Teaching Piano with Soft Mozart
Soft Mozart is a computer-based program with an integration of an electronic keyboard that is truly an amazing alternative to piano lessons. Did you know that this program can teach a two year old basic to extraordinary piano skills the same way it teaches adults. While you may be put off by its lack of bells and whistles. This simple design and set of games is truly a marvel. It is a comprehensive program that teaches music as well as piano. The value is extraordinary and worth every penny.
Piano is the universal, fundamental, and most accessible multi-octave instrument for learning the music language. The keys’ layout presents an obvious representation of the Grand Staff, making it much easier for a beginner to understand music grammar. Being a melodic and percussive instrument at the same time, the Electronic Keyboard is the ideal training device for the development of hearing and rhythm. Playing doesn’t require any special physical exertion, like stringed and wind instruments do. While playing, a child can simultaneously sing, developing his voice and mastering proper intonation. The Electronic Keyboard can’t be played out of tune; when a key is pressed, a clean, even note is sounded, allowing the hearing to develop without obstacle. While playing, the student
receives the melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once. Reproduction of both the melody and accompaniment develops the melodic and harmonious ear. When we teach our fingers to ‘walk’ smoothly (legato) or stomp (staccato), we are developing everything at once – the depth of hearing, control of the voice, and the subtle nuances of motor movement.
Toddler becomes interested in music
Learning how to play the piano is something I always wanted to do as a child. But it was such a huge financial expense for my family that I never actually got to try it out. At around two years old my daughter, Isabella has started showing a great interest in music, especially the piano. She is obsessed with her fisher price baby, toy piano and images of pianos. I thought about purchasing her one of those beautiful toy toddler pianos, or even other instruments like a recorder but then I figured she would not get much value from that. As the tone of the notes in a toddler piano are sub-par and the actual amount of money and space in my apartment would be wasted on a short-term instrument which just didn’t make sense. After much research, we decided on an electronic keyboard.
Choosing to purchase an Electronic Keyboard
So after we made the decision of going with an electronic keyboard, I took up the quest for how we are going to teach her the piano. Most teachers don’t work with children as young as 2 years old. I came across a few programs the two that stuck out was the Soft Mozart and Piano Wizard. After going through forums and talking to other parents who used the programs, reviewing each website and taking a look at price differences I ended up purchasing the Soft way to Mozart for my daughter.
Soft Mozart is more than just a piano program…
Soft Mozart is all about teaching Music in a way a student should learn which includes:
• To fluently read notes on the Treble and Bass Clefs at the same time
• To write down musical dictations
• To sing the notes from music notation out loud
• To play from sheet music with both hands on the piano
The final result of a proper music education is a musically oriented mind: the ability to not only make music, but to write it down and compose it as well. Just as an English lesson teaches the English language, so should a music lesson teach the music language. This means that one must be able to thoughtfully express one’s ideas in this language in a grammatical and articulate way.
After purchasing Soft Mozart…
When we received Soft Mozart, I found my self in a new dilemma which was how to use the program? We received both ABC (Alphabet) stickers and DO Re Mi (Solfeggio) stickers for our keyboard. At first, I went with the ABC because she knew her ABC’s she also knew ABC’s in music from Trebellina, Your Child Can Discover. I thought this was a great idea until fairly recently after reading Hellene Hiner and Nikolai Kurdyumov’s You Can be a Musician: A Defense of Music (which is where I got the information that is indented.) There I learned that Solfeggio is the best way to learn music. When one sings in Solfeggio (do re mi) you can hear much more range then you can in ABC. So when I recently read this I changed to Solfeggio instead of the Alphabetical Representation. I highly recommend this book as it explains why a different color for each key doesn’t help when learning the piano keys and why the creator made her specific choices. It may actually be a perfect purchase before purchasing the program.
Not only is this program fantastic all on its own but the support from the creator and the company is above and beyond. Hellene Hiner the creator of Soft Mozart really believes in her product and she doesn’t oversell. She offers a Free DEMO of her product for prospective customers to check out and base their decision. She also offers scholarships to prospective customers who can not afford the program.
Soft Mozart also has an amazing forum with fellow parents, educators, and students which gives tons of support. There are even lesson plans on how to teach or use Soft Mozart to learn piano and even music history. They also have add-on products like the Kingdom of Tune, Music Alphabet Song Chant CD, and Musical Note Flashcards.
Soft Mozart also conducts International Recitals through YouTube and the Soft Mozart forum. This is a great way to get feedback and share your progress. They even send gifts for participation.
Soft Mozart answers every email rather quickly. I am so grateful I made this decision over and over again.
One tip I can give you is if you do get this product when you put the stickers on your keyboard to cover them with clear packing tape. It is a great way to prolong the life of your piano stickers. If you purchase the flashcards or kingdom of tune I recommend you get the digital copies so you can print them as needed.
Last but not least my daughter Isabella absolutely loves Soft Mozart.
Here she is playing the Alphabet song on her keyboard using Soft Mozart.
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