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How Does My Family Learn Piano at HomeSchoolPiano?

The quick “bullet points” about the program:

  • Our homeschool piano lessons are designed for the absolute beginner to learn piano at home. Even if you’ve never touched a piano, it is easy to get started with HomeSchoolPiano.
  • You start with our CorePiano™ lessons which were created especially for beginners. In our CorePiano lessons, you will learn how to properly identify the notes of the piano, how to hold your hands, you’ll even learn how to read music!
  • The program is a one-time fee. This means you only pay once and you own it forever.
  • You can download all videos, audio and sheet music to your computer. Remember, once you purchase…you own it!
  • We have detailed tracking of progress and quiz scores for up to 5 students per master account. This means the entire family can learn for one low price.
  • The lessons are broken into 3 books, then further broken down into 6 units per book to make it easy to learn at your own pace.
  • Yes! We have a free trial so you can try out the lessons before you purchase the program.
  • No special equipment is necessary. All of the lessons play like a standard video on the web.

 

What’s Included and How Long Does It Take?

The HomeSchoolPiano program is broken into CorePiano™ and Books 1-3. There are 6 units per book. The books are virtual (.pdf files) and can be downloaded after signing up. You can also view the books on any tablet that can read .pdf files.

A membership to HomeSchoolPiano includes access to CorePiano and all lessons in books 1-3.

Each unit is broken further into 7 lessons which range in length from 5-15 minutes. You can download these units to your computer (everything is yours to keep) or view them right in your browser which makes it easier to learn piano. There is no special equipment necessary.

Learn piano with our 6-step cycleThe lessons in each unit are:

  • Technique – learn piano the right way while increasing your speed and dexterity
  • Rhythm – learn how to read and perform rhythms while improving your “feel”
  • Ear Training – learn how to improve your ear to be able to pick out melodies by ear
  • Reading Music – learn piano music and how to be able to play thousands of other songs
  • Song – learn piano songs in the song unit
  • Improvisation – learn piano improvisation and how to create your own music
  • Bonus – designed to give more advanced level students some more challenging material in each unit…kind of like “extra credit”

We’ve created a unit summary sheet so you can see exactly what is taught in each unit.

It takes most students 2-3 years to complete and master all of the material at HomeSchoolPiano. After completing the program, students will be able to read music, create their own songs through improvisation and play many different styles of music. They will have also developed their ears using our ear training quizzes which are included with the program.

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Awards

hsp-blue-ribbon We are very honored to have received awards from top HomeSchool resources! Parents love the easy of use of the site, structure of the lessons and the lifetime access for one low price.Kids and teens love the improvisation and composition lessons that help them play the songs that they listen to while also learning important skills like learning how to read music.When homeschool families are looking for the best in online piano lessons, they turn to HomeSchoolPiano. Read some of the HomeSchoolPiano Reviews and see what other parents have to say about the program. XL-HScom-Top-Ed-2015

 

The HomeSchoolPiano Method

Home School Program to teach piano to kidsHomeSchoolPiano follows a 6-step cycle to make it easy for students of all levels to master the piano. By laying a foundation based upon tested musical standards, students will enjoy success at the piano faster.

1) Technique: It is critical to learn proper technique at your instrument right from the beginning. This section will teach you how to develop speed and dexterity.

2) Rhythm: We focus first on rhythm because it is the ‘engine’ that drives music. Our unique vocalization approach, makes it a snap to accurately perform rhythms.

3) Ear Training: We’ve all heard of having a ‘good ear’ for music. Using our ear training exercises you’ll learn to hear rhythm, melody and harmony which will improve your playing and improvisation.

4) Reading Music: Sight reading is an essential skill for musicians. Knowing how to read music makes it easier to learn and compose songs. Using a step-by-step approach, you’ll learn how to create a strong music reading foundation.

5) Song: It is fun to sit at the piano and play a song. Our method is different because our songs sound like songs rather than exercises. You’ll be playing music right from the beginning!

6) Improvisation: After you learn to read music and play songs, improvisation allows you to tap into your own creativity to make your own music. Music is a language and improvisation let’s you create what you hear.

National Music Standards

HomeSchoolPiano’s 6-step cycle works with the National Standards for Music Education to create a well-rounded music curriculum that touches all nine NAfME requirements.

Assessment in music is not only possible but necessary. Every school district should develop reliable, valid, and useful techniques for assessing student learning in music. Assessment should be based on explicit objectives that identify clearly the skills and knowledge expected of students.

  1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
    • HomeSchoolPiano exposes students to singing through our unique rhythmic vocalization approach. Students learn piano by vocalizing different rhythms and use their voice to recreate the rhythm.
  2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
    • HomeSchoolPiano teaches students how to perform a multitude of different musical styles on the piano. In addition to a set repertoire, students are encouraged to create their own variations and little pieces to add to their repertoire.
  3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
    • Improvisation is at the core of HomeSchoolPiano. Created by a Berklee College of Music graduate and professional touring and recording musician, HSP students are taught ‘from the ground up’ how to improvise on the piano. These improvisation exercises have been endorsed by the Piano Teacher associations and have been published by both MelBay® and Alfred Music Publishers®, two of the largest music publishers.
  4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
    • Every unit in HomeSchoolPiano contains a section for students to compose and improvise their own original melodies and songs. Students learn how to create their own music using both specific techniques and guidelines as well as opportunities for free-form exploration.
  5. Reading and notating music.
    • Learning to read music is an essential skill needed in order to become a well-rounded musician. Students learn how to read music in the ‘Reading Music’ section found in every unit
  6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
    • There are many aural (ear) building lessons found at HomeSchoolPiano. These include the ear training quizzes, the rhythmic vocalization along with improvisation analysis and call-and-response patterns.
  7. Evaluating music and music performances.
    • To be able to evaluate the performances of others, it is important to self-evaluate first. Our quizzes and reporting allow students to visually see their progress. Our improvisation exercises require students to consistently evaluate what they are playing and make choices based upon that evaluation.
  8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
    • Our lessons on improvisation cover concepts like form, tone, shape and many other concepts that are multidisciplinary in nature. These concepts follow the student through their artistic careers. What they learn at HomeSchoolPiano carries over to other performing arts like dance, theater or the visual arts. For instance, as a dancer, it is helpful to know the form of a song. As a visual artist, tone and shape are important elements. Theater students are often required to sing, another skill reinforced through piano lessons.
  9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.
    • This standard is achieved at HomeSchoolPiano through Willie’s vast music knowledge and real-world performance experience. Willie adds anecdotes to the lessons which give students a better understanding of music and its relation to the world. Willie makes it fun to learn piano in the comfort of your home!