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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 music 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!
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.
Start your child’s musical journey inside the Preschool Prodigies Playground.
“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
“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
How Preschool Prodigies Works
A Quick Look at Preschool Prodigies
Preschool Prodigies your one-stop-shop to teaching your kids how to play an instrument.
Once you’ve enrolled in the Preschool Prodigies Playground, you’ll have access to our website that provides step-by-step music lessons specifically for children ages 3-7.
The website delivers a series of video music lesson with host and creator, Mr. Rob.
Each video also comes with colorful sheet music, printable activities, parent/teacher guidance and video annotations for making the most out of each lesson.
The lessons focus on playing a colorful instrument, singing with the Solfege hand-signs, and developing your musical ear through listening games. We also play a lot of call and response rhythm songs to teach children to read and understand rhythms at an early age.
Your House Will Come to Life with Music…
With our fun, accessible and modern music lesson program, your kids can be getting a music education while you cook dinner, read a book or get caught up on your own life!
Music lessons are a time-honored tradition in many homes and families, and for good reason; they’re fun, beneficial for the brain and their a great way to learn the meta-skill of learning (in other words, learning a musical instrument helps you learn the process of learning).
But going to a music studio can be time consuming and expensive, and hiring an instructor to come to your home is even more costly.
Many people pay between $150-$300 dollars A MONTH for music lessons. And that’s just for one hour each week…
With Preschool Prodigies, you’ll have instant and continous access to over 75 video music lessons that you can do from anywhere!
And with our limited-time offer of a LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to the PsP Playground, you’ll be paying a tiny fraction of what it costs for typical music lessons.
Plus, with Primary Prodigies (2017-2018) and Piano Prodigies (2019-2020), the program will grow with your kids for years and years worth of musical fun!
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.
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
Did You Know…
…that playing a musical instrument is good for your brain?
Playing an instrument has been called “the brain’s equivalent to a full body workout” because of how many areas of the brain it stimulates at once. It’s been linked to boosts in creativity, problem solving, discipline and emotional health just to name a few! Learn more on our blog >
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
The Prodigies Playground currently contains 64+ videos inside Preschool Prodigies, 10+ episodes inside PsP Melodies, and 4+ episodes inside the Kodaly Rhythm Tree.
Plus, our brand-new series Primary Prodigies is airing every Friday with a new section of the program (one lesson, one song and follow up sheet music + activities)! Primary Prodigies is the second level inside the Prodigies Playground, designed for the elementary school student! Primary Prodigies is a more robust program with 15+ minutes of material per section!
We’re also working to bring you Playtime Prodigies, videos and books designed to make music education even more accessible for toddlers, and we have all kinds of future plans for Recorder Prodigies, Piano Prodigies and more!
See It In Action
Check out some real live people using Preschool Prodigies!
The first video is a shorter commercial featuring lots of short clips and a teacher testimonial!
The second video is a bit longer and shows some edited footage of PsP being used at home and in the classroom.
With the look and feel of a kids TV show, we facilitate massive musical development at the age when children are rapidly developing their sense of sound, pitch and language.
Hosted by a beloved music teacher and a colorful cast of characters, your kids will love playing music with Preschool Prodigies.
For less than a month’s worth of typical music classes, we deliver a year’s worth of easy-to-follow music curriculum.
Our web platform means you can access our curriculum on any device or computer!
“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
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
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
“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
“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)
Start Your Child’s Musical Journey Today
Enter the Prodigies Playground
Month of the Young Child Savings Through April 30th
Save 25% on Lifetime Access with code LIFE25 | Save 15% on Bells with BELLS15 | Save 10% on Prodigies Go, Lite & Pro with MEMBERSHIP10
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$12 per month / $97 per year
Recommended for Casual Users / Preschool Parents purchasing hard copy books
Prodigies Go unlocks streaming access to all of the videos inside Preschool Prodigies (64+ videos with corresponding parent/teacher guidance) as well as streaming access to 2 mini-series, PsP Melodies (10+ videos) and The Rhythm Tree (5 videos).
Prodigies Go also unlocks My First Songbook I & II, printable curriculum elements (such as bell printouts, chord triangles, rhythm characters, etc), Playground audios, and digital downloads of songs from the Playground.
Your house will come to life with music and your kids will be ready for a life full of musical learning and understanding.
