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Music and sociability – Music software can help

Music benefits on social life

Everyone deserves the chance to learn and practise music. Learning music improves skills training, self confidence and also social development. It has an incredible power to change life and build communities.

For that reason, on one hand, countless initiatives encourage young people thinking at pursuing music at the level of higher education. On the other hand, music hubs foster innovation in less favoured or more general environments (public schools, associations, etc).

And there are also special contexts like hospitals or centers which work for persons with disabilities. Happily a lot of music charity associations organize a lot of events for them.

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Music software advantages – Sharing, engraving

Software is one key to successful learning of music, because it helps communities to share music more easily and individuals to get a training to a personal tempo. And teachers appreciate it because it is familiar to the tech universe so much loved by youth. So software can deserve the multi-faceted aspects of music education.

Amongst them, Pizzicato music composition and notation software is interesting because it includes complete user guides which offer numerous exercises in matter of solfeggio and music composition. Also you can engrave your music and share it easily on every internet website, including music sharing platforms.

I will not sum up here the hundreds of pages contained in the guides, you can download the free demonstration version of the program at and make your own opinion.

If you sing in a choir or play in a band outside work, keeping music as hobby, or if you are a composer or an interpreter, 1 of our 13 products can bring you some facilities in learning, writing or composing.

You will find more information at (you will be able to download all the complete user guides for free and more than 100 newsletter about composition).


Francoise Delsaux

Arpege Music

Online Marketing


Pizzicato music composition and notation software – What kind of relationships with musicians ?

Pizzicato sheet music software was created to contribute to the enrichment of the musical art

Music software are created for musicians. They are programs which help to treat computer data so that their users can execute tasks in a more efficient way – here in the musical fieldwork. Efficient, quick, unique, smart. And for what concerns sheet music, it is about bringing page layout to perfection, composition optimization, and convenient sharing.

For example Mr. Dominique Vandenneucker, who created Pizzicato music composition and notation software more than 20 years ago, explains that its first goal was, is and will be to share with musicians the benefits of computer science in matter of music scores.

You can discover his storytelling related to his conception of Pizzicato here:

And the point of view of Pizzicato users there:

Users describe Pizzicato as an ‘expert system’. And if you want to measure how much that opinion is justified, test the free demo at

As I work with Dominique for 10 years, I precise that sharing ‘with musicians the benefits of computer science’ does not exclude at all the fact that Pizzicato can be more than (another) simple tool. All musicians would not want to and do not need to, but Pizzicato wants to facilitate the acquisition of music knowledge by beginning musicians as well as to guide more advanced ones towards the top of the musical composition art.

For example, between now 13 products, there is ‘Pizzicato Choir’. Its users, who are generally amateur chorists and persons without a real academic background, asked to Dominique if it would be possible to go further is matter of musical harmony, as they never had the occasion to learn it. And Dominique developped ‘Harmony and Counterpoint’, which is a very technical software to understand and master the rules of classical music harmony. Musicians can discover it at

Pizzicato music software helps beginning musicians to enrich their social life

The fact that music programs are tools do not prevent social and health benefits. It is of course not their main goals at all and nobody would pretend that they could play the role of some ‘virtual friend’. Nevertheless i will never forget the testimonial written by a former nurse around her experience of ‘Pizzicato’. Here is what she says :

“Pizzicato is for me a source of wellbeing. At social level first, this software brought me an occupation in my life after I retired, a reason to get up from my chair and make my brain work, also an occasion to have more human contacts. Thanks to Pizzicato, I feel less isolated and more active.
At the musical level, Pizzicato helps me to learn better, to read and write music easily. I work 2 hours a day with Pizzicato on my computer. At the beginning, I was using Pizzicato Beginner 2. Then I upgraded to Pizzicato Professional 2. Now I use Pizzicato Professional 3 and the SharpEye scanning software.
The result? I encode music as a pro! I am transposing, reducing and helping our conductor to write his own arrangements on music sheets. I am also responsible of our musical library.
Finally, I mention the great quality of the Pizzicato technical support. Mr Dominique Vandenneucker, designer of Pizzicato, always responded quickly to my e-mails, with kindness and patience. I never felt ridiculous. That is why I recommend Pizzicato to everyone.”

Isn’t it surprising ? She could have considered that, because she had paid for a software, it was logically a simple tool to use but no she associated the programming work made by Dominique to her own happiness. How surprising. As a marketeer I am trained to listen to customers, here I found a friend whose testimonial still enchants me.

Now I hope that Pizzicato music composition and notation software will help you both to enrich your contribution to the expansion and the enrichment of the musical fieldwork and that it will bring you one more occasion to increase your wellbeing.

Francoise Delsaux
Arpege Music
Online marketing

Adults piano students – Expectations and priorities


Expectations of adults piano students are different for each person and linked to their background : social, emotional, even sometimes medical.

Indeed, I learn near a teacher that some can even begin after a stroke as physiotherapy… But most of the time a piano course will be the occasion to think about the self : at work (to add a new skill) and/or at home (to share joy in the living room).

As nothing is more precious in the everyday life than sharing knowledge and happiness, piano appears as a wonderful way to reach them and even for some people the mastery of that beautiful and classic instrument will become a goal in itself.

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I met Mrs. Fiona Lau at Music Education Expo (London) this year.

As a professional piano teacher (both for children and adults), she encourages to regular practice, precises that length of the lessons is increasing with more advanced skills, that it is necessary to sets targets, to work pieces hands separately first and to vary rhythms.

Mrs. Lau adds that splitting up the practice can help. For example: 20 minutes for technique and exercices + 10 minutes for sight-reading. Sight-reading is useful to train the brain and the eye to achieve continuity in playing music and it gives freedom. (More details on Mrs. Lau’s blog:

Pedagogy or andragogy

The choice of the method (sheet music book) which will be used to learn depends in my opinion on the student regarding the fact that it is a method for children or for adults.

On one head, some teachers, as mine, insist on the fact that adults must simplify while learning. I agree, and methods for children are simple. Of course persons who do not want to be ‘treated as children’ will prefer specific methods for adults. Even if using a method for children does not mean that I learn as a child would…

For other aspects, the teacher must adapt the rhythm of the lessons on the rhythm of the learner and selects the best piece for each moment. The teacher is the specialist and is supposed to be able to suggest new sheet music to discover when the method is missing on some point. At least during the first year…

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What about the results ?

It depends on musical talents for each person. Some adults are less brilliant than highly-talented future professionals who have received a special musical gift and evolve in a context which gives priority to the art of piano but more skilled than a lot of children with no particular talent and they feel no peer pressure to assist to the course or do their homework.

So, ‘the’ result is obtained first when the adult is satisfied. Mrs. Lau, talking about exams, claims that the student must make ‘sense’ while playing musical sentences. And for me it looks like a perfect formula. She gives other arguments like: you must articulate, you must not read all the time (playing by memory is the best and lets you alone with the music). Even if I do not want to pass any exam… sense is a main target for me as well as establishing a relationship with the music itself.

I will add freedom as a main target : the more practise and sight-reading mastering are growing, the more sheet music can be chosen.

Music technology can help

As a beginner in piano, I now can say that nothing seems more difficult than repeating a piece of music at home after having ‘read’ it once with the teacher so two weeks ago I was quite satisfied when I remembered that I am selling music composition and notation software which include a (free) music course… It is a support for me in the framework of learning. (More information on Arpege Music software website :


Françoise Delsaux

Digital Marketing – Arpege Music


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