Alternative Ways to Learning Music

If your kids wanted to learn how to play the piano or the guitar, there are many alternative ways rather than to take them to music schools, especially if there are no music schools near where you live.

Here are some ways:
1. Get modules online. There are many online learning websites where children can learn the basics of music and how to play a certain musical instrument.
2. Hire teachers to come to your home, especially if you have multiple children at your house.
3. Watch YouTube videos and learn to play the musical instruments by self studying.
4. Bring them to concerts featuring different genre of music.

If you know of any other alternative ways to learn music, do leave a comment. Many thanks!

Adventus MusicIQ HomeSchool Review

My daughter has been interested to learn to play the piano for the past year, but unfortunately, I don’t have any musical background so I can not teach her. She already has a keyboard at home and we have been looking around for a good program she can use to help her start in her journey.

Then as part of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, we were asked to review a music and piano curriculum software from Adventus. We were more than excited to see how this would work for us!

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The MusicIQ HomeSchool is a multi-level music and piano curriculum software specifically designed for home learning. The software is  available in different levels, from beginner to intermediate for ages 4-18 years old.

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There are 2 groups of curriculum you can choose from, the early curriculum and the multi-level curriculum. The early curriculum is intended for ages 4-10 and it includes the following softwares:

– Children’s Music Journey Volume 1
– Children’s Music Journey Volume 2
– Children’s Music Journey Volume 3

The multi-level curriculum is for ages 10+ and it includes the following softwares:

– Piano Suite Premier
– Ear Training Coach 1 & 2
– Ear Training Coach 3&4
217288414 Both curriculum provide lesson plans which include detailed lessons, activity sheets and assessments. You would need to have a keyboard at home. If you don’t have one, you can purchase the M-Audio KeyRig 49 MIDI piano keyboard from the vendor too. If you already have a keyboard at home, you would need to buy the MIDI to USB cable from Amazon or music stores. This is needed to connect the keyboard to the computer. Since we already have a keyboard at home, we just acquired the cable.

 

 

 

There are 2 ways to acquire the software, one is by downloading all the softwares through a very affordable monthly subscription rate of $10.95 or buying the different bundles available with the CD-ROM and lesson plans. If you want to purchase the whole software bundle and the MIDI piano, it costs $489.95 while if you want to know the price of the other bundles, check the Adventus MusIQ HomeSchool site.

Since my kids are aged 6 and 9, we used the Children’s Music Journey 1 and 2 respectively. At the beginning, you would need to setup the software to ensure that the keyboard and the computer are properly connected. You would need to create the logins for your children too. Then as the children are able to login, they would be wisked away to the world of music.

The journey is divided into several rooms. The first one is the lesson room where well known composers teach the lesson. The children will learn about music concepts, music theories and they will learn to play music with both hands. There is also a practice room, game room and collaboration room where they can create different music.

 

 

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It is very animated and interactive thus allowing my kids to stay focused on learning about music.  We use this software at least twice a week and  each session would last for about 25 minutes to 1 hour as the kids find it very entertaining that they usually do 2 lessons in each session. One of the best things that they like is when they are asked to create their own music. It brings out their creativity and allows them to practice all they have learned.

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If you are  not musically inclined, this is a good music software for you since it needs minimal intervention from the parents and allows your kids to stay focused on learning music while having fun!

If you want to see if MusicIQ HomeSchool is for your family, try the 7 day free trial. Also, check out what other TOS Homeschool Review Crew thinks about this music software!

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product through the Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

 

Making Music Together

As I was growing up, I was always fascinated with musical instruments. I never had the opportunity to learn how to play the piano or the guitar, but I loved listening to music and singing along to them. I guess most Filipinos love singing and I am one of them. Throughout my elementary and high school days, I remember joining singing contests and programs in school. Though I never won in any of them, they make up good memories for me.

Now that I have children of my own, I want them to be exposed to music, either in singing or playing the instruments. There are several instruments that they can learn while they are at home like the piano and the guitar.

There are several benefits in playing musical instruments. They include:
1. It can relieve stress. It provides the soul an expression of your feelings.
2. It teaches discipline. Learning something requires practice and diligence.
3. It can make you smarter, as claimed by several studies already.

Learning a musical instrument together is a goal for my family this year and I am looking forward to it!

Why Learn to Play Musical Instruments

Because we wanted our kids to be exposed to musical instruments early on, hubby bought an acoustic guitar  a few years back. It is not Furman but it plays well and still shines as good as new. We don’t really have much musical sessions at hone since I don’t know how to play the piano or the guitar but I am glad that the kids are somewhat interested to learn about musical instruments.

Here are some of the reasons why we wanted the kids to learn how to play musical instruments:

1. It helps make one’s memory more sharp and alert.

2. It teaches discipline. You need time to practice and be diligent to achieve your goal

3. Playing music can relieve stress and calm the mind.

4. Brings a sense of achievement and fulfillment.

Hopefully, we will be able to learn how to play the piano or the guitar together soon. I believe that can further enhance their God given talents and be a blessing to others as well!