Yeah, it's that guy working on a midi sequencer again :rolleyes:
My dream has always been to build a good app that would
help people learn to play keyboards.
A supplement to a good teacher.
To help them with their day to day practice and
"ease the burden" in any ways it could.
Maybe to help teachers, too.
Not in running their business,
but in setting up lesson plans,
tracking student progress and such.
Now I know that quite a few of the piano teachers here are QUITE tech savvy.
(mumble mumble BETTY! mumble mumble)
And I'd -really- like to know a few things you teachers know: (please)
I don't think it'll take more than 2 minutes to answer.
You could reply to this thread or PM me if that's preferable.
- do you have a "computer lab" where you teach?
and does it have software that helps students practice?
- can you customize the things the student works on with the software?
(fix up your own lesson plan - in areas your student needs work in)
(assign THESE 2 pieces of sheet music, for example.)
- does it keep track of how much the student practiced?
does it do a good job? keeping track of the first day the piece was assigned
and how many days the student has practiced it? Your and your student's notes?
- Any idea how much one of the average software packages in your computer lab costs?
And are any packages licensed per student? ($x per user)?
- Any general feedback you've got for building a GOOD piano practice app
would be most appreciated.
The type of app I'm building is one that's sort of a
"piano practice database".
In addition to the usual help of
- playing background tracks
(maybe a metronome, drum track, background tracks, etc)
- showing on screen sheet music
(either some scanned sheet music, or from a midi file.)
- recording your piano practice
(so you can save that ONE take that happens to not suck)
it'll also keep track =in each song= of what days you practiced
and your notes about where you are now, and what you're up to next time
And be able to generate a list of all the songs you're working on (WITH DATES),
that are in your rep,
and that you've successfully recorded
(and ones you're in the process of recording).
This information will be solid proof of a student's rate of progress.
And they'll have a sense of accomplishment when they see the list
of songs grow longer and longer.
I'm still a ways away from completing such an app.
But I =know= it'll help ME so I'm definitely working hard on it.
And I know teachers have some good ideas for me in this area
Anyways, thanks for any help you can give me