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online piano lessons with Musiah are a great way to learn piano


Affordable

Incredibly effective

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after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the
point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life.”
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online piano lessons with Musiah are a great way to learn piano


Affordable

Incredibly effective

Life-changing piano lessons

“I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. There are times
after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the
point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life.”
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Introducing Musiah...

The world’s first and only A.I. piano learning app with the depth of instruction of a world-class teacher – making premium piano instruction more affordable than ever before.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher. There is no piano teaching system in the world like it.

When learning piano with Musiah, adults and children from age 7 receive a comprehensive music education. From note reading to rhythm, scales to chords, ear training to memory training, music theory, playing technique and more, Musiah will even teach performance skills.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A, piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor.

The Musiah course takes students from beginner to advanced in the shortest amount of time possible, empowering students by giving them real skills which means they quickly gain the ability to teach themselves any song they choose.

“I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. There are times after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life,” says Rebecca Ramirez of Hemet, Calif., one of many delighted Musiah customers.

Great teaching is at the heart of everything Musiah does. For example, its piano method was continually tested and refined over an 18 year period before being embodied as a revolutionary invention known today as Musiah.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Musiah is not just piano lessons. It’s a deeply considered holistic approach to learning and self-development that empowers students to realize their true learning potential.

Plus, it’s fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to learn as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

If you have a dream to play piano, this is the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn. And you can get started right now with just a few clicks.

Musiah works by connecting a MIDI keyboard (minimum 49 keys) to your PC, Mac or iPad by either cable or Bluetooth.

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Introducing Musiah...

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The world’s first and only A.I. piano learning app with the depth of instruction of a world-class teacher – making premium piano instruction more affordable than ever before.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher. There is no piano teaching system in the world like it.

When learning piano with Musiah, adults and children from age 7 receive a comprehensive music education. From note reading to rhythm, scales to chords, ear training to memory training, music theory, playing technique and more, Musiah will even teach performance skills.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A, piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor.

The Musiah course takes students from beginner to advanced in the shortest amount of time possible, empowering students by giving them real skills which means they quickly gain the ability to teach themselves any song they choose.

“I cannot thank you enough for this amazing software. There are times after completing a lesson when I am overwhelmed with gratitude to the point of tears. I do believe you have forever changed my life,” says Rebecca Ramirez of Hemet, Calif., one of many delighted Musiah customers.

Great teaching is at the heart of everything Musiah does. For example, its piano method was continually tested and refined over an 18 year period before being embodied as a revolutionary invention known today as Musiah.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Musiah is not just piano lessons. It’s a deeply considered holistic approach to learning and self-development that empowers students to realize their true learning potential.

Plus, it’s fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to learn as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

If you have a dream to play piano, this is the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn. And you can get started right now with just a few clicks.

Musiah works by connecting a MIDI keyboard (minimum 49 keys) to your PC, Mac or iPad by either cable or Bluetooth.

And with great value plans, Musiah is very affordable. View pricing

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a comprehensive music education through learning piano online with Musiah

A Comprehensive Music Education

When learning piano with Musiah, you'll receive a tremendously well-rounded, authentic music education.

You'll learn how to play piano properly with both hands, how to read sheet music with ease... rhythm, scales, chords, ear training, music theory and more. Musiah will even teach performance skills.

To find out more see What Will I Learn?

A Comprehensive Music Education

a comprehensive music education through learning piano online with MusiahWhen learning piano with Musiah, you'll receive a tremendously well-rounded, authentic music education.

You'll learn how to play piano properly with both hands, how to read sheet music with ease... rhythm, scales, chords, ear training, music theory and more. Musiah will even teach performance skills.

To find out more see What Will I Learn?

Kickstart your learning with one of our great value plans.

At Musiah, we are passionate about bringing premium piano lessons into the reach of everyone.

Did you know… with a Musiah subscription, up to 6 family members can learn at no extra charge?

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Kickstart your learning with one of our great value plans.

Our piano lessons are priced to bring you a great value way to learn pianoAt Musiah, we are passionate about bringing premium piano lessons into the reach of everyone.

Did you know… with a Musiah subscription, up to 6 family members can learn at no extra charge?

  • Affordable
  • Convenient
  • Effective – Learn 16 times faster

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What do I need to get started?

All you need is a MIDI Keyboard, a cable or Bluetooth connection and an iPad or computer.

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What do I need to get started?

online piano lessons – equipment neededAll you need is a MIDI Keyboard, a cable or Bluetooth connection and an iPad or computer.

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LEARNING PIANO ONLINE: A COMPLETE GUIDE

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What is Musiah (an A.I. piano teacher, a piano learning app)?

Musiah is the world’s first and only A.I. piano learning app, providing the depth of instruction of a world-class instructor.

As your A.I. piano teacher, Musiah speaks to you and, pointing to the sheet music, he guides you and responds to your playing just like a live teacher. There is no piano teaching system in the world like it.

You’ll receive a complete music education including note reading, scales, chords, playing technique, efficient practice, ear training, rhythm, memory training, music theory and performance skills – while learning hundreds of songs in a wide variety of musical styles.

Plus, learning piano with Musiah is great fun – as well as plenty of games, there’s even an optional story mode that allows you to do your lessons as a character in an adventure story set in the future.

To use the Musiah app, you need a MIDI keyboard (minimum 49 keys) connected to your PC, Mac or iPad by either Bluetooth or cable.

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Can you learn piano online without an instructor?

Yes, while there is no doubt that having a good traditional instructor can be helpful, the fact is you can teach yourself how to play piano / keyboard very effectively with Musiah.

In all honesty, the only people who will tell you you need a piano instructor are are piano instructors themselves because they have a vested interest in advising you accordingly. But it’s just not true.

There are of course many piano learning apps and sites online that do not teach effectively, but with Musiah, you will learn properly and you’ll learn up to 16 times faster than with a traditional teacher.

So, just to be clear, Musiah is a standalone piano teaching tool and students using the program will receive all the benefits of learning piano the traditional way without needing the assistance of a private piano teacher.

The A.I. (Artificially Intelligent) component of Musiah means you receive quality instruction and responsive experienced assistance as if Mr Hogan (Musiah Inventor) were teaching you personally.

However, while it is not at all necessary, if your personal preference is to learn from a live teacher in addition to Musiah, that is also a perfectly viable option.

For some students, having a live teacher they see every week (or even every few weeks) may help to keep them accountable as they will be expected to achieve a certain amount of progress before their next session with their live teacher.

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Why choose Musiah as my piano teacher?

As your A.I. piano teacher,Musiah is with you 24/7. Imagine how much more effective your practice time would be if your teacher could sit next to you at every single moment... Well, with Musiah, that’s what you get.

In the words of music maestro John Foreman (Musical Director of Australian Idol 2003-2008 and Musical Director of Young talent Time): "Musiah is absolutely the best value, the most convenient and the most fun way to learn piano".

Available 24/7, Musiah will be with you every step of the way as you learn a diverse range of pieces from classical to folk music, jazz and contemporary dance styles seamlessly presented in a never-before-seen environment so the lessons look and feel like fun, but you're really learning, progressing and achieving at the best possible pace for you.

One of the big challenges with learning piano from a traditional teacher is that you usually only see your teacher for half an hour, once a week. Then, you are left to your own devices, completely unsupported until the next week.

This often leads to material being learned incorrectly which means, when you go back to your live teacher, instead of progressing and learning new material, much of the time has to be spent re-learning things and correcting the way they have been practiced.

By contrast, Musiah is with at every moment of your journey so your practice time will be way more effective. And this is a large part of why Musiah students learn up to 16 times faster than students learning the same material with a live teacher – and they have a lot more fun while learning.

Plus, learning piano with Musiah will save you a fortune compared to the cost of learning with a traditional teacher.

You can learn any time of day or night that suits you. You don’t have to travel to see a teacher. You just sit down at your keyboard and learn!

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Why choose Musiah over other piano learning sites?

This topic explains the main differences between Musiah and other piano learning sites, and how Musiah overcomes the limitations others sites, making it undoubtedly – the very best way to learn piano online.

At a glance… Why Musiah Is Better Than Other Piano Learning Sites

  1. Musiah is modelled on a human teacher to guide you every step of the way
  2. Musiah has the most advanced technology – by far
  3. Musiah’s natural teaching self-adjusts to suit each student
  4. Lessons are highly tailored down to every micro-detail
  5. Instant, accurate feedback on notes, timing and duration
  6. Learn piano up to 16 times faster and have more FUN
  7. Musiah maximizes the academic benefits students gain from learning piano
  8. Students are required (in a good way) to finish each piece to a reasonable standard
  9. The best piano method
  10. Unparalleled support and service

Introduction

First, let’s look briefly at what we mean by ‘other’ piano learning sites, taking as examples, two well-known sites (aside from Musiah) that offer software-based piano learning online.

