These days, most of our students and children have smart phones or tablets of some sort that are often competing for their attention. Today, I want to share an iPad app with you that is fun, engaging, and will actually help your child/student progress in their lessons!

Music App Spotlight: Piano Maestro

These days, most of our students and children have smart phones or tablets of some sort that are often winning their attention. Today, I want to share an iPad app with you that is fun, engaging, educational, and will actually help your child/student progress in their lessons!

Piano Maestro is from the Joytunes company. These are the same people who created Piano Dust Buster, another app that is a favorite among my students. Like Piano Dust Buster, you can either play the game using the on-screen keyboard, or your own keyboard or piano. The app will listen to your playing and give you real-time feedback about your playing.

Unlike Piano Dust Buster, Piano Maestro shows the music on the staff, and it scrolls across the screen. (Which helps students become better sight readers!!) Students have multiple play choices- from “leveling up” while playing through Journey mode, playing through Method books (the same books they may be working out of for lessons), or just practicing songs from the extensive library.

A lot of the library songs have a backing track loaded with them, which makes playing the pop songs even more fun! And Joytunes is constantly adding new popular songs, so the choices to practice change frequently.

The best part about this app is that it’s FREE! And when connected as a teacher, you can send invites to your students and link them to your teacher account- and then the app will email you a weekly progress report to show you what they are working on and how long they’ve spent playing the app. Piano Maestro can become your teaching assistant. 

Piano Maestro may be a great way to add some technology into your lessons and teach to your students/children in a format they are very familiar with.

What’s your favorite music education app?

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