Piano Lessons For Your Homeschool ~ HomeSchoolPiano #Review
Have you ever wished your kids could learn to play the piano? Maybe you’ve even checked into lessons – were aghast at the cost – and came to the realization that homeschool piano lessons just weren’t in your budget.
I have a solution for you. It’s called HomeSchoolPiano, it’s incredibly easy to use, and it will fit into pretty much any lifestyle so long as you have internet access and a piano or keyboard you can use. Crafted expressly for self-paced, independent learning, usable by any age, HomeSchoolPiano can be used from anywhere you have internet access. We received a lifetime subscription to HomeSchoolPiano – Complete Set Of Books so that we could tell you all about it!
What Does HomeSchoolPiano Include?
HomeSchoolPiano provides three levels of instruction, plus a beginning CorePiano workshop series that leads the student through basic piano concepts that will improve their piano experience and insures that all students start with a strong foundation. All lessons, including CorePiano, are accessible and repeatable at any time, allowing the student to go back and review, or refresh their memory for the day’s practice as needed.
CorePiano has 33 lessons that include everything from the musical alphabet, how to sit, how to play notes, and progressing up through things like chords and and rhythms. It’s recommended that all students complete CorePiano before progressing on to the regular lessons, regardless of how much prior experience they have.
Each of the three book levels include 42 lessons, broken into six units of seven lessons each. The same lesson pattern, following their instruction method, is used in each and every unit, progressing through Technique, Rhythm, Ear Training, Improvisation, Song, and Reading, followed by a Bonus Lesson. (HomeSchoolPiano’s instruction method explained.) Several of the lessons in each unit also have quizzes.
All four parts to HomeSchoolPiano have accompanying books in pdf format that may be printed for your students use, “jam tracks”, sheet music. A recent update to the video player allows the lesson to be downloaded in either video MP4 format, or just the audio portion in MP3. This will let you use HomeSchoolPiano literally anywhere, internet connection or not.
Each student has their own login information, while the parent has a primary account that allows them to view lessons, print resources, plus view the progress of each student, in detail, including percentage of each lesson completed and the date that it was started, completed, and if applicable, their quiz score. Each lesson on the list is linked directly to the actual lesson, which makes it *really* easy to see what your student is working on.
Do I Need Special Equipment To Use HomeSchoolPiano?
HomeSchoolPiano is accessible from any device (computer, tablet, or phone) that is able to view the video on the internet or downlaod and save it. For practice, students may use any piano or keyboard; a midi-compatible keyboard is NOT required. Using HomeSchoolPiano is as simple as logging in, choosing the next lesson, and clicking “play”. (Chances are, a somewhat computer-savvy preschooler will pick up on it fairly quickly even if they’re pre-readers. When one lesson is completed, the next is [generally] automatically shown after log-in.)
If you wish to print the books [highly recommended] or sheet music, you’ll need access to a printer. If you’re making books for several students, and your home printer has a high per-page ink cost, then you may wish to seek out a printing service, such as those at office supply or shipping stores. I suggest spiral binding if possible; if not, even three-hole printing with binder rings would work – it’ll be a huge help for your student if the book will lay flat.
Who Is HomeSchoolPiano For?
As previously mentioned, HomeSchoolPiano is for any age; the lower age limit is going to be determined by the child’s ability to and interest in paying attention, but with some help, even pre-readers should be able to gain a significant amount of knowledge from HomeSchoolPiano – and then as they grow older, they can go back and repeat the instruction, solidifying what they’ve learned and picking up any missed material.
Because HomeSchoolPiano is self-paced and created with the at-home student in mind, it’s excellent for older students, including adults. The ability to see exactly what is being taught – plus the fact that the instructor doesn’t just say DO THIS but explains WHY – is hugely beneficial and should appeal to most.
How Did We Use Homeschool Piano?
I requested that the kids try to use the HomeSchoolPiano videos and practice the lessons for about a half an hour a day, daily, during the review period – with the expectation that given 1) it’s summer, and that 2) there are days when too much is going on, this would result in at least the minimal required use of three days per week during the review period.
In reality, it averaged out to 3-5 days per week and approximately an hour at each of those times. It’s really sort of surprising just how much time flies by when they’re engrossed in the keyboard, and with Chris especially, he had to be reminded when either his sister needed the keyboard, or we had other activities to get to.
What Do The Kids Think About HomeSchoolPiano?
In short, simple, easy-to-understand words: they like it. I’m pretty sure Chris actually loves it. There’s a possibility that we will receive an upright piano of our own (if we can come up with the funds to safely move it) and Chris is ecstatic at the idea. Chey grumbles at least token-wise whenever I add something new to her schedule, even if it’s something she wants, but surprisingly enough, she hasn’t grumbled much about HomeSchoolPiano. I think the engaging nature, combined with the absolute ease-of-use, has made it a positive experience.
How Do I Feel About HomeSchoolPiano?
If you’ve been around a while, you know that we’ve tried various other ways to learn piano at home, and while we like some of the other programs, they all feel like *work* to use. This is the first one we’ve tried that simply fit into our lifestyle, without any need for us to adjust to it – and that, combined with the one price for a lifetime subscription, makes it a winner in my book.
I can actively see that the kids are learning, simply by observing and listening. One of my favorite tactics, and one I recommend, is to ask them to explain it to me – and not making it come across as “I’m testing you”, but rather, “I’m curious” or “Help me understand that better”. This helps them organize their thoughts, and allows you to know whether they truly understand that lesson.
How Do I Buy HomeSchoolPiano?
There are two payment options for HomeSchoolPiano, and both provide unlimited life-time access, plus all bonuses (sheet music, jam tracks, downloads) for up to five students in your household. It may be purchased in either a one-time payment of $299, or in three installments of $99.97 (total $299.91).
Is HomeSchoolPiano A Good Value?
Well, just think about it this way. Google tells me that the average price per 30 minute piano lesson is $15-40, depending on factors like location and the expertise of the instructor. In our area, there aren’t many piano teachers, and they vary widely in quality. My daughter’s friend has been paying $10 a lesson from someone who considers teaching piano her hobby, not her vocation – and her mother considered the price quite cheap. She’s recently switched to a new instructor, primarily because the teacher feels that she’s progressed to where she needs a better teacher, and the cost has doubled – so she’s had to cut frequency to every other week, rather than weekly.
Even with instruction prices at the lower end of the spectrum, the cost of the complete HomeSchoolPiano program would provide only 15-30 in-person lessons – and that’s not even bringing the cost of gas and time into consideration. That’s a semester to a year’s worth of piano. With more than 120 lessons (not counting Core Piano) included in HomeSchoolPiano, the cost breaks down to less than $2.40 per lesson – and that’s if you only have one student! For me, that price per lesson is less than the gas just to get to an in-person lesson would be!
I’m not qualified to make a judgement call as to how high the skill level your student must be before HomeSchoolPiano has nothing to offer them, but I’m absolutely certain that the lifetime subscription for five students – not just one – is an excellent value if your students are closer to the “beginner” end of the spectrum.