Are you a teacher looking to enhance the benefits of your music program? Look no further than Piano Wizard.|
"In the last 4 weeks, we have also had an excellent opportunity to "test" the method with nearly 100 college piano class students. The results have exceeded our expectations. Songs that previously took two class sessions to teach now take literally 5 minutes in Piano Wizard Academy! The results are nothing short of astonishing. It is because of all of your efforts that we are beginning to help realize the game potential. In the Academy, students move easily and naturally from game play to very musical performances reading music at the grand pianos. It is something to behold.
Don Beattie, Founder of Piano Wizard Academy - excerpt from letter written to CEO Chris Salter.
"When I met with Mr. Kirk, he saw the immediate benefits of PW. It took a while to get through all the red tape of the Tulsa Public School District, but that was finally accomplished and Mr. Kirk received his PW just a couple of weeks ago. He set it up and the kids swarm to it! Because of its popularity, he instituted an early morning invitation for anyone who wanted to have more time to play PW. He said he arrives at school a little before 7am and he has a line of kids waiting on him just to play PW! He is additionally pleased because it is bringing more of his male students back to the piano. They love the video game concept and it has done just as it was intended, draw students to playing the piano and making the learning fun! He could not be more pleased! He is accumulating information about the progression of these students to show his Principal. The school is in the process of building a large computer lab and he wants to have PW at each computer eventually."
What is is notIt's NOT like anything else on the market. There are many similar looking products, or products with bold claims. The truth is, while these products are excellant works, all they've really done is taken the traditional two-dimensional approach to music learning and transferred it to software. By contrast, Piano Wizard is a dynamic learning tool, empowering anyone, young or old, to be playing the piano within minutes. This product is proving to be instrumental in the learning process in schools and music programs across the country!
Research has proven time and again that music education empowers students with a greater aptitude for learning in general. Piano Wizard has taken this concept to a new level now, developing a 4-Step Methodology that begins in a video game format. As a result, Piano Wizard makes playing the piano fun! Beginning as a video game (rated E for Edutainment) and moving through the 4-Step patented process, students can be reading music and understanding notation / theory at their own pace.
While many press releases / reviews speak highly on behalf of the product, the Fisher-Price press release really stands out with a quote from Gary Ingle, Executive Director of the Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Ingle says “The I Can Play Piano system from Fisher-Price is the most innovative approach to piano fundamentals we’ve seen.” The Fisher-Price system is Piano Wizard’s 4-Step Methodology in a toy that caters to their market - those between the age of 3 and 6 years old.
Our software is packaged with digital keyboards so that schools have an easy set-up! The Piano Wizard comes with software to load onto a personal computer, color stickers for keyboard notes, a MIDI cable or USB cable and, if needed, either a 3-octave or 4-octave keyboard of choice. This set-up works for any age level and offers a long shelf-life of use. A great point to note about the M-Audio keyboards – they have no speakers and therefore, only the correct notes hit at the correct time make the note sound, so incorrect notes are not heard. This is great reinforcement for properly played notes. There is also a score given at the end of each game / song played so that students can track their success.
At our web site, anyone can try just the first step of the game by moving their cursor over the small computer screen to the right of the home page. The screen will convert to a click and play. Follow the steps and use either a mouse or computer keyboard to get the idea of how the game works. One can quickly see how this game keeps kids entertained while helping them develop the necessary skills to play music!
This information touches on the basics of what Piano Wizard is all about… there is so much more! The following quote from future music magazine says it best, “Young children and adult beginners will love Piano Wizard’s colorful video game presentation of piano basics…. this could be the teaching system of the future”!