Our interactive learning resources help musicians to achieve their goals and make practice routines more effective. By combining traditional sheet music notation with audio, video and animation built directly in to the book the student can enjoy playing along with the examples and have an immersive musical experience. Incorporating this new technology completely changes the learning process.
Traditionally most students would learn to play by sight, or by ear, but rarely would they do both at the same time. This technology enables the musician to use both their eyes and ears at the same time, as they are learning. With practice, their brains become used to processing the material in this way, which is much more like the "real life" scenario they have to deal with when performing. By hearing the musical examples as they see them and playing along with that, their reading improves, particularly when reading rhythms. By practising with the backing tracks their ear improves and they become familiar with playing along with other instruments. So when they come to play in a band situation, with other musicians, they are already in their comfort zone and are used to processing what is going on around them.
Whilst there have been many published books in the past which include musical examples and backing tracks on accompanying CDs, and before that on tapes, the iBooks technology enables the audio to be embedded right into the digital books. The video and animation capabilities go further than anything possible before and everything is immediately available at a touch of the screen or can be automated and synchronised along with the sheet music. Also, hyperlinks embedded into the text allow immediate reference to other materials, books or audio recordings for further study and download. This integrated technology enables students to interact on a high level with the musical material and enhances the learning experience. Young students in particular, who are used to interacting in this way with iPad apps and games, find this way of learning more stimulating and natural.