Have you heard about Piano Maestro? No?! Well it’s time we changed that! If you’re a piano teacher, Piano Maestro is free for you and all your students. Completely free. So there’s no reason not to jump in!
Piano Maestro is an incredible iPad app for sight reading. The music scrolls across the screen, and it “listens” to you play on any piano or keyboard (no wires!) and gives you feedback on how accurately you played.
This is cool enough by itself, but the real magic of Piano Maestro is how it gameifies learning to read music. After each song, the student is given a number of stars for their performance. To progress to the next chapter in journey mode, the student has to get a certain number of stars. They can’t get ahead of themselves, they have to put in the work.
There are too many amazing features of Piano Maestro to mention, such as the large library of method books, up to date pop songs, scales and arpeggios…the list goes on. Much better that you hear about these amazing features from Becki ‘Piano Maestro’ Laurent herself.
***Sorry about the delay in the video sync. I’ve been trialling some new software and still have some tweaks to make.
There are a lot of podcasts you could be tuning into today, and I’m grateful that you’ve chosen mine.
Being a full-time teacher myself, I know how busy teachers are and how much time, effort and passion we put into our students. Sometimes, the last thing we want to do in our time off is listen to more piano teaching stuff! So, well done for using this time for self-improvement.
Whether you’re at the gym, on the bike or in the car, I know that you and your students will get lots out of what you learn in the long run. Just make sure you try out some of the ideas before they get lost in the business of your next lessons.
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Are you just getting started? Or a seasoned user? What’s your favourite thing about this amazing app?
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.