Piano Chord Helper

[asa_item id="528159874"] Piano Chord Helper teaches users the location of the chords on a piano. Piano Chord Helper shows where 60 of the most common chord progressions—including the major, minor, seventh, augmented, and diminished notations—are located on the keyboard. To begin, users choose which chord they want to play, and that section of the piano keyboard is shown. A red dot is then placed on each key that needs to be tapped for the chord to be played. Lastly, Piano Chord Helper features an option called “Chord Sounds,” where users can tap the name of a chord and the chord is…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 5
B. Design - 8.4
C. Engagement - 8

7.1

Summary : This app’s visual prompting makes learning piano chords easy!

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Piano Chord Helper teaches users the location of the chords on a piano. Piano Chord Helper shows where 60 of the most common chord progressions—including the major, minor, seventh, augmented, and diminished notations—are located on the keyboard. To begin, users choose which chord they want to play, and that section of the piano keyboard is shown. A red dot is then placed on each key that needs to be tapped for the chord to be played. Lastly, Piano Chord Helper features an option called “Chord Sounds,” where users can tap the name of a chord and the chord is played out loud for users to hear.

Instructional Ideas

  1. If pianos or keyboards are not available to all students, Piano Chord Helper can be substituted, so that all students can practice their chords.
  2. Teachers can model piano chords using the Piano Chord Helper. To do so, the teacher could project the app onto a screen so that all students can see it. Next, the teacher can show a chord on the screen with marked keys, and then instruct students to play the same chord on their piano. The teacher can then cover the screen so students are unable to see the marked keys and then instruct students to play the chord again. This process can be repeated as necessary until students remember the key combinations needed to play specific chords. If students struggle to play the correct key combinations, the teacher can uncover the screen for them to re-review the marked keys.
  3. Teachers can use Piano Chord Helper to play “Name that Chord” with students. To play the game, the teacher would connect an iPad to a projector and sound system, but keep the projector screen off. The teacher can then play a chord for students, and the students who identify the chord by sound only earn two points. If students are unable to identify the chord by hearing it, the teacher can play the chord again and show them a projected image with five possible choices (the Chord Sounds). Students receive one point if they are able to identify the chord based on the choices. This game can be modified by dividing a class into teams and allowing the teams to work together to identify the chords.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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