Piano Practice Assistant

Piano Practice Assistant


Piano Practice Assistant is a simple practice journal combined with an intelligent music tutor. Amateur and professional musicians use it to master pieces more effectively and to keep their repertoire in top shape. By using our practice planning algorithm based on the principles of spaced repetition and interleaved practice, you'll make the most of your practice time and build strong habits of deliberate practice. Originally designed for pianists, Piano Practice Assistant is now used by musicians of all stripes to structure and log their practice.

Why? Too often our musical practice suffers from problems:

- We play the fun parts over and over, neglecting tricky parts that need more practice
- We play a piece from start to finish, ignoring mistakes or maybe correcting them once, even though this is effectively “practicing” the mistakes and reinforcing them in muscle memory
- We try to cram a passage into memory by playing it over and over all at once, even though this has been shown to be ineffective
- We allow our old favorite to become rusty, and it takes much more work to polish than if we had just revisited it even once every few months
- We allow ourselves to plateau, rather than constantly push at the edges of our abilities
- We practice without concrete goals in mind, with no feedback cycle in place, and without countless other well-studied elements of effective practice

Piano Practice Assistant is an intelligent music practice journal designed to help with all of these obstacles and many others. If you use it to keep track of your repertoire and practice sessions, it will intelligently suggest when, what, and how to practice. Decades of research tells us that techniques like interleaved practice, spaced repetition, and deliberate practice can improve our learning and memory, yet often we do the exact opposite, to the detriment of our music. We’ve taken this research and used it to design a tool to help amateur and professional musicians alike improve the quality of their practice and bring better music to the world. For more information, see our website at www.pianopracticeassistant.com.

Piano Practice Assistant works by keeping a log of what you've practiced, when, and how well you played it, from the big-picture level all the way down to the level of the short phrases and passages that make up a piece. It allows you to build better practice habits by randomizing the order in which you practice those passages or by focusing mainly on passages you found difficult or haven't played in a while.

The app also comes with a helpful example piece divided into sections and subsections (Mozart Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457), as well as tips for practicing with Piano Practice Assistant.

Metronome included.

It can take time to see a change to your practice routine pay off, so we honor requests for full refunds within 30 days of purchase if you are not satisfied.

Recent changes:
Minor bug fixes. The auto-next optional setting now works properly.

Previous release included:
- Tweaked forgetting curve.
- Pause the timer by tapping the timer display.
- New optional settings (disabled by default):
* Timer sound: Play a chime when a timer runs out.
* Auto-next: Automatically move to next item when time is up. Mastery and difficulty will still only be recorded if a difficulty button (Hard, OK, Good, Great!) is used to finalize practice for that section.
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About Piano Practice Assistant
Piano Practice Assistant is a simple practice journal combined with an intelligent music tutor. Amateur and professional musicians use it to master pieces more effectively and to keep their repertoire in top shape. By using our practice planning algorithm based on the principles of spaced repetition and interleaved practice, you'll make the most of your practice time and build strong habits of deliberate practice. Originally designed for pianists, Piano Practice Assistant is now used by musicians of all stripes to structure and log their practice.

Why? Too often our musical practice suffers from problems:

- We play the fun parts over and over, neglecting tricky parts that need more practice
- We play a piece from start to finish, ignoring mistakes or maybe correcting them once, even though this is effectively “practicing” the mistakes and reinforcing them in muscle memory
- We try to cram a passage into memory by playing it over and over all at once, even though this has been shown to be ineffective
- We allow our old favorite to become rusty, and it takes much more work to polish than if we had just revisited it even once every few months
- We allow ourselves to plateau, rather than constantly push at the edges of our abilities
- We practice without concrete goals in mind, with no feedback cycle in place, and without countless other well-studied elements of effective practice

Piano Practice Assistant is an intelligent music practice journal designed to help with all of these obstacles and many others. If you use it to keep track of your repertoire and practice sessions, it will intelligently suggest when, what, and how to practice. Decades of research tells us that techniques like interleaved practice, spaced repetition, and deliberate practice can improve our learning and memory, yet often we do the exact opposite, to the detriment of our music. We’ve taken this research and used it to design a tool to help amateur and professional musicians alike improve the quality of their practice and bring better music to the world. For more information, see our website at www.pianopracticeassistant.com.

Piano Practice Assistant works by keeping a log of what you've practiced, when, and how well you played it, from the big-picture level all the way down to the level of the short phrases and passages that make up a piece. It allows you to build better practice habits by randomizing the order in which you practice those passages or by focusing mainly on passages you found difficult or haven't played in a while.

The app also comes with a helpful example piece divided into sections and subsections (Mozart Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor, K. 457), as well as tips for practicing with Piano Practice Assistant.

Metronome included.

It can take time to see a change to your practice routine pay off, so we honor requests for full refunds within 30 days of purchase if you are not satisfied.

Recent changes:
Minor bug fixes. The auto-next optional setting now works properly.

Previous release included:
- Tweaked forgetting curve.
- Pause the timer by tapping the timer display.
- New optional settings (disabled by default):
* Timer sound: Play a chime when a timer runs out.
* Auto-next: Automatically move to next item when time is up. Mastery and difficulty will still only be recorded if a difficulty button (Hard, OK, Good, Great!) is used to finalize practice for that section.

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jul 2, 2015
This app really helps to structure and organize my piano practice. A few of the initial bugs have been fixed and I really like the app!
A Google User
Apr 5, 2015
Good overall, but difficult to enter pieces I love the concept behind this app and it is proving very useful. However, the interface for entering in information is definitely difficult to work with. For instance, it would be loads easier if you could delete sections or edit their names without having to navigate to their editor forms. It would also be nice if you could copy sections in the same way you can copy pieces. And it would be fantastic if you could easily practice a piece or section in all 12 keys (this is crucial for me as a jazz musician)
A Google User
Jan 24, 2015
well done! I find it very helpful for memorization. I also appreciate that it's based on sound practice principles. The developer is a pleasure to work with; he's helpful and responsive to suggestions.
A Google User
Jan 20, 2015
Helpful app, a few interface issues I love this app. It is great for practicing, just very front loaded with the data entry for practice pieces, and unfortunately the interface for entering them really isn't the best. Hopefully it will improve in future versions.
A Google User
Aug 28, 2014
Very useful spaced repetition app for musicians. Not just for pianists.