This is the second of three posts exploring innovative music technology for learning to play the piano.
If you don't have an iPad, don't despair. Piano Marvel works on your Windows or Mac computer. I've been using this software for several years with many students. It becomes a great practice assistant and features several thousand songs and exercises designed to challenge all ages and ability levels. It also saves your practice information to the cloud so you can practice using almost any computer, any time. Just connect a digital piano to your computer with a MIDI cable connection to get the full benefit of Piano Marvel.
The result is that learning to play the piano is much faster and more fun than with books alone. My students using Piano Marvel (and other apps) learn several times faster largely because there's no time spent practicing wrong notes or rhythm for six days until your next lesson. Also, both you and your teacher can access your playing accuracy scores along with your practice times. I know - difficult to cheat.
Summary of Features
You can access everything Piano Marvel has to offer for a nominal subscription of $15 monthly and they are currently offering all Level 1 exercises and songs for free. You can also use my distributor code, "applegate," to get a discount on the premium subscription ($12, instead of $15 monthly). Try it out at www.pianomarvel.com.
Even though many piano teachers use this great learning system with their students, you can also learn a lot working on your own.
This is the first of three posts about award-winning technology that's now available (and inexpensive) for children, teens, and adults to learn to play piano easily and quickly. These apps enable you to interact with music notation in real-time and see the music "in action." Since I've incorporated them into my teaching, I've seen a significant increase in student success.
This post deals with an iPad app called, Piano Maestro.
Though, Piano Maestro is currently only for iPad, I'm hearing about the possibility that it may be available for Android sometime in the future. This app is great for learning piano with a teacher or on your own. And it works for young students as well as adults.
All you have to do is download the FREE app in the apple app store and place your iPad on your piano and register. It doesn't even have to be an electronic piano and it's wireless- no cables needed. Piano Maestro hosts a "gaming" atmosphere that listens to your playing and gives you immediate feedback on the accuracy of your notes and rhythm.
Summary of Features
Adults and older children may find the backgrounds to a bit "juvenile." At some point, users will have a choice of backgrounds. The functionality, however, works for learners from age 3 to 103 - which means it's a good fir for YOU. Find out more
Terry Smith teaches piano and voice privately in the Phoenix, AZ area and online anywhere using an innovative approach called "PLAY NOW!"