Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review: HomeSchoolPiano

HomeSchoolPiano, which provides online piano lessons with teacher Willie Myette, recently gave us the opportunity to review their HomeSchoolPiano - Complete Set of Books.  We were given a lifetime subscription for up five students, which obviously worked out perfectly for our family.
 

 
 
Have you ever wished that your children could learn to play the piano?  Have you struggled finding a piano teacher, or struggled with finding the time to run your children to lessons, or faced another barrier to providing piano lessons for your children?

HomeSchoolPiano might just be the answer for you.  This program is for all ages, and lessons are accessible any time that suits you.  All you need is:
  1. A piano or keyboard (with at least 49 full size keys)
  2. A tablet (any tablet, or even a smartphone) or computer with an internet connection
 
 
 
 
HomeSchoolPiano follows a six step method to teach piano to your child.

  1. Technique
  2. Rhythm
  3. Ear Training
  4. Reading
  5. Song
  6. Improvisation
By following this process, the student learns not only how to read and play music, but to compose original music.

 
 
There are 3 different levels (books) and beginner Core lessons, with PDF books to print for each level.  I printed out all of levels, and spiral bound them.  You could easily use a binder as well.  These workbooks contain music for the student to play, along with scales to practice, pages to practice rhythms, and empty music staffs to write down the music created during improvisation.  All of the workbook pages are labeled with the unit and lesson that they correspond to.

I had each of the boys figure out which level they should start at, because they've all had piano lessons (anywhere from 1 to 10 years, depending on the boy).  I don't play the piano, so I figured they could figure this out more easily than I could.  Then they just worked through the lessons a few times a week.  The boys used the iPad to watch the lessons and take the quizzes.

I can log in as the boys' teacher, and I have access to printable records for each boy.  I can use the this to check my students' progress and quiz scores, as well as keep tabs on the percent complete of each lesson.  I can also check to see when they last logged in.

I love this online program.  I love that the boys are learning technique, correct form, sight reading, as well as improvisation.  We view learning to play music as an important part of the boys' education, and even though they aren't beginners, HomeSchoolPiano is very beneficial for them.  The boys don't always love piano, but they like this program.  The most difficult thing about this is making sure they practice, but that's always been the case.  Willie is a good teacher, and it's nice that we're able to do lessons on our schedule.  Having the ability to check their progress from anywhere is very beneficial.  I just found out our piano teacher is taking the semester off from teaching, so instead of looking for a new teacher, we will continue with HomeSchoolPiano lessons.  It sure is convenient!


 
 There are two different options for purchasing the HomeSchoolPiano program, both of which provide unlimited, life-time access for up to five students.
  • One payment of $299
  • Payment plan:  3 monthly payments of $99.97/month

 
 
 

Still aren't sure if HomeSchoolPiano will work for you?  You can sign up for a free lesson on the website.
 
 
 
 
 
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1 comment:

pianowithwillie said...

From all of us at Jazzedge, we thank you for your unbiased review. Hope you enjoy the lessons!