Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Preschoolers playing piano? (a giveaway)

You better believe it, baby! Around here we only raise musical geniuses that are concert pianists by the time they are two and writing symphonies by three. With two musical parents how can you expect anything less?

Okay, okay, so maybe every single one of my babies cried even harder when I tried to sing lullabies. That doesn't mean I'm going to give up on music! My 8 year old is coming along well. He can play the piano a little and is a good singer. And tonight he even played the marimba at a talent show. But I've been trying for a couple of years now to find a good program for teaching my preschooler piano. I've read up on the Orff and Kodaly methods but it's easier for me to do piano, since that's what we've got!

And today I am SO EXCITED to tell you about a program I discovered called Piano for Preschoolers.
And know what's awesome? One of you will win their program! First off, a little more about them:
Piano for Preschoolers is an effective piano teaching method that uses color-coded notes written on a traditional music staff to teach beginner piano lessons to children. A durable color strip sits behind the keys and guides the child to the correct key for each note. This method of teaching preschool music allows children to begin playing piano as soon as they know their colors.

For the last few years I've been working with Roo on his colors and singing lots of songs which meant he picked up on playing these songs with little to no effort on my part! It was so cool! He sat right down and started playing the key that coordinated with the note color and soon he recognized the song and started playing the right tune!

I have tried teaching a few younger kids piano with success, but with very, very slow success. With this program they are playing a real song on day one! Another thing I love is that it encourages singing. I have all of my preschoolers start singing and matching pitch on day one. I think many parents would be surprised what good singers their children are or can be at a very young age.

Another great thing? Parents with little or no music talent can teach their preschoolers piano with their easy to follow instruction book. Don't have a piano? They have a great package that includes a very fair priced keyboard designed just for little hands! One of my piano students was struggling and I started her on this program and now she's loving learning and feeling good about her progress.


There are many things I love about this program but there are a couple of things I would change. At first I was really impressed that the notes on the page were actually the right notes, just color coordinated. Until I realized that only some of them were right. I say either all right or all not. And I do wish this had more general music to it. Like teaching music terms like dynamics, note names, rests, things like that. Even if it was later in the book. That is something I will supplement with my own children and students. Other than that, I love it!!

Okay, so I know you want to know how you can win, don't you? Here is what the winner will get:

  • Beginning piano book containing 17 familiar kids piano songs written in color-coded notes on a traditional musical staff
  • 17 Track CD with voice-over "count aloud" for each song in the music book
  • Durable coordinating color strip that sits behind the keys of your piano or keyboard to guide your preschooler to the correct key
  • A second durable color strip to fit securely on most quality electronic keyboards with mini-keys
  • Parent/Teacher Guide that includes step-by-step instructions for teaching each of the 19 music lessons
Here's how you win:
(Required for initial entry) I really want to get some traffic to them because I really believe in this product so please go to Piano for Preschoolers and tell me something you learned that you didn't learn from me!


For extra entries after the initial entry above (please leave a separate comment for each one):

  • BEFORE YOU DO THESE MAKE SURE YOU'VE SUBMITTED YOUR INITIAL ENTRY!
  • Tell me if you have a piano, a preschooler, and if you won who this would be for!
  • Email 3 people you think might be interested in this and cc me so I know you did!
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  • And make sure you leave a separate comment for each one!!
This contest will end Wednesday, April 29 at 11:59 pm and I will announce the winner the next day. Please leave your email address or make sure your blogger profile is public so I can find you. Good luck!

132 comments:

  1. I love how their website says you don't have to use gimmicks or cartoon characters to teach young children. Yes, yes, yes!! I have taught piano for 15 years and I completely agree with that.

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  2. I learned that most children get bored playing the piano due to the fact they keep practicing the same notes over and over.

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  3. I have my preschool granddaughter living with me and this would be wonderful for her.

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  4. I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/kewpiedoll04/status/1583013222

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  5. Children instantly play songs they recognize.....
    l.lampron(at)sbcglobal.net

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  6. I learned that there are 17 kids songs included in the beginning piano book. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Angie Crellin, the creator of Piano for Preschoolers studied classical piano for more than 30 years.

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  8. I learned that, were I to buy the product, it would cost $39.95, which is less than a month of piano lessons.

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  9. I have a piano and a pre-preschooler. He's 2 1/2 and I would use it for him, even if I had to save it for another little while.

