Music Prodigy Gains National Prominence in Education Technology with Appointment of Ivy League Professors

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Yale methods + Carnegie Mellon science + Music Prodigy = Nirvana for music students. Music education technology start-up adds heavyweights to create a new cloud-based online learning platform for any instrument.

Music Prodigy brings expert guidance and instantaneous evaluation to anyone, anywhere, and radically simplifies the music learning process

Music Prodigy, creators of interactive music education application Rock Prodigy, announced today that they have added two experts in the areas of computer science and music education. Dr. Roger Dannenberg, of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, has been named Chief Science Officer, and Dr. Richard Gard, of Yale University’s School of Music, has been named Chief Education Officer.

“We are thrilled that Professors from Yale and Carnegie Mellon have chosen to join Music Prodigy to launch a new online cloud-based music education platform,” said Harold Lee, co-founder and CEO of Music Prodigy. “Unlike other music learning tools, Music Prodigy brings expert guidance and instantaneous evaluation to anyone, anywhere, and radically simplifies the music learning process.”

Practice is the key to learning and Music Prodigy makes practicing fun, effective and affordable. Behind the fun is a complete learning system combining patent-pending algorithms, innovative curriculum, expert-designed lessons and exercises, and the newly released live Dashboard that automatically synchronizes your performance to the cloud and shows you how you stack up against other students in the Music Prodigy community.

Since the January 2011 release for Apple’s ® iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® Touch, Rock Prodigy continues to sell in over 80 countries. Critical acclaim led to many awards including the 2011 Appy Award in education and the 2011’s Readers Choice Award. With the additions of Dr. Gard and Dr. Dannenberg, Music Prodigy is ready to expand its offerings to more music disciplines and offer more advanced solutions for music students worldwide.

Roger Dannenberg, PhD, is a professor of Computer Science, Art and Music at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. Dannenberg leads the University’s world-renowned Computer Music Project, is an accomplished researcher published in numerous books, articles, technical journals and holds several patents in the field of music technology. Dannenberg is co-inventor of Music Prodigy’s revolutionary patent-pending music teaching system and method that integrates polyphonic pitch recognition and provides instantaneous performance evaluation for any instrument.

Richard Gard, DMA, is lecturer of Hearing and Analysis at Yale School of Music, where he is known for his innovative method of teaching musicianship, improvisation, and analysis to some of the finest music students in the world. Gard’s love of music and teaching compels him to constantly expand his mission and so Gard is also Professor of Music and Chair of the Arts Department at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he brings the same high level of instruction and innovation to a music department whose diverse student body comes with varied levels of experience and ability. A lifelong musician with over thirty years of performance, teaching, arranging, and composing experience, Gard continues to direct several vocal and instrumental ensembles.

About Music Prodigy
Music Prodigy is a music education technology company based in Los Angeles focused on changing the way people learn, play and interact with music. Rock Prodigy, the company’s first product, is a revolutionary interactive music app powered by patent-pending polyphonic pitch-recognition technology that allows musicians of all skill levels to use any instrument and provide instant performance feedback to accelerate learning.

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