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.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- What Piano Maestro is for
- How Piano Maestro works
- How to navigate the Piano Maestro app
- Why you should incorporate this kind of “gamification” into your teaching
- How to get any student started in with the app
***Sorry about the delay in the video sync. I’ve been trialling some new software and still have some tweaks to make.
Items mentioned in this podcast:
- Free excerpt from ‘The Insider’s Guide to Joytunes’ Piano Maestro’
- Piano Maestro
- Piano Dustbuster
- Simply Piano
- TTTV007: Building a Multi-Teacher Studio with Carly McDonald
- Sheet Music on the JoyTunes website
- Logitech speakers
- The Insider’s Guide to Joytunes’ Piano Maestro
- Tracy Selle’s Webinars
Not a teacher? Here’s your discount code:
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Do you use Joytunes’ Piano Maestro?
Are you just getting started? Or a seasoned user? What’s your favourite thing about this amazing app?
Since I am an “older” student, I got married when I was 15, I would like to try “Simply Piano” but I can’t find the app could it be Piano Simply (no that’s not it) maybe you can tell me how to get it on the webinar in a few hours/
Here you go, Nancy: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/simply-piano-by-joytunes/id1019442026?mt=8
Hope you enjoyed the webinar!
I loved the podcast and I’ve recently been trying the free version of Piano Maestro. I was interested in the code you mentioned to unlock the full version for a month, but I can’t find it in the show notes. Would you mind directing me to where I can find that. Thanks!
Hey Ryan. Are you a teacher? If you are, then PM is free for life for you and your students! Let me know if not and I’ll see what we can do!
Hi Tim. I’m not a teacher – just an adult re-learner (took lessons as a kid). In the podcast it said the code was for non-teachers I do believe. Thanks – I’d love to check out the full library of the App.
Hey Ryan. You’re right – I forgot the code! It’s JTS1MREPORTER
Thanks Tim. I hate to be a bother, but do you know where I enter the code to unlock the trial? I can’t find anywhere to put one in. I’ve contacted JoyTunes but got a message back that they are very busy and might not reply quickly. Thanks.
Your timing couldn’t be more perfect! I’m holding class recitals next week and unveiling Piano Maestro to my parents. Hoping to spread a new excitement and energy throughout my studio. Thanks for the tips and added info!
Fantastic news Marie – good luck!