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Learn the basics, all the way through advanced music, from your own home, with the #1 rated piano learning software. These online piano lessons were co-created by Quincy Jones, the all-time most Grammy nominated Artist, and are designed to teach you music for life.
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Learn the basics, all the way through advanced music, from your own home, with the #1 rated piano learning software. These online piano lessons were co-created by Quincy Jones, the all-time most Grammy nominated Artist, and are designed to teach you music for life.

Enjoy an immersive enviornment of discovery and interaction where you learn faster and have more fun in the process.

Play songs you know and love.

Playground Sessions’ innovative piano software teaches you how to play the piano with interactive lessons featruing your favorite songs. When you love the tune and know the rhythm, the learning comes more naturally and quickly.

Pick from Pop, Rock, Classic Hits, R&B, Traditional, and Classical genres. Songs are arranged at Rookie, intermediate and Advanced levels.

Play with video tutorials staring David Sides

Since his rendition of "Apologize" on the piano, David Sides' talent has earned him over 175 million views on YouTube. As a YouTube sensation, David has been invited to play all over the world. David's genius is in his unique arrangements and his fun and engaging teaching style.

David breaks down your favorite songs and music theory concepts one step at a time, showing you how to play, and then inviting you to play along with him.

Play to learn music theory

If you love listening to music, then you already know more music theory than you think you do. That's why Playground takes popular music you know and love and uses its melodies and rhythms to demonstrate musical concepts as you go.

Playground's Bootcamp has hours of interactive video tutorials and practice sessions featuring your favorite songs to help you find your way around the keyboard, to teach you notation, rhythm, and playing by ear. Learn how to play the piano with a personalized Rookie, Intermediate or Advanced Tour.

Play with progress visualizations.

Keeping an eye on how you're progressing helps you improve. Playground's online piano learning software translates your data into easy-to-read charts so you can see how much time you've spent playing, how you're progressing and where you're improving over time. Of course these charts will also let you know where more practice is needed!

Play with real-time feedback & scores.

Playground's groundbreaking technology provides interactive feedback. Play a note right, it turns green; play it wrong, it turns red. If you need to focus on a particular part, select the section, then loop over it until you get it right. Stay fully motivated as you try to beat your last score. 

Plays like a game. Compete with friends.

Play a note right, it turns green; play it wrong, it turns red. Earn scores, rewards and level up.

For competitive types, you can see how you stack up against your friends. Playground has built-in features that make it super easy to broadcast your scores. Invite your friends to learn along with you.

Play along to our backing tracks for your band-like experience. And share your recordings with the world.

Playground's online piano video lessons contain over 30 hours of high definition video tutorials taught by David Sides. Video lessons are used in both the Bootcamp (music theory guided tours), as well as in song lessons. Whether you're in a Bootcamp lesson, or a song lesson, Playground always uses popular music and great hits to connect the theory with what you're playing.

  • 70 interactive video tutorials; Over 30 hours of video lessons
  • Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced lessons
  • Popular music and classic hits used to teach music theory
  • Co-developed by music legend Quincy Jones

PREVIEW BOOTCAMP LESSONS

Rookie Tour

If you've never played piano before, you're in the right place. Playground's Rookie Bootcamp lessons take you through the basics of playing the piano, including basic notation, rhythm, hand coordination, and hearing melodies. All of these lessons use examples from popular songs that you already know, so you can easily contextualize the theory.

Intermediate Tour

Whether you have picked up skills from the Rookie Bootcamp or if you have already played some piano before, these lessons can help round out your musical abilities. Here we introduce chords - how to play them, read them, and hear them. We also introduce more complicated rhythms, more uses of major and minor scales, and more strategies for figuring out songs by ear. At the end of these lessons, you will be more than ready to start making your own arrangements, to play in a band or to accompany another musician.

Advanced Tour

Each advanced Bootcamp lesson introduces you to a specialized musical topic, while engaging and developing the skills you learned at the intermediate level. "The Dominant Seventh Chord" teaches you an essential aspect of classical harmony, building on your knowledge of chords and inversions; "Melodies" teaches you how to sing, play, and compose your own melodies to a chord progression; and "Sixteenth Notes and Rests" helps you read, write, and play the rhythmic patterns you'll find in the advanced arrangements, as well as in sheet music from outside the program. These lessons are ideal for aspiring songwriters, classical musicians, and anyone looking for a creative, exciting musical challenge.

Keyboard Skills

In these lessons, you’ll learn the patterns and techniques you need to navigate the piano. This is where David teaches you how to recognize and play essential keyboard patterns, ranging from octaves and scales to triad inversions and voicings. It's also the place to get advice on the physical skills unique to playing the piano: how to sit, how and when to move your hands, and how to stay comfortable and relaxed while practicing.

Notation

Reading music often seems intimidating to beginning musicians, but we make this process painless and fun by using examples from songs that you know and love. Playground Sessions has an easy-to-follow on-screen keyboard where you can match up what you and David are playing to the notation. Starting with a crash course of all the notes on the staff, continuing through accidentals and key signatures, this will teach you what you need to know to start reading any piece of music.

Rhythm

In the Rhythm Bootcamp lessons, David walks you through counting and reading rhythmic notation including rhythmic symbols such as dots, ties, and triplets. All of our Rookie lessons and arrangements minimize the amount of rhythmic symbols you'll see, so you can get the hang of counting and playing in time.

Playing by Ear

Playground devotes several Bootcamp lessons to learning how to play all parts of a song by ear. David, one of the world's best musicians at playing by ear, takes you through how to separate the instruments in a recording with your ear, how to find the notes you hear on the piano, and how to hear chords and chord progressions.

Made For iPad 

Recommended

  • iPad Air / Mini 2 or Newer

Minimum

  • iPad 2 or Newer
  • USB Adapter
 


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Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer Playground Sessions
System Requirements (Windows)

Recommended

  • Windows 8 or Newer
  • Windows 8 (RT not supported)
  • Windows 8.1 (RT not supported)
  • Windows 10
  • 2.60GHz Intel Dual Core or equivalent
  • Screen Resolution 1280 x 1024
  • 2GB RAM
  • USB Port

Minimum

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 3
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2.33GHz Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64 2800+, or faster
  • 128 Kbps DSL Internet connection
  • Screen Resolution 1200 x 800
  • USB Port
Playground Sessions recommends that you use a MIDI or USB keyboard in order to take advantage of the interactivity of Playground Sessions, including real-time feedback, scoring, badging, and progress visualization.
System Requirements (Mac)

Recommended

  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or Newer
  • OSX 10.8
  • OSX 10.9
  • OSX 10.10
  • Intel® Core Duo or better
  • Screen Resolution 1280 x 1024
  • 2GB RAM
  • USB Port

Minimum

  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard
  • 1GB RAM
  • Intel® Core Duo Processor
  • 128 Kbps DSL Internet connection
  • Screen Resolution 1200 x 800
  • USB Port
Playground Sessions recommends that you use a MIDI or USB keyboard in order to take advantage of the interactivity of Playground Sessions, including real-time feedback, scoring, badging, and progress visualization.
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