Really pleased with this programme. Our 8 year old loves it. Just one note of caution though; as this is an American programme the notation refers to "quarter notes" etc. and not "crotchets and quavers", but this will not prove a problem I am sure. Highly recommended!
I tried to study music at school and found it a very difficult subject. Now that I have the time I decided to have another attempt. This product came well recommended compared to others, however it seemed expensive but nevertheless I went ahead. It has been a marvellous experience for the following reasons: 1) The 36 lessons contain practical exercises with good feedback on one's efforts 2) Should one struggle within the lessons, everything is slowed down until one can understand or can play the exercise 3) Each lesson comes with an optional game which is great fun and reinforces the learning 4) A little cartoon guy called Maestro Max runs the lessons and is great for kids and grown ups 5) There is a doodle feature where you can make up your own music and hear it played back. It also comes with a jukebox 6) A progress chart is automatically maintained on the lessons one has completed and also records the game's scores 7) More than one person can use the system so each member of the family can (separately) do the lessons etc. It won't run without the CD in the drive but that's not an unusual way of protecting IPR. 8) You can connect it to external devices, but I have not tried that yet.
The graphics are basic compared to current day software, however one is using it to learn about music and it is an excellent tool for that purpose. It does not list compatibility with Windows 7 on the box, but worked fine on my Windows 7 machine.
Music Ace is a really well designed music learning software, designed in the sense of overall experience. Me and my children (2 +6) really like the lessons and the games also for people with some musical experience it will not get boring, sometimes you even need to practice... Works very well on a G4 mac with a usb keyboard (you don't actually need the keyboard, but it helps a lot),and gives a sound basic of music theory.
Having used this as a career4 musici8an and music teacher - and music therapist I cannot recommend this product too highly, especially for children who find music difficult. It simultaneously teaches pitch and thythmic skills whilst being fun and entertaining and is a superb confidence booster. I bought this for my own grandson whyo used to play with it on my laptop.