What is Pure Mode and what is Story Mode?
'Pure' mode is pure tuition with no story or animations. This is the default mode for each new student profile.
By contrast, if you select the optional 'story' mode, your piano lessons with Musiah take place in a game-like environment within the context of an adventure story in which you are one of the main characters.
Which mode should you choose?
While some adults may prefer pure mode, many adults as well as children enjoy story mode as it operates on a number of levels.
Also, from a tuition stand-point, story mode has some extra functionality and depth that pure mode does not.
For example, in some scenarios if Musiah asks you a question and you respond incorrectly more than once, Musiah will guide you to help you arrive at the correct answer.
In story mode, Musiah will vary how he does this by either
a) asking you a few stratigcally chosen sub-questions to help you arrive at the correct answer or
b) by asking the other student characters (who learn piano with you in a group as part of the story) a few sub-questions so you can hear their answers – which are designed to guide you to the correct answer.
In pure mode, because there are no other characters (since you are the only student), Musiah can only guide you as per technique a) above – by asking you strategically chosen sub-qeustions. And so the 'group' dynamic and sense of shared learning experience that story mode provides is not present in pure mode.
Also, story mode adds a surprisingly deep context and added level of meaning to your learning journey compared to pure mode.
For example, at the end of each level, students (in either mode) are required to complete a Performance Challenge by playing three pieces in front of a virtual audience.
In pure mode, the audience is always the same. By contrast, in story mode, the performance venues and scenarios increase in prestige with each challenge.
In the early levels, your performance challenges take place in 'basic' venues such as at a primary school or a retirement village, but in the later levels, you'll be playing at major concerts, rock festivals and prestigious music awards shows.
So, in many ways, the experience that story mode provides very closely parallels the development of a real-life musician.
For these reasons, I personally would always choose story mode over pure mode, but it really is up to you. Ultimately, you are the best person to make the decision on which mode will suit you best. These are just a few considerations to help you make the right decision for you.
Set in the year 4015, you are one of the few surviving humans in our galaxy, and now the galaxy is under threat from a race of invading machines known as the Atonals.
To save the galaxy from imminent destruction, you have joined a quest to help the legendary alien pianist and piano teacher Anthemius Felc, the last of the Musiah, unlock the Lost Song which is hidden within the pages of an ancient piano textbook.
The textbook is encrypted with human DNA and can only be unlocked by a human Musiah, an actively developing piano student who progresses through the pieces and challenges contained within the textbook — that's where you come in.
On this adventure, Musiah Anthemius Felc will be your piano teacher and you'll be learning piano in a group with other characters from the story.
Unlocking the Lost Song will enable you to become the next Musiah and to repel the Atonals and save the galaxy. But to unlock the Lost Song, you also need to collect all 13 pieces of a clavitrisk (a special key) that are hidden in 13 secret locations on different planets across the galaxy.
Each Guardian of the Clavitrisk will only surrender their piece of the clavitrisk to you if you successfully complete a piano performance challenge by playing a selection of piano pieces in front of an audience on their planet.
How to find the clavitrisk
Your piano lessons will take place on board Musiah's spaceship and as you complete each piece:
- the spaceship advances towards the next clavitrisk location / performance venue
- clues are revealed about the Atonals and the planet on which the next piece of the clavitrisk is located plus
- you'll earn gold stars which are required to unlock the piano performance challenge at the end of each of the 13 levels (the higher your score for each piece, the more stars you earn)
How the Lost Song can ultimately be used to save the galaxy from the Atonals is revealed progressively throughout the story. Along the way, you'll meet lots of interesting characters, and ultimately you'll face one final piano performance challenge - to perform the Lost Song itself. And of course, the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance depending on whether you succeed or fail.
The completed clavitrisk with all 13 pieces is shown below.