Our Piano Wizard software uses “standard MIDI files” that render to a game.
Without getting too technical, in it’s simplest definition: MIDI files are like “digital piano rolls”. You can load these MIDI files into the game (and there are hundreds of thousands of them on the internet) and learn the song. Each new MIDI file is like a brand new game. That’s why Piano Wizard never grows old and can grow WITH YOU.
Think about it We’ve actually turned a Billy Joel song for example into a video game. How would you rather learn to play “Just the Way You Are”…by reading a piece of sheet music, or by learning it through a video game?
That…in a nutshell, is what we’re all about.
Like it or not, there is a thousand years of incredible music written in sheet music notation, and we need to be “backward compatible” with that. Few people comprehend the true genius of Bach, but our game can reveal it to a child in living color.
Until now, there wasn’t really an interactive fun way to teach other people’s music without using notation or memorization, either of which is pretty arduous. We do not consider the Piano Wizard to be a substitute for musical notation. It is a bridge, a vehicle. But the big takeaway is this: Music notation becomes a NEXT STEP rather than a FIRST STEP. ANYONE can now play piano with no previous experience or knowledge of music theory.
We are also not out to replace or knock the efforts of music teachers. It is our intent to feed more students into the music process. In fact, we already have many teachers already implementing Piano Wizard within their music program. Now that’s a powerful combination. There is no substitute for practice, but through our game, we’ve made practice fun.
Now that’s pretty cool in itself but it is just the beginning of a lifelong musical journey we would like everyone to take and enjoy.
To expand your own library, please refer to How To Add More Songs to Piano Wizard.
And that's how we make music child's play.