This is Rock Robbins, the Community Manager from Music Teacher’s Helper.
If you don’t know me, I’m an author, music teacher, tech geek, singer, saxophone and piano playing karaoke loving husband and father of 2 boys. I’ve been playing, singing, or teaching music for many years. Nice to “meet” you here online.
This week, I’m reviewing Piano Marvel.
You likely have already heard about this really cool looking online tool for teaching piano to students. Brandon Pearce, the founder of Music Teacher’s Helper, shared this service with me and asked me to review it.
I’m bit of an old school type where you just use the piano and piano book and work out your sections the old fashioned way. But I’m also a bit of a geek as well, so when I saw a video of the service in action, I thought…
“Oh yeah, this is really the evolution of music teaching tools for the generations that are born with gadgets and apps around them.”
Remember — most of these young students have never known a time without the Internet. Wow. This really is second nature for them to use these tools.
Ok, here we go — so, Piano Marvel just sent out an email saying…
“Can you learn this song in 5 days?
Impossible? It is not as hard as it looks, but don’t tell your friends that. We will make it easy for you.
Just follow the steps below and you will have this song mastered in 5 days. (Ages 8+)
Step 1 – Watch this Instructional Video (Printing the Sheet Music and Smart Practicing)
Step 2 – Get a Free Account with this link: http://bit.ly/PianoMarvel
So, I’m going to jump into this service and see what it can do
Now, I have two boys (13, and 15) who are musical as well, and have had some basic piano lessons from my wife and I. I’m going to have them try this out and get their input too.
What do you need to try Piano Marvel?
This was my first question, and the basic set-up you’ll need is…
- A Digital Piano or Keyboard
- A Computer (PC or Mac) Sorry, Chromebooks won’t work
- A MIDI or USB cable (to connect the computer to your keyboard)
- Internet Access (Basic Cable or DSL speeds are fine)
(See here if you want to know more of those set up details)
(Believe it or not, you can actually try Piano Marvel if you only have a piano and a computer — it’s called book mode and doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but you can follow the video tutorial for each song and learn from that.)
Now, it just so happens that I have a Roland digital piano, and I have an older MIDI adaptor I can connect to my Windows laptop.
I’m going to create my own free account, and we’ll test this out together.
If you want to play along at home, click here to set up your own Piano Marvel account.
I personally think I can learn the song sooner than 5 days, but I’m interested to see how my boys do with the service. Since they like games, and this makes learning piano a bit like that with Stars and Percentage Complete that encourage you to keep going to get the “high score”. I think this will be HIGHLY effective for them.
I’ll let you know how it goes here soon — stay tuned for more in my next post.