There are many benefits to learning to play a musical instrument like improved memory, mathematical ability, listening skills, hand-eye coordination, creativity, concentration and better discipline that can positively impact a child’s learning. But what is most valuable to me is that it helps build children’s confidence and self esteem. My teenage son is a good example – from a terrified preschooler who ran away from the stage during his first concert to a confident young man performing in an orchestral hall, I saw how he has blossomed and become an inspiration himself to many others.
To experience success, a child needs the support of the family (which is usually the mum) but this doesn’t mean we must know how to play the instrument ourselves in order to be able to guide our children. You can equip yourself with the essential knowledge by being attentive in your child’s lessons, taking notes, recording masterclasses, attending concerts, doing research, etc. If you are wondering if there is a ready and easy to use resource that you can turn to, then lucky for you, I have just the app for you!
Mastering the piano with Lang Lang by Tido is the perfect resource for you and your children to learn the art of making music on the piano. It doesn’t just stop at what skills and techniques an accomplished pianist need to have, it also gives an insight to what music can do to our children’s personal development.
Lang Lang needs no introduction in the world of classical music and this app offers a rare chance for any music student, regardless of age and ability, to learn from a great master. Watching Lang Lang play and hearing his expressive playing would be such an inspiration to any aspiring pianist.
There are currently 5 levels of music training in the app, corresponding to piano grades 1 to 5. Each level comes with 8 units, each unit focussing on a key technique (like legato playing, developing dexterity, hand coordination, phrasing and rubato, dynamics, etc.) Lessons are presented with the use of interactive scores, instructions, videos, warm up exercises and the related scales/broken chords/arpeggios. A diverse range of music from different musical periods is chosen to progressively improve students’ skills and expand their repertoire.
Technology-wise, the iPad’s capabilities is fully utilized in the app’s interactive sheet music. You can follow the music while listening to an audio recording of it (played by Lang Lang), and your music practice is supported by tools like an in-app metronome, adjustable audio playback speed and musical note size, notepad and annotations. There are also additional features like a glossary of the musical terms used, information on the composer and the genre of the piece that was introduced in the lesson (because it is important to understand the music that we play – another point highlighted in the app).
What I really appreciate is the analogies used and the demonstrations that Lang Lang gave to explain each technique. He also made an effort to make sure that students understand the purpose of each exercise and he gave many tips and advices using personal anecdotes.
Help your children find success in playing the piano by learning with the master. Every young pianist should have access to the wealth of wisdom in this app, to better understand their instrument and what they can do on it, to improve their skills and techniques, and to have an awareness of what makes a musical performance.
Download Mastering the piano with Lang Lang and explore the first unit for each level for free.
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Mastering the piano with Lang Lang
by TIDO (UK) LIMITED
Category: Education, Music
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPad75-iPad75, iPad76-iPad76
Size: 190.71 MB
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.