Musiah Inventor - Brendan Hogan

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Born in Ireland, concert pianist, acclaimed composer and educator Brendan Hogan has earned a reputation as an engaging musician praised for his talent and teaching technique.

 

Brendan began playing the piano at the age of seven and was privileged to be the last student to study with internationally renowned piano teacher Dr J.J. O'Reilly before continuing at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with Chopin specialist, Professor Anthony Glavin.

 

Composing music from the age of 12, Brendan was just 17 years old when his first orchestral work entitled 'Mythical Fantasy for Pan Pipes and Orchestra' was performed by Ireland's National Orchestra. This outstanding achievement made him the youngest Irish composer ever to have an orchestral work performed at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

 

Constantly expanding his horizons Brendan wrote his first piano concerto at the age of 18 while teaching music from the Irish national school syllabus to Year 10 students.

 

Since relocating to Australia in 1988 Brendan has forged a unique career working as a composer writing jingles for television commercials and programs as well as songs for established artists.

 

To celebrate the Sydney Opera House's 20th anniversary Brendan composed 'Walk Away' which was performed by Wendy Matthews on the steps of the Opera House.

 

Brendan has achieved the AMEB qualification of Associate in Music Australia (A.Mus.A) as well as Licentiate in Music Australia (L.Mus.A). He is one of the few candidates to obtain the L.Mus.A qualification without the assistance of a teacher.

 

Throughout his remarkable career Brendan has taught piano, organ and keyboard privately and in schools and has spent thousands of hours observing and coaching hundreds of teachers in the specialised art of group keyboard teaching.  His own teaching career started at the age of 11, giving him the opportunity to develop and refine his own unique highly efficient piano teaching method.

 

In a career spanning three decades Brendan has been a concert pianist, published composer of both classical and popular music, writer full member of the Australian Performing Rights Association, ANZCA examiner, director of a number of choirs, the official accompanist to the Victorian Boys Choir and perhaps most notably, a passionate teacher and pioneer of highly original teaching techniques.

 

Since early 2008 Brendan has taken his passion for teaching to a new level and channelled it into the development of the world's first virtual keyboard music teacher. Based on Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) this new form of software is known as Musiah.

 

 

 

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We think Musiah is great. My 13 year old son just loves it. We are now starting our 11 year old son. There is nothing out there like it. To be able to have the instant feedback at every practice is huge, you don't even get that with a private teacher. When my son took lessons from a teacher once a week he would forget how he was supposed to play a piece and so he would be playing it wrong all week until we met with the teacher again. That's a lot of wasted time, which also translates into a lot of wasted money. Another great feature of Musiah for parents is the emailed reports we receive. I don't play the piano myself and I have several children so I can't sit with each child during their lesson, so what would happen is the teacher used to tell us that my son was not practicing what he was supposed to be practicing during the week, and he was not practicing the amount of time he was supposed to be doing. With Musiah I never have to worry about those issues because I get the reports telling me exactly what he is doing. I also don't have to fight with my son to get him to practice because he really enjoys playing with Musiah, he's always excited to get to the next level. Musiah is has truly been an answer to our prayers, it has taken such a load off of us as parents. If I could design the perfect piano program this would be it, the developer was quite a genius. To top it all off you just couldn't get a better price. One more thing that has been great about Musiah is that since it is done on a keyboard my kids can practice any time of day without disturbing anyone because they can just plug in the headphones. What more could we ask for?

 
 

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