The product and company
The product is MusIQ Homeschool.
Good for ages 4-18.
The seven-year curriculum includes 20+ levels for beginner to advanced intermediate piano students. The Lesson Plans include detailed lesson objectives, activity sheets, quizzes and assessments plus hundreds of helpful tips from experienced educators.
This is a review for the Schoolhouse Review Crew.
How it works
NOW.. FIRST turn on your keyboard.
Then start the Children MusIQ Journey. There is a few set up details you need to manage when you first run the program, but once set, it is set. I learned it is important to have your keyboard turned on before you start the program.
Watch the video and do the lesson.
Play the games. Do the composing if you'd like. Listen to the music selections again.
Do the printed lesson if it fits (and if you purchased it, it is NOT an integral part to the program).
Do your practice when it suits. We did this usually before or immediately after a lesson. Depended on the lad's confidence level for the particular level.
The lad is seven. I had thought to start him on level 2 but it started with the presupposition of knowledge base. Knowing my lad needed to build confidence I thought I'd start at the lower level and let him build that confidence (and just skip doing things like colouring pages). It turned out to be an excellent decision. The lessons are progressive and show a logical progression. At times they move too slowly for the lad's liking, and at those times I just (unknown by him) do the next lesson and then he's all happy again.
The lad's opinion
It's a nice one.
Do you like doing it?
I thoroughly enjoy using Children's Music Journey for our music program. :)
I had need to email the company with an issue we were having and they were very quick in getting back to me and providing the needed assistance. Good customer support is important to have.
- Children's Music Journey Vol. 1 , Vol. 2 and Vol. 3.
- Piano Suite Premier
- Ear Training Coach 1&2
- Ear Training Coach 3&4
If you don't need to get the midi keyboard you can just get the Children’s Music Journey Volume 1, 2, and 3 for $69.95 EACH. Included in each volume are the computer software and lesson plans.
Children’s Music Journey Bundle includes lesson book and MIDI keyboard - $309.95
Year One Quick Start Bundle includes Children’s Music Journey Vol. 1, lesson book and MIDI keyboard- $199.95
Consider this: You get the complete package of seven years’ worth of lessons. All for one set price. No increase in inflation, just the program with the option of repeating lessons, more practice and not having to leave the house for lessons and having to force practice times...
The program can be easily used for more than one child, or even yourself if you are wanting to learn music yourself.
For me: the cheapest I can find for lessons locally is $10/lesson/week. Driving about 25 minutes once a week. Over the course of year that will cost me at least $520 plus gas. This program is a big savings for me. Imagine now if you have more than one child? Savings would add up nicely eh? We get out of the house enough so not having to go out for yet another thing is a bonus.