Piano is Fun

There are so many wonderful computer programs to use with music students, but this one is by far my favorite.  Piano is Fun is a program that teaches note reading, and it really is fun!  The program is only $29.95 and worth every penny, in my humble opinion.

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There are 20 lessons in this game, and notes are gradually introduced.  Students first itentify the notes by letter name, then do so on the keyboard as in the picture above.  After the lessons have been finished, students then progress to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals.  In these challenges, the notes go by, and the screen flips randomly from the keyboard to letter names.  The Bronze and Silver medals are pretty easy to get, but the Gold medal is pretty hard.  I can do it, but I have to concentrate!  I am more than satisfied when my students earn the Silver medal.  If they do get the Gold, I give them a gift certificate to their favorite restraunt.

You can go to the Piano is Fun website to see a video of the game in action, and to download the game.

This is such an effective tool that I will have students take 5 minutes out of their lesson to complete a level.  I don’t do it all the time, but it is a regular part of my note reading arsenol of activities.  It also works well for siblings who are waiting for their turn.  I don’ t have a computer lab or anything like that yet.  Students simply play this one game on my laptop in the piano studio.

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9 Responses

  1. This looks great. It’s always nice to hear a review from somebody who has tried a product before you go and spend the money. I may try to incorporate this into lessons!

    • I agree – I like having good reviews before investing my money, too. Eventually I’d like to have more of a computer lab, but for now, this is wonderful!

  2. I have had this program for a few years now and just LOVEit! It is the best investment I have ever made.!! I use it with the students and have a “Three Minute Club”. I have a chart with each lesson numbered across the top. If they do the lesson in 3 minutes, they get a sticker. (I use a stop watch.)

    After 10 lessons they get a coupon for our local ice cream parlor. After lesson #20, they get a coupon to the pizza place of their choice.

    After each medallion, we print out their certificate.

    I highly recommend this program. I have fun doing it myself !!

  3. Joanne, I love your incentive ideas and 3 minute club. I am going to incorporate that into my studio.

    Thanks!
    D’Net

  4. This looks like a great way to learn while playing music games.

  5. Hi D’Net! I really need to get this program! My sister loves it. She told me that her almost 5 yr. old son has already earned the Gold! But he’s a little smarter than the rest of us, so it doesn’t surprise me. 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your holidays!

  6. would love the link to this game. I cant seem to get it open. This game looks great. I would like it for my students and my own kids. Would you send the link to me?
    Thanks
    Mary Ann

  7. i have piano is fun

  8. Hi mates, its great paragraph regarding teachingand fully defined, keep it up all
    the time.

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