If you live in the metropolitan area or plan to be in Manhatten in the next six weeks you can get to 160 Wooster Street (corner of Houston and Wooster) via the subway. The closest stop is Broadway/Lafayette which brings in the F, B, D and V trains. That’s what I took yesterday for The Grand Opening. I arrived just before it started raining! Whew!
It’s impossible to see everything in one visit but here’s a few things that really caught my eye:
David Stipple of Allegro Rainbow personally showed me their Allegro Multimedia Piano Wizard Premier. We discussed the importance of music in the life and education of children. My mother had my brother and myself learn to play the cello when we were around six years old. And while my brother is the real musician in the family I certainly feel I benefited from the musical knowledge I received. This combination software and keyboard will present music as if it was a game. Children today are so familiar with video games it will fit seamlessly into their daily life. The program – for Windows and MAC – progresses from very easy to difficult levels. And has the ability to eventually let children play their own songs or songs they will learn. This is done by associating each key on the keyboard with a color and showing a moving object which heads toward a certain color. The child learns to associate the colors with the keys and eventually with the notes. I certainly don’t recall any real difficulty learning music ‘the oldfashioned’ method. But then in those days kids just did what they were told. No arguments. Not in MY family, anyway. But in this day anything that will help children learn music is a good thing. Unfortunately, some schools are being very lax about these very important skills. In my opinion this is a good gift for any child.
The WIRED Store will host a range of events including:
Store hours: Wednesday-Friday from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Written by Cecilia