Adventus is a provider of piano software. They have many levels and their material is available for many different teaching situations including homeschoolers and classroom settings. You can purchase the software from them or you can pay a monthly subscription fee. They have a variety of keyboards available as well.
We had the privilege of reviewing their MusIQ HomeSchool. There are many levels to the program depending on the age and ability of the child starting the program. Each level provides lessons, practice, exploring, games, and improvising activities. They have a wonderful set of lesson plans with worksheets for each level. Very young students can start at the Children’s Music Journey Volume 1. The next level of new learners can start with Children’s Music Journey Volume 2. Students 10 and up can start with Piano Suite. The MusIQ HomeSchool program is recommended for ages 4 to 18 – Beginner to Intermediate. You can purchase the program outright or you can use the program through a monthly subscription fee of $10.95 per month. There are also optional lesson plans available for purchase separately
From the beginning my idea for my children was to introduce them to music instruction and in a way that was fun and would generate a love of music. My original plan using the program recommendations was to start both Hannah and Joshua with Piano Suite Level One which is recommended for new students over the age of 10. What I found when we started was that Hannah was feeling overwhelmed and was reluctant to do her lesson. With this in mind I decided to have her start with Children’s Music Journey – Volume 2 that is recommended for new students ages 8-10. Both levels offer areas for completing lessons, exploring music, practice sessions, games, and improvising.
I didn’t use lesson plans with Joshua but allowed him to explore on his own. He hasn’t gotten very far but has enjoyed it. While it isn’t a great recording he wanted to make a video trying out some new songs that he had never played before. So we got a webcam and I tried my hand at video editing. The result is a very amateur production but he worked so hard I wanted to include it. It is about five minutes so feel free to watch as much or as little as you want. For me part of the success of this program was that he was willing to provide this “public” performance because he is not my most outgoing child. Hannah of course decided to get in on the act and you have to admire his concentration and the little peak at her getting to him.
Hannah really loves the Children’s Music Journey. Each lesson is led by a famous composer. She is using the optional lesson plans provided with the program and even enjoys the coloring pages. She has been spending about 3-7 days per lesson. Hannah really enjoys playing the games and improvising as well. I asked her if she wanted to continue to use the program now that we have finished the review and she is very excited about continuing with the program. She has also provided a music clip for this review. During the beginning of each lesson students are introduced to a piece of music. Since Hannah is such a ham she really enjoys “playing” along with this introductory piece of music. She had recorded her whole lesson but I just clipped a bit toward the end of the lesson. You can tell she had some trouble with this new lesson but the program very gently points out the problem and prompts the student to go through the lesson again before moving on.
As a parent with no musical talent or education I loved how simple MusIQ was to implement in our home. The program is flexible enough that each child could find their comfortable starting level. I love the optional easy to use lesson plan with worksheets that add fun and re-enforcement to the lesson material. But what makes this program unique was that a student can work through the program without using the lesson plan as well. We installed the program on a Windows 8 computer and we had no problem with the program.
I hope you enjoyed at peek at our family’s exploration of music and piano playing. If you would like to check out other families and see how the program worked in their families make sure you click the graphic below.