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Frequently Asked Questions


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What Hardware and Software do I Need?

Fun2Read Music lessons are based on selections of short videos and interactive screencasts. They run great on computers and laptops. If you plan to view these lessons on a device other than a computer or laptop, be sure to test it first to be sure it runs as expected. To test out a lesson, click the FREEBIES tab and select MY FIRST LESSON. For more on this, see the blog post entitled Hello?


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What Else do I Need?

Your computer must have a sound card in order to use the Fun2Read Music Club lessons, because audio contributes a big part to our lessons. Be sure to try out MY FIRST LESSON on our website to be sure it runs as expected. Just click on the FREEBIES tab. And, because the Fun2Read Music Club is hosted online, you'll get the best results when using an up-to-date browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You may get unpredictable results when running older versions of Internet Explorer.


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Do I Need to Buy a Piano?

The Fun2Read Music Club is about reading and playing music on a keyboard. This means a musical instrument's keyboard, not the computer's keyboard! So you'll need to have an electronic keyboard or piano. I recommend using an inexpensive electronic keyboard to start with. However, if you plan to continue with lessons, you should have a standard-size keyboard. Otherwise, your fingers may be able to play very well on your own keyboard, but not anywhere else! Since we're all about developing transferable skills, contact us for specific keyboard recommendations.


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What About Internet Safety?

Of course, you'll want to institute your usual parental controls. However, once you have entered your user name and password to access the Fun2Read Music Club, it's just click and go! The Fun2Read Music Club is safe and easy. We have NO external links within our lessons, so your child cannot end up on any other website. And we have no advertising on our learning site. Not now, not ever!


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Why Should my Child Learn Now? Why Not Wait Until he's Older?

Young children are "wired" to enjoy memorization and repetition. Now is an ideal time for him to start. He'll have fun, and you'll be amazed at how much he can learn! Our materials also support early reading skills.


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My Son Had Some Lessons Already. At What Level Should he Start?

It depends on his age and what kind of experience he had with his previous lessons. For best results, contact us. We want your son to experience success with his lessons and to have fun! The more details you can provide to us, the better recommendation we can make.


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What Are the Lessons Like?

Each lesson has two aspects: one is computer-based learning, and the other is the learning that you do at your keyboard or piano. We present information in a variety of different ways using a multi-sensory approach. And, because the goal is to actually READ music, there are some music worksheets to print out. To experience a lesson first-hand, click the FREEBIES tab and select MY FIRST LESSON.


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What if it's Too Easy?

The Fun2Read Music Club is just right for early learners. But it may be too easy for your child. That's why we have our series of Fun2Read Music e-books! We designed our materials to be flexible and ideal for self-paced learning. However, you will need to do ALL the lessons. Don't skip any! If your little learner finds it easy, just complete the lesson and move on! We are trying to avoid the dreaded "learning plateau," where students get mired in lessons that are too hard for them. As long as it's easy, you can keep moving along. As it gets more challenging, you will need to slow down. The idea is for your child to learn at the level where they have the most fun! 


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How Quickly Should my Child Progress Through the Lessons?

A good rule of thumb is "one lesson per week."  Because the lessons are self-paced, your child can go as fast (or as slow) as they need to. Be sure to go back and review previous lessons from time to time, especially if they are feeling challenged by something new. And be sure they are having fun - because a child who is having fun is more likely to persevere through a challenge. And remember... the more you play, the easier it gets!


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What if it's Too Hard?

If your child is 6 or younger, you will probably want to sit with him while he does his first few lessons. We think your child will catch on quickly and be able to repeat the lesson on his own. Be sure to provide plenty of encouragement for trying, and allow him to repeat the same lesson as often as he likes! Remember... repetition is our friend!


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What do You Mean When You Say That They "Learn to Read Music by Playing Music"?

We get your child started in their first lesson with finger numbering patterns. We introduce standard music notation gradually, after your child already has a repertoire of songs and has developed some positive momentum. In case you want confirmation that finger numbering patterns are the way to go, click to read the blog posts entitled Just Ask Phil Jackson or The Mad Science of Fun2Read Music.


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I Don't See Any Notes in Level 1. Where Are They?

Following finger numbering patterns is the key to success, whether you are playing your first song or whether you are playing an advanced piece. This allows your body to use "muscle memory" to its maximum benefit. In my opinion, students should not progress to trying to read notes until their fingers respond consistently to their number names. The way I prefer to teach this skill is to give young students lots of songs to play that are based ONLY on finger numbers. However, I sometimes encounter a student who prefers to start by reading music notation. For more on this, click to read the blog post entitled The Music Snob. If this sounds like you or your child, just contact us to receive the alternate version of our songs.


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Won't Structured Lessons Ruin His Creativity?

I've found that Fun2Read Music actually stimulates creatvity. You may notice your child playing his own music and writing it down using the quick short-hand method they learn in these lessons! So start today, because there's nothing to lose and everything to gain!


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I Want my Daughter to Play the Classics. Won't This Spoil Her?

Fun2Read Music builds valuable skills that allow your child to play the classics later on.  Basic skill drills are built in, but they are disguised as fun activities! And your child will also learn to play some classical themes with the funniest lyrics you ever heard! I know this system works, because one of my top students (who started lessons with me when she was eight years old) recently graduated from Julliard!



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Got more questions? Need more answers?
Click on our BLOG tab, which is right up... there!


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Who are the Fun2Read Music Kids?


The Fun2Read Music Kids are animated characters! Kids love hearing from other kids, so guess who's in charge of the Fun2Read Music Club? The Fun2Read Music Kids, that's who!

These cute kids teach the entire series of lessons, including the JumpStart 4 Kids series, in children's voices. There's Kristen, Ellen and Jessica, along with Ben and his identical twin brother Ted

(they look so much alike that you won't be able to tell them apart) ... to name just a few!

Want to know more? Check out MY FIRST LESSON on the FREEBIES tab.


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How are Fun2Read Music Lessons
Different From the Free Lessons I See on YouTube?


There are three major differences... level, interactivity and continuity:

  • Learning at the right level is important for kids. Many of the free lessons out there are more for adults. Because we know how long it takes for kids to actually learn a skill, we provide lots and lots of songs at the same level so that they can practice.
  • Interactivity is especially important for kids using the computer. When learning online, kids want to click some buttons and see something happen, not just watch a video.
  • In order to really learn to play, you have to keep doing it. Our lessons are designed to keep kids engaged while they learn. Fun2Read Music provides plenty of practice while keeping material fresh and interesting. But kids won't notice that they're practicing! They'll think that they're just playing on the computer and keyboard!


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How Much Natural Talent
Does my Child Need
in Order to Benefit From Lessons?


Over the long term, the desire to play

and the willingness to keep at it
matter much more than natural talent.
A child stands to benefit greatly from our lessons
as long as they are enjoying the process
and learning new skills.
To find out more, click to read the blog post
entitled What in the World is She Playing?