“Play to Learn” – what a great concept! If education could be as fun as “playing” would children and adults learn more and would they learn the right way? Playground Sessions thinks so. By working with teachers, musicians and gaming experts they have created a revolutionary learning method where by you pick songs you know and love to learn, an have fun practicing in an interactive environment with real-time gamification elements, all while learning how to play the piano.
Developed by brand invention company, ZAG, Playground Sessions uses the success we’ve seen through gamification in mobile applications to create a self-driven learning tool. Everyone loves leveling up and gaining rewards, by coupling that with fun-musical learning experiences Playground Sessions is able to “identify design patterns for effective educational games” says Chris Vance, managing director of the project.
The software uses YouTube superstar David Sides, highlights keyboard hand placement, musical notes and video instructions through a split-interface while you learn to play. Being a form of Guitar Hero meets your favorite teacher, Playground Sessions is able to utilize the power of gaming, the engagement qualities that gaming provides to bring about meaningful learning and the ability to relay real-time feedback through scores and advice for the student to make learning fun.
If you own an acoustic piano, you definitely should test out Playground Sessions. With insightful video tutorials and BootCamp walkthroughs the experience of learning how to play piano will never be the same again.