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  10. New studies have supported original findings that learning piano helps to improve math skills. Which makes total sense since I'm a math/science girl and started piano in first grade.
    Helping Princess get an edge in math while she gets to play and sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star sound perfect!

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  11. Oh, yes, I have both a piano and a preschooler so if I won I would use this to teach my daughter.

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  12. That course looks interesting. My oldest took piano lessons for a year when she was six or seven and oh, the practicing hassles. I took piano as a child and hated it. I wish now I had kept up with it. If this can make learning music more fun, wow! I like how their website says you can do piano time with 5-10 minute increments.

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  13. This sounds neat. I learned that each lesson builds on the previous one.

    callista83 AT cogeco DOT ca

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  14. I don't have a piano but I have a keyboard and I have a preschooler plus a 2 year old so I would use this with my one daughter and then my other daughter next year.

    BTW - I tried to vote for the messiest room for you but it says voting has ended. ???

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  15. I followed you on twitter. My id is callista83

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  16. I tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/callista83/status/1587470403

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  17. I stumbled your giveaway. id: callista83

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  18. children love to play songs they recognize and pick up easily on them

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  19. I just got a piano and have a preschooler and kindergartener that I want to start with lessons - thanks!!

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  20. I agree that the lessons need to be fun to keep a child interested and wanting to take any type of lessons.
    Thanks! blgrimm@hotmail.com

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  21. I have a toddler (17 months) and would love to be able to help her learn to play the piano.
    blgrimm@hotmail.com

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  22. "Children who received preschool piano lessons performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than other preschoolers. The kids who received preschool piano lessons could think in pictures and see those pictures moving or changing shape over time. From this research, it is clear that preschool music lessons are effective in teaching math through music. Developing an ability in music enhances math skills, giving children an advantage in science, engineering, and other math-related subjects."
    This is great! I can play the piano, but couldn't imagine where to begin to teach my boys. This gives me hope! Thanks for sharing~

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  23. I learned that I could teach our children how to use the piano. I always imagined taking them to lessons but with this product it is possible even for me.
    rbjj32825[at]lycos[dot]com

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  24. I like how they use color-coded notes on a traditional musical staff so the notes become familiar to the the little ones.

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  25. Learning piano helps to improve math skills!

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  26. I do have a piano and have 2 kids - 5 and 3 that would both benefit from this program! Thanks!

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  27. Angie Crellin, the creator of Piano for Preschoolers studied classical piano for more than 30 years.

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  28. children get bored because they have to keep playing the same notes. mverno@roadrunner.com

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  29. i learned that the creator of this product studied classical piano for over 30 years

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  30. "Preschool music activities, such as beginner piano lessons, are important to early childhood brain development"
    Being a teacher I completely agree with this!
    jillk77 at aol dot com

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  31. One reason for starting them as pre-schoolers is that they are less likely to get bored with repeating notes unlike 6 or 7 year olds.

    preppymama@gmail.com

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  32. I have a piano ( I studied for years ), I do have a pre-schooler. If I won it would be for my son, he is 3.5 and has already started to show a love for music, he bangs away at the piano, but I assumed I would wait to get lessons like my mom did with me. Keeping my fingers crossed that we win!!
    Thanks!

    preppymama@gmail.com

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  33. Sounds like a good one. I like that it teaches them math at the same time as they learn piano. Interesting.

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  34. I have a preschooler and a piano. I would like "S" to give it a try. He loves to sit down and play when "A" practices and I think he would really like to learn as well, but where he can't read yet, this would be perfect.

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  35. its so true what they say... we are our childrens first teacher! this would help me teach!

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  36. I learned that teaching music can also enhance math skills. Thanks for the giveaway.

    gabrielleurban AT yahoo DOT com

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  37. I learned that musical learning is cementing the building blocks for enhanced learning late in school

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  39. I learned that you can use this system to teach piano even if you've never played a note in your life.

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  40. This would be for my nephew who has a piano in his home.

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  41. You had already covered most of it, but I did learn that Angie Crellin, the creator of Piano for Preschoolers, studied classical piano for more than 30 years.

    coachsusie@bellsouth.net

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  42. Brilliant! I have tried teaching my little girl with numbers. I like the colors better because they look at the notes instead of the numbers. We will not be sending out daughter to preschool this next year...(out of the budget) but it would be fun to teach her to do piano.

