How We Do—Music Study

How We Do series

One of my favorite bloggers, Lora at Vitafamiliae, is writing a “how we do it” series, and I’m joining her series with a few posts of my own. It’s an attempt to think out the details of my daily life and to throw open the doors and welcome you in. So, welcome, all of you, to my life and home!

Of all the chaotic things in our life right now, of all the things I’m doubting and rethinking, our music study is one of the things I’m super happy with.

  • It’s been easy for me, even independent of me at times.
  • It’s been a highlight for the kids.
  • It’s been absolutely fun.
  • And, it’s been economical.

That being said, a lot of what we are doing is thanks to the iPad that my husband blessed me with over Christmas. There are two apps that have made all the difference in our music study.

Classical Masterpieces App


Classical Masterpieces is our go-to right now for our fine art study, studying the Classical Composers. We listen to the tunes listed for our composer of choice. I play it over and over throughout a day at different points. Littlest gets to dance and enjoy the tunes, too. Right now, we’re listening to Vivaldi. I pretty much wing it, here. Just teaching some basic recognition of the pieces. On one of our first “lessons,” I listened with the kids to each of the Four Seasons, and we talked about what the music reminded us of. For instance, the kids thought Summer sounded like running in a race, racing through meadows on a warm summer day. (And they enjoyed illustrating this for me in the living room.) Spring sounded like bees and butterflies. Winter reminded us of gently falling snowflakes. You get the idea.

After that, we played games trying to identify the songs, chalked pictures to match each song, read a biography of Vivaldi, etc. We listened to these tunes during art, during lunch, during cleaning, during playtime, over and over. And during our most recent snow storm, guess what tune was played by popular demand? Oh, yes. We listened to Vivaldi’s Winter and ate snow cream.

Kinderbach ipad appFor music theory, I’ve loved Kinderbach. We reviewed the computer program more than a year ago, and the kids have talked about “Dodi” the donkey and have searched for sets of two keys on every keyboard they have seen since then. Those lessons have stuck with them for a very long time. Needless to say, the Kinderbach app was one of the first I downloaded. Though there is a free one to try out the lessons (with in-app purchases if you’d like more lessons), I went ahead and got the fully-loaded Kinderbach. I knew we wanted to do the whole thing.

The app comes with a keyboard, video lessons, and accompanying coloring pages (if you have airprint technology, which my printer doesn’t; I had to purchase the coloring pages separately, which was only a couple of bucks and totally worth it to me).

My kids are learning about the keyboard, rhythm, timing, notes, dynamics; and they have a blast. Best of all, they can do these lessons largely without me. There is no way I’d get piano lessons for the two of them for $20 (roughly what I paid for the app and coloring pages). Plus, it’s in-home at our convenience on a day and at a time that works for me.

Usually, Wednesdays are our music days. The kids literally count down to Wednesdays; they love it! And I love that I can mop the floor while they are learning their lessons.



Kinderbach Online Review

Kinderbach Online review
Kinderbach online music My children love music, and my son especially has been wanting to learn an instrument for over a year now. Kinderbach has been a perfect fit for my kids. Kinderbach is an online music program for young children, ages 3-7. The creater and teacher, Karri Gregor is excellent with young children and has a real passion for communicating music to them. Using fun interactive video lessons, colorful characters, entertaining stories, and corresponding printable activity sheets, children learn note reading, rhythm, singing, and composition.

activity sheets

Both my kids (ages 4 and 5) absolutely loved this program and literally squealed with delight when it was time. Each week of lessons includes four sessions that are about 5 min. long. We worked through all of the sessions at one time, once a week. Watching the videos and completing the activity pages for an entire week took us about 20-30 min. And the kids were never ready to quit!



I do not own a keyboard or piano at my house, but we are often at church early or late because my husband is an associate pastor. This extra time was our time to practice what we had learned through the videos. The kids would take turns sitting down at the piano and practicing their lessons; it worked out really well for us. The fun stories and memorable characters made the abstract music concepts very concrete and enjoyable for them.

 Kinderbach music review
Kinderbach video lessons

Kinderbach has a couple of opportunities for you to try the lessons yourself. Try them for free or take advantage of the 30 day money-back guarantee. The online lessons, which is what I used for the review, are $19.99/month or $95.88/year. Kinderbach is also available as DVDs and as an iPhone/iPad app (which includes a keyboard on the app screen). And multiple children can use the program at the same time or at different times!

When you consider the cost and time of music lessons, Kinderbach really is a no-brainer! Quality music instruction on your own schedule and in the convenience of your own home—I am definitely a fan. And my kids are learning so much while having a blast.

Visit Kinderbach to watch the videos and read more about the program, or read what others on the Schoolhouse Review Crew thought about Kinderbach online and the Kinderbach iPad app.


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Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a free 6 month subscription to this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are mine.