How I use technology with piano learning
Updated: May 29
Piano is historically associated with classical music, which is traditional and conservative. But with technology at the core of modern world, how can it be involved in piano pedagogy to enrich learning?
Particularly for younger generations, computer tablets and phones are nearly always on hand. Instant gratification and short-term gain are all just a click away. Whereas learning an instrument requires long-term commitment, intrinsic motivation and consistency.
As a tech-geek and someone who loves to experiment with new concepts, I actively use technology in my studio. During lessons I provide digital sheet music and do real-time annotations using my Wacom graphics tablet. We use Spotify to listen and share music. We use Sibelius for composition and Classroom Maestro to link keys to notation. Students access lesson assignments & their respective recordings via Tonara. I set up professional recordings for students using Blue Yeti. We explore Musescore for more repertoire.
Popular apps like SimplyPiano and FlowKey are not discouraged. These are nicely designed for the complete beginner and those wanting to try out the piano on a short-term basis. However they are a no substitute for a piano teacher because none of the following are taught. Self-sufficiency, rhythms, independent sight-reading, musical genres & history, theory, technique, performance skills, practise skills. Without the adequate feedback loop from a teacher, it's difficult for a student to correct mistakes they aren't aware of or understand the reasoning behind.
Always striving forwards, I'm exploring other apps which my studio may benefit from. These include: ABRSM aural trainer, ABRSM scales trainer, Functional Ear Training, Perfect Ear, Complete Ear Trainer.