MidiPiano: Freeware Midi Piano Player, Synth And More

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I’ve recently come across a freeware midi piano player that is more interesting and useful than some of the others I’ve used in the past.  This one is worth the download. MidiPiano is Windows Freeware.  It allows you to open any midi file and watch its keyboard “play” the keys.  You may assign any of the midi channels to the left or right hand to view individual parts  and  mute unwanted tracks/channels depending on your needs or focus with this visual, virtual keyboard

This software also allows you to use the PC keyboard as a music keyboardl. With it, you may assign any of the 128 General Midi Sounds to the PC keys for listeining and playback.  Additionally, you may also record a MIDI file of what you play using the software and playback or save it.

This software will also allow you to plug any midi input device(s) into the software and have itss output sent to any installed midi devices in your computer.  For instance, if you have a midi keyboard (usb, ekeys, etc.) that does not generate its own sounds, you can use this to play your PC’s internal soundcard sounds using the midi keyboard as an input.

There are also a number of cool plugins that are included with the software such as a guitar tuner, metronome and midi event monitor (a device to “see” the midi code list in realtime).  This software is fairly new and easy to use. I hope it continues to be supported as there is a real need for updated freeware such as this.

The software can be found here:
http://midipiano.googlepages.com/

Find it here: (update 6/2011)

http://code.google.com/p/virtualpiano/

At the author’s site, open source code can be found for use in developing third party plugins for this software.  There is also a link for donations if you like the software.

This software has a number of uses for music teachers; especially those integrating technology into their courses.

If you have/use any other freeware piano programs like this for Mac or Linux, please let us know!  If you already are using something like this in class or find this useful please share your experiences with us as well! :)

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018.  As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.

He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association,  a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.

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