The Lifelong Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument
Did you know that playing a musical instrument is like doing a full body workout for your brain? It’s been linked to all kinds of cognitive, social and developmental benefits for kids and adults both!
Playing an instrument combines both hemispheres of the brain in a way that other activities never do.
Plus, playing an instrument is a ton of fun and a life-long skill that will fill your house with music.
Meaningful Play with Individual Musical Notes
Ever wonder what it takes to give children a knack for music? It’s really all about meaningful play with individual notes during the critical years of auditory development.
And while that might sound fancy and scientific, it’s really quite simple! Learn more about meaningful play with pitch in the following video, or read on to see how our program, the Prodigies Playground, gives you and your kids a super easy way to implement this kind of musical play today!
“I can’t get her off her keyboard“
– Jarrod, Australia
“Mr. Rob is fun, energetic and engaging!“
– Freja’s Mom
“She’s obsessed with Sweet Beets“
– Parker’s Mom
“My kids are both eagerly singing and playing along, often in tune too. They give ‘concerts’ to anyone who happens to be around after a music lesson. I love how your program made our house come alive with music! Thank you so much!”
– Marina, South Africa
Using our revolutionary program, the Prodigies Playground, kids as young as 2 can learn to play their first musical instrument in a way that’s meaningful, accessible and fun!
Within minutes of starting the program, your house will come to life with music… we promise!!
Our program is delivered digitally on the internet, and we offer a 60 day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee.
A Quick Look at the Prodigies Playground
The three previews below give a good sample of what our three main series (all included in the Playground) look like. We’re also working on new material almost all the time that you’ll always have access to as a Playground member.
Preschool Prodigies is the first level of the program, designed for kids 3-5.
It features lots of call and response play with basic rhythms, the C Major Bells, and the Solfege Hand Signs.
PsP Melodies is a mini-series that focuses on singing lots of call-and-response excercises with the Solfege Hand Signs.
The series also begins to transition learners toward black and white sheet music and toward being able to sight-sing.
Primary Prodigies is a more advanced level for elementary school students (6-12).
It focuses on playing more properly notated sheet music, more difficult songs and concepts and a lot more musical vocabulary.
Your Kids Will…
Sing and Hand-Sign with Solfége
Singing with Solfége (Do, Re, Mi etc.) is the foundation of many early music programs. Just watch the Sound of Music again, and you’ll remember just how fun “Do Re Mi” can be.
We’ve also adopted the Curwen Hand Signs to give Solfége a kinesthetic component. The kinesthetic component helps develop memorized pitch as well as helps give shy singers a way to interact and slowly come out of their shell! Because the hand signs are color- coded with the rest of the program, it means that even if you don’t have a set of bells on hand, you can follow along with the appropriate hand signs.
Learn to Play an Instrument
TED Ed’s Anita Collins called playing a musical instrument “the brain’s equivalent of a full body workout,” which makes a lot of sense. Playing an instrument takes coordination, good timing and a mind dedicated to practicing, and it rewards you in all kinds of amazing ways.
By giving young children the color-coded bells, you’ve got an almost error-proof instrument that will stay in tune and is always ready to go. That makes the instrument more approachable than piano or guitar, so kids can focus on developing their coordination abilities and their sense of how the musical sounds go together without getting frustrated over their lack of fine motor control.
This means your child can get into the habit of practicing their instrument on their own, which helps turn them into an independent and life-long learner!
Develop a Musical Ear
Did you know that children who receive meaningful play with pitch during the preschool years grow up with a sense for pitch that is 7-8 times greater than children who don’t receive play with pitch? The bells make it easy to give young kids meaningful play with individual pitches, while the videos present musical concepts in a fun and understandable way that will teach your child to recognize notes and chords, thus improving their sense of relative and perfect pitch.
Inside the Playground, we play listening games that practice listening to individual notes as well as chords. We present the listening exercises much in the way the Taneda method does, which has been giving children perfect pitch since the 1980s.
Develop a Sense of Rhythm
Through call and response songs like Sweet Beets, and easy to follow rhythmic notation modeled off Note Knacks, we help your child develop their life long sense of rhythm. Whether you’re clapping along, drumming along, or banging some Boomwhackers like there’s no tomorrow, Mr. Rob’s energy and enthusiasm around all things rhythmic shines through and your child will be Ta-Ta-Ti-Ti-Taing themselves to sleep each night!
