The Piano Anyone Can Play
The Illuminating Piano
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When I envision piano lessons, I see a retired music teacher sitting on a piano bench with her student in an antiquated living room that features large lace doilies draped over patterned fabric furniture. The student, a child of 8 or 10 years of age, repeatedly bangs a series of keys over and over in an attempt to please the retired teacher so that he or she can finish the lesson and be freed to play with friends outside among the trees and plush grass of the suburbs.
And even though I carry such a dismal interpretation of piano lessons, I've always regretted not being born into a family that required piano tutelage. When the opportunity to purchase a piano dropped into our laps, I jumped on it. And while I did not require my children to take lessons, our oldest can play. He taught himself. Our other two boys dabble in piano, as well. Hubby has always been able to play. I am the only one in the household who is still relegated to Chopsticks. Oh, I intended to teach myself how to play when we moved the giant piece of musical furniture into our living room. But alas, I never quite picked it up.
However, there is hope for me yet. If you wait long enough, technology can make anything possible. Technology can even teach me how to play the piano. At least, that’s what the folks at McCarthy Music seem to believe.
Several months ago, McCarthy Music unveiled an interactive piano. The Illuminating Piano is made of hardware, software and cloud-friendly elements designed to make learning to play the piano simple and progressively successful. The system includes a keyboard with 61 full-size keys that light up to indicate which keys the player needs to play next, and application software that offers real-time, interactive score display. The system integrates with PC or iPad, and Cloud-based components include a song store with more than 1,000 pieces of sheet music.
I like where integrated piano technology is headed. Maybe in the future, all we’ll have to do is put on a pair of piano playing gloves that will give us the ability to play any score currently available. My future vision of piano lessons sees a virtual piano, brilliant lights flashing musical guidance and kids clamoring to be next in line to practice with the retired music teacher, who has become the most revered person in the community.