Site 1, like many others, is basically a practice tool best suited to students who are learning with a traditional piano teacher. It has limited instruction, mostly by way of a brief tutorial for some but not all songs.

Site 2 is mainly for what we call ‘dabblers’, those who don’t want to learn piano per se, they just want to play one or two specific songs, they are willing to endure lengthy boring video tutorials and are happy to learn by rote (by copying the teacher / program).

On both sites, students mostly learn in an area that is functionally similar to the Musiah practice area (but with fewer features) in which the app assesses notes and timing (but not to the extent that it requires the timing to be played accurately) and it doesn’t assess duration of notes at all. And that’s it. That’s all those apps do.

On the plus side, which may suit some students, Sites 1 and 2 each offer a large library of songs you can learn (some songs you have to pay extra for), but unless a traditional teacher is helping the student (which is advisable with those products), students tend to end up with very little reading and playing skills even after a few years of using such products (as evidenced when they subsequently try Musiah).

By contrast, Musiah is the world’s first and only A.I. piano teacher and is designed to replace a traditional piano teacher – which it achieves extremely well.

In terms of its syllabus, where Musiah is different is Musiah students follow a pre-set course of songs that will take students from beginner to advanced level in the shortest amount of time — up to 16 times faster.

To achieve this, Musiah’s syllabus and teaching method were developed, honed and tested with 80,000 students (and 800 teachers) over an 18 year period before being embodied as a software invention!

No other online teaching method and syllabus has been so extensively tested in the real world as Musiah! Through its pedagogical pedigree and proven track record, Musiah provides – by far – the world’s most effective piano teaching and has the following advantages over other piano learning products.

In Detail… Why Musiah Is Better Than Other Piano Learning Sites

1. Musiah is modelled on a human teacher to guide you every step of the way

When most people assess a piano learning app, they look closely at the first one or two lessons and try to make a sort of snap judgement. For the most part, this approach is actually not too bad because, more often than not, what we see within the first 30 minutes or so is the full extent of what the app has to offer. Not so with Musiah.

Musiah has a profound depth to it that is gradually unveiled as you progress further along your piano learning journey.

What sets Musiah apart from all other piano learning apps is… it is modelled in minute detail on a human piano teacher – Musiah inventor Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – and the way Mr Hogan would teach you personally if he were sitting next to you.

Intentionally, the early lessons do not include every teaching technique, game or lesson module type. Instead, these things are revealed gradually as you progress through the course, just as would happen if you were learning piano with Mr Hogan personally, which keeps you continually engaged as you advance through the levels.

Just like when choosing a human teacher, you need to place your trust in Musiah which is, as one student recently put it – “almost more human than a human piano teacher”.

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"What you have created is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. This is a solution that not only meets my individual needs, but actually works. And in an unprecedented way for me, I feel as though I'm being instructed with professional human touch through a software application."

Nate D — Saratoga Springs, Utah, United States

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“Musiah is an incredible learning program. I can’t thank you enough for creating it. I am learning things that I would never have grasped using a book and/or oddly enough with a music teacher"

Liz C — Albany Creek, Brisbane Australia

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2. Musiah has the most advanced technology – by far

Thanks to the latest A.I. technology, Musiah is aware of all the mistakes you make including whether you…

  • played additional notes that are not in the sheet music
  • omitted some notes
  • played some notes incorrectly
  • made errors in the timing
  • made errors in the duration for which notes are to be held
  • and every other conceivable variant including whether any or all of these issues occurred in the Left Hand, Right Hand or Both Hands

… and just like a live teacher, Musiah has the ability to prioritize which issues to address and in what order, so the feedback you receive is very natural and life-like. (The ability to prioritize is considered by many to be the most advanced aspect of A.I.)

And Musiah has the ability to deal with such subtleties as phrasing, accents and more.

Musiah gently speaks to you and breaks down complex problems into easy-to-understand, step-by-step instructions to help you understand and master any problem areas.

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“Professionally I am a retired mathematician and computer scientist as well as an emeritus professor in software architecture and design. The lessons I find excellent, and I am learning more, and faster, than I would have thought possible. Most importantly, I am enjoying the lessons. I am impressed with the overall quality of the program. The A.I. is overall very good and generally understanding of my needs and possibilities.”

Jeroen B, Ph.D — Den Haag, Netherlands

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"I am 66 years old, I just completed Level 7 and am completely satisfied with my progress... I also like the "objectivity" that the program provides. The interactive artificial intelligence is an awesome way to learn how to play!"

William B — Long Prairie, Minnesota, United States

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3. Musiah’s natural teaching self-adjusts to suit each student

In A.I. terms, Musiah is a sophisticated expert system. The aim of an expert system is to match the quality and performance of a human expert in a given area — in this case teaching piano.

As an A.I. piano teacher, Musiah incorporates several new aspects of Artificial Intelligence such as pattern recognition and inference to overcome shortcomings in other computer programs that have so far prevented teaching of complex subjects such as learning piano.

As a result, Musiah can adapt his behaviour to fit new circumstances. Musiah can reason — that is, he can draw inferences that relate to the given task and, as mentioned earlier, prioritize which issues to address and in what order to address them.

When Musiah assesses your piano playing, he uses unique algorithms to compare the current state (how you have just played the piece of music) with the goal state (how the piece of music should have been played).

Then, depending on your individual situation, Musiah selects which issues to address and in what order and the actions he needs to take to guide and coach you until the current state of your piano playing is transformed into the goal state.

Through these approaches, Musiah delivers seamless, natural piano teaching that is by far the most technologically advanced computer-based piano learning system available in the world today.

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"I wanted to try learning something completely new to me (my wife for half a century has pointed out I have no sense of rhythm or timing). Your use of the internet for competence based teaching with progressions, levelling up etc. — is innovative and for me brilliant. You are on the forefront of a revolution in education — and not just in music"

Dick R — Durham, New Hampshire, United States

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"Thank you, thank you! Your software is incredible! I am a 50 year old Puppeteer from the United States that always dreamed of playing the keyboard, but knew it was probably far too complex. Your game approach looked fun enough to give it a try. Remarkable! I am actually reading music, playing the keyboard and having a blast! Well, done Sir! It is nice having a patient piano teacher willing to help me 24 hours a day. ;-) Thanks again! In your debt always."

Jonathan W — Longwood, Florida, United States

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4. Lessons are highly tailored down to every micro-detail

Derived from the thousands of hours Mr Hogan spent over nearly two decades observing students learning the Musiah syllabus with traditional teachers, and the countless solutions he created to manage every conceivable challenge that can arise in each lesson, the Musiah app consists of not only very detailed, minutely planned teaching throughout each lesson — there’s also an incredible rabbit-warren of logic in place to help students get back on track when they make a mistake.

Most of this logic, you’ll never see, but it’s there just in case you need it. There might be 200 or more unique mistakes you are likely to make while learning a given song, and let’s say you only make 1-2 of those mistakes. So 99% of what Musiah can do (if you ever need him to), you’ll never get to see.

For each mistake you do make, the exact road Musiah will guide you along to help you correct and learn from your mistake will vary.

Countless scenarios like this exist for every note of every bar of every piece.

Yet even this is just a tiny, micro-portion of the vast amount of highly tailored teaching, intelligent logic, and thousands of audio recordings, animations, pointer animations and videos in Musiah that all come together seamlessly to teach you how to play piano and read sheet music in a way that no other piano learning app comes even remotely close to.

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"In just two weeks of learning piano with Musiah, I've been able to buy sheet music and start playing songs that I love. This really is revolutionary. If you have no piano experience it's revolutionary b/c you won't be traumatised by boring repetition or snail-pace learning, rather you'll be catapulted into an imaginative world where learning is easy and challenges are fun. This really is the fastest, funnest (are we allowed to make up new words?) and most relevant way to learn piano in the 21st century :)"

Jacquie G — Drouin VIC, Australia

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5. Instant, accurate feedback on notes, timing and duration

While learning piano with Musiah, as you play, notes on the manuscript are instantly highlighted in various colours to indicate whether notes were correct / incorrect / omitted and whether any extra notes were added.

Timing issues and duration issues (whether notes were too long or too short) are also shown.

Then, when you have finished playing, Musiah briefly reviews the feedback with you and directs you to the areas you most need to work on.

By contrast, other piano learning apps online only provide very basic feedback that does not include duration at all and is not accurate with regards to timing which can lead to a range of issues.

