Playing the piano requires various kinds of techniques such as correct keying, fingering and rhythm. Our research group has developed a piano learning system to support correct keying and fingering for beginners. However, the system does not account for the difficulties of learning rhythm. Rhythm consists of various kinds of notes and rests, and it is difficult for beginners, who are not used to reading a score, to understand the different duration of each note and rest. Moreover, there are piano roll scores, which describe timing of keying and releasing clearly, but which do not teach player how to read musical staff. Therefore, the goal of our study is to construct a piano learning support system that has a rhythm check function. We discuss methods to indicate information for piano performance such as rhythm information effectively while teaching how to read musical staffs. We have developed a prototype system, and evaluated its effectiveness by actual use of the system.
Takegawa, Y., Terada, T., and Tsukamoto, M., “A Piano Learning Support System considering Rhythm,” Proceeding of International Computer Music Conference (ICMC2012), pp. 325–332 (Sept. 2012).