MusiColoRide Piano Basics for Very Beginners is a set
of 10 interactive matching cards that reinforce basic piano skills.
These cards are for ages 4 and up, and they review treble clef
notes, bass clef notes, time signatures, time values, and musical
This set of cards includes six different color plastic clips that
correspond to colored dots on the laminated cards. On the top of
the card are six grey dots, with words printed below. For example,
on the "Symbol Review" card, across the top are the grey dots with
the words slur, treble clef sign, tie, double bar line, bass
clef sign, and repeat sign printed below the dots.
Along the bottom of the card are the actual symbols (in a different
order than the top), and below the symbols are colored dots that
match the clips. The child then places the colored clip that matches
the symbol on the top of the card above the corresponding word.
The bass clef symbol has a red dot below it, so the child would
place the red clip on the top of the card above the words "bass
clef sign." Once all six clips are placed, the child turns the
card over to check his answers. If he's answered correctly, the
colored clips will match up with colored smiley faces on the back
of the card. Below each colored smiley face, the symbol and the
words are printed.
I think this is a great product for reviewing basic piano skills.
Four of my sons have been taking piano lessons anywhere from two
to five years, and our piano teacher has had them use flashcards
periodically to reinforce what they are learning. Even though my
boys aren't technically beginning piano students anymore, I had
them try out these cards (extra review is always good). They all
thought using these cards was more fun than using flashcards, and
they didn't complain at all about working through them. I look
forward to using them with my youngest son when he begins piano
lessons next year. The cards are laminated, so they will withstand
a lot of use. For $13, I think this set is a good investment for
beginning piano students.