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“Musiah has been amazing! I'm thrilled with how organized the curriculum is as well as how precise and immediate the feedback is when I make mistakes. I've experienced other software that doesn't correct mistakes and that isn't helpful for learning. I feel like I'm making so much progress so quickly with Musiah and it's very gratifying. This is the best piano lessons software I've experienced so far and I can't wait for my daughter to be able to use it. It is also a great deal of fun to use! Thanks so much for creating this amazing software!”

Lisha M — Brooklyn, New York, USA

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“Before signing up to Musiah, I was a bit concerned about proper feedback from the program. As soon as I did the trial myself, I noticed that Musiah was different than another program I tried before which was not accurate when checking the duration of the notes. Musiah, my very personal piano teacher, was actually next to me leading me and correcting my mistakes as I was taking the lesson or practicing and giving me proper and accurate feedback.”

Anita M — Northmead NSW, Australia

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6. Learn piano up to 16 times faster and have more FUN

Before the Musiah syllabus was embodied as a new A.I. software invention, students learning the same syllabus with a traditional teacher used to take around 6 years to complete the course.

Now, since the invention of Musiah, the world’s first and only A.I. piano teacher, we’re seeing dramatically different rates of progress.

How long it will take you to complete the course will depend on your practice habits, but as a guide, we’re seeing some students with no prior learning complete the course in as little as 16 weeks, i.e. around 4 months (sometimes even less) – that’s around 16 times faster than students learning the same syllabus with a traditional piano teacher.

Other students who take a more leisurely approach to practice will of course take a little longer, usually in the range of 6 to 18 months to complete the course.

And from there, students are then able to teach themselves more or less any piece they choose (within reason).

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"I think Musiah is a marvelous accomplishment, I'm truly amazed at the speed with which my skills have improved. Brendan, you're sounding more like my college professor every day - and I mean that as a thank you. I had no idea there would be such close support when I signed on. Thanks much...very much."

Milt D — Marvin, North Carolina, United States

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"Musiah is amazing. I watched your video on YouTube about the mistakes in how students are learning and was happily surprised at what good points you brought. Already I feel like I’m light years ahead of any other time I’ve studied. And Musiah is able to keep me moving fast, yet at the same time, adding so many concepts in there, making sure I really get them and really getting the sight reading muscle working in a fun way. So excited about it. Thank you so much for creating it. Can’t wait to show my friends with kids this great program."

Jaime H — Los Angeles, United States

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7. Musiah maximizes the academic benefits students gain from learning piano

Learning piano is widely known to have a profound effect on learning abilities, helping students get better results at school / university. (There are many studies that support this).

Which brings us to a little publicized benefit of learning with Musiah… The Musiah syllabus was specifically designed to maximize the academic benefits students will gain as they learn.

It’s really not rocket science. The academic benefit conferred on students by learning piano / keyboard comes from the development of eye-mind-hand coordination and through systematically training students to think about, cope with and do several things at once.

So when Mr Hogan first wrote the Musiah piano / keyboard syllabus back in 1995 (long before it was embodied in its current form known as Musiah), he developed a way of teaching that intentionally promotes the development of eye-mind-hand coordination right from the very first song.

The details of how exactly this is achieved are a bit technical, but examples of coordination skills Musiah students acquire within their first few songs include:

  • playing two hands together straight away
  • ensemble playing
  • moving LH thumb to play two different notes while keeping hand in same position
  • dotted rhythms
  • pairs of quavers (8th notes)
  • playing in thirds (pairs of notes within one hand) and
  • other more advanced coordination and syncopation challenges

This is clearly not normal so early in other piano learning scenarios but with Musiah it is not only possible, it is in fact normal - and has been for more than two decades.

So now you have yet another reason to learn piano with Musiah. It's a great form of brain training and will maximise the academic benefits you get from your piano / keyboard studies.

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"As an adult student with no prior piano experience, I find Musiah fun. This is great exercise for my "elderly" brain. I believe that learning to play piano at my age will help keep my brain from stagnating! I like the fact that you get immediate feedback on what you've played. If your notes are wrong, you will know immediately. If your timing is off, you'll be informed promptly! My children took piano lessons when they were young with a piano teacher. I find that Musiah is better than an actual teacher because you can go over your piece, again and again without Musiah getting frustrated with you!"

Esther F — Perrysburg, Ohio, United States

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8. Students are required (in a good way) to finish each piece to a reasonable standard

There is another aspect to learning piano with Musiah that is somewhat unusual and stands in stark contrast to other sites, namely…

Musiah requires students to finish each piece to a reasonable standard (shock / horror) before allowing them to advance to the next piece.

In summary, this is a great strength of Musiah, for a whole host of reasons.

It is what we would call a normal piano learning experience that a student would receive from a good traditional piano teacher (for example), which teaches the student how to practice properly and fosters the discipline and patience to complete things to a reasonable standard before moving on.

By contrast, the problem with most online piano learning apps and sites (other than Musiah) is they permit students to move onto the next song before the current one is even half-mastered.

And this causes damage on a number of levels.

Learn more here (especially if you have had already learned from another site)

Put simply, if you want to learn piano properly, the only piano learning site / app you should consider is Musiah.

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"Musiah is the best interactive software for learning piano I have come across. You have an actual teacher who guides you through the lessons step by step. If you make a mistake he not only points out what and how, but fixes the problems you're having by working through exercises tailored to the issues you are specifically having. A very intelligent program, I love it. I also like the fact that you can't 'cheat' and just jump ahead, it makes sure you learn each item before introducing the next concept. I cannot recommend this highly enough, it blows piano marvel and playground sessions out of the water, it really is like having a piano teacher that interacts with you."

Ashling K — Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire UK

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9. The Best Piano Method – In Summary

To date, the most effective mainstream piano teaching method has been the traditional piano method, i.e. teaching students to read and play the notes in each hand properly (as opposed to other piano methods that teach you to play by ear or by using solfa-names for the notes).

While the traditional piano method significantly outperforms any of the well-known alternative methods, it still has some limitations. To address this, the Musiah Piano Method uses a highly efficient combination of teaching techniques to vastly improve the effectiveness of the traditional piano method.

Through continual refinement over many years, this piano method has evolved and matured into the highly efficient and unique take on traditional piano teaching techniques known today as the Musiah Piano Method.

What is the Musiah Piano Teaching Method?

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"I must tell you, Musiah exceeded my expectations and is too perfect for words… in one day of using Musiah not only did I learn more but everything I had tried to understand fell into place… The joy (and relief) of successfully auditioning a piece is incredible… I am so appreciative of the work you have put into developing this software. I know it must’ve been such a lot of work but I know it will change many lives as it has mine already."

Hayley W — South Penrith NSW, Australia

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"Anyone who wants to learn to play the piano should do it this way. Thank you for creating this revolutionary way of learning the piano! I've been spreading the word about Musiah, and the people who see me progress are amazed and also started spreading the word. I hope Musiah will soon become the main way of learning the piano."

Ruud L — Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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10. Unparalleled support and service from the inventor, personally

Another great feature of learning piano with Musiah is... the support you receive is second to none.

As the inventor and creator of Musiah and a piano teacher of more than 30 years’ experience, Mr Hogan is incredibly passionate about ensuring that you receive

  • great results and
  • the best possible experience and outcomes whenever any issues arise

That’s why he personally responds to EVERY single customer email and inquiry.

The simple fact is, Mr Hogan genuinely cares about YOU and wants you to get the most from your piano learning journey.

When you submit an inquiry, you will always receive a prompt, courteous, informed reply from Mr Hogan personally

  • usually within 1 to 2 hours during our official support hours, and
  • always within 24 hours (excluding weekends and public holidays)

And, if needed, Mr Hogan is also happy to call you personally.

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“Brendan... It was great getting a chance to speak with you the other day. Thank you so much for your patience and help. I find your customer service unparalleled in any business or service I have ever encountered.”

Nanci R — Shadow Hills, CA United States

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“Thanks for the encouragement. Also, thanks again for the personal help with the product... that's pretty much unparalleled customer support. I will certainly recommend this program to anyone I know who decides to pick up the piano.”

Aubrey W — Baton Rouge, LA United States

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What are the unique benefits of learning piano with Musiah?

Musiah takes you from beginner to advanced in the shortest time possible, empowering you by giving you real skills – so you’ll quickly gain the ability to teach yourself any song you choose.

It’s an epic course delivering 6 years of traditional piano learning in a fraction of that time.

“Musiah is so incredibly effective that students learn up to 16 times faster compared to when we used to teach the same syllabus in schools with live teachers,” says piano teaching expert and Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. – a veteran with 38 years piano teaching experience who has himself trained over 800 piano teachers.

The Musiah teaching method and syllabus were continually tested and refined over an 18 year period BEFORE being embodied as a software invention.

