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#2254820 - 03/31/14 12:39 PM What are some good digital teaching tools? Apps, etc.
splendorlex Offline
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Registered: 03/24/14
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I'm a proud new owner of a Casio PX-780. It sounds great and I'm excited to get started. I know that finding a piano teacher is how I will go eventually, but with this fancy digital piano with its USB input, I figured there must be some good digital tools out there.

What are some good things to look for?

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#2254858 - 03/31/14 02:39 PM Re: What are some good digital teaching tools? Apps, etc. [Re: splendorlex]
EM Deeka Offline
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Registered: 10/08/13
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You can check out the free trial for Piano Marvel online practice sessions which works using the USB midi interface over the internet !!
http://www.pianomarvel.com/

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#2254860 - 03/31/14 02:40 PM Re: What are some good digital teaching tools? Apps, etc. [Re: splendorlex]
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Registered: 03/26/13
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I use a program called "eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method". It is about $50. I did some research last year and it had very good reviews. You can get free stuff online, but it is very mixed in quality and value. You can buy it in lots of places. You can read the reviews at Amazon.

In order to provide feedback to the student, the program "listens" to you as you play the assignments. You can use just a microphone, but best results are obtained if the keyboard has a MIDI out and the computer has a MIDI in. The PX780 will just need a USB cable to your computer to achieve this.

Also, you need to consider how to place the laptop so that the screen is visible to the student while seated at the piano. If your computer screen can't fit behind the music holder, then perhaps one of the tablet based apps should be considered.

Also, the program uses Quicktime technology a lot, which is a known CPU hog, so you need a newish computer. My laptop is 7 years old, and occasionally the CPU load causes it to overheat (however, this is true of any CPU intense program I run - not just the eMedia program). So, probably anything with an I3 CPU or better would be fine.

Jake

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#2254868 - 03/31/14 03:09 PM Re: What are some good digital teaching tools? Apps, etc. [Re: splendorlex]
TheodorN Offline
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Registered: 07/16/10
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Loc: Sweden
I don't think you can play MIDI files in eMedia, other than the ones that come with it, which are not very interesting, to say the least.

Synthesia is quite popular and inexpensive. You can play MIDI files, and see the notes. In learning mode, you can make the program stop the song for you until you hit the right notes.

Similar, a bit more expensive, but quite good, is MIDI Illustrator.

Finally, Home Concert Xtreme, costs more than the other two, but with more features. Their website was down when I checked.

These are the ones I remember, of which I've used Synthesia and MIDI Illustrator.

PS Congratulations on your new Casio PX-780.


Edited by TheodorN (03/31/14 03:13 PM)
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#2255290 - 04/01/14 11:24 AM Re: What are some good digital teaching tools? Apps, etc. [Re: TheodorN]
EM Deeka Offline
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Are there any forum members from down under who could comment on Musiah.com ?

It also seems to be similar to Pianomarvel.com with online digital piano interfaced lessons.

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#2255384 - 04/01/14 02:26 PM Re: What are some good digital teaching tools? Apps, etc. [Re: splendorlex]
Michael Martinez Offline
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Registered: 11/22/12
Posts: 516
Loc: California
People will argue this, but I feel one of the best learning tools is to pipe MIDI to a keyboard that has lighted keys (keys that light up when it receives MIDI). You can slow down song play if you need. Learn to play by hearing the melody and chords and instantly seeing how they are voiced on the keyboard and play along with it at the speed you're comfortable with. I feel this approach mimics that of a good teacher, because basically a good teacher shows you how to voice chords, move from one chord to the next - this is important on the piano. Does your Casio have the lighted-keys capability?


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