Last school year, I had a strong desire to start my boys in music lessons. And, while this led to a quest for a free piano, which my husband spent many hours refinishing for us, it has also brought much joy into our home. At the time, our daughter was in preschool, and we decided to focus only on starting our boys with the piano, since they were eight and ten at the time.
This year, since our daughter started kindergarten, we decided to start her in piano lessons as well (since all of our children had to change teachers). Our new piano teacher started our daughter (who was reading only very small words) in Music for Little Mozarts from Alfred Music Publishing, which touts itself as “a piano course to bring out the music in every young child.” The deluxe starter kit is available from Alfred Music Publishing for $69.95. (In interest of saving money, it appears to also be available on other sites for under $50.)
Although we are using these books and materials in conjunction with formal music lessons, I feel confident that at the first level, I would have been able to do them at home with my daughter with my limited musical abilities. As a matter of fact, if you have an older child who has taken piano lessons, they could probably do it with a younger sibling as well. Although you would eventually need to go with more formal piano lessons (from a teacher), this can be a great introduction in your own home.
My daughter really enjoys that there are characters that go along with the different concepts, as well as that lessons consist not only of time to play, but also of some coloring activities as well. I like that this helps to cement some of the musical concepts by approaching them in a variety of ways.
All of the books for this program can be purchased individually, not only in the starter kit. Using the books in weekly lessons (with daily practice on what was covered during those weekly lessons), she has moved through the first level in just a couple of months. However, at least some of the books and materials can be reused for other children. (There is a workbook that would need to be replaced after each child was done with it to use the program with another child.)
Music for Little Mozarts has been a great way to introduce a young child to the beauty of playing the piano, and it’s one that we’ve all been enjoying.
Angie writes about faith, family, and household management at her blog, Many Little Blessings. She is also the founder of The Homeschool Classroom and Catholic Mothers Online. She dreams of being an artist.
My 9yo has been doing piano for a few short months and it is wonderful to see her enthusiasm. I have been trying to think about what to do with my middle children, who are interested in the piano but too young to really use what she is using (Alfred’s Premier Piano Course). I’ll have to look at this and see if anyone I know has an old copy their kids have outgrown.
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