Steinway debuts interactive iPad app for learning piano and buying music

September 17, 2011
By Lawrence Budmen

Steinway & Sons has debuted version 2.0 of the Etude app for the Apple iPad. This upgraded version of Etude is interactive with new ways to display music on screen, new playback modes and an in-house music store for purchase and downloading of sheet music.

“Etude transforms how any level of piano player can use digital sheet music for practice, learning and fun,” said Dan Grover, creator of Etude and Steinway’s director of music technology, in a released statement.

The new version of Etude features specially engraved interactive sheet music with cues for finger placement and the option of hearing playback at varying tempos. Similar to music-based video games, a piano-roll mode aids beginning students in learning to play by rolling colors over the appropriate keys during playback.

The app also accesses a growing commercial music store with a catalog that encompasses classical masterworks and the latest pop hits. An in-app library organizes and displays cover art on all downloaded scores. These features are included in a package that sits atop the user’s piano or electronic keyboard.

Etude may be downloaded free in the Apple App Store. For more information and questions about upgrades from a previous edition of Etude, see

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