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.
Terry Smith teaches piano and voice privately in the Phoenix, AZ area and online anywhere using an innovative approach called "PLAY NOW!"