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- Carefully designed by music education professionals, it features 36 lessons that introduce all the important musical concepts
- Let Maestro Max teach you and challenge you while you develop your knowledge of important music concepts and skills
- Covers all the basics of music theory, rhythm, pitch, note reading, listening, and the keyboard
- Use the creative Doodle Pad for composing and hearing your own musical creations on the fly
- Easy-to-use self-paced lessons let you learn at the rate that suits you best, and will track the progress of up to 10 users.
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Music Ace Deluxe teaches beginning music lovers the ins and outs of music theory in a fun, interactive manner! Compatible with General MIDI keyboards
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Music Ace Deluxe combines 36 of the highly-engaging music lessons from the award-winning Music Ace and Music Ace 2 products into a single, carefully sequenced product.
Designed by music-education professionals, Music Ace Deluxe is a comprehensive series of music lessons and games that teach beginning music students of all ages the basics of music theory, rhythm, pitch, note reading, listening, and the keyboard. No previous musical experience or instrument is required.
Under the guidance of animated tutor Maestro Max, students are led through a carefully sequenced series of music lessons. Used alone or as a complement to traditional music lessons, this program will challenge, engage, and motivate music students and help them succeed by mastering important music concepts and skills.
Music Ace Deluxe also includes the creative Music Doodle Pad that allows beginners to easily compose and hear their own musical creations. The Music Doodle Pad alone provides many hours of fun and learning.
This program will challenge, engage, and motivate music students and help them succeed by mastering important music concepts and skills.
- Easy to use, self-paced learning
- Complements traditional music instruction
- Appropriate for students of any instrument
- Create and play your own music
- Compatible with General MIDI keyboards (optional)
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As I was finishing my Masters thesis on computer-assisted music instruction in the early 90s, I was introduced to Music Ace through available demos. I was able to acquire it for my students through the years in educational versions and eventually network versions of Music Ace and Music Ace 2 for my school. I purchased both titles in the single versions for my own children at home. I dedicated a summer to assisting my daughter and son through all 48 sessions. They were able to advance immediately in their private piano lessons. Music Ace was a factor in their public school band performance. My students and I are now enjoying Music Ace Maestro which is all 48 sessions from the two titles above. Harmonic Vision's Music Ace Deluxe has managed to keep the best and most essential 36 sessions under one title for home or other settings. I recently purchased two copies of Deluxe (for my father and my sister). My father is using it to instruct musicians and music leaders in the rural church where he is pastor. My sister is including it in her home school curriculum with her five children.
Today I continue to see the advantages of having another virtual instructor in my elementary classroom. Music Ace motivates, instructs, customizes drills and individualizes the progress of each student while maintaining progress records on all of them. Music Ace Deluxe will do the same for up to 10 re-assignable users at home or in the studio. I consider it appropriate for new readers with assistance all the way through music novices in high school. It is a great compliment to private music lessons. The foundational content is not insulting. Ear training, music vocabulary, and notation are introduced for students with no musical experience in a setting that promotes rapt attention and well-sequenced advancement. Staff reading and piano basics are patiently developed within an atmosphere that fosters quick advancement if the skills are demonstrated. As a balance to the patient pace, the element of urgency is effective for the video game generation. With sensitive personalities, this intensity can be moderated by the use of a pause button on lessons and the menu button during game mode. The bonus title, Doodle Pad, makes a light first impression until you see its vast and deep application as an instructional tool for demonstration, music literature, and creativity. It is accessible to the youngest of students and challenging to the advanced student. Instant transposition and the option to save original work make it very versatile. I am waiting for Doodle Pad to be offered with and option for traditional rhythmic notation and print capability. At the price of Music Ace Deluxe, this all constitutes a value with enduring and broad applications. In 20 or so years on the market, nothing else in its class can approach it, let alone replaced.
I also have an issue with the 'echo this rhythm' stuff. You're expected to repeat rhythms by syncing your mouse clicks or space bar taps, which is very awkward and difficult at times. I've tried for at least an hour to pass one particular section where you're required to repeat rhythms from 4 different instruments 2 or 3 times in a row without error - quite frustrating, and definitely not something my younger self would do willingly for more than 15 minutes (unless my parents had me on Ritalin or something).
All in all, it serves its purpose, but I wish I could have found a more modern piece of software, especially considering the price.
So, I notice plenty of design features like that that pull kids into a discovery mode. Out of say, 100 kids who've played one or more of the games of Music Ace Deluxe, about 1 or 2 have said they don't enjoy it, the rest love it. I am talking getting this data by observing my students from about 2003 through now. Maybe there's a cooler, better music game/education program now with more up-to-date graphics, I don't know, sorry.
My advice to parents or teachers: let your kids try it, see if it engages them. Don't rule out Music Ace Deluxe because the graphics are old-school. It's really well designed and works great with most kids to teach them fundamentals of rhythm and pitch and notation and ear-training AND it uses great classical masterworks in some of the chapters, so they get that too.
I've had a Mac since 2009. Before that, just Windows.
I finally installed Music Ace Deluxe on the Mac in September 2011, using OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
It worked OK, even though its window stayed fairly small and would not enlarge. When I got Mavericks in March of 2014, Music Ace stopped working.
September 2014: Finally updated my Music Ace Deluxe to Version 5...works, and the Music Ace window can be enlarged. Yay! I guess you'd call it full screen but of course it's a square not rectangular so full screen might not be exactly the right term. Music Ace Deluxe works great as ever even though the graphics are showing their age and their pixels, it's such a great design for music learning, glad to have it back up in my studio).
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