This may be as close to playing a piano as it is possible to get without actually having a physical instrument in the class. Learn the names and sounds of keys, play a solo or a duet, and practice scales or any song you'd like–all for free!
Fitting an entire piano keyboard and it's pedals onto a tablet screen took a good bit of imagination and creativity, but the Virtuoso Piano does a nice job of it. Just tap the keys as you would any other keyboard to let the sweet music flow.
Navigating the Keyboard
- Use the Arrow icons or the Slidebar above the keys to move to different locations on the keyboard
- Extend the amount of visible keyboard by pressing the Keyboard icon, which switches the view from a single layer of keyboard to two layers of keyboard (think stacked, like organ keyboards are)
- Flip the second layer of keyboard around so that two people can play simultaneously by tapping the User icon (which looks like two heads)
- Make the keyboard bigger (less visible keys) or smaller (more visible keys) by clicking either the Plus or Minus icon on either side of the keyboard
More Keyboard Controls
- A variety of other Settings (accessed via the icon that looks like a gear) allow for control
- Volume: How loud does the keyboard sound?
- Sustain: How long do notes hold after they've been pressed?
- Soft: Can the keyboard be played softly to make the sound more soft?
- TrueVelocity: Press harder, the note is louder. Press softer, the note is quieter
- Key Labels: Should the name of each white key be displayed or not?
- Touch Glow: Does the key glow after it is pressed, or not?
The app includes two free instruments: a grand piano and a broken bar piano. Switch between the two by selecting the diamond-shaped Instrument icon at the far left of the keyboard.
These instruments are also available as $0.99 in-app purchase:
- Acoustic guitar
- Electric guitar
- Electric piano
- Radio piano
- Kick off a lesson in musicality for young learners by having the class note similarities or patterns they see on the keyboard
- Demonstrate basic musical concepts such as octaves and scales, or more advanced theory like the circle of fifths
- Challenge students to write (and perform!) a solo or duet on the app
This app is meant to make some noise! Be sure that headphones are available for anyone wanting to play the ivory bones.
- Names of letters on keys make for good beginner tool
- Ability to press harder or lighter to make sound louder or softer
- Life-like sound and functionality
- The not-quite-real-life size of the keyboard makes practicing proper finger placement a bit difficult
- For songs that move between different registers, it's a bit challenging to play as only part of the keyboard can display at any one time
- This is a tool strictly for practice...or in other words, an instrument–there is no ability to monitor, track, or promote learning, and no way to record performances