eMedia Music teaches kids to play piano

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eMedia Music has announced the release of My Piano, the newest entry in its “My Music” series of software programs for Mac OS X and Windows. The app costs $29.95.

My Piano is focused on teaching kids 6 years and older how to play piano. It features large-screen video demonstrations that help guide kids through the material, featuring an animated character named Pam the Piano.

The instructions have been written by a former instructor at the Julliard School of Music, Irma Justicia, M.A. The lessons teach kids the basics like proper hand position and names of notes, then moves on to playing songs and reading music. Interactive games help reinforce lessons. More than 100 lessons featuring dozens of popular songs are included.

The software can work with a MIDI keyboard connected directly to the Mac; when used, it will show kids when they’ve played incorrect notes and what they should have played instead. My Piano lets you loop to repeat sections of songs you’ve having trouble with. A metronome helps you keep the beat and a digital recorder is also included, so kids can record their own performances.

System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2 or later.

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