My middle son will be graduating in the spring and we took advantage of obtaining dual credits to fulfill both his high school requirements and accumulate some college credits as well. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the time or money to continue with his private piano lessons. He loves playing, and was a bit heartbroken to give up his weekly private lessons with his favorite teacher.
We’ve tried some different things to keep him challenged and playing and when eMedia offered us a free copy of their Piano and Keyboard Method software to try, we thought it perfect timing. This would be my son Benny’s first experience with a “virtual” instructor.
Benny has been playing for six years so we chose to review the Intermediate level CD ROM that works on both Win/Mac (he has a MacBook Pro). The software is initially installed on the computer taking up 534.5 Mb, after which the discs are not needed. If first impressions were a prediction of how well Benny would do with eMedia, we were golden! He liked it immediately. He got started right away with the first lesson (there are 150+) and was playing Rachmaninoff beautifully. eMedia selected to teach some wonderful pieces by many of music’s elite composers: Liszt, Beethoven, Chopin, Berlin, and Mozart.
Here’s Benny’s thoughts:
This program is very easy to use, and extremely informative. Everything is broken down in to simple terms and phrases, so even those with only basic piano knowledge will be able to understand. The pieces are just the right difficulty for the recommended level (intermediate), and I never found the selections boring to play.
If a student is having trouble with a piece, sections can be highlighted and played at a normal or slower tempo to help master the troublesome areas. Everything from the theory to the tonal shading is well explained. I found the instructor Vadim Ghin (a graduate of Juilliard) to be insightful and a great teacher. This has been one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with piano, and I would eagerly recommend eMedia’s Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method to anyone wanting to continue with piano instruction using a non-conventional method.
I would add that the ideal student for this type of instruction is one who is relatively independent and doesn’t need constant reminders to do his lesson or practice. Although Benny did enjoy his experience, he is more driven to play pieces of his own choosing. If he hears a song he likes he will find the music and teach himself. We will hear him play the piano for an hour or more, tirelessly practicing till he gets it perfect. I guess we learned he is not really at intermediate level after all, but something more.
He is advanced. He is passionate about music, and happy he learned in elementary school to play the piano.
You will be impressed with the amount of material that is included in this program. It has digital recording capabilities, a digital metronome, orchestral accompaniment, and other cool add-ons. The price is very reasonable ($59.95). That was what 2.5 lessons with our private instructor cost me. Let me send you now to eMedia to find out more about what, and how your student will learn using the Intermediate Piano and Keyboard Method.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this product for this, my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed here are my own, and my son’s own. We disclose this to you in accordance with the FTC regulations.