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A Pc Piano Teacher That Can Really Take Your Measure

Learning to play the piano is no easy task, and as any child can tell you, practicing between visits from exasperated music teachers can often seem like a drag. Perhaps a Redmond (Wash.) software startup will be able get beginners tickling those ivories with more enthusiasm.

Musicware Inc.'s Musicware Piano program works with PCs running Microsoft Windows and containing a soundboard that complies with the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) standard. By plugging into a MIDI-compatible electronic keyboard, the program can teach such basics as reading music and finding middle C on the piano keyboard. But like any good piano teacher, the $130 program is able to detect a student's mistakes, offer guidance via graphical displays, and suggest appropriate drills for extra practice.

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