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  43. You can use this on almost any piano!! Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill@comcast.net

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  44. Thank you for a great giveaway! I learned that there is 17 songs included. Thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  45. Oh What what a wonderful giveaway! I would love to have this for my son who is very interested in starting to learn playing the piano. I didn't know that children could get bored playing the same song/notes over and over, but it makes sense :)

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  46. Very neat. They've been featured in lots of articles, including ones in Parenting and Cookie magazines.

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  47. Learnt about The Relationship Between Music and Math.
    rajikarthik@hotmail.com

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  48. I visited and learned that each new song builds upon the previous song.

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  49. We have a piano at our house(which i don't remember how to play) and my 2 year old seems very interested in it, so if i won I would use this on him.

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  50. Christina - xristya@rock.com - The creator of this system studied classical piano for over 30 years!

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  51. Christina - xristya@rock.com - I have a young niece whom I've targeted for this system!

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  52. I learned that the last couple of beginner piano songs in the music book introduce notes written in black and white to transition children to regular notes.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  53. If I won I would give this to my nearly three year old granddaughter who has a piano at home.
    smchester at gmail dot com

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  54. I am now following you on Blogger.
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  55. I am following you on Twitter too (ptowngirl).
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  56. i have a keyboared and i keep my grandson while his parents work so this would be for him.

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  57. I learned, As the beginning piano lessons progress, each new song builds upon the previous song--constructing a solid music foundation.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  58. I have a preschool grandson and this would be for him.

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  59. Subscribed.

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  64. I learned that children are introduced to playing without the colored strips in the back of the book.

    themeimlookingfor at yahoo dot com

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  65. THis would be for the little one. She's not quite preschool age, and we have a keyboard. What I wouldn't do for a baby grand.

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  66. I really enjoyed their site and especially the information about The Relationship Between Music and Math!

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  67. I learned that children who received preschool piano lessons performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than other preschoolers.

    jnkrim (at) qwestoffice (dot) net

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  68. I have both a preschooler and a piano!

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  71. I learned that they use color-coded notes on a regular music staff.

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  72. I learned that millions of children attempt piano lessons every year, only to quit because they become bored. This program is designed to make learning fun.
    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  73. Our son is 19-months old and we have been discussing whether or not to purchase a piano for our library.
    msurosey@yahoo.com

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  74. I subscribed. Thank you!
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  75. I learned that "The familiar songs in the beginner piano book give a child the opportunity to practice these musical concepts. The 17 songs include Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Old MacDonald, Ten Little Indians, etc".

    Thanks!

    annasmama0702@gmail.com

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  76. We do have a piano - my husband plays. My daughter is 2 but she has spent tons of time with him on it since birth! She's just sort of beginning to understand some early concepts of music and I'd love to get this to help her apply the concepts to the practice.

    annasmama0702@gmail.com

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  77. I'm a subscriber!

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  82. I learned that the songs are all based on the previous songs. I think this would help keep a preschooler interested.

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  83. We have a piano that I got free of of Craig's List. It took 10 months to get it tuned, but 4 days ago a man finally came and tuned it. YAY! My daughter, who is 2 and a half, LOVES music and tries to play the piano. She has a large keyboard she plays with and it seems like she would really like this program. I would LOVE to be able to teach her how to play and this is by far the best product I have seen! My little Lucy would love this!

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  84. I learned that learning music can enhance kids math skills. Thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  85. I am a follower. justicecw@hotmail.com

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  86. This would be for my preschooler son. We have a piano but no one in the house knows how to play so this would be perfect for us! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

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  89. It is better to start lessons after they are 6 so they won't get bored with playing the same notes as easily.

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  90. This would be for my preschooler grandson. ty 4 the entry in the awesome giveaway:)masonsgranny59@yahoo.com

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  91. playing the same notes over and over again bores kids

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  92. My grandson is going to learn soon...this would be great! Plytle1 at comcast dot net.

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  93. preschool music helps with childrens brain development.

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  94. They use color-coded notes on a regular music staff :)

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  95. I learned that you may return the preschool music curriculum within 30 days for a full refund. No questions asked.

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  96. I learned that children who received preschool piano lessons performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than other preschoolers.

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  99. I learned that Angie Crellin, the creator of Piano for Preschoolers studied classical piano for more than 30 years.

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  101. Children who received preschool piano lessons performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than other preschoolers. JeansandTs@hotmail.com

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  102. I didn't know that there was a relationship between math and music, and that music lessons improve math skills.

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  103. I don't have a piano yet, we had a keyboard that just got broken and plan to purchase a small piano to replace it. I have two preschoolers and this would be for them.

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