What is PianoMaestro?
PianoMaestro is a portable electronic USB device for learning how to play the piano.
The PianoMaestro® learning system is comprised of (1) a computer program that reads standard MIDI files and displays the notes on the screen and (2) a ruler-like strip of lights that is placed of the black keys of any acoustic or digital piano. PianoMaestro®’s 48 lights correspond to the keys on your piano, indicating which keys to play at the right time. The PianoMaestro connects to your computer via the USB port.
You can study and follow the music score on your computer screen. With a few mouse clicks, you can adjust the playback speed and repeat a few notes at time.
The PianoMaestro’s software has powerful features to help you confidently master the pieces you have always dreamed of playing.
- Watch the notes on the computer screen. Look for patterns.
- Repeat sections over and over until committed to muscle memory
- Slow down the playback speed
- Separate the left and right hands. Practice each hand separately
Students motivated by their accelerated progress will spend more time playing the piano.
Owning a PianoMaestro is like having a piano teacher 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to show you how to play any piano piece.
Learning the notes of a new song – Phase 2 in the graph – is the most time consuming and frustrating part of learning to play the piano. Hours of practice can yield disappointing results. Many students give up.
The PianoMaestro enables students to master new piano pieces more quickly and more efficiently by reducing the time required to learn the notes in a song. Students can then spend more valuable piano instructor time focusing on the artistry and interpretation of a piece.
Students using the PianoMaestro are rewarded sooner with the ability to play the music they love.
The PianoMaestro is designed to add guide-light technology to the piano that you already own. The PianoMaestro works with readily available computers running Windows. You can have the benefits of guide-lights for 1/20th the cost of purchasing a new digital piano with the guide-lights built in.
Because a student can learn to play the notes faster with the aide of the PianoMaestro, the student can spend more valuable lesson time perfecting a piece.
The PianoMaestro reads standard MIDI files. PianoMaestro does not have its own proprietary data format. This means that there are thousands if not millions of songs available to download from the internet. The PianoMaestro comes with more than 250 songs from the masters:
- And others
Please see the complete song list here.
Resources for Beginners
If you are new to the piano, a qualified piano teacher is invaluable for learning the proper techniques that will serve as the foundation for your further studies.
To this end, PianoMaestro is excited to be working with Robyn Payne – well-known Australian composer, producer, and author of Simply Piano. Simply Piano is a book and DVD set that provides a comprehensive introduction to the piano. Produced with the beginner in mind, Simply Piano includes a DVD with over an hour of structured piano lessons and an 80 page full-colour book.
Simply Piano covers essentials such as posture, hand position, finger independence, scales and chords through 21 exercises that progresses from popular classics to improvisation.
The Simply Piano exercises are available for free in MIDI format for use on the PianoMaestro. To maximize the impact of these exercises, we suggest investing in a copy of Simply Piano. In the DVD, Robyn is your personal piano teacher who will guide you through the exercises, providing the context and purpose of each exercise and highlighting common mistakes. The book provides tips for reading music, music theory, rules for chord progressions and improvisation, and other topics. Simply Piano provides important elements for learning the piano that can not be conveyed in MIDI files alone.