Music Education 2.0: Soft Mozart Way

Hellene Hiner is the Creator of the “Music Education 2.0: Soft Mozart Way” software. She is a musicologist and music teacher and has many years of teaching and the intensive study of music under her belt. After gaining her Master’s degree in musicology, she set out to find the solution to problems and impediments she identified in music education today.

Specifically, she sought to find solutions to the challenges that students encounter with sight-reading the Grand Staff, which is visually vertical, while the Piano is inherently laid out in a horizontal fashion.

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The Problem and the SolutionHellene identified the solution and in 2002, created Music Education 2.0: Soft Mozart Way, which is the software that is based on adopting the notation of music in the same method as a Benedictine monk named Guido did, over a thousand years ago.

His creation to notate music became very popular and was adopted as the universal way to write music on paper so that others could sight-read songs and play them.

Guido’s method worked well until the Piano and other keyboard instruments. The problem was that Guido’s standard way of learning and reading music is vertical, while the visual orientation of a piano keyboard is horizontal. This invention of the Piano made learning to sight-read counter-intuitive.

The vast majority of people cannot see the horizontal relationship between the keys of a Piano and other keyboard instruments, and the vertical display of the written note on paper in Grand Staff. Hellene Hiner’s solution is her software, “Music Education 2.0: Soft Mozart Way.”

The Solution is Music Education 2.0: Soft Mozart WayMastering the Piano is a skill that takes years and sometimes a lifetime. Some are naturally gifted while the vast majority require an education of how to sight-read Piano music in a way that makes sense and allows them to understand on the deepest level, the theory of music behind the printed notes and its relationship with the Piano.

The Soft Mozart is the solution that so many have been seeking. This software restores the music to the Guido-style that was first envisioned. Soft Mozart makes the reading of notes of the Grand Staff more eyesight friendly again for beginners and students.

Music Education 2.0 and How it WorksThis software accomplishes this by developing a visual presentation of the Grand Staff that gradually takes the Piano student from novice presentation of musical notes (presented horizontally as the standard Piano is oriented), to the traditional, vertical presentation of the Grand Staff that we are all familiar with.

This innovative idea takes learning the Piano and to sight-read Piano sheet music to a more educational, intuitive, and level of understanding that becomes second nature to the student. In the same manner as teaching a child to read the written language, Soft Mozart uses Interactive computer technology to facilitate the transition of learning to play the Piano by reading horizontal-based sheet music, to the traditional vertically-based sheet music of the Grand Staff.

This visual will allow the student to really see the way the written notes and the keys of the Piano are connected and with the transition, they will adapt their sight to see this connection when reading from traditional Grand Staff sheet music (which is the vertical scales we are familiar with).

Proven SuccessThis software by Hiner has been successful in teaching people as young as two years old to as old as 99! The track record of success in schools and households have been solidly proven in 60 different countries.Music Education 2.0: Soft Mozart Way even offers a training system for music educators from various countries—currently, the software provides training in English, Spanish, and Russian.

This software has helped various Piano competition winners in Spain, Israel, and the Ukraine, further providing proof that this method of horizontal-to-vertical sight-reading transition to Grand Staff, makes learning the Piano and the connection of the keys to the notes on the page, inherent and successful for true understanding of music theory and the playing of the Piano.

Soft Mozart approach is the perfect fit for public schools, private tutors who want a supplement, piano studios, and any tutor or teacher to offer students as “homework,” so that they can receive a truly world-class music education and enjoy it. This technology is great for group learning and individual learning as well, making it a diverse tool for anyone to use in a variety of settings.

Special Needs StudentsSoft Mozart is even an excellent developmental tool for children with special needs. Soft Mozart can motivate special needs students to concentrate better, focus, and practice their hand-eye coordination using both of their hands.

ConclusionSoft Mozart has a unique way of building confidence, self-esteem, imagination, and the learning capabilities of children in early music education, children as young as two years old, and for adults who wish to learn the Piano.

This diverse and versatile software has a proven track record and is an incredible and innovative solution to the problems that have plagued teachers, tutors, and students of the Piano for decades, and even centuries.

With technology now in our hands, Hellene Hiner made perfect use of interactive computer software and created the perfect learning tool to understand and play the Piano in a way that was not possible even twenty years ago.

Support: IndiegogoTo back and support Soft Mozart’s continued success, you can contribute at where you can help students develop music literacy in homes and schools across the globe and even in your own school district.

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