Chapter 3 – The 15 best piano learning apps
Logos of the 15 best piano learning apps that make you a better pianist.
In the previous chapter of this guide, we talked about the different methods of learning to play the piano, including apps. This new chapter is designed to introduce you to the best piano learning apps.
Would you like to use the best piano learning app? There are indeed many on the market, but not all of them are the same!
To start, you need to define what you are looking for in piano learning: an app to learn the songs you love on piano? An app to learn how to decipher a sheet? An app to learn the basics of piano learning without music theory? All this together?
Each app dedicated to piano learning offers a specific method, which corresponds to the expectations of a part of the learners.
To help you choose according to your objectives, here is an overview of the15 best piano learning apps currently available on the market!
1 – La Touche Musicale (hundreds of free songs)
Objective : learn the songs you love on piano
How to start this ranking without mentioning the most complete piano learning app? La Touche Musicale offers you a vast library of songs to learn on piano (pop, hits, jazz, rock, rap, anime, video games, movies, …) and offers you to learn them easily through an efficient, fun and intuitive method.
The main strong points of La Touche Musicale : the possibility to upload on your account all your favorite songs in midi format (also called “midi file”) and to be able to connect your keyboard to your computer in order to interact with the platform and learn very quickly !
From a price point of view, it’s certainly the most interesting piano app on the market: hundreds of songs are totally free and 3,99€ by month to have access to the whole library of songs (1000+ songs).
Best piano learning apps : the songs available on your La Touche Musicale account.
Learn easily with the piano app La Touche Musicale.
2 – Perfect Piano (limited free version)
Objective : learn the songs you love on piano
Perfect Piano is a well thought-out piano app. The library of songs is less complete than on La Touche Musicale, but the learning features and the “gaming” side make it really interesting.
The only real drawback: on this piano app, you need several smartphones to have a piano with 88 keys (the piano is very small on a single smartphone).
Best piano learning apps : Perfect piano's method.
3 – Piano teacher (limited free version)
Objective: learn how to decipher a piano sheet
Piano Teacher is one of the best piano learning apps which help you to start deciphering sheet music. The objective is to know how to decipher a score and understand how they are made up. The whole in a playful and gamified way. The musical theory is at the heart of the app, and the way to teach its knowledge is quite funny! If that’s your goal, test it, you’ll certainly have fun!
The interface of piano app "Piano Teacher".
4 – Chordify (paying, very limited free version)
Objective : learn the chords of the songs you love
Chordify is a clever website that allows you to choose a video from Youtube and transform it into tablatures in order to learn chords of the songs on guitar or piano. Their transcription technology is very powerful and took several years of development. But the downside is that you won’t really be able to learn the song, but only its main chords.
However, if you are looking to simply tune your voice to these chords to practice your singing, you’ll certainly enjoy it!
Best piano learning apps : presentation of Chordify.
5 – Online Pianist (free version limited to 30 seconds per song)
Objective: learn the songs you love on piano
Online Pianist is a website and a mobile app that offers to learn songs on piano through a simple and intuitive interface. Its songs library is very rich and it will be easy for you to find your favorite song.
Only downside: you can’t interact with the website. Indeed, it’s not possible to connect your piano to your device in order to learn at your own pace.
Piano learning app : presentation of the website Online Pianist.
6 – Synthesia (free version limited to a few songs)
Objective : learn the songs you love on piano
Synthesia is the oldest app on the market, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad app! Synthesia offers the interesting feature of importing your own songs in midi format (or midi file), just like La Touche Musicale app. This gives you an almost unlimited songs library that you can build yourself.
It’s also possible to connect your keyboard to your device in order to interact with the software.
Only downside: Synthesia is a software that can be downloaded and is therefore not available directly on the web (unlike all other apps mentioned here). It is therefore complicated to access the same account on your smartphone.
Best piano learning apps : presentation of the software Synthesia.
7 – Skoove (25 free lessons, 400+ paid lessons)
Objective: learn music theory and sheets
Skoove is a relatively new player in the market. Its value proposition is very simple: make you learn sheet decryption through an intuitive method.
The website is well thought out and allows you to evolve progressively.
You have the possibility to connect your own keyboard in order to interact with the software, making piano learning more motivating.
On the other hand, beware of your budget: Skoove costs 19.99€ by month, making it (with Flowkey, the next app of this post) the most expensive piano app in this ranking.
Learning piano app : presentation of the website Skoove.
8 – Flowkey (10 free songs)
Objective : learn the songs you love + music theory with lessons
Flowkey is, like Skoove, a relatively new player in the market. The app emerged in 2012 and offers to learn both your favorite songs on piano but also to learn music theory through an interesting and visual method.
