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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.
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!
A good piano lesson software is one that has an all-in-one approach consisting of lessons, theory etc. It is 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. This is a piano learning software that actually teaches you to sight read music better (!) 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
Another option instead of piano learning software, is a DVD lesson course package.
One of the most recommended all-around piano lesson software and video courses today is Learn and Master Piano. I like Learn and Master Piano , for the high quality and varied lessons.
It is an interactive piano course package with DVD's, CD's and written instruction package.
This ambitious program is demanding but provides you with many, many lessons.
It will teach you a variety of styles, from Classical to Rock and is aimed at beginners through late intermediate levels.
This online piano course is a great option when you want to teach yourself piano, but also want professional guidance.
The well knows "Dummies" series also have a fun piano learning software for beginners called "Piano for Dummies".
It is very popular and has gotten really good reviews.
Check it out here: eMedia Piano For Dummies Deluxe.
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:
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
This is an interactive music theory software for beginners through intermediate (430 lessons) that also has basic ear training included.
Perfect for adults learning about music theory and how to play the piano and read sheet music.
Check it out here: Media Music Theory Tutor
Yes, of course you can find free piano sheet music online- especially classical music in the public domain. But you'll have to search a lot and also settle for sometimes an old copy with less than readable print...
So, how handy is this "library" of over 630 classical piano sheet music scores and reference audio recordings!
I keep a large collection of my piano library in my studio on CD's for ease of access. This is really handy, so I can recommend this software. Have a look here: Piano Scores Unlimited.