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. PPA uses a practice planning algorithm based on the principles of spaced repetition and interleaved practice. This allows you to make the most of your practice time and build strong habits of deliberate practice.
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 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 pianists alike improve the quality of their practice and bring better music to the world. For more information, see our website.
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.
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.
In response to user feedback:
- Large repertoires now see a loading screen so you know the app hasn't crashed.
- 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.