Virtual Piano

Freemium! Virtual Piano is an online resource for playing and learning to play the piano. To play the piano, users must launch the website and then click the “Play” option on the menu at the top of the screen. Users will then have access to the virtual piano that they can play by either clicking the keys with their mouse or using their keyboard. If the keyboard is used, different letters on the keyboard correlate to different keys on the piano. In addition, users can click the “Music Sheets” option on the top menu to search for and access sheet…

Review Overview

A. Instruction - 6
B. Design - 7.8
C. Engagement - 7.4

7.1

Virtual Piano: A Resource for Musical Instruments

Summary : Providing Access to Pianos

Virtual Piano is an online resource for playing and learning to play the piano. To play the piano, users must launch the website and then click the “Play” option on the menu at the top of the screen. Users will then have access to the virtual piano that they can play by either clicking the keys with their mouse or using their keyboard. If the keyboard is used, different letters on the keyboard correlate to different keys on the piano. In addition, users can click the “Music Sheets” option on the top menu to search for and access sheet music by category. The “World” option on the top menu allows users to join a social community dedicated to playing the piano. The “Learn/Teach” option allows users to enroll in classes to learn to play the piano and different songs. (Please note, users will have to pay an enrollment fee to join a class.) The “Watch” option allows users to view other users playing the Virtual Piano and also upload their own videos.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can allow students time to practice playing the piano using this website. As they become confident in their playing ability on the Virtual Piano, students can put on a performance for their teacher and classmates.
  2. As students gain self-efficacy playing the Virtual Piano, teachers can transition them to playing the traditional piano. Once students make that transition, teachers can have them compare playing the Virtual Piano against playing a traditional piano. To facilitate the comparison, teachers can have students complete a Venn diagram and then use the items students add to the Venn diagram as a springboard into a class conversation.
  3. For more advanced students, teachers can have them search for and then study a piece of sheet music included on this website. When ready, students can then play that piece of music for their teacher and classmates.
  4. Teachers can have students click the “Watch” option and view a video of a song being played on the Virtual Piano. After watching the video, students can practice playing the same song.
  5. As students become proficient playing the Virtual Piano, they can record themselves playing a song and upload it to the website using the “Watch” feature.
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
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity

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