Monday, February 8, 2010

Review: Kinderbach

Finding a quality music program for young children is difficult. Formal one-on-one lessons are often too much for little ones, requiring longer attention spans that most preschoolers have to give. Yet, many little ones are ready to move beyond just appreciating music and start learning rhythm, note identification, and music patterns. Kinderbach is a music instruction program for ages 2-7, with lessons available through an online membership or on DVD. If you have a budding musician in your house, Kinderbach may be just the answer to get them started.

I reviewed Kinderbach last year for the 2008-2009 review season. I'm not going to repeat myself on all the details; you can read my original review here. However, I would like to highlight some of the additions from last year.

You can read a full Scope and Sequence by Level at the website to get an idea of all this curriculum covers.

Since my review last year, more lessons have been added and now include Levels 5 and 6.

New features include:

Student DVDs forLevel 1-3

The new student DVDs run $9.95 each and include entertaining songs and stories from the corresponding levels

Crafts and Games for Level 1-3

A floor keyboard, flash cards, posters and games are all available as PDF downloads. Costs range from free - $9.95.

Coloring Pages

Also available as a PDF download, coloring pages corresponding to the lesson are available with costs ranging from free - $3.95.

Below is an introductory video that will tell you more about this program:

free 2-week trial is also available so you can try before you buy.

An online Kinderbach membership is available for $19.99/month or at a discount for $95.88/year. If you'd like to fully check out all lessons, you can purchase a day pass for $5.95. Also available are a variety of DVD packages, which may be a better value if you'd like to use the lessons over the years with younger siblings. This would also be the preferred option if you are on dial-up. Kinderbach comes with a no-risk 30 day money back guarantee.

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TOS Homeschool Crew's blog to read more reviews on this product and others.

Disclaimer: This review was provided as a result in my participation in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Crew in exchange for my honest review. I strive to give a balanced overview of each product, detailing my opinion of both pros and cons and how the product worked for my family. What works for one family may not work for another. I encourage you to read reviews of other Crew members and research sufficiently to determine if any product will be a benefit to your homeschool.

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