By// Mariah Craddick
Music O.G. Quincy Jones co-created a new play-to-learn interactive music application that teaches users how to play piano that launched earlier this week. Playground Sessions is a downloadable software application that uses popular songs, real-time feedback, video tutorials and more to guide those who are just learning to play or those at a more advanced level who want to brush up on their skills.
“We’re really excited to launch Playground Sessions. The concept, learning methodology and technology is truly groundbreaking,” co-creator Chris Vance said. “We think it’s going to revolutionize how people learn to play musical instruments, beginning with the piano.”
Presented as a ‘musical Rosetta Stone,’ the lessons include Rookie, Intermediate and Advanced level piano arrangements to match the user’s individual proficiency. Students can track progress, receive grades for accuracy and use the app’s unique social features to play with other users from around the world.
“Over 90 percent of people try to play an instrument at some point in their lives, but very few really progress. One of the biggest reasons is kids find practice too isolating and would rather play with friends,” said Vance. “So we said we have to use social features so people can learn and play together to address this big problem. Plus, contemporary learning research was showing the power of engaging with others during the learning experience.”
With Jones as co-creator, he offers insight into the curriculum and music arrangements as well as the product design and overall user experience.
“He really drives us to keep the product entertaining and fun,” said Vance. “Quincy says music saved his life and can do the same for so many people around the world. We can’t afford to mess it up. It’s way too important.”
Playground Sessions offers individual lessons for songs and yearly and quarterly memberships, at $9.99/month and $14.99/month respectively. For more information and to download the application, please visit www.PlaygroundSessions.com.
Who wouldn’t want to learn from the master?