Simply Piano

Learn and Play Piano

Rating Simply Piano by JoyTunes - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 12+
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About Simply Piano

Simply Piano is a multi-platform piano learning app to learn to play piano. Simply Piano is designed for beginners of all ages, and it empowers the whole family to learn piano. Simply Piano is available for free to download on iOS and Android devices.

Here you can learn from basics, like understanding the sheet music, to advanced level, like playing from both hands. This app is perfect for beginners as well as advanced players. You can personalize your workout as well as try your hand at tons of popular songs available in its library. 

Simply Piano Review

What is Simply Piano

Simply Piano by JoyTunes is one of the widely used and most popular piano learning app available on both iOS and Android platforms. Simply Piano provides learners with high quality interactive lessons created by world-class musicians. The app provides real-time feedback on the playing accuracy of the musician using the device's inbuilt microphone. There is a large song library organised by difficulty level covering a wide variety of genres including pop, rock, musicals, jazz and blues, country and folk,

TV, film and game themes, oldies, Christian and gospel. Throughout the app there is the choice of learning each song at different difficulty levels. Through the 'weekly streak' fire icon and motivational recognition as lessons are completed, the app encourages regular practice, essential to the musicians progress and success.

Simply Piano is developed by Simply, creators of award-winning apps Simply Guitar, Simply Sing, Piano Maestro and Piano Dust Buster. Created by music educators, the apps are used by tens of thousands of music teachers worldwide with over 1 million songs learned every week. Simply are experts in creating educational and fun music apps for learning piano quickly and easily.

What we love about Simply Piano

Simply Piano’s engaging and high quality, interactive lessons provide the player with a clear step by step approach to learning the piano with good technique and accuracy. The integrated song library, organised by difficulty level allows the user to be able to play songs from the very first lesson, providing them with a clear benchmark of success at every step of the learning journey.

The app's ability to listen to the player and provide real-time feedback is a real plus. The user can adjust their playing in order to gain more accuracy and there is the option of using the slider feedback icon to practice the exercise before the feedback commences.

What skills does it improve?

Simply Piano develops the players ability to read and play pieces from musical notation. The user plays along, in time with tailored backing tracks and popular songs. It develops not only aural learning and ability to read and play from musical notation but also contains clear tutorials on hand positioning, tackling the dexterity of playing the instrument. All courses are broken down step by step, including clear visual introductions to all new concepts, along with reminders of important previously learned principles. 

For the intermediate/advanced player there are more complex courses included and complex pieces such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Mozart's Turkish March broken down into phrases and taught to the learner. There are three strands in the courses section - the middle strand deals with the essentials and then there is the choice of playing as a soloist or chords for more of an accompaniment style.

What age is it appropriate for?

The app is most suitable for secondary school children/college and university students as well as adult learners across the full range of abilities from beginner to those becoming more advanced in their playing. It is designed for those who are looking to teach themselves the piano and complements a weekly practice schedule providing motivation and recognition of progress. 

Is Simply Piano free?

Simply Piano is available for free to download on iOS and Android devices. Simply Piano offers a 14-day free trial which you sign up for when you download the app. 

How much does Simply Piano cost?

After the free trial, Simply Piano costs $14.99 per month which is inclusive of all content and the full song library, the price is discounted for annual sign up (£99.99 for the year).

Is there a family plan for Simply Piano?

Yes, there is a family plan for Simply Piano. It costs $149.99 per year and allows up to 5 family members to use the app on their own devices.

Is Simply Piano easy to use?

The activities and exercises in Simply Piano are easy to understand and use. The menu is very straightforward to use for a practice session and has a clear and eye catching design with quick access to the courses and song library. Each course is chunked down into short, manageable sections that are easy to understand. The sections are organised by ability so it is easy to scroll through to your current playing level and in the song library you can choose to play each of the songs at your current skill level.

How will students benefit?

The Simply Piano app is useful in helping provide students with clear, visually stimulating and interactive lessons that focus on specific aspects of playing. This could support work completed with a tutor and provide a recap of techniques learned as well as allowing the student to move forward in their own practice without having to wait for the next lesson.

The wide range of songs in the regularly updated song library also allows the learner to practice reading notation, develop their physical playing ability and technical knowledge learned in the lessons within the context of different pieces. The real-time feedback means that students can see their progress and make adjustments to their technique as necessary. 

How will teachers benefit?

Simply Piano will inevitably improve students home practice with the 'streak' function to monitor weekly practice time. Additionally, the interactive lessons in which students can revise techniques learned previously will be useful for when the teacher is not present. Teachers can also use Simply Piano in lessons to test students ability to play along in time with the actual piece. From a lesson planning perspective, the staged process of Simply Piano can help teachers chunk the learning with clear, effective explanations.

How will parents benefit?

The Simply Piano app is free to try out and is a useful way of supporting home practice, ensuring that rehearsals recap prior learning and expand the child's playing through the range of songs in the library. It allows parents to hear how the child's piano playing matches up to the actual piece. For parents who have limited musical experience, the apps ability to provide instant feedback is a benefit.

We think Simply Piano could improve on:

It would be useful if you could record your playing in the app in order to listen back and then share this with others/teachers.

Is Simply Piano safe to use?

Yes, Simply Piano is safe to use. It does require an account and email to start with but no other personal data is required. There are no chat features other than a 'help' chat function and the app's data protection compliance is explained on the website. 

Overall rating of the app

I would highly recommend this app to anyone wanting to learn piano and how to read musical notation or for those who would like to further develop their piano and note reading skills. It is an app that is supportive to the weekly practice process and will allow the user to see clearly when they are correctly completing the exercises as well as supporting them with improvements they need to make. The app is visually stimulating and engaging and the song library is vast and regularly updated, providing a large selection of the most notable piano repertoire.

Simply Piano is a hugely beneficial aid to any budding pianist.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Skills

Creative Development
Cognitive Development
Organisational and Productivity Skills
Emotional Development
Life Skills

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Simply (formerly JoyTunes)

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