Sing About Colors, Numbers and Letters
While singing and hand-signing with Solfége is great, we recognize that there are many ways to talk about the language of music. By singing about colors, scale degrees (the numbers one through eight), and the musical note names (A, B, C, D, E, F, G), not only do we reinforce the sounds of music, but we reinforce basic preschool concepts like letters and counting. It’s true that we’re usually only dealing with 8 colors, letters and numbers, but the variation is both fun and confidence-boosting for young learners.
Practice Reading Music
Teaching young children to read music is a big point of contention amongst music educators. Some people think it’s the only way to go, while others think it’s definitely the wrong thing to focus on.
Here at PsP, we believe that reading music is a skill that’s much easier learned by school-age children and that preschool children should focus on developing their musical ear.That’s essentially why we made a color-coded system, so that you don’t have to read music to play along. The colors guide you much the way labeling the notes can guide you.
This removes the biggest barrier and frustration from playing music: learning to read the grand staff. Instead, we focus on unleashing your child’s musical enthusiasm and creativity.
That said, plenty of the videos feature the treble clef, but WITH the color-coded notes. We do talk about how to read music on the staff, but we aren’t forcing them to learn the lines and spaces with black and white music just yet.
This gets children acquainted with the treble clef without forcing them to understand it perfectly. The latter third of the program does specifically focus on the treble clef. Through songs like “Every Girl Buys Dresses Friday” and “Face in the Space,” Mr. Rob introduces the treble clef in a way that’s colorful and fun.
Write Songs and Complete Cross-Curricular Activities
The integrated workbooks will have your kids writing their own songs, tracing the letters of the musical notes and much, much more. The workbooks reinforce basic preschool skills while teaching children the language of music!
Learn Basic Piano/Keyboard Skills
Toward the end of the program, Mr. Rob introduces children to the piano and shows them the parallels between the bells we’ve been playing and the piano keyboard. He introduces some basic techniques and hand positions before inviting kids to try some of the previous lessons, as well as some piano specific lessons, using their new techniques.
Everyday Boo has music lessons w/ his bells! This is called Preschool Prodigies. It teaches solfege, simple songs, chords, and all sorts of other musical things. He hits his little bells and sings part of the songs.
He can already sing on pitch and knows several of the solfege names and their pitches. He doesn’t hit the right bell just yet in accordance with the correct pitch, but we are working on that. Children are never too young to learn music and sing on pitch. Just because he is two doesn’t mean he has to do “cute, off pitch” singing. Teach them early! Boo spends about 30 mins doing this…not because I make him but because he wants to. He gets so excited when I get his bells out!
– Michael Mandy Lining
““I have a 9 year old and a 4 month old… and they both LOVE the program on two very different levels! My four-month-old enjoys the overall music, rhythms and beats…and mirrors us with as much coordination as she can muster.
Her favorite is when I pull out the drums!!! She just goes to town!!! My 9 year old enjoys participating as is and if it happens to be a little too easy for him, he will just pick up his recorder and play along with that! Such a great program!! Thank you!”
– Krissy Fulton, Mother of 2
As a mother, I love watching my young children grow a passion for music. This past spring I started my two oldest children, who were 7, in piano lessons. I also wanted to start my 4 year old as well, but the level of discipline and understanding to comprehend the keys and notes on a piano were above her capabilities at the time.
Now, thanks to Preschool Prodigies, she is able to learn note and key recognition, giving her the ability to grow a passion for music and understand music theory before many music teachers will even accept her as a student.
Preschool Prodigies has created this program specifically for preschool age children, but based on my experience, my older children love it as much if not more than my younger ones. This makes it a great addition to any household.
Within ten minutes of reading through the workbook lessons and interacting on the website, my daughter was able to play multiple songs on the bells. I was impressed with her ability to read and play a song so quickly using the curriculum provided, including the Playground Access
– Reviews By Lila, ILoveMyKidsBlog.net
Wow! What a well put together package. BrillKids Little Musician was a tough act to follow, but Preschool Prodigies really offered everything I was looking for. The sheet music is very child friendly. I can see kids who use this program being able to easily slip into sight-reading regular music when the time comes.
It is completely possible to teach a group of preschoolers using this programs. You can also us this program with your toddler or preschooler and learn more than one instrument.
– Monique Lise, EarlyLearningMom.com
Hi Rob, just want to say that we are really enjoying the curriculum! My daughter was amazed that she was able to write her own music!
– Rena Alexandra
“If you believe in the power of music then this podcast is a must download. My kids can’t get enough of Mr. Rob. The program is fun and entertaining and simultaneously does a great job of developing music skills.”