$16 per month / $147 per year
Recommended for Multiple Children / Preschool Parents & Teachers
Prodigies Lite unlocks everything in Prodigies Go (75+ videos inside Preschool Prodigies), PLUS the ability to download and print all of the sheet music and curriculum workbook pages from Preschool Prodigies.
This way, if you have multiple kids, students, classes, etc, you can print as many copies of our workbooks and songbooks as you need!
$21 per month / $197 per year
Recommended for Elementary School Teachers / Parents of School-Age Children
Prodigies Pro unlocks all of our student facing content, which includes Preschool Prodigies, PsP Melodies, the Rhythm Tree, and our brand-new series, Primary Prodigies.
Primary Prodigies is signifigantly more robust and advanced than Preschool Prodigies, and you can learn more about the details at PrimaryProdigies.com
Prodigies Pro also unlocks lesson plans designed to create 45 minute classes around the different sections from the Prodigies Playground.
NEW: Teacher Training Videos on Navigating the Playground, Teaching Children Rhythm, Hand-Sign Implementation, Slowing Down the videos (and more coming soon)
1 Payment of $447
Payment Plans Options: $167/mo for 3 months or $97/mo for 6 months
Recommended for Long Term Users / Power Users / Families with Multiple Children / Users with Poor Internet Connections
Prodigies Lifetime unlocks all of our student facing content, all of our teacher facing content AND it unlocks “Download Hall,” where you can download all of the different videos and materials for offline access.
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Prodigies Site License
$2000 for the first year, then $1500 per year
With a Prodigies Site License, every student in your school gets access to the Prodigies Playground. This means they can continuing singing, hand-signing and playing along in school or at home!
Plus, your lead teacher receives a Prodigies Lifetime account so they have all of our best features like being able to download the videos, print the large-group lesson plans, and access the teacher training videos.
For more information about Prodigies Site Licenses, please e-mail [email protected]
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 whre 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Playground program?
For parents or teachers in a one-to-one setting, the average child will complete the Playground in about one calendar year. In a classroom setting, the program will take much longer. In order to complete the program in one school year, we suggest that you use our accelerated pacing guide. Of course any teacher should feel comfortable rearranging the curriculum to fit his or her individual class.
The program is structured so that each month students complete a chapter of the Playground. Each chapter includes an average of 6 videos, a 30-50-page workbook, and an optional pacing guide that helps parents and teachers provide consistent, organized practice.
Because children learn at different speeds, we’ve provided plenty of supplemental activities. This way, if your child moves through the videos quickly and masters the songs, they won’t be left without materials.
What age is best for the PsP Playground?
While people both younger and older enjoy Preschool Prodigies, our curriculum is designed largely for kids ages 2-5. It is in this time period where children have the best chance of using a music curriculum to develop a life-long sense of pitch.
The Playground is an effective music introduction for kids of all ages because the lessons are relevant, powerful and enjoyable. For older kids, the videos may move a little slow, so by elementary school, little musicians should be moving away from the bells and onto the piano.
The videos also make a powerful tool for teaching music for older children and adults with learning delays. The colorful and easy to read music makes it easy for anyone to feel a sense of musical accomplishment!
What kind of shipping costs are there and does PsP ship international?
PsP does ship internationally! In fact, more than half of our users are outside of the U.S.
Shipping bells and things across the world can get expensive, so we’ve recently updated our system to calculate near-exact shipping costs based on your location.
In the Fall of 2016, we’re also going to be experimenting with some new drop-shipping services to hopefully save you some money on shipping costs and expedite shipping worldwide.
For larger orders (i.e. for classrooms, schools, etc) we can provide shipping quotes. We also accept purchase orders from schools and school-groups.
What if I get my bells and one is broken?
The bells are amongst the most durable instruments in the world. No tuning pegs to mess with, no wood that can break and very few moving parts at all. This is one of the reasons we love them so much.
There is a very small chance however (i.e. it has only happened once) that you’ll receive your bells and one won’t work for whatever reason.
If that’s the case, we will happily ship you an individual bell free of charge. Simply e-mail [email protected] and we’ll get it taken care of for you right away.
Will PsP introduce too much "screen time"?
Many parents are concerned with the amount of screen time their children receive, and rightly so. These days, it’s unfortunately very common for adults to turn to TV or Youtube to passively occupy children. This sort of inactive viewing is indeed not good for children in high doses.
