Sometimes you just have to read the signs. First Sam Gribben leaves Serato to start Melodics, a product that aims to teach you how to finger drum, and now it seems that former head of Traktor Florian Plenge has started his own training company too. Skoove teaches you another method of using your fingers i.e. piano, and after a beta period it has made it out into the wild.
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Skoove Turns Browsers Into Brahms With Its Truly Interactive Piano Lessons
Fun, Intuitive Music Learning Web App Now Offers Premium Monthly Subscription
Berlin, Germany – 19th November, 2015 – Today marks the launch of Skoove, the music learning platform offering the world’s first interactive piano lessons. After a successful two-month public beta, Skoove’s full program of lessons is now available for monthly subscription at £6.95 for Skoove Premium.
Skoove has developed a fun and effective, always-on platform for learning one of the world’s most popular instruments; the piano. Skoove works by connecting a keyboard or e-piano to a computer, delivering expertly designed lessons via most popular web browsers. The app gives beginner and refresher pianists real-time feedback, listening and adapting to their pace as they progress.
Microsoft Ventures Accelerator graduate Skoove offers an extended course curriculum developed and curated by Dominik Schirmer, former lecturer at the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Skoove’s courses incorporate popular music favorites and also games to teach music theory and note reading. Skoove’s distinctive “Listen Learn Play” technique breaks down popular songs into easily digestible parts. Targeted at users aged 12 and upwards, motivated Skoove students can play their first melody in just a few minutes.
“Learning to play the piano is a skill many people aspire to have but, as studies show, rarely find the time or support to learn effectively. Skoove is disrupting the music learning market by combining the best elements of a live tutor with the ease and convenience of a web browser,” commented Dr Florian Plenge, Skoove cofounder and CEO. “The launch of our new, extended courses means we can now help as many people as possible to discover the piano.”
Users sign up through the official homepage, and can then access their unique profiles, which store their course progress, via the app. Skoove Premium is priced at £6.95 per month in the UK, €9.95 in Europe, and $9.95 + VAT in the USA, and gives users full access to all courses, while adding new lessons every month. Skoove Basic, the free tier, allows users to sample a few lessons in each course. Lessons are available in English and German.
Skoove was cofounded in August 2014 by two highly successful music technology entrepreneurs. During his 10 years at Native Instruments, Dr Florian Plenge (CEO) grew the Traktor product line to become the world’s leading DJ platform with millions of users. Stephan Schulz (COO) previously founded the premium multi-room wireless hifi system maker Raumfeld (recently acquired by HG Capital/Teufel).
Skoove is a fun and effective music learning platform that offers the world’s first interactive online piano lessons. Skoove works via most popular web browsers to deliver highly interactive, expertly designed lessons. To get started, just plug in a keyboard or e-piano to a computer with internet access.
Founded in August 2014 by cofounders Dr Florian Plenge and Stephan Schulz, Skoove is based in Berlin, Germany and completed a seed funding round led by the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) in 2015.
Skoove works with the renowned Fraunhofer IDMT to develop innovative technology, such as adding support for acoustic pianos (coming soon). A graduate of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in Berlin, Skoove is supported by the Microsoft Ventures Alumni Program globally.
FROM DJ TO PRODUCER
For some, being a producer is a matter of assembling remade bits into a DAW and knocking out simple tunes. But if you want to be a fully rounded producer, having the basics of keyboard play is a valuable addition. It’s not just the finger work to knock out that infectious riff that matters, but also a basic understanding of music theory too. And being all online, you don’t have to go anywhere to get the basics down either.
Skoove offers basic lessons for free, but to get the full experience with new monthly lessons, you’ll need to sign up. $9.95/€9.95/£6.95 is the local monthly fee, and considerably more convenient that going to an actual piano teacher.