Tips To Improve Your Sight Reading at the Piano
Aaron Garner describes some of his personal struggles with sight-reading as a kid and all the way through college. He shares some of the tips he has learned over his more than twenty five years of teaching students and working to improve his own sight-reading. After creating Piano Marvel, he and his team have invented some great sight-reading tools that have been game-changers!
Piano Unstrung - Part 4: Air
We hope you have enjoyed the Piano Undone mini-series so far! Part Four: Air features the piece "Livin' On A Prayer" by Bon Jovi. This is a popular and lively song. However, it is also difficult for some to play. Aaron Garner has arranged some simpler versions that range from beginner to advanced levels. We have also just released Livin' On A Pray Games in the Piano Marvel app that allows early beginners to see how far they can get in the Livin' series.
The Virtual Piano and Game Mode
The recently released Piano Marvel iPhone app includes a virtual piano keyboard, and Piano Marvel is officially releasing Game Mode in the app's music library as well. A song bundle for “Pirates of the Caribbean” called Pirate Games, was released in Game Mode on April 5th, when we released the first video of the Piano Unstrung series. It also served as the Song Of The Week. It has been an instant new favorite for Piano Marvel students around the world. Each of the four videos released in the Piano Unstrung Series has been accompanied by a song bundle for the SOW in Game Mode. The other three song bundles are called Bumblebee Games, River Games, and the soon-to-be-released Livin’ On A Pray Games. Students will see it in the Piano Marvel app on Monday, April 26th in the music library.
Piano Unstrung - Part 3: Water
We hope you have enjoyed the Piano Undone mini-series so far! Part Three: Water features the piece "River Flows In You" by YIRUMA. This is a popular and beautiful piece. However, it is also difficult for some to play. Aaron Garner has arranged some simpler versions that range from beginner to advanced levels. We have also just released River Games in the Piano Marvel app that allows early beginners to see how far they can get in the River series.
Piano Unstrung - Part 1: Pirates
We hope you enjoyed the first video of the Piano Undone mini-series! There is more to come and we can't wait to share the next three videos with you. Part 1: Pirates features the piece "Pirates of the Caribbean" by Hans Zimmer. This is an exciting and impressive piece. However, it can be difficult to play for many people. Aaron Garner has arranged some simplified versions of this piece and you can find them below.
Piano Unstrung - Part 2: Fire
"Flight of the Bumblebee", by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov. This is a beautiful and impressive piece, however, it is also difficult to play. Aaron Garner has arranged a simpler version that he calls "Flight of the Bumblebee Rock." We have also just released Bumblebee Games in the Piano Marvel app that allows early beginners to see how far they can get in the Bumblebee series. Learn to play this song at various levels.
5 Useful Tips to Teach Piano to Your Kids
Introducing your child to the beautiful world of music early on has many benefits for their growth. Research has shown that children who grow up learning instruments display better discipline, memory, attention, and technical skill than their peers. The Piano is an excellent choice for parents to start kids on due to its popularity and easy availability of lessons. The Piano serves as an excellent basis for all musicians to learn musicality basics such as scales, rhythm, and pitch. Many classical musicians get their start on the Piano, even if they switch to other instruments later. Piano skills can also transfer to other professions apart from being a pianist, such as a composer, vocal coach, or music therapist.
Songs to Learn on Piano
Whether you’re beginning your piano journey or you’re an experienced pianist, choosing the right piano piece can be a daunting task. Sometimes you choose a piece, start learning, and realize it’s way too hard. Other times, you realize it’s just not as exciting as you thought it would be. Either way, you end up burning out and never finishing the piece. The key is to choose a piece that’s the right level, a relatively quick learn, and exciting and fun to play. Every week, we highlight at least one new piece in the Piano Marvel Library that has all of these factors as the Song of the Week. These are the songs that have all the ingredients for an easy to learn, fun piece that won’t let you burn out.
When Should My Child Start Piano Lessons?
It’s one thing for a child to learn how to read English; it’s another to teach them how to read sheet music. To understand lessons and learn new songs, your child must be capable of comprehending symbols on a page. Learning music involves memorizing chords and their corresponding keys. They’ll also need to recognize patterns to identify recurring elements of various songs. Before your child begins piano lessons, they’ll need to develop basic reading comprehension.
Christmas Songs Anyone Can Play on Piano
Christmas time is famous for its music. More music has been written for and about Christmas than any other holiday in the world. At Piano Marvel, we’ve been experimenting with this Christmas music thing for a while now. We realized something significant- people want easy Christmas music that they can learn quickly and play during the season. They also want to sound great while doing it. This year, we’ve made it a priority to add as many easy, fun Christmas songs to the software as possible that anyone can play on the piano, and we’re adding more every day. Even if you’ve never touched a piano before, you can learn Christmas songs extremely quickly using the learning paths designed for each piece by professional piano teachers. On average, those who learn a song with Piano Marvel learn 5 to 10 times faster than those who learn traditionally, so you can be sure of success.
Should Everyone Learn to Write Music?
The average person who learns to play the piano still lacks the skill to write music. After decades of teaching music, I have come to believe that learning music is very much like learning a language. The majority of citizens in the United States have learned to both read and write, and music teachers can have the same success with their students in teaching them to not only read music but also to write music. But where do you start?
What is Practice Mode?
Practice Mode splits up a song, piece, or exercise into bite-sized pieces called learning sections. Not only are they split up into phrases to be easier to learn, but they are also organized in a specific learning path that eases the process of putting those sections together and aids in quick and accurate memorization.
AIM Technique: Now In Piano Marvel!