No other piano method has been so extensively tested in the real world and continually analyzed, re-worked and improved upon to bring you the unique approach to learning piano that only Musiah can offer.

Musiah is not just piano lessons. It’s a deeply considered holistic approach to learning and self-development that empowers you realize your true learning potential.

If you have a dream to play piano, this is the most effective, affordable and practical way to learn. And you can get started right now.

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How much do I need to practice?

First of all, the amount of practice required is a little different for adults and children.

For example, a parent recently asked in relation to her 7 year old daughter…

“I want to ask your opinion if a practice of 30 minutes 3 times a week would be fine to keep progressing?”

As a general guide, the same amount of time spread over 5 days (e.g. around 10 to 15 or so minutes per day) would be our ideal suggestion, especially for children.

That said, it really boils down to what works best for your child, and if 3 x slightly longer sessions works better for your family, that's perfectly fine.

For young students, around 90 minutes or so per week is a good level to aim for and hopefully will be sustainable.

The same parent went on to ask in relation to herself…

“For an adult (I am 44) how much practice do you think I might need per week/day to get good progress?”

This is a good question. Of course, the more the merrier, but there are many different considerations that go into the optimal practice routine for each adult student.

In some ways, practice is like pruning hedges – “little and often” is the key.

This approach (a small amount several days a week) is definitely preferable to one or two longer sessions per week, especially in the early stages. But ultimately, the best arrangement will depend on your individual circumstances and what works best for you.

For beginner adults, if you can possibly manage 20-30 minutes a day 5 days a week, that will see you progress nicely. Then, as you become more advanced (e.g. Level 10 of the Musiah course onwards), if you can manage it, it would be great to increase this gradually to about 1 hour per day, 5 days a week.

This way, you will progress very well indeed, but even if this amount of practice is not possible, that's OK. Just do what you can, and you will still get there. It may just take a little longer, which is perfectly fine. After all, learning piano is not a race.

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How does Musiah encourage me to practice?

While Musiah is a serious piano teaching tool, the interactive game-like nature of the program makes learning to play piano and read sheet music more fun than ever.

Additionally, there are multiple layers of incentives to encourage students to practice and continue to progress through the course.

For example, students must complete each piano piece to a high standard to collect stars that are required to unlock the piano performance challenges at the end of each level.

Plus, in 'Story Mode' (an optional setting), by completing the piano performance challenges, students acquire pieces of the clavitrisk (a special key) that will ultimately unlock 'The Lost Song' and save the galaxy.

Students are also promoted to a higher rank at the end of each level, the ultimate rank being that of Musiah which students are promoted to upon completion of the course. 

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How long will it take to learn piano (i.e. finish the course)?

Musiah is utterly unique in that it delivers 6 years of traditional piano study in a way that can be learned much faster.

How long it will take you to complete the course will depend on your practice habits, but as a guide, we’re seeing some students with no prior tuition complete the course in as little as 16 weeks, i.e. around 4 months (sometimes even less) – that’s around 16 times faster than students learning the same syllabus through traditional piano lessons.

Other students who take a more leisurely approach to practice will of course take a little longer, usually in the range of 6 to 18 months to complete the course.

And from there, students are then able to teach themselves more or less any piece they choose (within reason).

Why does it normally take years to learn the piano… and how does Musiah accelerate this process?

First… let’s look at why it normally takes years to learn piano...

Inefficient practice time

Primarily, the reason it normally takes so long to learn to play piano at a reasonable standard is not – as many people suppose – because of the complexity of the subject… but rather the inefficiency of the traditional learning process.

Imagine a typical beginner student who practices 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and takes a 30 minute weekly piano lesson with a traditional piano teacher.

Because the student is on their own and unsupported from one week to the next, they usually practice inefficiently, often mis-learning things that subsequently have to be unlearned and relearned correctly. So their practice time is not being well used.

Inefficient lesson time

And then there’s also a staggering amount of inefficiency in the time students spend with a traditional piano teacher.

In a typical session, instead of moving forward with new materials and skills for the whole 30 minutes, the teacher (understandably) needs to start off by reviewing what the student has practiced during the week.

Once the teacher has assessed the range of things the student has learned incorrectly, they will then spend time trying to correct this, possibly the rest of the session.

At most, in a typical lesson, (for the sanity of both teacher and student) there will be a few minutes at the end devoted to trying to squeeze in something new that the student can work on for the next week.

These are just some of the reasons why, in a traditional learning scenario, it normally takes years to learn to play piano.

How Musiah accelerates the learning process — helping you learn up to 16 times faster

In a traditional piano learning scenario, not knowing exactly what to practice and how to practice it greatly slows down a student’s progress.

But if it were possible for a student to have their piano teacher sitting next to them during every minute of their practice time — this would drastically alter the student’s progress.

This is where Musiah comes in.

The efficiency of merging lesson and practice time

With Musiah, practice time and lesson time are not separated. Instead, time spent with Musiah (the world’s first and only A.I. piano teacher) is a perpetual piano learning scenario in which you have your very own A.I. piano teacher right next to you at all times — guiding and supporting you every step of the way.

So your progress and enjoyment of the songs you are learning will skyrocket.

As an A.I. piano teacher, Musiah responds to your playing just like a traditional piano teacher because he is modelled on a traditional piano teacher — Musiah inventor, Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A.

Learning piano with Musiah is just like having Mr Hogan, personally, as your piano teacher delivering each minute aspect of every lesson with the same care and concern for your musical development as he would myself (with nothing lost in translation as would happen if we were to hire and train a human teacher to deliver the lessons on Mr Hogan’s behalf).

Learn more about how Musiah is modelled on a human teacher and how this benefits you

The efficiency of the Musiah piano method

And then there’s the efficiency of the Musiah piano method compared to other methods.

In summary, the Musiah Method is based on the traditional approach – so you’ll learn to read and play the notes in each hand properly – but Musiah uses a highly efficient combination of note-reading and teaching techniques to vastly improve the effectiveness of the traditional piano method. It will literally shave years off the time if would otherwise take to learn to read sheet music fluently.

Many online piano lessons sites claim to have the best method or the most well thought through syllabus — but they have nothing to back up these claims.

By contrast, the Musiah piano teaching method and syllabus was first tested and developed with 80,000 students (and 800 teachers) over an 18 year period before being embodied as a software invention!

No other online teaching method and syllabus has been so extensively tested in the real world. With Musiah, you can start as a complete beginner and by the time you have completed the course, you will have the music reading and playing skills to learn and play virtually any piece (within reason) in any style.

And you’ll do it in record time!

Efficient learning of music theory

Did you know that many traditional piano teachers devote at least part of each lesson to teaching music theory separately, which reduces the amount of time spent actively playing and learning songs.

In some cases, students even attend separate music theory lessons altogether — which takes even more time away from directly learning to play and read sheet music.

And, let’s be honest, many piano students don’t find learning music theory enjoyable.

By contrast, when you learn piano with Musiah, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (we promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

As one student astutely put it… “While Musiah uses songs to provide direction and reinforcement, they’re used to provide a sound pedagogical background for the associated theory.”

The efficiency of Musiah’s directed curriculum

When Mr Hogan was a piano student, his teacher rightly encouraged his forays into contemporary / pop music, etc. as long as any time he spent practicing these extra-curricular pieces was in addition to – NOT instead of – his core practice time.

These days, one of the problems with many online piano learning offerings is that they offer students too much freedom to pick and choose what material they would like to learn with little direction or guidance on what core material they really must learn in order to progress as efficiently as possible (in terms of gaining real reading and playing skills)— so that they will ultimately be able to learn and play any piece they want.

Consequently, with many online piano learning sites and apps, after a few years of ‘dabbling’ with various songs, students often find that they have very little reading and playing skills and are not much more advanced than when they first started.

By contrast, with Musiah, students follow a pre-set course of lessons / songs that will take them from beginner to advanced level in the shortest amount of time.

Prior to the invention of Musiah, when we used to teach the same syllabus via traditional teachers, it used to take an average student around 6 years to complete the course.

Now, with Musiah (depending on practice habits, etc.) students with no prior learning experience are completing the course in as little as 4 to 6 months — that's 16 times faster.

And from there, students are then able to teach themselves more or less any piece they choose (within reason).

Conclusion

Unlike other piano learning sites or apps, here at Musiah, you won’t find any false claims or unsustainable promises, only rock solid, common-sense quality piano instruction that has been crafted in minute detail over many years so that you truly can learn to play piano and read sheet music up to 16 times faster.


And so we warmly invite you to put Musiah to the test.

If you want to fulfill a lifetime dream of learning piano, brush up your existing note-reading and music theory knowledge or give your children the best possible foundation in their music education, you can do so here and now…

Simply take our 14 Day Free Trial.

