted to offer you a chance at free copy of these materials!  See below.

My son just completed second grade, and during the school year I used 1 or 2 piano lessons a week, plus 5-10 minutes of daily practice. He enjoyed it and made it through 53 lessons!  He was so proud of himself when he would memorize a new song, and would let me videotape him occasionally or show off to Daddy when he came home.

One thing I really appreciate about these lessons (other than that they are FREE and you don't have to know music or piano yourself), is the method.  It jives well with the Charlotte Mason teaching method we use in our homeschool, keeping with short lessons and making the notes come alive with little stories.  The basic of Sol-fa are practiced now and then as well, and that is a great way to visualize the music.

The only drawback that we experienced was that my 8 year old needs more practice reading the music.  I'm fairly certain he would have trouble no matter the method, so to help I'm leaving music notes on the chalkboard this summer, hoping that he'll accidentally learn where the notes are on the staff. :)


You can connect with the Hoffmans at http://www.facebook.com/FreePiano and http://pinterest.com/hoffmanmusic/, and of course http://www.hoffmanacademy.com/!

(I also have a Facebook page now and would love for you to follow me there!)

To enter the giveaway for a free copy of the materials for Lessons 1-41, with the Listening Album (this sells for $23.95 on the website), leave a comment and follow the Rafflecopter instructions!  Deadline to enter is Thursday night, June 20th.


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21 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great program. Would love to win:)

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  3. I just love teaching her basic appreciation but, we recently started these piano lessons & are loving it! Winning the materials & album would be great!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I have been looking at this program, Laura! It looks great.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Every little bit helps.
    :)

    Peace,
    ~Annie

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  5. What a fun giveaway. So far we just sing. It is beautiful to hear them.

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  6. I really love how these lessons can make such a fun learning experience. My son has done several and he thoroughly enjoys them, all while four of his siblings join around the piano to listen :) we would thoroughly enjoy the worksheets!

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  7. I was never taught music and have always wished I was. There is sort of beautiful accomplishment in making music with an instrument. It's a language with deep meaning, interpreted by an individual ear in whatever way they find needed. To teach that language that will be with them for the rest of their lives, that can help heal, give joy, soothe...- what a gift to give. It would be wonderful to win this!

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  8. I'd love my kids to learn piano, but lessons are not in our budget right now. This may be the answer for our family!

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  9. I love hearing the accomplishments of what she has learned.

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  10. We can't get lessons in our town and my son would LOVE to learn.
    Fingers crossed!

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  11. My favorite part of teaching my children music is watching their face light up and how excited they get when they finally get a piece or song they've been working so hard on just right! Once they get it down, they are so excited to show everyone what they learned!

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  12. My favorite part of teaching my children music is watching their face light up and how excited they get when they finally get a piece or song they've been working so hard on just right! Once they get it down, they are so excited to show everyone what they learned!

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  13. I love to hear the music from the piano as my daughter has been working on her music. I also love to see how excited they are to share their talents with grandparents and friends.

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  14. We just had our first lesson online tonight! It was great. Can't wait to do some more with my daughter! whitneyannjones@gmail.com

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  15. My daughter loves Mr. Hoffman's piano lessons the most. How happy I am when I noticed that to play piano is the first thing my daughter has been doing when she gets up in the morning and when she gets home from school every day. She does all the learning and practice without my reminding or asking her to do so. She has completed 8 lessons within a month. I think that she will benefit much more if she can have a copy of the lesson materials and the Listening Album. I hope she can win.If she does, please contact me, Jing, at jjhhtt0101@gmail.com

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  16. My son truly enjoys the piano lessons and I would love for him to be able to have the materials to go along with it! Thank you!

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  17. What I love about learning music with my children is... making music with them. They are now able to hold their own parts when singing, and it's grand to have three-part harmonies going!

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  18. Great giveaway...would love it!

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  19. I love reading great stories with my children. I think they would love to learn to play the piano that we have but does not get used much.

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