PIANO LEARNING SOFTWARE USEFUL?
asking me if I'd rather fly to my destination, or just pretend
to travel in a computer mockup. If I'm actually trying to get
somewhere, a computer simulation is of little use.
It's the same
with the piano. No piano software I've ever seen compares to
the experience of sitting at a real keyboard and using one's
mind to solve musical problems.
learning software is a big scam that never benefits the kids,
only the manufacturer and the dealer.
software is dreamed up by the same sort of people who drench
your kids in multiple choice state tests instead of bothering to
give them real learning. Great for the school system, great for
getting tax dollars, not so good for the kids. Anyone who thinks
school districts have the best interests of the children at
heart is quite deluded: American schools exist to cycle
government grant dollars into the pockets of administrators and
contractors, who have no contact with kids. It is estimated that
only 10% of the money spent on education is actually spent on
the child: the rest goes to the school administrators' $250,000
a year salary, testing, useless building contracts awarded to
the favored friends of the administrators, the contractors, and
phony learning software. It all looks good on paper, but kids
remain uneducated by this foolish system.
software SOUNDS good
to the ignorant parent, but the inevitable result is boredom.
software always results in boredom because the most you can do
with it has already been built in. You follow the course, like a
video game, but then where do you go?
Once you get to
"level ten" of the software, you'll find yourself no
better prepared for a real piano than you were before you
started the software.
piano software is attractive to parents and kids addicted to
computers and video devices. The software marketing will point
out that you have no piano and no teacher, so where else will
you go to try the piano?
I'll tell you
where: to the closest piano or inexpensive keyboard.
keyboard, unlike pre-arranged software, has no limitations, and
a child can see that immediately. The freedom from limitations
that comes from the 'blank" keyboard is both
exhilarating and frightening.
In fact, it is
this "blankness" of the real piano that is responsible
for the piano being such an admirable teaching instrument: you
can make it as easy or as difficult as you want. With software,
you can only make it do what it is prepared to do, no more, no
Here's the rub:
if you start a child with reading music, 90% will fail, that is
simply an historical statistic.
That is why I
invented Piano By Number. It is the crucial step that has been
left out of a child's piano journey. And statistics show that if
you start your child with a child-friendly method like Piano By
Number, you stand a far higher chance of success.
Of course, if
you can, just go get a great piano teacher and a real piano.
But you will
soon find there are far more real pianos than good children's
And without the
right teacher, you are better off waiting until you can find
important than the instrument or method is the teacher.
convince me that a computer is a better piano teacher than a
is a product that appears to offer a good value, but in the end
is rejected roundly by the very kids it is designed for due to
one inherent flaw: boredom.
either the computer plays you, or you play the piano.