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What styles of music will I learn with Musiah?

Musiah teaches you hundreds of pieces in wide variety of musical styles such as classical, jazz, folk, blues, dance, pop, rock, Christmas songs, plus scales, arpeggios, chords and technical exercises.

There are many well-known (non copyright) pieces by famous composers as well as many original pieces throughout the course.

You can preview the full list of pieces in the Musiah app from the Main Menu or in the Practice Area.

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What level of playing skills will I achieve from learning with Musiah?

In summary: By the time a student finishes the course, they will reach approximately a Grade 5-6 standard of playing.

In detail: Often, when people ask this question, what they are really trying to assess is where will Musiah take them. So they often ask the same question in a variety of guises. The wording is different, but fundamentally, the question is the same…

  • What will I be able to play after 1 year of learning?
  • What will I be able to play when I have completed the course?
  • Will I be able to play the piano by ear?
  • What happens after I have finished the course?
  • Will there be more levels added?
  • How do I continue my musical journey beyond Musiah?
  • Will I need to take private lessons?
  • Will I be able to improvise?
  • Will I be able to accompany the church choir?

What will I be able to play when I have completed the course?

Whether you will be able to play a specific piece you wish to learn will depend on a number of variables.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that there are many different aspects to what makes a piece 'difficult'.

For example, exam syllabi, in our opinion, tend to focus excessively on the length of pieces rather than the content (longer pieces do take more time and prac­­­tice to master, but if the challenge is largely the same throughout the whole piece, there is limited benefit in this), and they also tend to have excessively long lists of scales and technical exercises (one can definitely have too much of a good thing).

By contrast, the Musiah syllabus emphasizes short pieces that get right to the point, and challenge the student mostly in terms of their technique and coordination. This helps Musiah students to develop advanced playing skills that normally take years to develop in a much shorter period of time than would be possible in other learning scenarios.

When you reach the end of the Musiah course, you will have reading and playing skills equivalent to around Grade 5-6 and this will enable you to learn and, with practice, play more or less any piece within reason.

If you are not sure what is meant by the term “Grade 5-6 standard”, or if you are unfamiliar with how high up the musical hierarchy a grade 5-6 skill level is, you may find this article helpful:

Are Piano / Keyboard Exams Necessary?

Among other things, it outlines the sequence of grades commonly offered by examining bodies in most Western countries.

Of course, if you happen to choose a relatively easy piece, this will of course take less time to learn, practice and master than a very advanced piece that may take many weeks or even months to master.

This same dynamic holds true even for piano teachers and professional musicians.

Fundamentally, the important thing to understand is that the primary goal of the Musiah course is to give you a range of skills that will empower you to continue to go forth on your own, creating your own musical journey and destiny.

What will I be able to play after 1 year (or “X period”) of learning?

Again, there are too many variables to answer this precisely. Factors that can influence your rate of progress include

  • how much and / or how often you practice
  • the consistency / regularity with which you practice
  • your mental state when practicing (e.g. are you relaxed / focused OR stressed / easily distracted)
  • your natural ability including such areas as musical ability, general intelligence / IQ, coordination

... and so on.

What happens after I finish the course / How will I continue my musical journey / Will I need to take private lessons?

The most logical way for you to continue your learning after Musiah will depend on a number of variables such as your individual goals and aims, what you want to achieve musically, what particular style(s) you want to play in, whether there are any particular skills you want to specialize in, your individual character, and so on.

One of the main skills Musiah will give you is the ability to teach yourself any song (within reason) you want to learn. You will know how to read the sheet music and will be able to tell whether you are playing it correctly, and you will be accustomed to learning and practicing efficiently, so simply building up a repertoire of pieces you can learn by yourself without the assistance of a teacher or web site is definitely an option.

In terms of considering whether to continue your learning with a live teacher, this is also an option that will suit some students. But an alternative spin on this is... with the skills you will have, you could potentially learn a range of pieces, and then once you have done the basic learning, if you feel you would like some help / guidance from a live teacher to finish the songs to a really high standard, you could consult with a live teacher as needed / on an occasional basis (rather than every week) just to make sure you are on the right track, seek any tips they may have, etc.

Will I always have to rely on the sheet music?

As with most of these questions, it depends on a number of factors.

Once you have passed the beginner stage and become a little more advanced, as you learn pieces (e.g. from the sheet music), it is good to try develop the skill / habit of memorizing your pieces so that you can play them without the need for sheet music.

Although most concert pianists, for example, learn their pieces by reading the sheet music, they nearly always perform those pieces without sheet music. In part, this is because, quite often, when playing very advanced pieces, you simply don't have time to look at the sheet music. The ability to play from memory without having to refer to the sheet music also means you can devote all your attention to playing expressively.

So learning pieces from the sheet music in no way ties you to having the play pieces from the sheet music.

Will I be able to play the piano by ear?

In terms of whether you will be able to learn songs by ear and subsequently play them by ear without ever having referred to the sheet music, it's important to understand that this is a separate skill which you can work on and develop over time if that is what you wish to do.

No doubt, if you choose to work on this, you will naturally improve at it over time.

Does learning to play piano by initially studying the sheet music of various pieces in any way inhibit your ability to also learn to play by ear? Absolutely not.

If anything, it will help you to play by ear as you will understand more about the structure of music.

Also, if developing your ability to play by ear is of interest to you, there are some really beneficial Ear Training Games in the Musiah app in the “Games” Area to help get you started.

Will I be able to improvise?

Like playing by ear, improvisation is a separate skill which you can work on and develop over time if that is what you wish to do.

Like ear training, if improvisation is something you choose to work on, you will naturally improve at it over time.

While the Musiah course does not provide specific instruction on improvisation, what you will find is that learning music theory – including how to read sheet music and also learning to play scales and a range of pieces in different styles – will help improve your understanding of the structure of music, which is a necessary prerequisite for improvisation.

So one might reasonably regard improvisation as a skill that is best nurtured after one has mastered the basics — which are comprehensively covered in your Musiah piano lessons.

Will I be able to accompany the church choir / my wife who is a singer?

Yes. Not only will the music reading and playing skills you will acquire from Musiah help you develop the skills needed to accompany others, one of the great aspects of Musiah is that many of the pieces are ensemble pieces in which you get to play along with a backing track that includes the other parts.

Being able to play your part in a song while others are playing (or singing) a different part is invaluable and is very much a part of the Musiah learning experience.

Will there be more levels added?

In terms of whether we will add more levels / lessons to the program, time will tell.

We would probably like to give Musiah some more time to become really established in the market place and get a sense of the demand for further pieces, etc. before considering whether to extend the syllabus.

What sites or programs will take me to a higher level?

To be honest, beyond Musiah, we do not recommend looking on the internet. Instead we recommend trying to find the right balance between self-teaching and / or a live teacher to suit you and your individual circumstances and goals.

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What ages is Musiah suitable for... can adults learn with Musiah?

Musiah is for adults (around 70% of our students are adults) and also kids from age 7. It is mainly for beginners or relative beginners.

That said, it may also suit some advanced students, particularly those returning to learning piano after a long break who are seeking to refresh their skills.

So, most definitely, yes, adults can learn piano with Musiah. And kids can use it too.

Interestingly, there is a common misperception that kids supposedly learn piano quicker or more easily than adults but this is just a myth that, unfortunately, often discourages adults from taking up piano.

In fact, as an adult, you have several key advantages over kids when it comes to learning piano. Learn more

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What is the Musiah Piano Teaching Method?

This video compares the Musiah Method to other piano methods and shows why Musiah is the best method for learning piano available anywhere online or offline.

In this video, discover how the Musiah Method compares to 

  1. learning to play piano by ear
  2. learning to play piano using solfa names
  3. learning piano via the traditional method. 

Musiah — The Best Piano Method Highlights

  • Learn to read sheet music easily
  • Learn to practice and master songs quickly
  • Research shows you'll learn how to play piano 16 times faster
  • Developed over an 18 year period
  • Experienced by more than 80,000 students

The Best Piano Method — In Detail

Three of the main piano methods that have been around forever are:

  1. learning how to play piano by ear
  2. learning how to play piano using solfa names
  3. learning piano the traditional way (a.k.a. the traditional piano method)

Each piano method has its advantages and disadvantages. In this section, I (Brendan Hogan, Musiah Inventor) will briefly describe each of the three 'standard' piano methods.

I will then introduce you to the Musiah Piano Method and explain why the Musiah Method is the best method for learning piano.

Piano Method 1: Learning Piano By Ear

Students who learn how to play piano by ear do so by listening and imitating rather than reading the music notes. Whatever the advantages of this piano method, it certainly has significant deficiencies if it is used in isolation.

