Meet the Martin family from Kincardine, Ontario, Canada a small town on the shore of Lake Huron. Pastor Brian and wife Heather have three children Liberty who is 8 years old, Caleb who is 7 years old, and Elijah who is 2 years old.
What’s your musical background?
My husband played the piano growing up and currently plays the guitar. I [Heather] took piano lessons briefly when I was little but most of what I know now I learned from watching the lessons with my kids!
Anything fun or unique you’d like to share about your family?
We are a homeschooling family and we love to go hiking, spend time at the beach and play board games.
How do you structure piano lessons/practice for your family? Any tips to share?
Piano practice and lessons are included as part of our homeschool day. We usually do them in the morning (after math and language) so they often look forward to practicing as a break from “schoolwork”. Because our toddler needs a lot of attention the kids are pretty independent with their practicing. We purchased preschoolers music as well because he loves to sit at the piano with his big siblings and although he is still a bit too young, he likes watching the videos like the big kids.
How did you learn about Busy Moms/Kids Do Piano?
I saw an ad on facebook.
Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your musical journey with piano lessons?
When I saw an ad on facebook a few years ago and signed up for a free summer program Miss Carly was offering. We were busy though and weren’t able to fit it in. A couple years later I saw a free trial class and I signed up because my son Caleb loved music and had taken music for young children so I thought it would be a great thing for him to try. I was skeptical about how online piano lessons would work but my kids LOVED the trial and I was so impressed with Miss Carly’s teaching style that I decided to sign both kids up for lessons.
What is your goal with having your child learn to play the piano?
My goal is for my kids to have an early introduction to music education for brain development to assist in other areas of learning and I believe a foundation in piano is great for future instruments they may be interested in. My daughter also takes violin lessons and piano lessons has really helped her with violin as well.