The Magic Piano
A Magical Musical Experience! Teaching music through colour in a whimsical fantasy world!
Press Release - The Magic Piano
The Magic Piano is a unique musical app that’s just been launched by the quirky new company, Hopeful Monster. Aimed primarily at preschoolers, it’s designed to get them excited about music whilst instilling basic musical theory. So what makes the Magic Piano app so special? Well for one, it uses a combination of 3d
animation, hand drawn textures, colour coding, and amazing particle
effects to keep kids engaged so they’re playing and learning at the same time!
According to one of the co-founders of Hopeful Monster, “We believe in change through positive action, so we wanted to develop an app that instilled a sense of wonder in the youngest amongst us, whilst also sharing our combined love of both music and technology. We set out with our first project ‘The Magic Piano’ to create a visually exciting musical experience that can be engaged by children on many musical levels.”
How it Works?
The user is first engaged visually by the world of The Magic Piano, a 3d scene replete with birds, bees and flowers with hand drawn textures created by children’s illustrator Jill Brailsford. The first level of interaction of the app is predictably sound, but also colour. When a key on the keyboard is pressed it lights up and the corresponding note on the stave bursts into life with an explosion of colour and flowers. This fun visual and sonic engagement is the trigger and base for multiple levels of incidental learning.
As kids play with The Magic Piano, the combination of sound and colour coding between the stave and the keys is already laying the groundwork of musical theory. This is a great starting point for preschoolers. For those of reading age, the colour coding continues with the note names displayed directly above the keys, and the most advanced level of the implicit learning hierarchy, the reverse chord finder. As children play, or play with, the Magic Piano they will inevitably form common chords. When this happens the chord name is shown on the right of the screen. As children experiment with how different shapes illicit different chord names, they are building their sonic vocabulary, an understanding of intervals, chord composition, naming conventions and notation.
Although giving a child the gift of music at an early age is itself fantastic, the benefits reach far beyond musical theory and performance into myriad areas of childhood development. According to scientists, early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning, spatial intelligence, problem solving and empathy.
As Ben Lumb, a parent of 2 young kids and avid supporter of the Magic Piano says ‘My kids love this app, they have so much fun using it, and I love it as well. It’s keeps them interested in music and they’re learning at the same time.’