For example, some years ago when I was a full-time private piano teacher, I lived next door to a teenage girl who was learning how to play piano by ear. She was preparing for her Grade 8 music exam. But even by Grade 8, she still couldn’t read the music notes.

So she would ask me to come over and sight read the music for her. She would record my performances, listen to them, and then learn how to play the pieces by ear from these recordings.

Learning piano by ear had not taught her how to read music proficiently, which is not a proper method of learning piano, and removes some of the reasons piano is linked with success.

Piano Method 2: Learning Piano By Solfa Names

The second piano method teaches piano using solfa names: do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti. Using solfa names may have some advantages but, like learning piano by ear, this method has its limitations.

For example, I have known students who have learned how to play piano with solfa names for several years who don’t know where middle C is on the piano. Rather than calling middle C “middle C”, they call middle C “do”.

However, these students either forget (or have never been taught) that “do” can shift. For example, in the key of C Major, C is “do”; but in the key of G Major, G is “do”. A student who cannot identify middle C on the piano has not been taught piano properly, in my view.

Piano Method 3: The Traditional Method

The traditional piano method teaches students how to read music notes from the sheet music.

In my experience as a piano teacher for more than 30 years, the traditional method for learning how to play piano is the best of the three main piano methods. But there are some drawbacks even to the traditional method.

Those drawbacks have prompted me to develop my own method for teaching the piano, called the Musiah Piano Method, on which the popular Musiah piano learning app is based.

The Musiah Piano Method

For 20 years, in my role as founder of Australia's largest in-school keyboard music program, I spent thousands of hours training and observing more than 800 hundred piano teachers.

During these sessions I habitually asked myself this question: What is the one thing that most needs to change to make these piano lessons better or more effective?

Having reflected on that question for so many years, I have found many interesting answers, some of which I have described below to highlight different aspects of the Musiah Piano Method.

The Musiah Piano Method is a holistic integrated approach to learning piano that incorporates a number of original techniques to help students learn, practice and master pieces quicker, as well as several note reading techniques that will enhance student’s note reading, and therefore their ability to learn pieces quickly and easily.

The Musiah Piano Method — Technique 1: Start With The Left Hand First

The first very simple but important principle of my teaching method — known as the Musiah Piano Method — is to begin learning at least 50% of all new pieces with the left hand.

Why is this so important? Well, all over the world there is a curious phenomenon… at least 95% of all piano students will freely tell you that their left hand is weaker than their right, both in technique and in note reading. How could this be?

The answer is simple. All over the world, at least 95% of well-meaning and otherwise good piano teachers are doing their students a disservice by making a simple mistake, and that is they habitually teach the right hand first.

Logically, rare exceptions aside, if God gave you and me two hands, why would we habitually favor one hand over the other?

Surely, logic would suggest that we should start new pieces with the left hand at least 50% of the time. And yet the majority of teachers always start with the right hand (to the detriment of the left hand).

If you ask them why they do it, they don’t know. That’s just the way they’ve been taught, and it’s how their teachers before them were taught. And so they haven’t thought the process through.

So, as simple as it sounds, it is very important to get into the habit of starting with the left hand at least 50% of the time.

If every piano teacher around the world did this, you would quickly start to see the erroneous collective consciousness among piano students that says the left hand is somehow harder than the right hand dissolve away, and students everywhere would become equally proficient in each hand.

The Musiah Piano Method — Three Note Reading Techniques

Note Reading Technique #1: Start with the left hand almost all the time

Notice I said above that piano lessons should start with the left hand at least 50% of the time. Apart from the need to reverse the collective consciousness among right hand–biased piano teachers, there is another good reason students should start with the left hand not just 50% of the time, but almost all the time.

This reason relates to how music was originally written, before the introduction of the modern stave.

Piano music was originally written on a single stave of 11 lines, like this:

11 line stave 

Figure 1: Piano Music Was Originally Written On An 11-line Stave

Rather than treble and bass clefs, there used to be a C clef, which looked like this (the note Middle C is also shown):

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Figure 2: Piano Music Used To Have A C Clef

Looking at music on this stave (above), it’s hard to tell where the middle C line is, because there are so many lines. So someone cleverly decided to erase the middle C line:


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Figure 3: The Middle C Line Was Removed From The Stave

Having removed the middle C line, middle C was given its own little line, which we call a ledger line:

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Figure 4: Middle C Was Given A Ledger Line

So now we have the treble and bass staves we know today. But remember the treble and bass staves are still joined to form what we call the Grand Staff:

the grand staff comprised of the treble and bass staves

Figure 5: Middle C On The Modern Grand Staff Which Is Comprised Of The Treble And Bass Staves

The advantage of the new arrangement of staves is obvious: the notes are easier to read. But there was one big advantage to the old system. When reading a chord of, say, 4 notes, you would read the notes from the bottom up in one single eye movement:

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Figure 6: The Old Stave Meant Notes Were Read In A Single Eye Movement From The Bottom Up

But now, when we read the same notes on today’s Grand Staff, because most modern piano teachers habitually teach the right hand first, students are incorrectly taught to first scan up the right hand (treble) notes and then in a second inefficient eye moment to scan up the left hand (bass) notes:

chords on the modern grand staff

 Figure 7: Notes On The Modern Stave Should Still Be Read In Single Eye Movements

So piano students are typically reading the treble notes first and the bass notes second, which is inefficient.

It’s still the Grand Staff even if middle C does have its own line. And we should be teaching our students to read it as one stave — that is, reading each chord upwards in one eye movement from the bass stave through to the treble stave.

This is why it’s a good idea to for piano teachers to get their students into the habit of starting each new piece with the left hand first, then the right hand: so that students get used to thinking of the left hand notes first, then the right hand notes, and that in turn will help students to read the notes more efficiently, i.e. in one eye movement per chord from the lowest notes through to the highest notes.

Note Reading Technique #2: Don’t Use Mnemonics

Here’s another very basic piano learning principle which forms part of the Musiah Piano Method and will shave at least two years off the time it takes students to master note reading: don’t use phrases or mnemonics such as “Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit” and “Great Big Dogs Frighten Auntie”. These mnemonics will actually slow your note reading.

Mnemonics are especially inefficient for young kids who are still getting used to the alphabet. Let’s say they’re reading the top treble note (see image below) and they count up the lines of the treble stave saying “Every Good Boy Deserves Fruit”; they don’t instantly make the connection that “Fruit” is an “F” in the same way an adult would.

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Figure 8: When Reading A Note Like This, Say "EGBDF" To Count Up The Lines Of The Stave

Rather than using these phrases, teachers should encourage students to say “EGBDF” as if it were a tongue twister. How quickly can you say “EGBDF”? EGBDF gets you there (to the note you are reading) much quicker. And in the left hand, GBDFA is almost like “Jibidy FA” — GBDFA. Use this technique and student’s note reading will improve dramatically.

My third piano teacher got me onto this tongue twister technique, and it really improved my note reading very quickly.

Note Reading Technique #3: How to read high notes above the staff efficiently

When reading a note like the one in the image below…  

a very high treble note

As a student, I would use the tongue twister “EGBDF” which would get me to the top line of the treble staff very quickly, but then I would slowly, inefficiently and somewhat tediously count up through G in the space (above the staff), A on the first line, B in the 2nd space, and so on, until I eventually figured out what the note is.

But now there is a simple technique I have come up with that forms part of the Musiah Piano Method that solves this note reading challenge. Take the sequence of letters…

sequence of letter-names of musical notes

Then circle every 2nd letter:

musical note names with every second letter circled

And memorize this sequence of letters.

No matter what letter you start with, if you keep going, it always comes around in a loop to the letter you began with. For example, if you start with the letter “A”, the sequence goes, “ACEGBDFA”. If you start with the letter “E”, the sequence goes, “EGBDFACE”.

So, if students are taught this sequence, when reading a high note like the one we had earlier (see below)…

reading piano note high treble g

They can count up the lines or spaces indefinitely until they reach the target note. In this example, one would count up the lines, “EGBDFACEG” — it’s a “G”. Easy — and much quicker than any other piano learning method.

The Musiah Piano Method — Learning, Practicing And Mastering Pieces Quicker

Quite often a typical approach taken by many piano teachers when introducing students to a new piece is to take a student all the way through the right hand of the piece from the beginning to the end, then all the way through the left hand, and then the teacher will say to the student (rather unhelpfully), “try both hands together at home for next week”.

This is inefficient and ineffective as the student (at the end of the lesson) has no idea what it will be like to attempt to put the two hands together on their own at home, and has not been given any direction by the piano teacher in terms of how to go about putting the two hands together efficiently and systematically at home.

