Piano Belloso Music Studio

Media Management

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In the studio lesson environment, you will often see me interacting with my iPad and a bluetooth speaker, which allows me to quickly cue audio tracks, soundtracks, and musical examples via YouTube, Spotify, and other online resources. Fully utilizing such resources provides a much richer and more fulfilling experience compared to just playing the music on a laptop, iPad, or phone speakers.

While I often discuss the use of audio tracks in the Simply Music Student Home Materials, the overall setup of devices, media, and music players (as well as the music listening experience in general) could definitely benefit from a more detailed exploration. This page dives deeper into how students and families can bring that rich music experience home…or anywhere.

If you are already an avid music lover, and have familiarized yourself with the standard technological tools that aid our connection to music (i.e. streaming, downloading, syncing, iTunes, headphones, earbuds, mp3 files, music library management, etc.), you may just want to browse the topics below and jump to a section that you find helpful or interesting.

For those of you who have limited experience or understanding in this area, I’ve created a special video tutorial.


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Audio Setup

What you will need, and how to set up your practice space in a way that allows quick and easy access to various media (video, audio, and soundtracks).

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Streaming Apps

Info on how to use apps and software that will allow you to stream media via an internet connection (Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, etc.), as well as some recommendation on cloud-based storage.

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Downloading and Music Library Management

Info on how to use apps and software that will allow you to download media and store it on your computer or mobile device (with or without iTunes).

 

Audio Setup

In order to get the most enjoyable experience out of piano practice, I believe it’s important for students and families to take some extra steps to create an easily-accessible “music creation station.” This will include the piano or keyboard itself, of course. But there are some additional considerations such as speakers, headphones, internet access, bluetooth connectivity, and even seating ergonomics that most beginning students don’t even know about.

 
 

What Do You Need To Get Started?

In this short video Neil Moore, founder of Simply Music, discusses the most basic essentials that every student needs to get started with piano lessons. Topics discussed include what kind of piano or keyboard to purchase, the use of headphones and earbuds when practicing with audio tracks, and the need for a sustain pedal.

 
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Accessing Student Home Materials at the Piano

While you’re at the piano, you will be needing to access various media (audio and video) to watch, listen, and play along. For this reason, it’s critically important to make sure your piano or keyboard is stationed in an area of your home where internet access is available either via a wired or wi-fi (wireless) connection.

To access your student home materials, you will need a laptop, tablet, or phone with a web browser to log in to your Simply Music student account and view your library.

For those of you who are using DVDs or CDs, then you will either need your laptop, a portable DVD player, or a TV/Entertainment System nearby to play the disc.

To demonstrate the use of SHMs at the piano, I’ve created a tutorial video which you can watch at the link below:

 

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Streaming Apps

While there are countless apps and software that will allow you to stream media via an internet connection, below are my top recommendations for students. In addition, I’ve provided recommendations on two cloud-based storage services for files of all kinds (not just music), and an app to help you identify and find new music.

 
 

Spotify

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Amazon Music

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Dropbox

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