The Piano Lab has developed DVDs and CD-ROMs com-puter software, digital video libraries, and measuring tools in order to facilitate research and training in several areas of piano pedagogy.
Video/DVDs and CD-ROMs
Music and Cognition
Computer Software and Digital Video Libraries (DVL)
The MIDIator is a MIDI-based software capable of generating various graphs in order to produce a visual representation of a piano performance onto a computer screen.
The duration graph draws a relation between musical pitch and a time axis to show the duration of each note. The volume graph displays the velocity of each piano key stroke. The data collected for the volume graph can be represented vertically, with one bar per note played, or horizontally, in a continuous connect-the-dot style line, making the data easier to read.
The right-hand and left-hand performances are represented by two separate colours in all graphs. Furthermore, the user can determine the time-axis unit, beats or bars, and is able to specify the number of beats per bar.
3D Visual Feedback of Piano Posture
An essential problem in teaching piano performance involves body posture. Bending the back, leaning too much towards the keys, freezing the wrist and other improper positions are usually notice by piano teachers when instructing their students. In this manner, visual feedback can help in realizing potential problems when playing the instrument.
The use of a 3D visualization of piano performance may offer a technological aid in enhancing the teaching of piano posture. This innovative application of 3D technology provides visual feedback of the position of the body from any possible view. Then, by overlaying the 3D representation of a proper posture of a good model on top of a student’s video clip, visual comparisons can be made and proper posture adjustments can be adopted by piano students.
Test and Measuring Tools
Aimed at piano students ages 7 to 15, the questionnaire retains a straightforward question/answer format. Participants are requested to read various statements and then circle a number from 1 to 7 to choose which number best reflects how he/she feels or thinks. To make this activity more concrete, increasing digits are graphically illustrated by towers of increasing heights. The total time required to complete the questionnaire is approximately 25 minutes.
The Motivation Scale is available in English, French, Finish and Chinese.
Questionnaire of Students’ Perception on Piano Practice
This questionnaire is designed to measure the perceptions of young piano students towards practice strategies. It includes three parts. Part one examines the likelihood in using practice strategies. Part two explores the interest of students in using general practice strategies. Finally, part three highlights general views on practicing.
This scale is aimed at piano students from ages 7 to 12. For part one and two, students complete the questionnaire by reading the various strategies and then circling a number from 1 to 7 to choose which one best reflects how she or he feels or thinks. Increasing digits are graphically illustrated by towers of increasing heights. As for part three, students get to circle from options for close-ended questions, and write their comments for open-ended questions. The total time required to complete the questionnaire is approximately 25 minutes. The questionnaire is available in English.