Instead, it is much more efficient and effective to teach students an efficient system they can use to learn or practice any piece as follows:

Initially just take a small section of the piece, say 1-2 bars and, going as slow as you like, practice the left hand about 5 times just in that section. Then, when you can comfortably play the left hand, do the right hand about 5 times until you can comfortably play it. Then try both hands about 5 times or until you are comfortable at your own tempo. Then do it a few more times, very gradually increasing the tempo each time.

Then progress to the next 1-2 bars and repeat this process. This way, even if the student only gets to learn 1 or 2 sections (with both hands) in the lesson, at least they have gained the confidence that comes from experiencing for themselves what it is like to play some of the piece with both hands while at their lesson. And they have been shown an easy system they can use to continue learning each subsequent section at home.

To summarize this method of practice / learning: Do 1-2 bars; LH 5 times, RH 5 times, BH 5 times.

Try The Musiah Method For Learning Piano Yourself

These are just a few examples of simple but well-thought-through techniques that are combined into a holistic approach to form the basis of the Musiah Piano Method that can greatly enhance a student’s ability to rapidly learn and memorize a piece of music, which is why I humbly maintain, the Musiah Piano Method truly is the Best Method for learning piano.

To experience the effectiveness and efficiency of the Musiah Piano Method for yourself, I invite you to take our 14 Day FREE Trial.

And of course, if you would like to know more, our videos, FAQ's and articles are a great source of information. And if you have any questions for me personally, please feel free to contact me directly.

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What skills and knowledge will I learn with Musiah?

When learning piano with Musiah, you will receive a complete music education including (but not limited to) the following areas:

  • Note Reading
  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Technique
  • Efficient Practice
  • Ear Training
  • Rhythm
  • Memory Training
  • Music Theory
  • Performance Skills

What you will learn with Musiah is equivalent to 6 years of traditional piano study, but with Musiah it will take a fraction of the time.

What John Foreman says about Musiah piano lessons education

As celebrity music maestro John Foreman says:

"With Musiah, you will be able to achieve in weeks or months what might normally take years to do. I think Musiah is fantastic… It is going to revolutionize the way people learn music”.

Your Complete Music Education — In Detail

1. Note Reading

With Musiah, you will learn how to read sheet music properly, i.e. how to read all the left hand (bass notes) as well as the right hand (treble notes).

This is very important as being able to read sheet music with ease will empower you to learn any song or piece of music you want to learn. Yet, surprisingly, many piano lessons do not teach this.

Other lessons skirt around note reading by teaching you to read chord symbols in lieu of the left hand (bass) notes, while others encourage you to ‘strum’ along (as if you were accompanying your own singing), so you never get to read chords and don’t even get to play the melody.

Other well-known methods encourage students to rely on playing pieces by ear or to learn by rote (by copying the teacher).

Just to be clear – none of these other approaches is satisfactory, and none of these methods will teach you how to read music.

Only Musiah or a traditional piano teacher will teach you how to read all the notes on the sheet music – but Musiah will do it much quicker.

The difference between learning piano with Musiah and a traditional teacher is that the Musiah piano method uses a range of unique teaching techniques that dramatically improve the efficiency of the traditional approach to learning piano.

It’s a fun way to learn that makes so much sense!

Learn more about the Musiah Method

2. Scales

In your Musiah piano lessons you will learn a good range of scales… plus – you’ll also learn a system you can use to learn any scales (including scale-like passages you’ll often come across in songs).

Knowing how to play scales and understanding the fingering patterns used in scales has many benefits such as helping to you develop fast, agile fingers.

But there’s a common downside to learning scales which is that many students who learn with a live teacher find them boring.

Thankfully, Musiah makes learning scales fun by including a variety of backing tracks / drum tracks for you to play along to.

And the step-by-step system you’ll be taught to help you understand and remember scales, makes them easy to learn.

Are scales necessary? There are different views on this. Here at Musiah, we believe a balanced approach is best, so when you learn piano with Musiah, you’ll learn just the right amount of scales – not too few and not too many.

Are Scales Necessary? Learn more

3. Chords

With Musiah, you’ll learn about chords [not just chord symbols – real chords made up of actual notes] and all things related to chords, e.g. intervals, triads, inversions, arpeggio exercises, chord fingerings and more.

As you progress through the course, chords are seamlessly introduced so you’ll be actively engaged and playing chords while you’re learning about them.

You’ll learn about the structure of chords and, importantly, how to read chords on the sheet music which will empower you to play any advanced pieces you want to learn.

4. Technique

What is piano technique?

In reality, it is an aggregate of many skills comprised fundamentally of;

  1. learning how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved and
  2. conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

As you learn piano with Musiah, you’ll be taught many aspects of playing technique. Examples include;

  • how to correctly place your hands on the keyboard in the five-finger position
  • how to pass the thumb correctly
  • how to correctly position your hand when extending the thumb and / or little finger
  • how to play phrasing, staccato, accents, etc.
  • how to play grace notes
  • how to avoid looking down at your hands excessively while playing
  • how to correctly look down at your hands if you need to

and much more… all of which will help you play faster and with more confidence.

5. Efficient Practice

With Musiah, you’ll learn how to practice and learn pieces efficiently which will have a huge impact of your rate of progress and the level of enjoyment you’ll get from your lessons and from playing generally.

This is a very important, fundamental part of your learning journey, and there are many aspects to it.

Firstly, just by having Musiah as your A.I. piano teacher, practice time and lesson time merge into one kind of perpetual learning scenario – so you’re already streets ahead.

Unlike learning piano the traditional way where you are unsupported from one week’s lesson to the next, when you learn piano with Musiah, it’s like having your own piano teacher sitting next to you at every moment of your practice.

So you won’t waste time by mis-learning things that would have to be corrected by a traditional piano teacher the next time you see them. With Musiah, you’ll learn everything right – the first time.

Plus Musiah also has a profound depth of wisdom to impart regarding the learning process and how to get the most out of your practice.

For example, instead of practicing a piece from start to finish in one hit, students are taught a much more efficient, effective and easy system they can use to learn or practice any piece as follows:

  1. Segment the music into bite-size chunks, i.e. initially just take a small segment of the piece, say 1-2 bars and, going as slowly as you like, practice the left hand about 5 times just in that section/segment.
  2. Then, when you can comfortably play the left hand, do the right hand about 5 times until you can comfortably play it.
  3. Then try both hands about 5 times or until you are comfortable at your own tempo. Then do it a few more times, very gradually increasing the tempo each time — just in that segment.

Then progress to the next 1-2 bar segment and repeat this process.

To summarize this system of practicing and learning songs:

Do 1-2 bars; LH 5 times, RH 5 times, BH 5 times.

And there are countless further incredibly valuable practice and learning tips and techniques you’ll discover as you progress through the Musiah course.

To learn more about Musiah’s approaches to efficient practice, check out our articles on Practice Tips.

6. Ear Training

Ear training is generally known to be an important aspect of learning to play piano but few people understand why it is so important.

As you learn each piece, you will, of course, initially be learning mostly by reading the sheet music. However, both during the learning process and particularly after you have learned a song, it’s important to be able to ‘hear’ the sound of the piece in your head.

As you prepare a piece for a performance, especially if you’re planning to play it from memory, the piece should be memorized in several different ways — one of which is to memorize it by ear — by which we mean, initially looking at the sheet music as you SLOWLY play through the piece several times, at each moment try to imagine the sound of the next notes / chords just ahead of when you play them.

Then test yourself again (in small sections if necessary)… Can you at each moment (this time without looking at the sheet music) ‘hear in your inner ear’ the sound of the notes / chords that are coming up next?

As you learn piano with Musiah, ear training is woven seamlessly into the learning process, so you will develop this skill as you progress through the course.

Plus in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to ear training, so you can choose to work on this skill any time you wish.

7. Rhythm (including duration)

The importance of learning how to play the rhythm / timing of each piece correctly cannot be overstated. At a basic level, if 50% of music is notes, then the other 50% is timing.

As you learn piano with Musiah, you will learn how to read and understand rhythms and rhythmic patterns, and you’ll learn how to play the timing accurately and with ease.

A student who has tried just about every piano learning product in existence writes:

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"Musiah’s great strength is the structure, discipline and that it teaches you the timing properly…

I have searched everywhere for tuition for piano lessons online, even purchased piano suite premier software… but it doesn't teach the rhythm perfectly, it doesn't contain staccato or triplets, or double clefs.

Piano marvel receives good reviews but lets the student get away with playing the wrong timing in places, whilst Musiah is much more strict (in a good way) and encourages accuracy and perfection, requiring music pieces to be played to a high standard.

