Getting Started

How is Musico going to help my students?

Students of all ages are way more engaged when they use Musico. Band and orchestra students practice more, because they get to hear and play along with the other parts from home. Hearing the other lines helps put everything they’re practicing in context. If they want to get creative, the door’s open for them to add drum beats and record their own performances as well.

So… do students actually use this?

Yes! They are using it quite a bit. Musico teachers experience less nagging and annoying back and forth getting their students to practice. Students go home and have fun with it, because it engages their creativity. They can put in their own parts, record ideas, and get creative with the loops. Musico empowers students to go far beyond any other “practice helper” type program, by engaging their creativity and inviting them to do more than simply repeat what’s on the page (and they do plenty of that too…)

Seems like this is “just one more thing we have to do”. Looks time consuming.

Musico saves time by making it easy for teachers to capture everything from the lessons they teach over and over, and put it all in one place. Students can’t “lose” their homework or assignments because it’s all securely stored in their account, which they can access from anywhere with their school-issued email as a login key (COPPA compliant, of course). It’s also easier to spend more time practicing inside Musico because students lose track of time, so they end up way more engaged and practicing more.

How hard is this to learn?

Musico is very easy to figure out. Sixth graders can just breeze right through it, they get it fast, and they remember it. Looping sections, using the metronome, pitch shifting, it's got lots of really, really great features like that kids just instantly understand. Teachers are usually able to learn it and then turn around and teach it to their classes in under an hour.

Is this gonna take a lot of time?

The only time it’ll take is the time you DON’T have to spend messing around with lesson planning once you’re set up. And speaking of time, Musico tracks student playing time so there's no more lying on practice sheets. Teachers can see specifically what their kids have worked on and the number of minutes that they have spent on actual pieces, at a glance. Time is also saved when students are better prepared, and teachers are finding that their students using Musico are much better prepared. By engaging in deep learning with looping pattern practice, students waste less time in class reviewing fundamentals.

What about payment? Funding? Is it expensive?

One teacher recently said “this has been the best money I've spent in the classroom. I can tell you that for sure.” So how much is it?

Musico is always FREE for teachers, and costs $5/month per student. We give price breaks at different tiers for institutions, and private lesson studios as well as teachers with more than 20 students who want to purchase blocks of student accounts to pass on to their students are eligible for special discounts. Contact us for more information and we’ll get you set up with ease.

If you’re a classroom teacher who needs help securing funding, so you're not paying with it out of your particular classroom budget, we’ve found that school districts will help pay for Musico because of its effect on STEM and STEAM outcomes.

Email us at info@musico.io and we can assist in getting the process started.

How do I sign up?

Click HERE to book a quick free demo call where we’ll set you up in 15 minutes or less and take down your custom lesson plan requests.

Lesson Plans

What does a typical lesson plan look like?

PDF files, scores, play-along tracks, videos, lesson descriptions, and links to other similar lessons, all exist side by side in each Musico lesson. Students can follow the cursor as it moves through the score and explore different sounds in the extensive loop library if they’re feeling creative.

For example, if a violin student wants to hear their part only, they can mute the other sections, or turn the volume up and down on each part. They can play along with just the cello part, or only listen to their line and the viola part. The tempo can be adjusted and even the key can be changed on the spot if needed (super helpful for vocal lessons).

What if the lessons I want don’t exist in Musico yet?

Musico has an incredible creative team, and we can can create whatever you need quickly. Just reach out to info@musico.io and tell us what specific lessons you need us to make (include links to where we can buy the books if necessary) and we’ll create them for you. Note: all lesson content in Musico is properly licensed.

But if it’s a “play-along” app, will they be reading a score too?

In a word, yes! Musico has a great new feature that allows teachers and students to follow along with a cursor that moves through the score as the music plays. By turning the audio of the track they are reading on and off, they can be challenged to integrate reading and ear training. They can mute their part, read along with it in rhythm, and still hear the rest of the track or ensemble playing for context. From Jazz lead sheets to classical chamber music, there are many applications for this. Bonus: if they forget their music, doesn’t matter… it's still there inside Musico.

Does this cut any corners or interfere with any standard curriculum? Will something else have to be dropped to integrate Musico?

No, not at all. You can even drop vocabulary in the lesson plans, because a lot of times standards address vocabulary. Along with writing terms on the board or handing out sheets, teachers can just drop everything they want their students to read into the lesson description. For example, an Albeniz lesson that includes some information about Spanish history in it can live inside the lesson media section along with extra videos and links to other lessons or to educational resources.

