Curriculum Review, Elementary Music, Home Education, homeschooling, Music, Preschool Music, Preschool Prodigies, Prodigies Music
In this review I’ll give a bit of history as to how we decided on the Prodigies Music Program for our kid’s education, a discount code for my readers, and then some examples of how our kids have benefited from the program over the past nine months! This post contains affiliate links, but I’ve been promoting Prodigies to friends long before signing up as an Ambassador–you’ll see some of the reasons why I believe in it so much in this post.
My husband and I both love music. And we love sharing it with out kids. But it’s hard to find the time to introduce them to the basics of music theory with my husband’s busy work schedule and the fact that I’m already teaching them every other subject in our homeschool.
We looked at local general music classes, and probably would have gone that route if we hadn’t found Prodigies. We sampled the videos they made available for free on YouTube, and I was impressed. So impressed that after crunching numbers and comparing our options, we bought the Lifetime Membership for our family.
Here’s why the Prodigies Lifetime Membership beat the local class option hands-down:
- We paid one price for the whole family for life–within just one year of weekly local classes for two children, we would have paid the same amount for FAR less instruction. This would be even more economical for a larger family.
- We can do music lessons every day in the comfort of our own home–this again ups the amount of instruction and guided practice, allowing kids to go deeper and practice regularly without mom having to muster up the energy or having to waiting on the next class day to roll around.
- We have access to all the materials (videos, workbooks, songbooks) both online and as downloadable files for our computer. This means I have an awesome curriculum (and my kids have a fun music teacher!) available any time it fits our needs or schedule.
- While I’m sure the local classes are nice, they aren’t using the Prodigies program–which is colorful, engaging, and focuses not only on meaningful play with pitch to train a child’s ears, but also on learning to translate between the color names, number names, letter names, AND solfege names of the notes of the major scale. Most teachers wouldn’t dream that teaching all of this at such early ages is possible. But it is! Mr. Rob does it! And my kids are getting it!
- The team at Prodigies Music is constantly adding to their program, which means that the money I put down for our membership goes farther and farther. They now have a complete preschool program (what my kids are working through now), have started publishing lessons in the primary program, have tons of fun supplemental videos in their Melodies series, and are now rolling out lessons for the recorder.
Finally, here’s some of the benefits I’ve seen in my children over the past year that we’ve been using Prodigies.
- My kids can translate easily between solfege, color, number, letter names, etc. This is something I never knew how to do despite participating in choir as a kid.
- They are learning the names of chords and what notes are used to build them.
- My husband can pull out his guitar and the kids can pull out their bells and play together because they’ve memorized the melodies of a handful of songs. It’s a family jam session!
- The kids are learning to sing on pitch in a friendly, non-embarrassing environment.
- ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’ve seen so far is that my kids are not intimidated by music. Or any instrument. Though their practice at home so far is only with the desk bells and hand-signs, they have internalized the concept that music is made up of notes–notes which they have learned to call by name. So all they have to do when they walk up to an instrument is figure out where the notes are, and then they can play any of the songs they’ve learned! The boys will eagerly plunk out a melody on a piano whenever one is near–with no fear whatsoever. While at a family member’s house, they spotted a harp and asked how it worked. With no more instruction than “The strings are notes on the scale,” my eight-year-old guessed that the red strings were Cs and began to play the Imperial March from Star Wars. On the harp. When he’d never touched the instrument before. And while some instruments like violin are inherently more difficult to play, my kids have also fearlessly picked them up and guessed at what notes they hear when they scratch away at the strings. Point being:
- The pump has been primed (and will continue to as they acquire the ability to read music from their Prodigies lessons) to have such an intuitive understanding of music that when we do sign them up for instrument-specific lessons down the road, they will be able to focus on the mechanics because the understanding will already be there.
- Beyond all of this, they are learning to both understand and enjoy music. And when you understand something, it’s a lot easier to love it, and when you love it, it’s a lot easier to want to learn and understand it more. Thus, with Prodigies, our kids are being equipped for a literal lifetime of learning and enjoying music.
I hope this review has been helpful! Check out the Lifetime Membership at the Prodigies site, and don’t forget you can use the code KEPT to get an extra 5% off your Lifetime Membership PLUS 5% off anything in your cart–like the bells, or hard copies of workbooks or songbooks.