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The Piano and Keyboard Method by eMedia is a curriculum specifically designed to be used by music educators.
Piano and Keyboard Method features music from classics to popular modern hits that make learning to play piano a fun experience. Multi-track audio and colorful MIDI accompaniments enhance the learning experience, and the Method includes hits popularized by artists such as Billy Joel ("Piano Man"), Elton John ("Candle in the Wind"), Los Lobos ("La Bamba"), Bob Dylan ("Knockin' on Heaven's Door"), Scott Joplin ("The Entertainer"), Ludwig van Beethoven ("Ode to Joy"), Spencer Williams ("Tishomingo Blues") and many others.
Piano Fingering and Guitar Chords:
The piano fingerings help teach the correct fingering for each note. Guitar chords are included so a friend who is learning guitar can play along with you. Piano fingerings and guitar chords can be toggled on or off for any screen.
Full Motion Video:
Professional piano instructor Irma Irene Justicia, M.A., who has taught at the renowned Juilliard School of Music, guides you with over 70 videos with demonstrations of techniques. Many of the videos include split-screen displays with close-ups for a clearer perspective.
Animated Keyboard Displays:
Color-coded fingerings as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a keyboard as you hear the music. Music tracking highlights the notes being played on the screen, making it simple to follow along.
Multi-track recorded audio:
High-quality, multi-track recorded audio is included for every song and exercise. Audio playback options include piano only, voice only, and full audio including both piano and voice.
Slows down the audio to any tempo, while the Animated Keyboard shows song fingering as the music plays. You can play along and learn at the pace best suited to your skill level.
MIDI playback options let you select left or right hand only, or a tick metronome track to play along with. Colorful variable-speed MIDI accompaniments are also available and can be fun to play along with.
316 Step-by-Step Lessons:
Arranged in 12 chapters, the keyboard lessons cover the basics such as hand position, rhythm and playing on black keys, then moves on to more advanced concepts such as music notation, sight reading, intervals, chords and scales. On-screen teacher Irma Irene Justicia, M.A., provides clear and friendly instruction.
When using an electronic MIDI-compatible keyboard, you can get specific feedback on note and rhythm mistakes made while playing to help you get it right the next time. Clicking on an individual feedback balloon brings up a keyboard showing you exactly what mistake was made and what should have been played. Also, an overall percentage score summarizes how well you did on the song.
With the click of a button, you can get suggestions as to which "voice" to use on your MIDI keyboard to get the best sound for the song.
Reviews and Ear Training:
Interactive review and ear training screens help reinforce new concepts and develop your ear.
Allows you to set your own tempo and work on your speed, rhythm and timing. Provides both visual cue and/or audio tick. Full range of tempi, from largo to presto.
Record and play yourself back. This feature allows you to compare your recordings with the instructor's version, fine tune your skills and share your recordings with friends and family.
Piano and Keyboard Method Educator Edition (CD ROM)