After trying several piano apps, we went with Simply Piano and are still loving it after a year. My six-year-old-son (and I!) have developed not just piano skills, but a deeper love and appreciation for music and are having so much fun learning.
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Why I Love This
- Introduces my son to different music genres and artists - from Bruno Mars to the Beatles.
- He's more motivated to learn popular songs he's familiar with.
- Gamification encourages him to practice and level up, it's so addicting!
- He learned chords and breezed through his piano lessons/books his first year!
- I've been learning piano with him, though at a slower pace. We can play duets now and it's such a great way to bond.
- The app features a built-in keyboard so he can practice when we're traveling.
- It's easy to set up and sync with your piano or keyboard
- Great intro to piano before investing in lessons
- The free trial gives you enough time to decide if it's worth the investment - about $10/month.
A Helpful Review, from Piano Hero: How JoyTunes Makes Young Musicians Actually Like Practicing - Forbes:
...the basic problem for youngsters like his nephew was this: it’s not fun to suck at something. “The trick is getting through that initial three-year phase where there’s no payoff, where you’re practicing but no one wants to hear you play because you suck, honestly.” Kaminka’s apps, like any game environment, create a landscape of instant gratification to get you over that three-year hump.More info: From beginner to pro, gain all the essential skills you need to make your musical dreams come true. Whether you want to learn piano on your own, or you’re starting from scratch, Simply Piano will guide you so you can play the songs you love.
Find it here: Joytunes