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Piano is Fun Software

Fun software teaches kids to read notes.
Fun software teaches kids to read notes.

Many times parents want their child to learn piano, but they don’t have a piano or electronic piano, and they aren’t sure if they want to invest the money without knowing if the child is really interested enough.

Parents, take heart!  With Piano is Fun!  your child can learn how to read notes using only the computer and then transfer that knowledge to the piano when you buy it.  They will also be getting an understanding of the fun that they can have on the piano.

This colorful software introduces the notes gradually through a series of 20 lessons.  Practice games are included that teach them where the note “lives” on the piano keyboard and help to develop their sense of pitch.

I am an affiliate of this product, which I recommend as a great booster for those who are not ready to begin classes, and for students who are already studying.  Any child who plays piano will benefit from this knowledge, even if they are not enrolled in formal classes. And, although it was designed for children, many adult beginners find that it smoothes their way and makes learning the notes easy and unforgettable.

To learn more or buy this software,Click Here!  You won’t be sorry you did.


Disclosure notice: I receive a percentage of the sale on this item, just as I would if I sold it in my studio.  So please buy through my website. I’d also appreciate it if you would send me an email at and tell me how you like it!

How one man almost lost his mind building a tiny piano

Several years into the unparalleled task of constructing a miniature copy of an ornate Steinway piano, Paul Gentile started hearing music. “It was the most incredible piano playing I’ve ever heard. It started with classical then it was jazz and all genres,” says Gentile, who searched unsuccessfully for the source near his Concord, Ont., studio. “It… Continue reading How one man almost lost his mind building a tiny piano


ABSOLUTE MINIMUM : Digital 61-key touch-sensitive keyboard.  

61 keys are enough to start.  WARNING: you can’t play advanced classical music on 61 keys OR get much bass sound, so 88 keys (full size) keyboard is better for that.  Obviously 61 keys is an easier size to carry around, if that’s a consideration.

Touch sensitive = when you play harder, the notes sound louder.

Necessary to play piano.   Piano is short for pianoforte (softloud in Italian) so the great new technology that the piano introduced back in the 1700’s was a keyboard instrument that could be played soft or loud, according to the touch.  So piano music is usually expressive music that needs this capability.


WEIGHTED KEYS?  Optional at first.  

Unweighted 61-key keyboards are not designed for use by classical (or a lot of jazz) pianists; they’re designed for use as synthesizers. These kind of keyboards are great for pop or praise music.

FOOTSWITCH OR PEDAL: Go ahead and get it now, you’re going to need it soon enough.

Built-in speakers

AC Adaptor

Necessary, but not always included.  Make sure you’ve got it.





Are very expensive.  They are absolutely the best to play classical music, but they need tuned and maintained, and are absolutely NOT portable.  And they are always loud, (no option of plugging in headphones).

Don’t ever get an old piano that someone wants to just get rid of.  It is very heavy, piano technicians are very expensive, and you might be ruined for life if you play it untuned.