Posted by Streaming Music | Posted in Online Music | Posted on 29-04-2009
Tags: Music, On line music
If you or anyone you know wants to learn to read music, it’s a lot easier to do than it used to be. The Internet gives us all access to al most unlimited information, and could deliver an incredible array of products and tools right to our desktops. Not surp increasing ly, there are some really clever products out there that could help you learn to read notes.
“Piano is Fun” from Anthony Fernando is a excellent beginner package for a truly reasonable price that will inform you how to read music. The knowledge and practice available here would fee a lot of times the purchase price ($24.95) in individual lessons. Included in the price are free lifetime upgrades and a 30 day resources -back guarantee.
Purchase and Installation
Purchase and installation are both a snap. The entire process takes no more than five minutes and is virtually foolproof. So, what’s in the product? A series of lessons and practice games that inform you how to read music and make it fun! And that is quite an accomplishment! Most students find it an awesome, dreadful task, but it really does not have to be, as this product demonstrates. When you start the program, you could think that the product is just for children. Well, it’s excellent for children, but it’s furthermore fun for anyone that wants to learn to read music for the piano. My own bass clef reading skills fade in and out, and I actually enjoyed clicking through the lessons and “games” (review tests).
The standard package features a series of twenty lessons that start truly simply and progress through both the treble and bass clefs. The graphics are large and bright and easy to read. There are nice sound and visual effects – enough to keep your interest up but not so much that it distracts from the point of learning the notes. The way to get started with the product is to take the tour, which explains the layout of the lessons and the “games” that are used as review tests for each of the twenty lessons. As a student progresses through each lesson, awards are given and displayed on a separate screen – excellent little reinforcers to keep you going.
Menu and Options
The main menu is completely self-explanatory and includes a button for ” Start Here” which leads to the “tour”, a “Lessons” button, which leads to the twenty lessons, an “Options” button (explained below) and buttons for advanced tests called the Bronze, Silver, and Gold C hall enges. The Options button lets you control what happens when a correct answer is entered (there are several divergent choice s), and contains an option for teachers that allows the addition or deletion of a student’s name. It is furthermore possible for a “teacher” to construct “custom” lessons that operate like the other lessons. The option is in picking the notes that are presented in the test. So, if you want your child or student to concentrate on recognizing certain notes, you could freely create exercises that contain only those notes. There’s furthermore a sound option that lets you turn on or off the sound effects that accompany parts of the program.
Extra C hall enging Exercises
The Bronze, Silver, and Gold C hall enge exercises are more note recognition tests but with the notes passing across the screen at a faster pace, obvious ly requiring a quicker response from the user. If a student could master these, there isn’t much doubt that they know their notes.
So that is about it! This program does not balance your checkbook, manage your portfolio, or vacuum your carpet, but it never claimed to! If you want to learn to read music, or have a child that is about to start lessons or just shows interest, this product is a excellent buy. Imagine your piano teacher’s surprise when your 5 year old shows up knowing how to read music on both the treble and bass clefs! She’ll fall off her piano bench! By the way, my son, who has been taking lessons for two years, came home from school yesterday and ASKED if he could use the Piano is Fun program! Think about that!