Music & The Brain

It’s often said that leaning how to play an instrument is good for you. In this video from TED Ed, the mental benefits one gains when learning how to play an instrument are laid out in a way that makes it easy to see that learning how to play an instrument is truly a useful skill. Check it out!

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-playing-an-instrument-benefits-your-brain-anita-collins

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Halloween Songs!

With Halloween just around the corner, we’ll be adding a few Halloween songs for you guys to play! You guys may see a “Monster Mash” song added, or even “The Corpse Bride Theme”! At any rate, we’ll let you guys know soon enough! Make sure to keep up with our song releases by subscribing to our newsletter seen here:

http://www.playgroundsessions.com

And don’t forget to let us know which songs you’d like to see added to our song library by writing your favorites in our forum:

http://www.playgroundsessions.com/forums

 

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Playground Forum

At Playground Sessions, our goal is to not only teach the world how to play the piano, but to also create a strong and supportive community of piano players!  We understand how valuable a support system can be when learning how to play a new instrument so we’ve created a forum that will allow you to easily interact with other users, suggest feature additions, and request your favorite songs to be added to our library! Create a free account on our forum and join our piano community today at www.playgroundsessions.com/forums!

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Playground Sessions 1.5 Released!

Today, the Playground Sessions team is proud to announce the release of Playground Sessions 1.5. This release makes some important improvements on previous versions of Playground Sessions.

What’s New in Playground Sessions 1.5

  • Interactive Tour: This new software tour lets users easily walk through all of the core features in Follow Along, Practice, and Perform modes.
  • Independent volume control: These new controls allow users to independently adjust volume levels for accompaniments, count in, metronome, piano, and videos. Also lets users turn the piano volume off completely so they can use their own instrument speakers instead.
  • Redesigned settings prompt: Brand new interface allows both…
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Practice Exercises

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added practice exercises to our Rookie Tour (Bootcamp)! You’ll notice a few changes in the order of some of the videos, but more importantly you’ll notice supplementary exercises to help drive home the concepts taught in the videos. These exercises give you a hands-on approach that will allow you to retain the information from the videos a lot easier. Keep an eye out for more feature updates!

Rookie Tour

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NAMM In Nashville

From July 17th to July 19th the Playground team was in the beautiful city of Nashville to attend the Summer NAMM Show! As always, we had a great time at this event and met a lot of talented people! Check out our booth:

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The event itself had a great turnout and we attracted a lot of people to our booth, demonstrating the product to musicians and to teachers, all of whom had the same positive reaction to our program!

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Outside of the NAMM Show, we made sure…

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Education Connection Online: Learning Piano With David Sides: A PlayGround Session Review

Hey! We were mentioned in a blog, compliments of Education Connection Online! We love when people write about us and let us know what they think of our program! If you run a blog and you’ve written something about us, feel free to shoot us a message with a link to your blog and we just may post it up as well!

Thanks again, Education Connection Online!

http://onlineeducationconnection.blogspot.com/2014/07/learning-piano-with-david-sides.html

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SAE IMSTA Festa

On Saturday, June 14th, David and Darren attended the SAE IMSTA Festa in Los Angeles to demonstrate Playground Sessions to those interested in checking it out! People of all ages attended this event and stopped by our booth to learn more about our software! It’s always great sharing our passion for teaching people how to play the piano with those hungry to learn!

Of those who stopped by our booth, there were quite a few people who were brave enough to put their piano skills to the test by playing some of our songs in…

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Playground at the RPMDA Conference

Playground Sessions is a proud member of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association (RPMDA) and recently attended their annual conference in Dallas, Texas.

The RPMDA has been the voice of the print music industry since 1976 and although Playground Sessions isn’t a conventional member of RPMDA, we all share the same mission to provide the highest quality music arrangements while fairly compensating the songwriters and music publishers. One of the key topics we are trying to address is the massive amount of illegitimate websites that provide access to unauthorized sheet music. The quality of unauthorized…

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