Although screen time is currently under scrutiny, experts’ concern is not with the physical screen on your computer, tablet, or smart phone, but with what you’re using that screen to show your child. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that passive screen time—or just “plopping the baby in front of a TV or film” (Hu, 2013) is the kind of screen time parents should avoid.
Experts in the same NPR article cited above suggest that this inactive screen time could lead to a “deficit in language development” because of a perceived lack of social interaction in the videos in question. This is certainly not that case with PsP. One of the hallmarks of this program is Mr. Rob’s social interaction with viewers.
What if I can't sing or play an instrument?
Don’t worry… that’s why we’re here! We take it super slow with one bell at a time, and we slowly scaffold our way to playing more and more complex songs. You’ll have no problem modeling the actions for your kids and there’s a good chance you’ll end up learning to play an instrument in the process!
The pitch of the bells and Mr. Rob’s singing will also help guide your and your child’s singing.
The most important thing is to remember that you are facilitating an empowering and fun learning experience for your child. Be confident in your ability to be his or her first favorite teacher! Your modeled enthusiasm—even if slightly off-key—will show your child that it is okay to keep trying even if you’re not perfect, and that sometimes the road to mastery requires a little stumbling.
Can PsP substitute for music lessons?
While the benefits of a private music education cannot be overstated, many of our students are not quite ready for expensive, one-on-one music lessons. Young children have difficulty with complex, traditional instruments like guitar and piano, and these seem to be the most popular among private instructors.
If you can find a teacher to incorporate, singing, hand signs, and bells into your child’s musical play, PsP can be a great complement to music lessons.
Preschool Prodigies provides the perfect springboard for future music lessons, once your child is ready to move beyond.
How often should I practice with my child?
The point of the Playground is to give children repeatable, predictable and enjoyable experiences through meaningful play with pitch. We highly encourage SHORT, BUT REGULAR practice. For the early learner, it’s better to get 5-10 minutes of practice each day, than to only get an hour of music once a week.
Again, we want to make memorable pitched-based experiences for your kids, and short, but regular practice is the best way to do this. If you get really into all of the materials (videos, workbooks, songbooks) you will have plenty of materials and plenty of inspiration to keep the musical play fresh and creative for you and your child!
What if I can't start right away?
With a regular Playground membership, you have access to all content for one year. If you can’t get started right away it’s okay, but remember that there is a critical period in which children develop their sense of pitch.
With a lifetime Playground membership, you have access to all content forever! This is a great option for parents with multiple children, but again, don’t miss out on your young child’s unique ability right now!
Remember that some children get exposure to pitch from the day they are born via their native language, and so it’s never too soon to start giving your kids meaningful exposure to pitch.
What is your refund policy?
We offer a no-questions-asked refund to each customer within 60 days of every purchase. If you are not satisfied with our product, then simply send us an email and we will refund your purchase right away.
Our goal has always been to create a happy, thriving music community. If you are not thrilled with the product, or are not enjoying the experience, then we have no interest in forcing you to stay an unhappy member.
What kind of access do I have to Mr. Rob?
Unlike most programs like this, you have direct access to Mr. Rob for support. Want to request a specific song? Have a new feature idea for the program? Is something we made not working quite right for you?
Mr. Rob is available and happy to help everyone who is a part of the program. He has been in e-mail contact with parents and teachers almost daily since launch day in 2015 and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future! Just don’t be surprised if the time-stamps on the e-mails are in the wee-hours of the morning.
What kind of access do I have to my membership?
You can log in from any web-connected device at anytime and you have unlimited access to the videos and workbooks once you’re inside. Have multiple kids? Print multiple copies!
With a personal license though, you are limited to being logged into one device at a time.
Not connected to the web? Consider purchasing a lifetime membership so you can download the videos directly to your computer!
Which color-coded instruments work well with this program?
Anything that’s color coded via Chromanotes will match our system exactly. This includes the Deskbells we recommend as well as Boomwhackers.
There are other sets of color coded instruments that ALMOST match our colors, and if you have some of those, it’s usually not that hard for kids to adjust.
For instance, some instruments color coded G as Blue (where as we call it Teal, and blue is G#). This isn’t that difficult for a kid to understand, especially because Teal is essentially Blue-Green.
My internet connection is unreliable; can I download the videos?
Yes! If you sign-up for a lifetime membership you can download all 60+ videos straight to your computer! If you have a regular membership to the Playground, you can upgrade to a lifetime membership for a pro-rated fee. For specific concerns about your membership, email [email protected].