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6 ways technology has been helping people learn and play music

Technology has done some fantastic things in recent times. Students, as well as teachers, are implementing technology in the classroom for exciting and effective learning. Upcoming devices, software programs, and browsing platforms have contributed to all forms of education. Music lessons have become a lot less trying and a lot more rewarding than before with the intervention of modern digital technology in the lives of teachers and students alike. In fact, if you are an adult, with limited time per week for your lessons, you will find the use of technology particularly helpful in practicing remotely and picking up new techniques quickly.

Here are the six new applications, platforms, and techs that can help you with your music lessons. However, remember that these cannot replace a music teacher. They can only help you understand the lessons and practice during your free time at home.

The music notation applications

Does music theory intimidate you? Do those notes bore you and scare you at the same time? Then you need more help with your music theory classes than you are getting right now. It might not be possible for you to afford additional courses during the week and your teacher might not be available 7-days a week to help you out. Finding an excellent music teacher in New York might not be a problem, but affording the fee for the lessons and private classes several times a week can be prohibitive. Long Island has several renowned music schools that offer piano lessons for beginners and professional performers as well, but traveling to-and-fro every day can be stressful.

These music notation apps can complement the formal training you are receiving during your classes. There are hundreds of music notation apps that can help you with your theory classes. Most of them have an impressive collection of tools, add-ons and other options that allow all users to progress from their next learning stages. Our advice is to find one with an expansive music library and reference library that can explain the nitty-gritty of music theory like the relationship between notes, key signatures and more in an easy-to-understand way to all learners.

Digital Audio Workshop platforms

These digital audio workshops (DAW) platforms were once eponymous for music composers and advanced learners. However, as technology has advanced, it has become accessible to beginners. Now, you will find the simpler versions of these DAW software programs in almost every basic computer software package. You can run them on desktops and laptops. They can record, mix, edit and master audio clips. You can record your songs and have fun with the tools. There are so many DAW programs available right now that you will have a tough time picking just one. You can find this platform on any Mac you come across. Moreover, DAWs have musical typing features that allow the learners to turn their keyboards into a piano.

Musical Instrument Digital Interface and sequencers

People typically use the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) files with DAW platforms. After you sign up for your music lessons on Long Island, you can explore the various electronic instrument options, editing tools, and manipulation options through the DAW platform. You can supplement your regular piano lessons at the school with the MIDI. It will save you time and money, yet it will help you brush-up your skills at home.

The use of sequencers along with MIDI files enables the teachers and the students to manipulate music side-by-side. Whether you are playing with the tempo or merely changing the instrument, you can keep experimenting with the software till you find the sound you are looking for. MIDI files allow for direct experimentation through DAW platforms.

Finding an ear trainer

The most important skill you will acquire as a musician is the musical ear. It is an imperative tool for any musician. Without the right training, it is impossible to develop the hearing of a musician. When we say “Ear” and “hearing,” we refer to listening and understanding music simultaneously. It takes time and effort. To develop musical skills you need to schedule several individual classes with the trainer. Group classes also work, but you need to pay undivided attention to what the trainer is saying. Most piano schools on Long Island, New York offer individual lessons for those interested in developing a musical aptitude. These are not the regular music lessons for kids and teens you can explore in most parts of NY.

Learning music in NYC is not cheap. So, downloading applications and tools on your mobile phone or desktop to train your ears makes complete sense. This method is convenient, but it cannot replace a good human trainer. You can find a well-rated app on Google Play store or Apple iTunes. Check for reviews and then install. While it might be free, you need to ensure that it has the correct options. Find one that does not implement a fixed schedule, but works around your daily routine and class timings.

Find new options on the internet

The Internet is one of the most expansive libraries for music applications and training software programs. There is nothing you cannot find on the web. If you cannot find something, go to one of the forums for musicians and music enthusiasts and ask for help. Speaking with fellow musicians from around the world will give you a clear idea about the lesson plans, exercises and the newest tools they have been using in recent times.

If you have time, check out the music scene on Long Island. The live music will give you an idea about the latest technology pianists are using. You can also speak with your piano teacher on Long Island about extra guidance on the matter. You can watch YouTube videos for learning how to play new songs. You can check out Quora for learning about new tech that can help you with your lessons. There are several eBooks and audiobooks as well that can help you with music theory. Check out the summary and reviews for understanding what each one is about, and which one will help you the most.

Stay on social media

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the most popular social media platforms. You can leverage them for learning new tricks of the trade. Follow online tutors, musicians and fellow learners on these platforms. Their posts will update you with the latest trends in music, tips, and hacks for understanding music theory and practice plans for daily lessons. A better way to get geo-location based updates on your feed is to follow tutors, musicians, fellow students and schools on Long Island. That will not just help you learn about the latest trends. It will also make sure you know about upcoming events and competitions you shouldn’t miss.

With the advent of modern tech and digital devices, it has become supremely easy to become a musician. Sometimes, it is difficult for the novice musician to grab all the concepts in class, especially during group sessions. The online apps, tools and social websites help them stay up-to-speed with their peers by providing complementary knowledge on whatever they have missed out. Is there something you did not understand in your last class? Why don’t you try to search it on Google or use one of the music training applications? Although technology cannot replace music teachers and personal training, they surely help the teachers in dispensing better lessons.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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