Today I am excited to share with you, at this Christmas season, a gift of music. Our family found these free online piano lessons offered by Hoffman Academy almost 2 months ago and we have absolutely loved them. They have created a lot of excitement in our home about music and I am grateful for the chance to share it with you.
I come from a family of musicians. My father is a professional musician who has, with creativity and hard work, actually made a good living in his musical career. My mom is a soprano who, even in her 60’s, has continued to take voice lessons and can seriously belt it! I am not a musician. I have a lot of talents, but music, at this point, is not one of them. My parents tried. I mean they really, really tried! I took 7+ years of very expensive, high quality, piano lessons. I practiced 30 minutes a day for 7 years, and if I sit down at the piano right now I can play a couple of hymns as long as they have no sharps or flats. I play these masterpieces very slowly and if people try to sing along I am in big trouble. It is pretty sad! My poor parents. Their dream of having a musical eldest child was dashed quite early in their parenting adventures.
Today I am not going to focus on my musical failings and what went wrong, but want to share with you the 3 most awesome things about Hoffman Academy.
1- Hoffman Academy is FREE
Hoffman Academy is “deeply passionate about making quality music education available and affordable for everyone.” At the beginning of the school year I was looking into music lessons for my daughters here in Utah. I was considering a program I had heard great things about. It offered kids a great musical base, a love of learning, and a lot of fun activities. The only drawback was that it was $65 a month. At that time the cost to enroll 2 kids was causing me some grief. I think all of us as parents want to provide the best opportunities for our children to learn and grow, but sometimes the cost can be a huge sacrifice. This was a sacrifice that was going to be difficult to make. About that time I heard about Hoffman Academy and decided to give it a try. When I watched this intro video of Joseph Hoffman sharing his vision of children all over the world enjoying great music lessons for FREE here I was so grateful and a bit overwhelmed. I have to admit that I totally got teary eyed. What an amazing mission!
2- Hoffman Academy is FUN
I know that I mentioned earlier that I was not going to talk about my musical failings, but I bet like me, there are a lot of us who have to admit that we were really bored in our musical training. Because of that boredom we never really felt the love of music that our parents hoped they were paying for.
From our first Hoffman Academy lesson I recognized that this was actually going to be a fun activity for my kids. They loved it! They were engaged, curious, and excited to learn from the very beginning. Yes, I have had to help them refocus at times, but they have not complained about piano lessons or practicing. It has been very rewarding for me to watch them learn with enthusiasm.
Check out some examples of some of the fun lessons that Hoffman has added to his library of FREE lessons.
This has been my daughter’s favorite so far.
A Start Wars song and a Christmas song for the most wonderful time of the year!
3 – Hoffman Academy is QUALITY
The activities and music that the children participate in are very engaging! We have done 12 lessons in the last 6 weeks and it seems like every lesson has been different. I love this graphic of the types of things that the kids are learning when participating in Hoffman Academy. It covers a lot of ground. The children are even learning music theory from the very beginning. What a great way for kids to start a lifelong understanding and love of music!
I want to share a couple more added bonuses of Hoffman Academy. I love sitting by my children and watching them learn, but with Hoffman Academy, I am also learning. I am putting things together that I learned many years ago. I have been very engaged in the videos and the lessons. One other great thing about Hoffman Academy is the teacher. I know that this may sound strange, but I grew up watching Mr. Rogers. Joseph Hoffman reminds me of Mr Rogers! I promise this is a good thing. 🙂 He is kind, authentic and really great with children. He has a perfect personality for on-line children’s education and I have also really enjoyed learning from him. Maybe that is because I am just a child in my musical abilities.
How It Works
All of the video lessons on Hoffman Academy are completely free. There are over 100 quality lessons for anyone who has access to the internet. Hoffman Academy also provides the lesson materials, music, and activities to download for less than $1 a lesson. These are wonderful to have, but not a necessity.
Today we are having a giveaway! We are sharing the printable lesson supplements for the first 20 lessons with 2 lucky readers!
In order to enter this giveaway please comment below on The Mama Birds blog or on our Facebook page. For an extra entry please share with your friends on social media and leave comment telling us that you shared. We will announce the winners of the giveaway on New Year’s Day, just in time for a new and great year of music lessons!