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Music Coach Educator Series

Published: Sun December 19, 2004  News Feed

Charanga is pleased to announce the launch of its Music Coach educator series, a range of PC software comprising Guitar Coach, Piano Coach, and Keyboard Coach.

Since Charanga launched their first Guitar Coach software in 1997 it has received glowing endorsements, and won many prestigious awards. With over one million modules sold to date it has a proven track record in helping many thousands of people learn to play.

Charanga have responded to requests from educators to develop these products for use in a school setting and are pleased to announce the launch of the educator series at BETT 2005 in January.

Aimed at Key Stages 3 and 4, Guitar Coach, Piano Coach, and Keyboard Coach can be a very useful addition to school music departments. The software can allow specialist instrumental teachers to reduce contact time with individual students who then use the Music Coach software to help with day to day playing and practising. Equally, Music Coach software can provide a self-study alternative in situations where students wish to learn guitar, keyboard, or piano without embarking on a formal program of lessons, perhaps to learn a second instrument or to simply get to grips with one of these instruments to help with composition. The growth of after-school clubs and other informal learning settings are further areas where high quality software like this can make a valuable contribution.

Music Coach software combines interactive multimedia technology with proven teaching methodology to provide a learning environment that encourages and supports every step of the way. Importantly, it’s also great fun to use. Practising becomes playing and students have constant reference to video, animated instruments, real audio and MIDI backing tracks, looping and recording features which keeps them on course. All of this is wrapped in an easy to use interface that encourages students to play and play.

Each product contains a selection of 5 and 10 UNIT modules:

Product Modules

Guitar Coach Educator First Lessons for Guitar

  • Guitar Improver
  • Solo Guitar Performance Pieces
  • Guitar Songs and Styles
  • Classic Guitar Songs

Piano Coach Educator Play Piano

  • Play Piano 2
  • Enjoy Piano
  • Virtuoso Piano Trainer Professional

Keyboard Coach Educator Keyboard Foundation

  • Keyboard Improver
  • Contemporary Keyboard
  • Cool Songs for Keyboard

Charanga’s Education Director, Mark Burke, says “developing our consumer products into education products that meet the exacting standards of teachers has been an exciting challenge for the company to say the least. We’ve been fortunate to be able to draw on the experience of a wide network of talented teachers and believe that these products can now really make a meaningful contribution to the great work that is already going on at the coalface of music education. I wish this software had been around when I was teaching. It may have helped with the queue of students wanting to learn guitar which regularly stretched round the block.”


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