September 13, 2011 in Music (E)
[prMac.com] Moraga, California - Spinapse has just released PianoHead for the iPhone and iPad. This popular program has helped thousands of students learn to read music using a game-like format.
According to Bill Purdy of Spinapse, "A lot of our customers have been asking for a mobile version of PianoHead, and the iPhone and iPad are ideal platforms for this product. The interface is clean and simple and you can play it in short bursts, so it's a great way to learn to read music while you're in between classes or waiting for the bus."
Unlike some programs that offer step-by-step music lessons, PianoHead targets four critical skills that require repetition and practice. It's designed to build automaticity for note recognition, scales, intervals and key signatures. Using a clean interface with simple, consistent navigation, players can easily work on specific areas of choice and measure their own progress. A timer and scoreboard keep track as players build their skills.
In addition to the four practice areas, PianoHead includes a game that tests all of these skills. In the PianoHead Challenge, players start with three lives and compete through 16 increasingly difficult levels. The cumulative score builds as players successfully complete each round. Players can earn bonus lives and bonus points to boost their success, then post their top scores to the Worldwide Scoreboard.
According to piano teacher Claire Marshall of Bainbridge Island, WA, "This is a win/win product for teachers and students. With over 30 years experience, and a large studio of successful students, I can attest that PianoHead taps into the quick visual perception both honed in today's youth by video games, and required by successful music readers. I have many students who have leaped to a higher level of understanding and enthusiasm for playing the piano, as PianoHead has lifted them beyond the mundane level of "hunt and peck". At a time when national studies show that a large percentage of piano students drop out after two years of lessons because they cannot read music, I cannot recommend this product highly enough!"
* Clean and intuitive interface
* Easy to learn
* Highly addictive and replayable
* Modular areas to focus your practice
* Worldwide Scoreboard
* Local Scoreboard
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.2 or later
* 9.1 MB
Pricing and Availability:
PianoHead 1.1 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Music category.
Spinapse was founded in 2004 by Bill Purdy and John Taylor, two veterans of the software industry. Both are alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and have created award-winning products for organizations such as Lucas Learning, the Library of Congress, shockwave, and Apple Computer. Copyright 2004-2011 Spinapse. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Computer in the U.S. and/or other countries.