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I received a year membership to Teaching Children Music to facilitate this review. All thoughts are 100% my own.
Piano, singing, drums, guitar. Most parents want their children to take some sort of formal music lessons. Teaching Children Music has made it possible for everyone to learn music, including adults.
I grew up in the home of a Piano Teacher. In 4th grade I began private violin lessons. When 5th grade rolled around I joined the after school band on clarinet. I played an instrument up through the age of 19 on a regular basis. Then I married a man working on his degree in music education.
You would think our children would be little prodigies. But they aren’t. It turns out teaching children music was more difficult than I thought as we tried to balance work with family fun. I worked on reading and writing, and social skills, and general mothering duties, and sort of thought Mark would take over the music education. But after teaching music all day long to kids at school, he didn’t really want to come home and do it all over with the kids.
So when a friend of Mark’s from college developed her own music lessons, I was kind of thrilled. We didn’t live anywhere nearby, but I’d sit and watch the youtube videos she posted. I didn’t always understand it, but knew Mark would be able to translate for me, and then I could teach the kids. After many moves, and well life just being crazy, Tamsyn reached out to me and asked if I would test their new membership option.
I said yes.
2 Days after I logged in and printed off the piano sheets, my kids were doing this.
No joke. I set Venice up to watch the individual lessons, which go through each song we printed. After lesson 2 she was more interested in just playing through all the music. She loves that the songs are one’s she is familiar with – Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Chopsticks, Rain Rain Go Away, Skip to My Lou, and more! My favorite is listening to chopsticks, but she enjoys The Bicycle.
While the lessons are directed at kids, adults could learn and benefit from these as well. For example – part of the membership gave me access to a Do Re Mi printable strip for the keys. After watching Tamsyn’s video on how to use this, I learned more about music theory and how scales work than I ever did when I actually took music classes!
Teaching Children Music has given my kids a good introduction to music that has ignited a passion I knew was hiding just beneath the surface. It also gives us the freedom to fit it into our schedule and our budget. A one-year membership to Teaching Children Music costs less than 1 month of in person piano lessons – at least compared to everywhere I’ve looked! The success I’ve seen with my kids and the knowledge I’ve gained myself has been worth it, so I know we’ll be renewing when our year is up.
If a year doesn’t fit in your budget, though, or you’d like to test it out before committing, you can buy the individual lessons at a lower cost. They just don’t come with the support of a community and all the extra activity’s and games.
Of course, you could also just enter to WIN a membership! Two very lucky readers will win a one-year membership to Teaching Children Music.
Psst. She also has Ukulele lessons, so if the piano isn’t your go to, you could try that out!