Information about techniques that are being addressed can be added, for example with Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten there’s extra information about how to play pizzicato effectively. For wind band, teachers can add information on how to breathe properly, how to tongue properly. The possibilities are really limitless: just paste existing material right in.

Using Technology

There’s other “practice” apps out there. How is Musico different?

Students fall in love with the possibilities Musico offers because it engages their creativity and empowers them to practice in fun and interesting ways at home. Because it’s so interactive, and because they can see and hear the other parts, it’s more of a complete experience for them. It’s colorful, interactive, and very visual. They can upload different kinds of sound files, just by dragging and dropping, so if they don't want to play to a metronome they can just drag samples over to the looper instantly and jam.

We tried other apps like Smart Music, students didn’t even use them. Why would they use this?

Because it’s fun, colorful, creative, and engaging. Students love it. That’s why. Students don’t usually love things that feel like “homework”. Musico isn’t homework to the students… it’s a jam session. But ironically, they learn more when they are having fun, and all your standards-based learning objectives can slot right into each digital lesson plan inside Musico.

One teacher recently said “After 34 years of teaching, this is the most profound program that I've seen yet. I've used other products for years, and I've stopped subscribing to all the other ones because Musico is meeting all the needs that I have in the classroom.”

Why not just use Logic or Garageband?

Because those programs take longer than 120 seconds for students to learn how to use, they cost more, and people don’t always have access to them. Musico is fast, free for teachers, $5/month for students ($4 if purchased annually) and is incredibly simple to use. The learning curve is very flat, especially for teachers. It’s fast. Everything you need is right at your fingertips, and it’s quick and easy to drop standards in so that when it comes to evaluation time, and with the built in tools in the teacher dashboard, admins have everything they need to for assessments.

Can I use it on my phone or tablet?

Yes, Musico works on phones, tablets, and desktop. With built in latency compensation, students and teachers can record ideas on their phones and drop them right into the lesson plans, then open them up on tablets or computers and dig deeper into the more advanced editing features. Since most schools right now are using Chrome books, Musico is optimized for the Chrome browser.

For students who don’t have computers or tablets, schools often check tablets out.

Parents and Admins

What do parents think?

They really enjoy it. They notice their kids practicing more, which is a real bonus. Computer literate parents recognize that anything that can help move their kid forward is a great thing, so it’s a total win-win situation for everybody.

What do admins think?

Musico is a practical program that you can put in a classroom right now to get results. Curriculum coordinators, admins, principals, and arts supervisors, are starting to place more value on programs like Musico that have the ability to drive measurable outcomes. Forward thinking districts focused on STEM and STEAM are finding that Musico is a great program because it fulfills the requirements in ways that put musical performance in the spotlight, rather than ancillary activities that don't necessarily deal with the actual performance of music. Before Musico, options may have included building a guitar or radio to count toward engineering for example… but now, Musico can check that box.

What about STEM and STEAM?

Music teachers tend to be last on the list when it comes down to STEAM and STEM. From a district’s perspective, Musico is extra appealing because it’s basically a STEAM based product. This supports the bigger picture of taking music more seriously, because highly engaged music programs drive increased measurable outcomes across the board in science, english, math, and other areas.

By incorporating more advanced technology into classrooms, some teachers are able to build the case for more funding for their programs, and that’s always a good thing for music educators.

How does Musico affect test scores?

Musico makes it even easier for teachers and administrators to see that their arts programs are tied to measurable outcomes. When middle level kids start moving through curriculum at a faster pace directly from using an app, admins take notice. Upper level kids are more polished and refined because they get more repetitions in with Musico at home, so they really know their pieces inside and out. Test scores go up with Musico, not because teachers do anything different in their classes, but because students are practicing more at home and it shows.

Why are they practicing more? Because they’re having fun. They’re enjoying it. Students who start using it in the fall continue using it through the end of spring. It’s not just a shiny new toy, soon to be forgotten… it’s a part of everyone’s musical life.

What difference does it really make?

You can look at your numbers in class. You can look at how many are engaged. You can look at quality. You can look at trophies. But in the end, the question is simpler: how deeply are your kids learning? Are they learning on the surface level, or are they learning all the way down to the bottom where everything is thoroughly prepared?

This is where Musico makes the difference. With Musico, you're not just getting a playback tool, you’re getting a dynamic, interactive library of engaging, fun, colorful digital lesson plans that turn practice time into an inspiring and creative experience they will want to go back to again and again.

But most importantly, kids love to use Musico!