I was given the chance to review the Adventus MusIQ Homeschool program through the TOS Crew. This program is designed for ages 4-Adult. For this program you did need internet connection and a midi keyboard. These are required. You can choose monthly payments of $10.95 a month which includes unlimited, full-feature access. Or if you prefer to purchase the CD version, there are still many options to choose from. You can purchase just the early learning portion for ages 4-10, the entire program for all ages, year by year, or there is a bundle that even includes a keyboard. You can learn more about the multi-level pricing options here.
My 12 year old has been desiring to learn piano for some time. Unfortunately because we travel so much this has not been possible. She has occasionally received instruction from individuals we know when we were in their area, but then you run into each person playing a little differently. So we decided this program would be perfect for her. Even if we had to travel, she could bring the keyboard with us and practice on the road in the hotel room.
We received the downloads and then just had to fire up our keyboard attach the midi cable and she was ready to go. We have a keyboard that can be connected to the computer through a USB connection. You can also use a midi to USB adapter.
Here are the system requirements:
- Early Curriculum: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 or Macintosh OSX and an internet connection.
- Multi-level Curriculum: Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000 and an internet connection.
My twelve year old is scheduled to use the program three times a week. My fifteen year old is starting also as she finished another elective and now has an opening for the MusIQ Homeschool Program. The program is easy enough to use, that even if you, the parent, are not musically inclined your child will be able to do this course without much help from you.
Both my daughters are enjoying this program. The fifteen year old plays some already by ear, so this program will help her with reading the music and thus being able to play out of a book. I really like the way this walks them through learning notes, the staff, melody, timing and other parts of music. One of the first things they learned was proper hand placement, which my twelve year old needed.
There is a whole section on composers and their music. We personally do not listen to or play music other than hymns and Christian songs, but we did find a few that were interesting. My older daughter enjoyed playing some of the hymns that can be found in the Piano Player portion. Theory Thinker is where they actually learn more about actually playing. Composer's Corner teaches about allows the student to go in and create their own music. History Happens is where they learn about composers throughout history and of course the Games section is where they play games that also help teach them about music.
The only drawback we had was occasionally our mouse would freeze. We quickly learned when this happened if we just logged out and then back in we did not have a problem.
Overall I am very happy to have this program in the home. I have seen improvement and of course I have not had to beg them to practice. They both enjoy exploring the program. I have a feeling we may have to continue this program after our membership ends. This definitely a worthwhile investment for homeschooling families.
Be sure to click the link below to see what other Crew Members have to say.