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Menu and Options
The main menu is completely self-explanatory and includes a button for "Start Here" which leads to "tour", a "Lessons" button, which leads to twenty lessons, an "Options" button (explained below) and buttons for advanced tests called Bronze, Silver, and Gold Challenges. The Options button lets you control what happens when a correct answer is entered (there are a few different choices), and contains an option for teachers that allows addition or deletion of a student's name. It is also possible for a "teacher" to construct "custom" lessons that operate like other lessons. The option is in choosing notes that are presented in test. So, if you want your child or student to concentrate on recognizing certain notes, you can easily create exercises that contain only those notes. There is also a sound option that lets you turn on or off sound effects that accompany parts of program.
Extra Challenging Exercises
The Bronze, Silver, and Gold Challenge exercises are more note recognition tests but with notes passing across screen at a faster pace, obviously requiring a quicker response from user. If a student can master these, there isn't much doubt that they know their notes.
So that's about it! This program doesn't balance your checkbook, manage your portfolio, or vacuum your carpet, but it never claimed to! If you want to learn to read music, or have a child that's about to start lessons or just shows interest, this product is a great buy. Imagine your piano teacher's surprise when your 5 year old shows up knowing how to read music on both treble and bass clefs! She'll fall off her piano bench! By way, my son, who has been taking lessons for two years, came home from school yesterday and ASKED if he could use Piano is Fun program! Think about that!
Peter Cullen is the Webmaster at http://www.PianoLessonReviews.com and an avid amateur pianist. The site reviews piano lesson offerings on the Web and offers many other piano-related resources.