Top Piano Learning Software for Adult Beginners

What type of piano learning software do you need when you learn to play the piano?

Here are my recommendations of really helpful music and piano software for adult beginners that can assist you in different areas of your piano study.

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Do You Need Piano Learning Software to Learn Piano?

Nope, you don't need any software to learn how to play at all! So why recommend it?

You can't learn to play well from using software alone- but as a complement and a resource; it may keep you practicing in times when your self-discipline might be waning...

And if it is fun and challenges you in different ways- why not? Just keep it real- use music software as a tool, but don’t rely on it for all your needs when learning to play. (See my caveat recommendation below).

So,  let's take a look at my recommendations of little goodie-boxes of piano learning software that can help you have more fun while learning to play the piano!

Top Piano Learning Software for Adults

eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method

A good piano lesson software is one that has an all-in-one approach consisting of lessons, theory etc.

It's great if it also interacts and tells you what you did wrong- at least with regards to note reading- and even score you after each try! (For this you need to have an electronic keyboard or a digital piano connected via MIDI to a computer.)

Including all this and more, is a very affordable piano lesson software with a sound pedagogical approach, called eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method. I have written a review here.

This is a piano learning software that actually teaches you to sight read music (!) as well as teaching you piano from scratch up to an intermediate level.

TIP: I have used Piano and Keyboard Method in my studio for sight-reading practice, and it is working very well. Read my review here: eMedia Piano and Keyboard Method Review

Piano for Dummies

The "Dummies" series also have a fun piano learning software for beginners called (duh...) "Piano for Dummies".

It is very popular and has received really good reviews.

Check it out here: eMedia Piano For Dummies Deluxe.

Piano Learning Software
vs Learning Proper Piano Technique

When you learn to play the piano, and especially if you teach yourself, you need to work on several areas, like music theory, note reading, ear training, etc.

Great software can help you and will make it more fun to study. But there is something to think about regarding proper piano technique:

One caveat when learning piano technique:

  • Proper piano technique can not be learned only with piano software. You need "the human touch".
  • You need to study pianists and their technique, and preferably have a knowledgeable mentor/teacher at least once in a while to check you out.
  • You need to actually see, do, feel, observe and evaluate to learn proper piano technique.

Music Theory & Note Reading

Music Ace Deluxe

Music Ace is by far the best software for learning music theory and note reading. Although for kids, it works for adults too.

This software is super fun and builds your music theory skills step by step in a very thorough way.

I have used it successfully in my studio for many years. And it's great for both adults and kids!

Get it here: Music Ace Deluxe

eMedia Music Theory Tutor

eMedia Music Theory Tutor is an interactive music theory software for beginners (230 lessons) that also has basic ear training included.

This software package is perfect for adult piano beginners who also wants to learn about basic music theory.

Check it out here: eMedia Music Theory Tutor

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