The Musical Family
A Blended Learning solution to Preparatory Piano (3-8 year olds + a parent)
Parents learn how to lead by example and harness technology to give their children a good grounding on the piano at home.
The Musical Family Family method is currently being developed in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and the surrounding area via The Musical Family Facebook Group.
Contact Greg Hooper to register your interest and discuss The Musical Family method and its tech setup.
In The Musical Family
learning starts in the home...
Young children learn from their parents, but you don't have to be a concert pianist to pass on a few tricks on the piano! With a bit of tech and bit of guidance, we can can work together to encourage our children to develop some good basic habits, stimulate their young minds, and set them up for a lifetime of musical pleasure and enjoyment!
Course Creator, Greg Hooper, explains how...
You can teach them:
- How to use more than 1 finger!
- Where to look on a screen!
- Why dots on the screen go up and down.
...and to start with you could just demonstrate by just playing a short phrase to them yourself!
What could I possibly teach my kids...?
What are the pros and cons of tuition apps and YouTube videos?
Colourful videos and interactive interfaces in tuition apps are powerful tools for grabbing our children's attention and amazing at encouraging kids to take first steps towards reading music and engaging with content. We can use them effectively when we know what to look out for, but a computer cannot observe the effect it's having. Left to its own devices, technology can have negative effects that we need to learn to spot.
Central to The Musical Family method is the use of a Digital Piano/Keyboard connected to a computer via USB. With this setup in place course participants should download Synthesia and will need to get the 'paid version' in order to use the course file bundle.
See the Keyboard Workstation Setup page to find out more.