The following post is by Angie from Many Little Blessings and The Homeschool Classroom. This post is brought to you by FreePianoLessonsforKids.com.
Music lessons can be a big investment to make. Not only do you need to get whatever instrument that your child wants to learn, but you also have the ongoing cost of music lessons, which I’ve seen range anywhere from $10/lesson to $30/lesson (for a half hour lesson). An expense like that can really add up over time, especially when you’re just first trying to figure out if that instrument is the right fit for your child and don’t even necessarily feel as fully invested in the lessons as when your child is established with that instrument. In our home, we changed around instruments a few times before each child settled into an instrument that they connected with.
Because of those kinds of expenses, I’m pleased to be able to share more today about a really fabulous and free resource for piano lessons. Yes, free! At FreePianoLessons4Kids.com
If you have some musical background, you might be thinking, “That sounds great!” Personally, while I’m no virtuoso (or even close!), I played flute for five years in middle and high school. Though I no longer play, I can still read music and was very hands on when my boys were first learning how to play the piano four years ago. So, the idea of free piano lessons for my daughter sounded like a great idea and very doable.
Now, I suspect there are some of you out there, however, that are thinking, “Well, that’s all fine and good, but I have no idea how to play or read music. Even the thought of playing something simple like ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the piano makes me break out in hives.” It is because of you that I opted to not work on this program with my daughter. Instead, I asked my husband, who has absolutely no musical background, doesn’t know the keys on the piano, and can’t read music, to do these lessons with our daughter.
What is FreePianoLessons4Kids.com?
FreePianoLessons4Kids.com is a site run by the Hoffman family that provides completely free piano lessons. There are things you can purchase to make it a little more convenient, but they are completely optional. You can use this site and its lessons for free with your child, or even if you want to learn!
For each lesson, you and your child can follow along with a video that is on the site by Mr. Hoffman, who not only teaches these free lessons online, but also teaches piano in his local area. With over 40 lessons to follow along, you can continue to work on piano lessons for free at home for quite some time.
The site also contains wonderful tips about things like practicing, finding a piano, and finding a local piano teacher. FreePianoLessons4Kids also contains a section of helpful links that range from games to finding sheet music.
My Recommendations for Using FreePianoLessons4Kids.com
While you can use FreePianoLessons4Kids.com as a free, standalone product, we were provided with (at no charge to us, as part of this review) a packet that is available in their site’s store of the complete lessons 1 – 41 in a printed format as well as a listening album in MP3 format. This allowed us to have pages that we could print out that helped my husband to help our daughter more, as well as lots of printables for our daughter to work on as she was increasing her piano and music knowledge.
With the cost of the complete materials at less than $24, for over 40 lessons of material, that just can’t be beat. When my daughter previous took cello lessons for a year, we paid $20 for each 30 minute lesson. This price, of course, did not include books or cello rental. So, $23.95 for a packet to accompany the lesson videos is more than reasonable. We really felt that it was a supplement that added a very positive aspect to the lessons.
Would We Recommend FreePianoLessons4Kids.com?
Both my husband and I felt like with the video lessons and the supplements, FreePianoLessons4Kids.com is a great way to go for kids just starting out with the piano. If our daughter had wanted to continue with piano after working through the lessons (she was doing them more as a favor to me than because she wanted to learn to play piano), I would have sought out a local teacher. However, for free or for under $25 for some extra materials, this just couldn’t be beat as a great introduction or as a supplement for someone already taking lessons. My husband and I were both comfortable with the format, as was our daughter.
Thanks to the Hoffman family from FreePianoLessons4Kids.com for giving us the chance to try out both your free and paid resources! We really enjoyed the program.
Reader Question: Do your children take music lessons? If so, what instrument? If not, do you plan to try them in the future?
Disclosure: I was compensated for my time to review this product and write this post. All opinions are our own, and we were not asked to say any particular statements. I will also note that our daughter didn’t take the lessons solely as a favor to me. Because of her hard work as part of this review, she was compensated with a portion of my compensation. (At eight years old, she actually negotiated a price with me prior to the review. Watch out for this girl one day, world!)
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