I always knew music would become a component of our learning journey. My husband and I were in band all through middle school, high school, and college, continuing after. Music is simply a part of who and what we are as individuals and a family. The same has shown in Builder and Princess. They go around singing to themselves, to each other, and to us. Truly, there are days that I feel I live in a musical…and I LOVE IT!
With that, I wasn’t exactly sure when and where to start. Well, just recently I stumbled upon an amazing resource that I want to share with you. It is another web resource that has a portion free, and another portion that is available by purchasing a paid premium account. However, there is enough of the free material to get us well on our way. It will also give us that period to see if this is truly the best fit for us. At the moment, we are in love with it. Granted we honestly have only completed one lesson, but that is all it has taken for all of us to be excited.
The resource is Hoffman Academy, online piano lessons. The website is very nice, neat, and easy to maneuver. I have been impressed with the resources sent my way upon creating our free account. The lessons are in video style and Mr. Hoffman (the teacher) seems to be a wonderful instructor. The introductory material on the website refer to him as the Mr. Rogers of piano lessons. From what I saw in the first video, I can see that. After the first lesson video, Builder and Princess, were playing their first song – Hot Cross Buns. In a 13-minute video, not only did he teach them how to play the song, but he introduced where the song originated from, as well as the beginnings of the do-re-mi scale. So much rich learning introduced in such a way that my kids got it without a hint of effort, and they never lost focus.
The Hoffman Academy recommends 2-3 lessons a week with daily practice. With this schedule in mind, there should be about 24 months of lessons in the nine units available. As I said, we are not very far into this course, but we are super excited about it. I didn’t want to wait any longer before sharing this resource with you. I highly recommend you take a look into it, and give it a try. If you do, be sure to let me know how it works for you and your family.
Your Turn to Play ~ What role did music play in your life growing up?