Parents' Guide to

Piano Maestro by JoyTunes

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Activities, animations get older kids and tween practicing.

App iPad Free to try Education
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+


Be careful. You will bebilled $90 almost immediately and it will automatically renew. Definitely not worth the money.

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Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

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With a silly visual style and tons of songs to choose from, this tool is a fun, approachable way for kids to practice the piano, but it isn't cheap, and it visually appeals to a younger crowd. The Home Challenge section and sharing features offer a rewarding way for kids to access their practice assignments and share their progress with both parents and teachers. Plus, there's a good blog for parents on the developer's website that offers insights on parenting a budding musician who may need some encouragement to keep up with daily practice. It's also possible that there's a little too much going on with this app. Although it's fun to have a scrolling Guitar Hero-style interface while kids play and earn badges, it's sometimes a little distracting: The scrolling notes, dancing mascot, ticking metronome, and background music don't always feel like they're in sync, but you can turn some of these features off. If the feedback was a bit more detailed, addressing tricky passages or tough fingerings, it would be even more helpful. Also, the visual style might be a better fit for much younger kids, who may find the animation and cheesy humor appealing, while teens might feel less engaged. Still, this is a terrific way to support in-person piano lessons and help kids build consistent practice habits.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: improvising and music analysis, music, playing, rhythm
  • Skills: Self-Direction: initiative, personal growth, work to achieve goals, working efficiently, Emotional Development: developing resilience, moving beyond obstacles, self-awareness
  • Pricing structure: Free to try ($9.99-$59.99)
  • Release date: October 30, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Music and Sing-Along
  • Publisher: JoyTunes
  • Version: 3.8.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 8, 2020

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