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Musiah Review: “It Is Literally Like Having A Teacher Sitting Next To You”

20 April 2016

Adrienne NoonanToday, it’s a pleasure to share with you this light-hearted yet heart-warming review by mature-age piano student, Adrienne Noonan from Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia

 

At the time of writing, Adrienne has been learning piano with Musiah for about two weeks and is currently working her way through Level 2, having completed Level 1 in about 1½ weeks.

 

So Adrienne is progressing really well and, most importantly, enjoying her piano lessons journey – including managing fingers with a mind of their own and talking back to her teacher!

 

This is her story…

 

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Before taking up piano lessons with Musiah, my main obstacle was that I felt I would not succeed, and I didn't want to be in a class with children. I tried another program and found that I was learning to play by colour and I really wanted to play by notes. Crazy I know!

 

However, once I started learning with Musiah, I was absolutely delighted at the pace of the lessons. I felt I wasn't treated like a fool but I was undertaking something that I could succeed with. 

 

There is enough content to keep moving forward. But I did need a few weeks to get through the first level. As we age our brains know what to do but it sometimes takes a little time to convince parts of the body — the fingers. They aren't as co-operative as they used to be. I have seriously considered putting a splint on my left hand ring finger, as it gets excited and wants to play notes out of turn!

 

The opportunity to cross to practice during the lesson is helpful, as is the slider to regulate the speed. I love the theory that is throughout the lessons. When I play a piece incorrectly, I get to recite the notes so I have learnt their names. This is a great sense of achievement to me. I am on the way to being able to look at music and play it correctly. Little steps.

 

The Feedback Is Fantastic... Literally Like Having A Teacher Sitting Next To You

 

Of all the features of this program, this is the one I love to hate — The feedback after playing a piece is fantastic.

 

The feedback is probably the best feature of your program. It is literally like having a teacher sitting next to you and calmly explaining how to better perform a piece of music. "This note was played here when it should have been played here... These notes weren't played at all.” And I get loads of comments. BUT it makes me more determined to get it right. 

 

The best example one day was when my fingers got tangled up and so I decided not to finish the piece but to vent my frustration I ran my fingers up and down the keys. The comment at the end was something like "What happened?” then "believe in yourself.” I laughed and got over my frustration and proceeded to play the piece correctly. And it has been a great story to share.

 

Often after the comments I add my own - like "yes, yes I know" or “it is getting a bit better!” To play a piece through and have no comments has me cheering. Thank goodness we have no kids at home any more as I am sure they would think I am crazy. 

 

Other benefits of Musiah I really like are

 

  • the audition at the end of each lesson
  • the way it gets you place your fingers in C position and play C with both hands to check your hands are in the correct place is useful
  • And the star system is a reward even 60 year olds rise to.

 

Before I finished the first level I went back through the pieces to get 5 stars as that was the only way to get to the performance. I enjoyed the challenge of performing the pieces at a faster speed. Another feature I like is showing hands on the keyboard to perform a particular action.

 

Recently I showed your program to a friend who has 3 young children and she was interested as there is no travelling to a music teacher required. These days so many of us are time poor and being able to learn in your own home is a distinct advantage. 

 

I had actually started to look for a local piano teacher but felt reluctant to display my lack of knowledge. I now have piano lessons on my terms. No embarrassment when I misplay. I get a comment and I reply. I guess if anyone listened in, they would be in fits of laughter. But vocalising helps!

 

I started off in story mode but soon jumped out of there as it was too slow for me. Forever impatient- just wanting to get on. 

 

While I have only completed Level 1, I feel I have found a program that will teach me how to play the piano and teach me about rhythm. I am looking forward to continuing. 

 

Actually here is another bonus. I am a "grey nomad". We wander around in our caravan when there is free time. So I can stop for a few weeks and then come back and start up again. 

 

I would definitely recommend Musiah and have done so. It is a program you can use when it suits you. 

 

Cheers,

 

Adrienne Noonan

Adult Piano Student

Albany Creek, Queensland, Australia

 

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A BIG thank you Adrienne not only for taking the time to share your experience with Musiah to date experience but also for your humour and candor.

 

The thought of you responding verbally to Musiah’s comments brings a smile to my day :)

But more importantly, it’s wonderful to see you progressing so well. Do keep up your terrific work!

 

If you (dear reader) would like to experience piano lessons software that is “literally like having a teacher sitting next to you”, I warmly invite you to take our Free Online Piano Lessons 14 Day Trial.

 

And of course, if you have any questions about Musiah’s piano lessons, please feel free to email me at support@musiah.com.

 

Thanks for reading, and please feel free to comment below.

 

Til next time,

Brendan Hogan

Piano Teacher & Musiah Inventor

 

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