July 16, 2008

Harmonic Vision Launches Initiative to Help Piano Teachers Integrate Technology into the Studio

Harmonic Vision, developer of the Music Ace family of music education software, today announced a multi-part initiative to help piano teachers incorporate computer-aided instruction (CAI) into their private studios. The company has correlated its Music Ace lessons with the popular piano methods of Faber/FJH, Kjos/Bastien, Thompson, Alfred, and Hal Leonard, and has developed a 16-page "Guide to Using Technology in the Piano Studio." The new Piano Method Correlations - accessible either in printed documents or via an online search tool - and the 16-page Guide are both complimentary from the new piano teacher resource page: http://www.harmonicvision.com/pianoteacher. Harmonic Vision is also making its Music Ace software more affordable for teachers to integrate into their studios, and to extend the Music Ace learning environment into their students' homes. Teachers can purchase Music Ace Maestro for $97.95 using a coupon from the new 16-page Guide. Teachers who wish to encourage students to use Music Ace lessons at home can enroll in the Studio Partner program and provide students a referral code that allows them to purchase Music Ace Deluxe - Piano Student Edition for $39.99.

Harmonic Vision recently surveyed piano teachers to identify the leading beginning and intermediate piano methods, and to learn if a correlation between CAI programs and specific piano methods would enhance the methods' effectiveness. "Teachers told us that method-to-software correlations would be very helpful in the studio," explained Phil Rockenbach, president of Harmonic Vision. "So, we developed piano method correlations to help teachers integrate Music Ace lessons with their piano lessons."

The new Piano Method Correlations provide page-by-page cross-references between the most popular piano methods and the lessons in each Music Ace program. Teachers and students may either download a complete method-specific correlation, or use the new Online Correlation Search Tool to find Music Ace lessons that correlate with their piano method. In addition to searching by method, the search tool allows users to locate lessons by topic, which is useful for working on specific skills without regard to a particular piano method.

Developed with piano teacher Michelle Sisler, the new "Guide to Using Technology in the Piano Studio" explains how to integrate educational software into piano teaching, set up a teaching lab, and schedule students to maximize teaching and learning opportunities. It also suggests ways to explain the benefits of computer-aided teaching to parents, and what to charge after setting up CAI in the studio. "While CAI will never replace what we are doing in lessons, we are always looking for ways to make them more effective and enjoyable," said Sisler. "With an engaging technology lab, students may not want to leave their lesson!"

Inside this free Guide, teachers will find a $30-off promotion code to purchase the single-computer educator edition of Music Ace Maestro for $97.95. Music Ace Maestro tracks the progress of 240 students and lets teachers set up a unique syllabus for each student based on student needs or based on the piano method they are using.

Another part of this initiative is Harmonic Vision's new Studio Partner program which offers benefits to both teachers and students. Teachers who recommend Music Ace provide their students a referral code that allows students to purchase Music Ace Deluxe - Piano Student Edition for $39.99, or 50% off the regular list price of $79.99. This edition mirrors the traditional Music Ace Deluxe - featuring the same 36 lessons and tracking the progress of up to ten family members - but it ships in a CD case instead of a box. Teacher rewards for each referral purchase include either a $5 Amazon gift card, or a $5 donation to the MTNA on the teacher's behalf. For more on this program click on the Studio Partner link at: http://www.harmonicvision.com/pianoteacher. To view student benefits of this initiative, including access to Piano Method Correlations and the referral code purchase site, visit www.harmonicvision.com/pianostudent.

Music Ace Family:

Music Ace is designed for both consumer and educational markets for use by students, parents, school music teachers and private music teachers. Music Ace is considered computer-aided instruction (CAI), which teaches the subject matter, then tests a student's comprehension. Self-paced lessons and games teach the basics, including music theory, note reading, listening, notation, keyboard, scales, rhythm, melody, key signatures, time signatures and harmony. Students are rewarded based on their performance, and at the end of each lesson, a game reinforces concepts learned. All members of the Music Ace family include Music Doodle Pad, a simple notation program that allows beginners to compose and arrange their own music.

Music Ace titles have won more than 50 awards for excellence. The 48 award-winning lessons are used by more than 7,000 school districts in English-speaking countries worldwide, as well as countless private studios. In 2004, Harmonic Vision packaged 36 lessons into Music Ace Deluxe, its flagship program for student use in the home. In 2005, the company combined all 48 lessons from its original products, Music Ace and Music Ace 2, and sequenced them in pedagogical order in its flagship curriculum for educators, Music Ace Maestro. All versions support Windows 98/2000/Me/NT4/XP/Vista and Macintosh System 9 or OS X.

About Harmonic Vision:

Founded in 1991, Harmonic Vision is a leading developer of music education software. The company is located at 210 S. 5th Street, Suite 12 in St. Charles, IL, 60174, 800.474.0903, and on the Internet at http://www.harmonicvision.com.

Editor's note: Product photos and screen shots are available for Music Ace Maestro (http://www.harmonicvision.com/Maestro-media-files.htm), and Deluxe (http://www.harmonicvision.com/media-files.htm).