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Playground Sessions

By Playground Sessions, Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


The top rated piano learning application, co-created by Quincy Jones - the all-time most nominated Grammy artist.

With Playground Sessions, learn keyboard skills, how to read music, chords and advanced rhythms, and how to play by ear - all through the lens of your favorite songs, in the comfort of your own home. With our real-time feedback you’ll always know when you’re playing something correctly, and where you’ll need extra practice. And through our guided tour, you’ll always know where you are on your piano journey, and where you’re headed next.

Playground Sessions is fun, fast, and easy!
- Play hits from John Legend, Taylor Swift, The Beatles, Beethoven, and more, right away on day 1.
- Earn scores, badges, level up, and keep track of your results.
- Play a note right, it will turn green. Play it wrong, it will turn red. Play the note’s rhythm wrong and it will turn pink. With Playground’s interactive feedback, you'll always know what notes you played right, and what notes you played wrong, right away!
- Lessons and songs are broken down by skill level - Rookie, Intermediate, and Advanced.
- Begin playing right away! Simply connect your keyboard to your iPad using a MIDI or USB cable and a USB to Lightening adaptor (use a USB to 30-Pin adapter for older iPad models).

What's New in Version 2.0

On Screen Keyboard
- Now can play more than one note at a time.
- Now can use in lesson player, for when you don't have a keyboard with you.

Lesson Player
- Video player with notation-sync
- Description box now hides while you are playing
- Minor performance improvements for sheet music

Lesson Library
- Video lessons
- Quicker downloads

Login Prompt
- Moved login form up to allow more space for keyboard

Piano Settings
- 85 key option replaced with 88 key option.
- 73 key option replaced with 76 key option.
- Custom keyboard option added to set the on screen keyboard to match your actual keyboard.
- Now can hide the keyboard

- We've added in a new update check system that will notify users of updates, similar to how the desktop version of Playground does today.

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Customer Reviews

Great for practice at the keyboard

I just started to learn to play the piano. Big feat given my 61 years and no previous knowledge of playing.

This app has helped me tremendously as I can put my iPad on top the music rest and just play along. It is much better than the PC version in that sense, as it has to be placed behind the keyboard.

The app on the iPad still has a lot of missing functionality. The PC version has many features that cannot be accessed from the iPad and I hope that is resolved soon. It is rather uncomfortable to keep switching from iPad to pc back and forth just to review your progress. Once the developer does this it will deserve the 5 stars, no discussion at all.

This version is buggy

Great to have videos but they continue to loop after they have been played and rest of that lesson then doesn't work properly. I have high hopes for the future though. The iPad is perfect on the music stand and I connect using the camera adapter to a midi keyboard. The last version worked perfectly for me.

A Good Start...

It's a very good start. Hopefully this developer continues improving and updating this app. I tried Joytunes, Flowkey, and Yousician, but I purchased a lifetime subscription to Playground Sessions to learn piano in large part because it is supported on both my Mac and iPad. My preference is to use the iPad and I hope that version will soon support the same features as the desktop application.

I initially assumed that, since the app allowed you to download lessons, it would work offline, but that is not the case. I had to remove a star when I realized that you need an internet connection to log in, and if you don't, the app is dead to you. That's a large failing in my book. It's a huge assumption developers make when they design an app that only works via an open internet connection.

Version 2 added video lessons, which is nice, but it's still a little buggy. For instance, when I closed a video lesson, the lesson I just closed would mysteriously start to play in the background like some sort of phantom haunting me. The app also wouldn't grade the played part of the video lesson like it will with the non-video lessons. Still, it's great to see improvement and further development of the app.

Joytunes feels more oriented towards children in its presentation, which is a little off-putting for someone my age. Yousician is similar to Joytunes in that regard, and the midi accompaniment in the lessons with that app gets tedious to listen to relatively quickly. I liked Flowkey, but no desktop or offline use support like Playground Sessions.

The other thing I really liked about Playground sessions is that it scrolls through sheet music which I think is much better than the others which scroll across a continuous timeline. This format prepares you much better for sight reading sheet music in which you have to jump from one line to the next while keeping time, something the other apps simply will not do. I also liked that you can switch from displaying the finger numbers, to note values, to plain music notation. I only use the finger numbers to get initially oriented with the lesson, then switch to note values, and then use only the music notation for the final part of the lesson. When approached like this, I feel Playground Sessions is really helping me learn to read sheet music in a way the other apps might not.

Would also love to see native bluetooth midi support in Playground Sessions so it's not necessary to use a third-party app to recognize and use my Yamaha bluetooth midi adapter.

Playground Sessions
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  • Free
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 2.0
  • Size: 115 MB
  • Languages: English, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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