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System and method for musical practice monitoring and improvement

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249383D
Publication Date: 2017-Feb-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 50K

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Abstract

This invention proposes a system wherein a student's practice time is monitored, analysed, and available for a review by the teacher and student. This will enable the teacher to provide feedback and the student to refine their practice routines, therefore making their musical development as efficient as possible. The student performs their practice, recording it and uploading it via the internet to a cloud service. The recording can be a digitisation of an analogue instrument or an internet enabled (IoT) digital instrument, such as a modified digital piano or E-WI. The service analyses their data in the context of their current study repertoire. This would include technical work like etudes, scales, arpeggios and broken chords, along with their current pieces. The analysis would perform a search for each piece or exercise, with a margin of error, identifying sections of practice where a particular exercise or piece was being attempted. At lesson time, the teacher has the practice data for each of his students. Together they may see a breakdown of things like total practice time spent, frequency of practice, percentage of practice on each repertoire item, percentage of free practice time or repetition of troublesome sections. Additionally, they may go to sections of the data where the student is working on an exercise and piece, and listen to the practice session, so that the teacher may point out better approaches. For example, slow down the tempo. Break down the tough section into phrases. Play every second bar.

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System and method for musical practice monitoring and improvementMusic teaching is the biggest employment market in the music industry. From a very young age, many students of the Piano, and other instruments, undertake study with the aid of a qualified music teacher. The Piano pedagogy says that learning to practice effectively, and the application of said effective practice is the key to mastering the instrument. A great deal of time, effort and resources have been invested into developing systems and techniques for instrument tutelage, but all of them share a weakness.Most students take 1 lesson of an hour a week from a private teacher. They are then directed to practice at home in preparation for the next lesson. The way students spend this practice time varies wildly. One student may practice for an hour a night, 7 days a week. This student will be far better off than one who practices for 3 hours a night, twice a week. Similarly, one student may play through pieces and exercises they are comfortable with. Whereas another student may spend most of their time learning new exercises and constantly challenging themselves. Most students favour their pieces over technical work, such as scales and flexibility exercises. The use of a metronome to ensure accurate tempo varies wildly. And so on.This invention proposes a system wherein a student's practice time is monitored, analysed, and available for a review by the teacher and student. This will enable the teacher to provide feedback and the student to refine their practice routines, therefore making their musical development as efficient as possible. The student performs their practice, recording it and uploading it via the internet to a cloud service. The recording can be a digitisation of an analogue instrument or an internet enabled (IoT) digital instrument, such as a modified digital piano or E-WI. The service analyses their data in the context of their current study repertoire. This would include technical work like etudes, scales, arpeggios and broken chords, along with their current pieces. The analysis would perform a search for each piece or exercise, with a margin of error, identifying sections of practice where a particular exercise or piece was being attempted. At lesson time, the teacher has the practice data for each of his students. Together they may see a breakdown of things like total practice time spent, frequency of practice, percentage of practice on each repertoire item, percentage of free practice time or repetition of troublesome sections. Additionally, they may go to sections of the data where the student is working on an exercise and piece, and listen to the practice session, so that the teacher may point out better approaches. For example, slow down the tempo. Break down the tough section into phrases. Play every second bar.Over time, long term practice data would be accumulated for deeper analysis. New analysis algorithms could be leveraged to add insight.Component...