– Chris Kelly
“In just 3 days she’s learned Twinkle Twinkle, Mary had a Little Lamb, Hot Cross Buns and she taught herself the chorus from Jingle Bells by herself using all her fingers. Tonight she has learned to identify and play C, F and G chords to Don’t Worry Be Happy. I can’t get her off her keyboard!”
– Jarrod Graham
“Sweet Beet Rocks! My 3 year old loves this program! She is totally obsessed with Sweet Beets”
– Katie Stevens
“Fun for my 4 year old! My daughter loves music and she loves these podcasts. She sings along, gets out her drums and beats along. Mr. Rob is fun, energetic, and engaging. Thank you!”
– Freja’s Mom
How to get a sleeping three year old out of the car in 1.5 seconds, “Your bells have arrived!” I’m not sure if her or my wife was more excited! Just wanted to say how much we appreciate all your help getting this sorted out! She’s been playing for about 2 hours so far, finally got the lessons up in the tv for her.
– Shane Whitehead
“When I perused [the curriculum] I was completely blown away. The whole thing integrates so well with each other – the videos with the books, and the entire scope and sequence. This is a very carefully laid out, complete curriculum. Step one, step two, no guesswork on what to do, when to progress, etc.
The books are really cute too! The pacing and skills taught are perfect for preschoolers, but I would not hesitate to recommend it for older children too.”
– Tamsyn Spackman, Teaching-Children-Music.com
“I was worried my kids might take after my husband as far as musical talent is concerned (his talents lie elsewhere), until we started following PsP. Our kids have been doing a leading international music programme designed for babies and small children since they were about 6 months old. To my disappointment, they never seemed particularly enthusiastic about music and my daughter, especially, never liked to sing.
Now, my kids are both eagerly singing and playing along with Mr Rob’s videos – often in tune, too. They give ‘concerts’ to anyone who happens to be around after a music lesson to show off what they have learned (cue their long-suffering daddy). I love how your program made our house come alive with music! Thank you so much!”
– Marina, South Africa
“First of all, this curriculum is really effective. So far my classes are more fun, more satisfying, and getting every child to be engaged. So far, the students are singing very close to pitch and using fairly good singing voices. Also, the videos are very helpful to me as a teacher because I can spend more time watching the students for accuracy instead of the normal routine.”
– Nick (K-12 Music Teacher)
Join the Prodigies Playground
Enrollment FAQ w/ Playground host, Mr. Rob
Playground Membership: Pick 1 of 3
Go unlocks all Playground video lessons
Pro unlocks printable sheet music, curriculum and teacher resources
Lifetime unlocks downloadable videos and a one-time payment option
- Lessons can be followed using bells, piano, Boomwhackers & hand-signs
C Major Deskbells (recommended)
- Easy to play for young children and enjoyable for players of all ages
- Colorful, durable and allow meaningful play with individual notes
- Can be used with over 100 lessons inside the Prodigies Playground
- Prodigies Deskbells backed by 2 year warranty
Playground Workbooks (recommended)
- 60+ pages of colorful sheet music, workbook activities
- Colorful, friendly and innovative sheet music + curriculum
- Checklists, parent guidance, lesson tips & more
- Bulk pricing for class sets of bells, books and Playground access
- Buy 11 Deskbells, get 1 free.
- Buy 10 books, get 2 free.
- HUGE Discount on Student Playground passes (for Pro & Lifetime Members only)
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed!
Try Preschool Prodigies™ for 60 Days. If you don’t like it, we’ll refund every penny.
Obviously, we think Preschool Prodigies™ is super awesome, but we’ll admit we’re a little biased.
That’s why we invite you to try Preschool Prodigies™ for 60 days. If it doesn’t work like you had imagined, simply let us know and we’ll refund your purchase price. No hard feelings. How does that sound?
We also offer a 30 Day Return Period on instruments, and if you receive a set of bells where one isn’t working, we’ll send you a replacement bell right away!
Our Team Is Standing By!
Preschool Prodigies and Young Music LLC are a family owned and operated company. As teachers, our students, schools and families are very important to us, which is why you can always shoot us and e-mail or pick up the phone and call the team directly.
Plus, if you call our support line, you might even get Mr. Rob himself on the phone!
We stay pretty busy making new content and running the company, but we love connecting with our customers over e-mail and phone. It makes the long hours behind the computer seem way less anti-social 🙂
If you ever have a question, a concern or a request, don’t hesitate to let us know. We generally respond in less than 48 hours, if not much sooner.
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Simply e-mail a screenshot of your cart (or send us a purchase order to mimic the cart) and we can follow up with a digital invoice that you can payonline or by check. We can also send you a quote for approval processes. Simply e-mail us at [email protected] and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days.