I’ve reviewed a ton of music learning apps, software, and websites.
When it comes to piano learning apps, I believe there are two types: Game, and Non Game.
By game I’m referring to graphics, scoring points, cartoons and those type of “video game aspects”.
Some non game apps also have a scoring type of system, however the lessons and user interfaces are still based on reading music, and following along with video lessons from real instructors.
I’m finding it a bit hard to explain this, so here are two video examples which highlight my point.
Here is a brief video of Yousician, which is a piano learning app. This is what I refer to as a Game App:
Now here's a brief video of flowkey which is more of a traditional piano learning app:
I have compared Yousician and flowkey here, in case you want more specific information on both of these programs.
But do they work? Will you learn the piano from an app?
One of the best things about apps and online lessons is convenience.
This is huge for learning the piano. Most people, from children to adults, don't really want to commute to piano lessons anymore. Those days are slowly fading away.
It's much more convenient to learn the piano with technology found from online lessons and apps.
For example, you can literally start learning the piano with flowkey in a few minutes! Yes, you simply sign up for a free trial, and you can begin with their online lessons, or start learning how to play various piano songs.
It's truly that easy.
So the first benefit of learning with apps is convenience.
The other component of what makes piano learning apps useful is their technology.
You can learn songs, get lessons on specific aspects of the piano, receive feedback, keep track with a scoring system, and much much more.
So not only are these apps convenient, they also provide so much value.
The apps work, if you work them. You still need to practice. But they make learning and practicing so much more convenient, fun, and affordable.
If you're looking to learn the piano with non traditional lessons, then consider my two recommendations below: