Nowadays, developers are attempting to create video games to teach people about everything. As we are living in a digital era, it makes sense that children would choose to learn via apps for almost every subject. Recently, piano learning apps have been introduced helping people gain a better understanding of the instrument; but surely learning how to play from an app isn’t possible. Is it? This article will look at the JoyTunes’ Piano Maestro from Apple and discuss how to works.
The JoyTunes’ Piano Maestro is an app with the primary functioning of teaching children how to play the piano and read sheet music. It operates in the same way as the game RockBand, but with sheet music and real instruments. First, you need to prop the iPad up near a keyboard or piano; then the app will introduce a single sheet-reading skill at a time. Using the iPad’s microphone to listen – yes, the app listens – JoyTunes asks the player to perform what is presented on the musical staff. The player’s job is to correctly read the music and play the notes in response to JoyTunes’ prompts.
While JoyTunes is typically created for children, it can be used by adults of all ages. It is a well-organized app and operates according to the user’s page with game-based practices making it easy to follow. Practical studies have shown that children find the app very motivating as there is an animated rewards system and the simplicity of the tasks makes it easy for youngsters to understand.
Unfortunately, the limited patience of children causes the app to lose its novelty quite soon. Parents who have used this app on a trial basis have noted that reading music can be easily learned using JoyTunes; however, if the child is to learn further skills an automated program will not work. One cannot expect a child to download music playing skills from a touchscreen app and while this is an effective teaching tool, the child does require encouragement from a physical teacher.
Reading music has always been considered the more boring aspect of learning to play an instrument, and apps can make this process more enjoyable or easier to complete. Once one has learned to read music, there may not be a need for piano learning apps or rather the need for supplementing the apps with physical piano support. Of course, this is different for each learner and every individual need to try these apps to determine their preference.