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January 24, 2013

Each Classroom gets an iPad and a Piano

By Ashley Caputo, TMCnet Web Editor

There is an app that replaces activities you never thought could be done on a mobile device, like reading the Bible, changing TV channels, managing your finances, and now, playing an instrument.

Cookie Apps has just released an updated version of its Real Piano HD for the iPad, featuring a full sliding keyboard with 88 piano keys, and new recording and sharing tools. The release of this new app has brought attention to not only the advanced capabilities of the iPad, but just how much it can be incorporated into classrooms to cut costs on education and offer children greater learning opportunities. 

Image Via Cookie Apps

Since 2011, the Real Piano app has gained popularity in both the musical and app world because of its advanced graphics, keyboard design and realistic grand pianos sounds. Musician levels ranging from amateur to professional, and even musical educators, have all embraced the piano app as a true musical instrument.

The Real Piano keyboard employs a one-touch slide and stretch functionality.  "We understand a pianist's need to move fluidly and nimbly across the keys, which is why we made the entire length of our 88-key keyboard accessible during play with the quick slide of a finger," said Richard Bao, co-founder of Cookie Apps.  "Other 88-key apps use octave paging controls that are slow and clumsy."  

Musicians and musical educators who cannot afford to purchase a piano can now utilize this app for $2.00 ($.99 through Jan. 31) and create music. According to Cookie App, a school in California has begun to adopt the app into classroom settings, where all K-8 students are assigned an iPad for academic and enrichment. The Real Piano is a requirement for students in many grades.

This affordable app can be utilized by an entire classroom, creating more opportunities for music where there once weren’t any. It also brings attention to the idea of the iPad becoming a central tool in educational systems, where educators could purchase affordable apps to replace the costs of actual products.

For more information about Cookie Apps, click here.

Edited by Carlos Olivera

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