It’s also possible to connect your keyboard to your computer for more ease on your learning.
However, like Skoove, its price is quite high (19,99€ by month). So make sure you have the right budget before you get started!
Learn to play piano app : presentation of Flowkey.
9 – Simply Piano (1 lesson free)
Objective: learn music theory + decipher sheets
Simply Piano is a piano app only available on smartphone and tablet. Its approach is qualitative: you can learn music theory and the deciphering of scores through a (very long!) series of lessons designed to evolve gradually and not to become demotivated.
On Simply Piano, you can also connect your piano to your device to learn at your own pace!
On the other hand, if you wish to avoid the score in your learning, go ahead, because the whole application is based on this method!
Best piano learning apps : presentation of Simply Piano.
10 – Pianu (very limited free version)
Objective : learn the tracks you love + decipher the scores
In this ranking of the best piano learning apps, Pianu is one of the most recent. It’s a website that offers you to learn music theory through a series of lessons and a songs library.
The piano app is not yet very optimized for learning but it promises great things for the future!
On the other hand, pay attention here again to the budget you need to have to learn on Pianu: 14$ by month!
Free piano app : learn with the Pianu app.
11 – Piano Companion (very limited free version)
Objective: learn chords, scales, and correct finger placement on piano
Piano Companion is an original piano app since it provides you with unique tools such as a complete chord list allowing you to get your hands on the various chord possibilities, a scale dictionary, chord progressions and a complete set of tools that every “good” pianist should have at his disposal.
However, you won’t be able to play your favorite songs or learn to decipher a score on this app, and that’s not its purpose. The app rather seeks to transmit the basics of music theory (chords and progression) so that you can improvise and compose your own songs afterwards. Nice initiative!
Learn to play piano app : presentation of Piano Companion.
12 – Vivace (limited free version)
Objective: learn how to decipher scores
Vivace is a good app to familiarize yourself with sheet music. In spite of its interface which, at first glance, may seem a bit primitive, the app offers a good, methodical and rigorous approach to learning via the score. Intermediate and beginner alike will find what they are looking for.
Best piano learning apps : presentation of Vivace.
13 – imusic School (paid)
Objective: learn how to decipher scores + music theory methods
imusic School is a website and an app dedicated to piano learning. Through a series of theoretical and practical lessons, imusic School make you a better pianist. Composed of several thousand video lessons, the website offers you to progress on piano whatever your level.
The Premium offer starts at 24,90€ by month, you can follow all the lessons you wish in video. The piano training is well structured and allows you to progress step by step without ever being lost. The lessons are composed of practical exercises and more theoretical notions, so that you can have the most complete teaching possible.
Free piano app : learn to play piano with imusic School.
14 – Yousician (paid, free trial)
Objective: learn to decipher sheet music + play your favorite songs on piano + learn the chords on piano
Yousician is a website and an app dedicated to piano learning. With a very simple and understandable interface, the learning method is really designed for piano beginners and will allow you to progress step by step while having fun.
You can choose between several display modes (scores, scrolling sticks, …) according to your tastes and needs. You also have the possibility to learn the different chords on piano in order to improve yourself and to be able to improvise more easily.
The Premium offer starts at 19,99€ by month and gives you access to one instrument and unlimited lessons. If you want to unlock all the songs in the library, you have to spend 29.99€ by month.
Best piano app : presentation of Yousician.
15 – Yokee Piano (very limited free version)
Objective : learn music theory + chords + train your musical ear.
Yokee is one of the best piano app on the market. Designed to make you learn piano quickly through a simple method, you just have to watch the videos presented by a virtual instructor to learn music theory: scores, exercises, chords, …
The app is especially designed for beginners who have never played piano before. Thanks to a series of well-structured lessons, the method proposed by Yokee will allow you to progress step by step without getting discouraged.
Indeed, the comments of this app on the PlayStore are quite complimentary about the quality of the training provided. Even if you don’t own a keyboard yet, you can still have a rough draft of piano training.
Best piano learning apps : presentation of Yokee.
In conclusion: before choosing from this list of the best piano learning apps, don’t forget to set your objectives. How would you like to learn piano? Would you prefer to learn the songs you love? Would you prefer to know how to decipher a score? Or learn the chords and scales to be able to compose or improvise on piano? By answering these questions, you will know exactly what you are looking for. And remember : it’s important to have fun while you learn! That’s what will make you succeed in progressing without seeing time go by and without demotivating you!
So now the cards are in your hands!
Now that you have these tools at your disposal to progress on piano, let’s get to the heart of the matter: piano basics.