WFWM: A Different Kind of Piano Lesson

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My kids love music, which might be a nice way of saying they are noisy people {wink}.

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We have a flutist and percussionist in the school band and they both love playing on the piano with their little sister.

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We stopped piano lessons once they started focusing on their school instruments (because momma only has so much music money).

[side note: Want to know how to get your children to practice the piano for their lessons? Take them out of lessons. I can't keep my kids off the piano now!] They can each play a couple of songs and by a couple I MEAN CHOPSTICKS.

My son begs every week to take piano lessons again. Lord, have mercy.

When I was asked if I wanted to review the QuNexus by Keith McMillen Instruments, a portable keyboard that is re-infusing life into what has been known as the dreaded piano lesson, I jumped at the chance. Because apparently, I LIKE NOISE.

But really, I love the music my kids make and how it’s made them better students and given them an identity in school and made them feel great about their musical gifts.

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It’s so cool! With  25 pressure-sensitive silicone keys and LED illumination, it makes the QuNexus uniquely interactive and fun to play. (System requirements)

We are still figuring it out, but my kids are excited to try their hand at composing music and I really love that it’s more than a high tech toy. It’s interactive with educational music apps and it’s improving my kids keyboard ability and they have been making (more) music.

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There are some great online tutorials for installing and playing the keyboard.

User tip: If you’re an Apple computer or iPad-user like me, you will need to use music software such as: Reason, Kontakt, Ableton Live, Logic, Arturia software synths, AudioMulch, Animoog, and GarageBand. While it plugs right into our mac and works with GarageBand, you’ll need the camera cord set from Apple to make it work on an iPad.

Disclaimer: We were sent the QueNexus for free to review. All the opinions expressed in this post are mine.

Music works for us!


Comments

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    says

    I’ve never seen a keyboard like that before. It looks really fun! We have been practicing on our keyboard for a year now and it has been a little bit slow. Hopefully it will pick up when we can practice piano more consistently. Thanks so much sharing this system and for hosting!

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    says

    Dear Kristen,

    I like the fact that you love music and you are allowing your children to develop musically. I always love to hear parents say that they have no problem with their children making some sound around the house especially when it comes to playing a musical instrument.

    I have heard of the QuNexus but have not gotten a chance to test one myself. There are so many music resources that are now available for parents to use when teaching their child to play a musical instrument.

    I must let you know that I like your style of writing. When I read your articles, I feel as if I am listening to friend.

    All the best!
    Carlinton

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