So, Musiah helps you to learn and master the really hard bits and this in turn makes reading complex rhythms elsewhere easier, so it’s definitely worth the effort…

… None of the others help me to keep focused and none really give me any feedback on the timing. I would definitely recommend Musiah, because it works!"

Kate B, London, United Kingdom

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And there’s another very important but often overlooked aspect to rhythm / timing in which Musiah excels — duration (whether each note is held for the correct length of time).

Is duration really part of rhythm / timing? Most definitely.

In many songs, the ‘feel’ of the beat is created just as much by when you release the notes as when you play them.

Rests (silences in the music) that are executed by letting notes go at the correct time are a powerful part of many pieces of music. Yet, at the time of writing, no other online piano learning software assesses duration — only Musiah does!

8. Memory Training

Having or developing a good memory is fundamentally beneficial on many levels, not the least of which is that it will enable you to remember the pieces you have learned.

A good memory is a ‘must have’ if you wish to perform your pieces for others, especially without the sheet music. Yet no other piano learning app incorporates memory training into their music teaching – only Musiah.

More broadly, learning piano is widely known to be a great form of brain training.

It helps boost the academic results of young students while also improving cognitive function to stave off dementia in older students thereby enabling them to enjoy a higher quality of life with a more active brain.

When learning piano with Musiah, these benefits are further maximized through lessons that are purposely designed to promote the development of eye-mind-hand coordination.

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And for students who would really like to improve their memory… in the Musiah Games Area, there is a special section of games dedicated to memory training!

So now, whenever you want to, you can work on improving your memory (you just have to remember to do it)!

9. Music Theory

As you learn piano with Musiah, you will also learn all the necessary aspects of music theory – which is, of course, very important because understanding music theory helps you read and understand the piano pieces you’re playing and gives you the skills to learn other pieces of your choosing.

However, there’s nothing worse in a piano lesson (or in life, generally) than long, boring explanations.

So, in the Musiah learning process, through smart teaching techniques, all essential music theory is slipped into the lessons surreptitiously (we promise you’ll barely notice it — but it is there). So you’ll be learning theory while still being engaged in learning songs and playing piano.

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"As a former professional musician myself, one of the things I appreciate the most about Musiah, is its very heavy focus on quality Music Theory, which is so essential and presents in such a way that children are generally only vaguely aware that they are learning theory - it's all just fun for them. Keyboard instruction, skill development and music theory in a fun format - who would have thought that was possible? Clearly, Brendan Hogan; well done!"

Matt C, Bulleen VIC, Australia

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Plus, in the Musiah Games Area, there are special sections of games dedicated to

  • note reading (correctly identifying notes within a time limit) and
  • sight reading (correctly playing as many notes as you can within a time limit)!

Note reading / sight reading are among the most fundamental aspects of music theory. So these games are great way to work on building your skills in these areas.

10. Performance Skills

As you learn piano with Musiah, not only will you learn how to play piano and read sheet music, you’ll also learn how to prepare for performances.

This is the ultimate skill set that ought to be taught in all piano courses, but few if any other online piano learning apps or sites offer this.

At the end of each level of the Musiah course (the course is divided into 13 levels), you will be required to complete a performance challenge in which you must play a selection of 3 pieces in front of a virtual audience.

You’ll learn how to prepare for each performance challenge as well as how to cope with nerves, minor memory lapses, etc. as you perform.

These virtual performance challenges are as close as possible to the real thing but with none of the consequences of a real life performance, e.g. in the event of something going wrong.

In real life, if you completely fail during a performance, the consequences can, understandably, be quite upsetting and recovering from a bad performance can take a long time — so it helps if you already have the skills of a seasoned performer before you ever do your first real-life performance.

Enter Musiah! The Musiah virtual performance challenges provide a great platform for you to develop your playing skills under pressure (to an extent) in the privacy of your own home with no risk and no consequences.

If you fail, you can simply try again until you succeed. And in so doing, you will learn a tremendous amount and grow personally in ways that, prior to now, have only been possible in a traditional piano learning / performance scenario.

Conclusion

The above information is just a summary outline of some of the key areas the Musiah piano learning experience includes.

To fully describe all that you will learn would require many volumes and, in all honesty, rather than reading about what you will learn, you would be better off jumping right in and experiencing first-hand how Musiah’s holistic teaching unfolds as you progress along your piano learning journey.

And so, we warmly invite you to do just that – take our 14 Day Free Trial.

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Why is it important to learn music theory?

Learning music theory helps you to read the notes on the sheet music and understand the music which in turn helps you gain the skills to be able to learn other pieces of your choosing.

Understanding music theory is also a great foundation for helping you develop skills in other areas of music such as improvising, playing by ear, composing, arranging, and even singing.

Musiah teaches all the required theory in a gradual and natural way as you progress through the course.

For more, see 9. Music Theory in What skills and knowledge will I learn with Musiah? (above).

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Will I need to purchase any books to learn piano with Musiah?

No. All pieces in the Musiah course are included when you become a subscriber, so there are significant savings.

Compared to the costs of piano sheet music normally associated with learning piano the traditional way – not to mention benefits to the environment that come from not needing printed piano sheet music, you'll save heaps with Musiah.

That said, if you wish to print the sheet music, you can do so by simply taking a screenshot of it and saving it as a jpg which you will then be able to print.

QUESTIONS ABOUT EQUIPMENT

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Can I learn piano on a keyboard?

When Musiah inventor Brendan Hogan L.Mus.A, A.Mus.A. began learning piano at age 7, he started out learning on a keyboard. As this video shows clearly, this did not do him any harm.

So, just to confirm – yes, you most certainly can learn piano on a keyboard – and it will not in any way impair your ability to play piano later on.

And just to be really clear… Musiah teaches piano but you learn on a MIDI keyboard for obvious practical reasons – such as the ability to connect a MIDI keyboard to a computer or iPad.

Learn more about Equipment Needed.

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What kind of keyboard do I need?

In summary, any MIDI keyboard with at least 49 keys will be suitable for learning piano with Musiah.

What is a MIDI keyboard?

In practical terms, a MIDI keyboard is one that is capable of being connected to a computer or iPad.

To find suitable examples, simply google “buy midi keyboard 49 keys USA” or similar (e.g. if you live outside the United States, replace “USA” with your country-name).

To learn more about different kinds of MIDI keyboards, view MIDI Keyboard Requirements.

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Can I use Musiah with an acoustic piano?

Unfortunately, no. You need a MIDI keyboard (a keyboard that is capable of being connected to a computer / iPad). Why?

Because the most reliable way — by far — to have your playing assessed by any piano lessons software is to connect a MIDI keyboard to your computer or iPad either wirelessly (using Bluetooth) or using a cable of some sort.

There are some apps that use an iPad's microphone to 'listen' acoustically for the notes as you play, however, there are many disadvantages to this approach which is essentially not reliable, and the challenges faced with this approach will continue to be tricky to overcome even as technology advances.

For example, if the volume of the piano / keyboard notes is not sufficient, or there is background noise, microphone-based apps will struggle, they’ll miss some notes, not respond instantly, fail to assess your timing properly, etc.

Plus, these apps won’t assess duration (the length of the notes) at all.

They also struggle in particular with polyphony (several notes at once). E.g. if you play a chord, assuming the app hears the notes to start with, it will often not interpret what it hears correctly via the microphone.

So even if apps that listen via the microphone appear to be effective for very basic beginners lessons, as the music becomes even slightly more complex, the effectiveness drops dramatically.

And these issues compound further if you’re using an acoustic piano that is out of tune, or if you're using the sustain pedal on an acoustic piano.

For these reasons, and because we are passionate about ensuring each of our students receives the optimal lesson experience, the Musiah app assesses student’s playing using MIDI data which the app receives via a cable or Bluetooth connection.

This way, your notes, timing and duration will always be assessed accurately.

Learn more about connecting MIDI keyboard to a computer or iPad on our How To Videos page.

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Learn piano on a computer keyboard?

The ideal way to begin learning piano with Musiah is to learn on a MIDI keyboard. If you don't have one, for your first few lessons you can use our Free Virtual Piano Keyboard.

The Free Virtual Piano Keyboard is included in the PC and Mac versions of the Musiah piano lessons software at no extra charge.

Put simply, the Virtual Piano Keyboard enables you to play piano notes using your computer keyboard.

Of course, nothing compares to learning on a real MIDI piano keyboard, but our Free Virtual Piano Keyboard is a great temporary solution for those wishing to try a few lessons before deciding to purchase a real MIDI keyboard.

Alternatively, on an iPad or touchscreen computer, you can also play notes using the Musiah On Screen Keyboard, i.e. by touching the screen.

Learn more about How To Use the Virtual Piano Keyboard HERE or by referring to the User Manual accessible in the Musiah app under ‘Help’.

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