MusIQ is an interactive curriculum with over 20 levels, from beginner to advanced students, ages 4 to 18. The complete program provides the equivalent of seven years of instruction. With the option to download the software using a monthly subscription of only $10.95, MusIQ is also incredibly affordable.
The subscription gives complete access to all levels of MusIQ:
- Children’s Music Journey volumes 1-3 (for ages 4-10)
- Piano Suite Premier (ages 10+)
- Ear Training Coach 1-4
- MusIQ Challenger Game
Noah is my musical child. He practices on his own, sometimes for hours. He was very excited to try Adventus MusIQ lessons, especially to learn about music theory. The download was simple and worked fine on both a Windows Vista laptop and a Windows 8 laptop.
We already had a digital piano. To make the program work, all we needed was a USB MIDI Cable Converter PC to Music Keyboard cable. The Keyboard Config Wizard calibrated the keyboard and program very quickly for us. That was the part I was nervous about- whether or not there would be a delay between Noah playing the note and hearing it in his headphones. A quick Google search helped us find the right buffer settings. I was very glad that wasn’t a major issue.
And let me just say that one of the huge advantages of a digital piano is that the student can practice at all hours and for as long as they like without disturbing the rest of the house.
Based on his age and what he knew about music already, Noah chose to use Piano Suite Premier. There are 5 skill levels and 30 lessons. The program menus are well defined and user friendly.
He began with lessons that gave foundational information such as learning about the piano itself, and then proper posture and hand position. This was particularly helpful, as he has had trouble with cramps in his arms from holding them in the wrong position. We also got him an adjustable piano stand and an adjustable height chair so he could find just the right position for his height and arm length.
The first few narrated lessons in Theory Thinker covered basics like pitch, notation, timing, the treble clef, bar lines and note values.
Noah was familiar enough with many of the basics to progress quickly through the first few lessons in Theory Thinker, and go straight to the topics he was not familiar with yet. It was great to see that he could learn and master the songs introduced in the program, increasing in difficulty with each lesson.
We don’t have a specific time set for him since he is so self motivated, but he spends at least 30 minutes every morning on Theory Thinker and Piano Player. There is also a game section, but he was more interested in learning theory and new songs. There is a library of over 500 songs from a variety of musical genres for the student to learn to play- everything from Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra to R.E.M. and Whitney Houston.
We have often said that we should get a metronome, so the fact that one is included was a bonus feature for us.
We were very pleased to find that MusIQ provided Noah with a comprehensive music theory course. He could receive feedback and detailed evaluations of his progress, and so could work independently, as Mr. Raber and I have very little music training.
A historical timeline of composers and their music is covered in the interactive guide in History Happens, which made the program feel very well-rounded.
Composer’s Corner offers the student many tools to help them compose, edit, save, print and play their own original music.
Adventus offers these programs in bundles on their store page, which include detailed lesson plans. However, I plan to continue using this program via the $10.95 per month subscription when the review period is over. Lesson plans are not included in the subscription and must be purchased separately. Use the free 7-day trial, or sign up for a month to try all the programs and levels, and see how this program could work for your family.