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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Music Ace Series Explained

The Music Ace series is one of the most popular ways for children and adults to learn to read music. As a music teacher myself, it is a personal favorite as it is both fun and effective: children love using the software, and it gets results. Not only does Music Ace help students learn to read music, but it also develops their aural skills (ear training) at the same time. This is crucial because learning to read music without being able to perform what you read isn’t very helpful. With Music Ace, you know that when a student finishes the lesson on dotted quarter notes, not only do they understand what a dotted quarter note is, they can also perform rhythms with dotted quarter notes and even compose melodies using dotted quarter notes!

Music Ace starts with the basics – high and low recognition, lines and spaces, and matching pitch. The first rhythm lesson focuses on keeping a study pulse – the perfect way to start, since without a sense of pulse, learning to read rhythms is going to be impossible! Each lesson is followed by a game that reinforces the concepts taught in the lesson. The games are fun and very engaging!

The Music Ace series has been around for many years and gets updated every few years to ensure compatibility with the latest operating systems.

The history of Music Ace helps explain the current series which includes: Piano Ace, Music Ace, Music Ace 2, Music Ace Deluxe and Music Ace Maestro.

The first product developed was called Music Ace and focused only on melody. It included 24 lessons with a game for each lesson. Personally, I refer to this as “Music Ace Melody”

Harmonic Vision then released Music Ace 2, which really isn’t a sequel or new version of Music Ace. Instead, Music Ace 2 focused on offer 24 lessons and games related to rhythm. I call it “Music Ace Rhythm”.

Pedagogically, it really doesn’t make sense to do 24 lessons on melody and then 24 lessons on rhythm! Harmonic Vision recognized that with the release of Music Ace Deluxe.

Music Ace Deluxe combines the lessons from both Music Ace (Melody) and Music Ace 2 (Rhythm) into one program. It leaves out some of the duplicate/review lessons related to melody that were found in Music Ace 2 (Rhythm) so it only contains 36 lessons. However, it makes much more sense to use Music Ace Deluxe since it covers melody and rhythm at the same time instead of separately.

If you wish to use Music Ace at home, or with less than 10 students in a teaching studio, then Music Ace Deluxe is the best program to buy. I would not recommend purchasing only Music Ace or Music Ace 2, since you would be missing melody or rhythm. Instead, Music Ace Deluxe is the best way to go.

If you are a teacher and need to track the progress of more than 10 students, then you would want to consider Music Ace Maestro.

Music Ace Maestro is designed for teachers and schools as it includes all 48 lessons from Music Ace and Music Ace 2. You can track up to 240 students per computer, and you can re-sequence or remove lessons entirely. It also comes with an excellent teacher guide that is full of lesson ideas, reproducible award certificates, worksheets and more. Since it is designed specifically for teachers and schools, there is no “non-academic” price. For this reason, the “regular” price on our website is the academic price for a single computer. By clicking on the “Show All Academic Pricing” link you can also find the lab pack and site license pricing.

It still possible for schools or teachers to purchase “Educator” and Lab Pack or Network License versions of Music Ace and Music Ace 2, but we don’t recommend it since you will be missing either the melody or rhythm lessons by only purchasing one. As well, the “Maestro Manager” that allows you to import/export students and student results along with re-arranging lessons is only available with Music Ace Maestro.

Recently, Harmonic Vision released a new product called Piano Ace. It is essentially the same as Music Ace Deluxe, but without the “Doodle Pad”. The Doodle Pad is a composition space where students can load songs and edit them, or compose their own songs. Piano Ace has been specially packaged for use with the Hal Leonard Student Piano Library and includes a Hal Leonard-to-Piano Ace correlation, linking the specific pages in Books 1-5 and All-In-One to the lessons of Piano Ace.

Hopefully this helps explain the different versions of Music Ace from Harmonic Vision.  If you need assistance comparing the difference between Music Ace, Music Ace 2, Piano Ace, Music Ace Maestro and Music Ace Deluxe, please contact us and we can help you compare them and find what would work best for your needs!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you. I was unable to find what the difference in the programs was until I found your site. Bless you, because now I know what program to order. :-)