Piano Marvel is proud to announce AIM Technique for all UMTA teachers - FREE for all teachers and students!
How To Master My Scales
So you say you want to master your piano scales, huh? Here's an article that will help you achieve that goal by using proven practice strategies from top pedagogues Aaron Garner and Dr. Josh Wright.
The Benefits of Becoming a Certified Piano Marvel Teacher
Our certification course is designed to help teachers become completely capable and comfortable with every aspect of the program. Without taking the course, teachers often never reach Piano Marvel's full potential. We also use the course to make sure that we have exceptional teachers to send our users to when they are looking for a teacher.
The Ultimate Sight Reading Test
Sight-reading ability has always been measured subjectively. What is the accurate measure of an excellent sight-reader? There is a wide range of sight-reading ability between individuals. Some can pick up a complicated piece of music without seeing it before and play it with very few mistakes with excellent rhythm. In contrast, others can barely play the melody in the right hand and pick out cords in the left hand that sound somewhat complimentary. Many fall somewhere in the middle of these two examples. There has never been a standardized sight-reading test, a way to consistently rank a pianist’s ability to sight-read other than by the opinion of an accomplished and practiced ear of a music professor. The question then is raised about whether other music professors would agree with the ranking. Does it even matter if there is an actual scale to measure sight-reading ability? Is it even possible to come up with a standardized ranking system? The Answer to both questions is yes! The test is call the SASR!
Learn to Play Piano
“Please can I quit Piano Lessons!?” I was 13 years old; I knew if I persisted long enough, I would eventually come off conqueror! All it would take is a little more whining, a little more complaining, and I knew I would hit the right button with my mother. I had already pushed beyond the point of emotional distress. Just a little bit further. A few weeks later, my teacher had me perform in a recital. I played a very simplified version of Malaguena. I stood up at the end, and can you believe it, everyone was clapping! At that instant, I knew that I had what it takes to make it big with my piano career. I later told my mom, “I guess I want to become a concert pianist!”
How to Teach Piano Online
If you’re a piano teacher, chances are you’ve recently undergone a transformation that you never expected to experience in your lifetime. For your entire career up to this point, you’ve done things much the same way your teacher taught you. But when the COVID-19 pandemic struck, suddenly your world was turned upside down and you had a decision to make- stop teaching for the foreseeable future or adapt to the “new normal” of online education.
The Best of Both Worlds: Easy Piano Songs That Make You Sound Like a Pro
There are many different reasons one might choose a particular piece to learn on the piano. Many times, we find a song that we love to listen to and then seek to learn it so we can hear it whenever we like. Other times, we might choose a piece based on a request from a friend or family member, or as a surprise for someone or a special event. All are perfectly valid reasons, but one aspect not commonly considered is how to choose a piece that is easy to learn, yet sounds really impressive. Everyone should have a few pieces like this in their repertoire to pull out when called upon to play!
Easy Piano Songs for Beginners
Starting any new skill or hobby can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Starting to learn the piano, for instance, may be overwhelming if you do not know where to start, or discouraging if you start with the wrong music. You most likely just want to feel (and sound!) accomplished quickly.
Piano Marvel "Re-Level"
Here's a project that is going to be a game-changer for PM customers!
The Best Piano Learning App
Michelle describes her personal struggles with learning to play the piano with traditional piano lessons and compares that to her experience with learning with the help of Piano Marvel. What a difference it made and has continued to make in her learning, even into adulthood!
How to Gain Speed With Your Scales
Learn from the master, Mr. Aaron Garner, Scale Ninja! Read Aaron's recommendations about how to safely play the scales and work your way up to playing them slowly to Ninja fast!
Teaching Piano Online
Aaron Garner, CEO of Piano Marvel and Master Piano Teacher shares what makes his online piano lessons engaging and fun. Learn how to leverage technology to provide the best instruction for your students. Piano Marvel, with it's hundreds of unique features, is one of the tools he uses to make his piano lessons what they are!
During this time of uncertainty, it's a great time to start learning the piano online with Piano Marvel
Learn Your Favorite Piano Songs
Are you looking for fun, easy piano songs to play that sound hard? Do you want to play classical pieces at your level or your new favorite song from the latest Disney movie? You can find them all on the PIano Marvel app! You can learn to play them quickly in "Practice Mode". It's the most fun way to learn piano!
What Makes a Great Piano Learning App?
There are many piano teaching apps out there. This article discusses the main features you should look for. Piano Marvel has all of these features and more.
What Does It Mean To "Learn Piano"?
Scales, Chords, Arpeggios, Theory, Sight-Reading... What does "learning the piano" really look like?
Creating Student Videos
Learn why it is important to include video projects in today's piano studio.
Setting SMART Goals for Piano
Setting SMART goals is the best way to ensure that you are successful in achieving your goals. Read this article to learn more about what SMART goals are, and get some tips on how to stick with it!
Learn Easy Piano Songs in Piano Marvel
Piano Marvel makes it simple to finding easy piano songs to learn. The best part is that even though the easier songs contain fewer notes the accompaniment is more complicated and fun. It helps the begining piano student, young or old, feel like they are playing someting with more substance and it is more fun!
Learn Piano Music Online
Learning to play the piano online is quickly becoming popular and for a good reason. The convenience of having access to almost limitless music, coupled with Piano Marvel's powerful piano learning platform, makes learning to play piano online the obvious choice!
What Is My Piano Skill Level?
Beginner? Intermediate? Advanced? Have you ever wondered what skill level you were? Here's a nifty little guide that will help you figure that out.