After playing music and teaching piano for many years, I have discovered (as other music educators have discovered) that people learn in different ways. Some learn visually, some learn by listening/hearing, some learn by thinking/analyzing, some learn by touching, some learn by interacting in physical activity, and some learn by using some or all of the various ways in which people learn. There is not a "one size fits all" way of learning and understanding. For me, I'm a very hands on visual learner who likes to see & touch things so that I can interact with it, so an iPad with useful Apps (the word App is short for the word application which is like a computer program, only simpler) really helps me in this way and I use it quite often in my music studio and for work related things. iPad is not the only tablet device that has useful piano learning apps because you can get some on Android devices too, but I am mostly referring to iPad in this blog post.
As far as learning the piano goes, there are some amazing Apps these days that really do aid in the learning and understanding of playing the piano and music in general. Whether the person is 2 or even 92, the iPad (it has more useful available apps than Android does at this point) is clearly a big help in getting and keeping kids motivated and learning important music concepts in a way that is more intuitive and fun than just traditional lessons alone in my opinion. The apps do not take the place of a good piano teacher and lessons in general, but the iPad interactive learning experience adds to the overall experience and many people learn many music concepts more quickly and more thoroughly when adding the iPad piano experience to their lesson program. In fact, adults can learn an incredible amount about music and playing the piano without ever going to piano lessons and that's a great thing considering active adults don't usually have time to dedicate to regular local piano lessons. Besides the iPad tablet device,there are also actual piano lessons available now on-line with teachers through live conferencing as well as pre-recorded video piano lessons, but the local teacher is still necessary for that live one-on-one student-teacher relationship where the teacher can give specific training and feedback to the student which is very important, especially when it comes to playing technique, playing discipline, accountability, and overall motivation...and local group recitals and interactive playing with others.
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