*** Don’t miss the Music For Little Mozarts giveaway at the end!
A few months ago my family bought a piano. Growing up, playing the piano was a regular part of life, so I was anxious to have a piano in our home for the sake of my children (well, for me too!) I was so excited to finally get a piano and I couldn’t wait to start teaching my children how to play! The problem was, while I know how to play, I honestly didn’t know where to start for teaching how to play. So, I started to look online for good resources for teaching young children.
My children are 3 and 5 years old, so obviously I didn’t want anything that was too rigorous. After a little looking around, I came across a neat series geared for preschool age children. It looked so perfect that I emailed the company and asked if I could review it. I was thrilled when they sent me the books to try out!
Music for Little Mozarts
The series is called Music for Little Mozarts by Alfred Music. The website explains it best:
This curriculum provides a balance between the discipline necessary for playing the piano and the enjoyment one receives from the process of music making.
There are four levels in Music for Little Mozarts and each level has a Lesson Book, as well as many other optional books to enhance your child’s learning.
- Music Workbooks – reinforces the concepts presented in the Lesson Book.
- Music Discovery Books – incorporates singing, listening, and movement into each lesson.
- Music Recital Books – a ready-made recital for your child.
- Holiday Fun! Books – a variety of fun holiday songs for child to learn at each level.
- Pop Books – Little Mozarts Go to Hollywood
- Sacred Books – Little Mozarts Go to Church
- Coloring Books – coloring pages that correlate with each lesson to enhance your child’s learning.
- Character Solo Books – teaches your child about different composers and provides related themes and exercises for your child to learn.
How We Use Music for Little Mozarts
I love using Music for Little Mozarts because it is so much more than just a simple piano lesson. For my two children, it is a half hour of fun music time in our day. Here is how we we use Music for Little Mozarts:
- Sing the ‘Hello Song’ together (Discovery Book) – I play the song on the piano and the kids sing and dance behind me.
- Do the piano lesson with one child (Lesson Book) while my other child colors a page from the Coloring Book.
- Switch! Lesson time for the other child, while the first child colors .
- Sing the song (Discovery Book) that goes along with the day’s lesson – I play the song on the piano and the kids sing and dance behind me.
- Sing the Good Bye Song together (Discovery Book) –
I love how this curriculum incorporates movement and silly songs with learning about music theory and great composers! It is really a perfect set for preschoolers.
Music For Little Mozarts Lessons
Each lesson starts with a little bit of a story that continues throughout each lesson of all 4 levels. Then there are clear, step-by-step instructions that teach the new concept for the day.
We have been using the Level 1 books, and so far my son has learned concepts like high and low sounds, soft and loud sounds, quarter notes, quarter rests, and how to find a few certain notes on the keyboard. The progression from simple concepts to more difficult ones in seamless and my kids seem to be catching on very well!
By the end of Level 4, they will be reading notes off of the music staff and playing with both hands together. I was curious to see how the lessons progressed in the higher level, so I decided to also start lesson with my husband! He knew absolutely nothing about music when we started, but I also knew that he would catch on more quickly than the kids, so I thought he would be a great person to teach to see how the lessons built upon each other in the different levels. So far he has quickly gotten to Level 3, and I can say that I really do like how the series goes as the levels go on.
I thought you might like to take a better look inside books and get an idea of how the lessons go, so I made this video for you. I only taped the Lesson Book part of our music time, and we went through the lesson a little more quickly than we normally would for sake of the video, but I think it will give you a good taste of what Music For Little Mozarts is all about. I hope you enjoy!
Hopefully that was helpful to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.
If you would like to take a glimpse into each of the books that I have, click here.
If you have little ones and would like to teach them to play the piano, I really encourage you to check out the Music for Little Mozarts website. If you have older children, Alfred Music has lots of other choices for students of all ages.
Would you like to learn more about what is available from Alfred Music, and also receive free print outs, tips, access to contests, etc.? You can follow them on:
Music for Little Mozarts Giveaway!
Now comes the fun part! The kind people at Alfred Music would like to let you experience Music for Little Mozarts too! You can WIN everything you need to begin teaching your little one.
One lucky winner will receive the Music for Little Mozarts Deluxe Starter Pack, worth $199! Here is what the Deluxe Starter Pack includes:
- Keyboard (with 61 full sized, touch sensitive keys)
- Music Lesson Book – level 1
- Music Workbook – level 1
- Music Discovery Book – level 1
- Mozart Mouse and Beethoven Bear plush toys
- Flash Card set
- CD recordings for level 1 (2 disk set)
- Music Activity Board (magnetic and dry erase, including 10 magnets and a dry erase pen)
- Tote Bag
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NW Homesteader says
Like you I know how to play but not how to teach. We use music as part of our lessons but I have been really wanting a way to incorporate learning an instrument into our studies. I introduce them to composers and have them tell me about the music, but, to teach them to express themselves through an instrument would be magical!
I am so excited to see this review. I was looking for a program to teach my children the piano. All the additions to the lessons sound great!
Mary Beth says
I would love to be able to incorporate this weekly!
Sandy Anker says
My middle two children play piano and the older of those two (age 15) is trying to teach our youngest child to play.
Kristina Best says
I have not included it in out homeschool but I would love to.
As a former piano player (I took lessons for 3 yrs in elementary school) and instrumentalist (I still play the instruments I learned in Middle school and High school!), I have used Alfred books many times! I always had a lot of success with them in my music studies. I have really been wanting to get my 5 year old started with some lessons, and this would be GREAT! We do not have room in our home for a regular piano, so the keyboard would be a great addition as well as these great lessons!
This is the program we will use when we get a piano. I love that this giveaway includes the keyboard so that we don’t have to wait any longer. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
I am pondering homeschooling my 6 year old and 3 year old (and someday my 1 year old 🙂 ) and this looks like a great way to incorporate music! I don’t know how to play piano myself though. Can a non-instructed person still teach?
Yes! Well, with this program and for your age children =) This would be a perfect music curriculum to get all three of your kids moving and learning!
I’ve never heard of Alfred music before, but this program looks terrific. I’m looking for new ways to explore music with my youngest daughter.
This looks great! Wish I would have stayed up on my lesson as a child!
Colleen Kessler says
I’d never heard of them before & need to be better about incorporating music! It’s would be awesome.
Jessica A. says
I never heard of them before and I’m glad that I have now. I would love to incoporate music more in my homeschooling and this looks like a wonderful way to do it. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
I haven’t heard of Alfred music before, but I have young children that seem to be musically inclined and I would definitely like to be able to introduce them to the piano to allow their interest to continue to grow!
Wow! This looks great! I haven’t heard about it before. Would love to win it!!!
Phoebe T. says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Phoebe T. says
I forgot to mention that I had not heard of Alfred Music before. I was not aware of any program like this for preschoolers.
I have heard of Alfred Music. Both of my children are taking piano lessons. My daughter is a beginner.
This looks great! I have been looking for a good music program to add to or routine. Would you say this program is a good one for someone who had limited experience playing a piano?
We listen to lots of music , dance class and sing lots we do some piano but need to do more like the color than switch idea
I am not familiar with Alfred Music. During our homeschool days, my sons and I attend orchestra concerts, have composer studies, and make our own music with our instruments from around the world
I would LOVE to win this!
Michelle S says
I have not heard of Alfred Music. We do a composer study each week but I would love to include some sort of actual instrument learning especially a piano. We were gifted my husband’s grandmother’s piano and I would love for someone to actually be able to play.
Lara M says
I was taught piano with Alfred Music books! We use lots of music in our homeschool preschool and have been looking at MfLM to begin using this spring!
Living a Free Range Life says
One of my little guys just started showing a lot of interest in piano! This is awesome!
I’ve been thinking about incorporating piano lessons into our homeschool; this would be a great starting point!
I have not heard of this program before. We have been using a bit of our own music thing with mostly homemade instruments and Pandora… not very impressive… this would be nice! 🙂
I’m working on teaching my 9 yr old to play, but this would be perfect for my 5 yr old… she’s a little sad she couldn’t start lessons yet!
I am still looking for a music curriculum – one of those things that gets pushed to the side, unfortunately.
So this would be wonderful. I have taken piano for myself, but I would be unable to teach it at this point. Winning this would mean alot to our family.
Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
This looks really great! Right now, we do mostly music appreciation, but haven’t gotten into the instruction much. Since I have 3 preschoolers, this would be awesome!
Kadonna B. says
I am familiar with Alfred piano books, but the Music for Little Mozarts program is new to me. Our older kids have piano resources that are great for their age. This would be fun and appropriate for our preschooler. Thanks!
Lindsey K says
I used Alfred piano books back in the early 90’s when I started piano lessons as a child.
Nancy Ridgeway says
This looks like an awesome way to teach younger children. I thought they had to learn piano after they read well. I would love to try it!