MIT is developing an intuitive and visual aid to help students master the piano

People at the MIT Media Lab has created another interesting invention: Andante, a teaching piano. Andante uses human figures that dance on piano keys as they are played according to the piece.

This simple hack can help students learn playing the piano more effectively.

A typical coaching piano system uses blinking lights that flash at the correct time and for the correct duration. This, however, overlooks one of music’s most important elements – the rhythm. This note-by-note approach doesn’t teach how the notes transition to each other, the mood of this transition and the organic motion that stitches the notes together. The characteristics of this transition is often seen in the way we tap our feet or sway our bodies to music.

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