Piano Planet

Welcome to

Piano Planet

Tech-driven education, professional instruction, an inclusive community - your home for piano.

We believe music is a universal language that brings us all together.

That humanity is better off because of music. That music enriches those who learn it with: empathy for others, creativity, self confidence, discipline, and gives them a voice to express themselves in a deeply personal way.

Piano Planet is an app where you're connected to an entire world of piano waiting to be explored and used by anyone from beginner to advanced levels - to learn, practice, and enjoy piano.

However, this is not just an app, this is also a story.

My name is Andrew Furmanczyk, and I’ve been on a mission to grow the world wide piano community since I started teaching professionally in 2005. Since then, I’ve taught over 55 million people how to play piano through two completely free Piano and Music Theory video courses.

My mission then, as it remains today, is to provide a pathway to piano education that is readily available to anyone who has the passion to learn, and because of that I wasn’t satisfied with only video.

Then to now.

I started on YouTube
In the beginning of YouTube, I saw that this new technology would change everything, and I was the first content creator to offer complete music courses on the topics of Piano and Music Theory, covering years of music lessons, completely free of charge.
Teach a man to fish
My philisophy about teaching came from the qoute “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” My goal was to empower people to play anything they wanted on piano by focusing on teaching fundamental concepts.
First success, but...
After thousands of hours of work, the videos were a huge success, and today more than 55 million viewers have learned piano from these courses. But, I saw there could be something better and set out to create a complete experience where people of any skill level could find everything they ever needed to build true skill and become piano masters.
Meeting George
After years of twists and turns, eventually, my path crossed with George Yacoub, a senior developer who also had the same passion for music and learning that I have.
A better way
New technologies create learning opportunities to improve on what’s been done before in ways that have never existed until today! Much can be improved and made more efficient to make the piano learning experience better than it has ever been.
Piano Planet was born
In 2017, we decided to join forces and, in our spare time, began building our prototype app of Piano Planet, which launched in the iOS app store in the spring of 2019.
Good, but faster please
After the prototype was built, we started receiving messages from people how much they loved Piano Planet and the direction it was going. We continued to add features and new content, but because we have to work regular jobs to pay our bills, our progress was far slower than people wanted.
Throttle up!
To build faster we need a small full-time team, which means we need funding to get us started. After discussing the pros and cons of multiple funding options, like VCs, BLs, and Angel, we decided that crowdfunding would allow us to make choices that are best for the people actually using Piano Planet.
Crowdfunding for you
So as you might have guessed by now - THIS page that you’re reading right now is our crowdfunding campaign, where we will explain how we plan to make the best piano app ever made, for you.

A piano app designed to truly teach you.

You deserve an app that makes design choices for your learning benefit first, pushes the boundaries of what's possible, and never stops striving to give you more.

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Have confidence you’re learning the right way.

Get quality lessons from a professional piano instructor

Get quality lessons from a professional piano instructor

Because Andrew is a professional piano instructor with 15 years of teaching experience covering all skill levels, your lessons on Piano Planet will cover the same information that a real piano student would get from traditional lessons.

Structured and balanced approach with music theory included

Structured and balanced approach with music theory included

Our learning plans are structured in a way that develops and balances your skills in the physical way you play piano, as well as your knowledge. Through a combination of learning and then doing, your skills will be trained in sight reading, ear training, musicality, music theory, piano technique (scales, chords, arpeggios), posture, and performance mindsets. You’ll then put it all to use by learning songs. This is the real deal, which will give you the details you need to become truly skilled in piano.

Technology that finds mistakes and corrects you

Technology that finds mistakes and corrects you

When you learn the wrong way, it costs you both time and money, and can be very discouraging. Having an app that can detect mistakes in real time, and provide immediate feedback helps keep you on track so you can learn faster and more efficiently.

Learn concepts that empower you to play anything you want

Learn concepts that empower you to play anything you want

We want you to have all the power to learn anything you want to play. To do that, we focus on training your core skills, and teaching you fundamental concepts. There’s an old parable that goes: “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” We will teach you to fish for yourself, so you can do anything you want with piano.

piano planet will challege you but you will grow

Get a custom experience focused on your own goals and needs.

Personalized learning

Personalized learning

In Piano Planet, you’ll have a digital practice coach that first asks you what’s important to you, comes up with a plan, and then creates the daily and weekly goals for you to hit in order for you to get to where you want to go. You’ll be able to see yourself progress by seeing improvements in your skills, such as sight reading, ear training, notes played per second, and average accuracy. Using this data, your coach can help you be more efficient in targeting the most critical things for your learning growth in piano.

Learn anytime, from anywhere, on your schedule

Learn anytime, from anywhere, on your schedule

As new technologies are invented, new learning opportunities are opened up. Instead of seeing your teacher once a week, you’ll be able to get guidance every second you’re at the piano. We plan to use everything technology offers combined with real life teaching experience so you feel like you always have a teacher beside you. Be empowered to learn piano whenever it fits into your schedule.

You'll be challenged, but you will grow.

You'll be challenged, but you will grow.

Becoming good at anything takes hard work. That’s why we will guide you down the path that is needed. So expect trials, challenges and to end up with real piano skills at the end of this.

No two people are the exact same, so we will custom tailor the challenges to adapt to what you need in order to get better, quicker.

piano planet is committed to fostering an inclusive community

Be a part of an inclusive community.

You’re not alone. You’re part of a supportive and friendly community.

You’re not alone. You’re part of a supportive and friendly community.

Learning piano by yourself at home can be lonely. As humans, we thrive when we’re connected to others, so having someone who understands what you’re going through and has the same passion you do can be the difference between success and failure. We believe a strong community is the glue that holds everything together. That’s why at Piano Planet, supporting a warm and friendly community is one of our top priorities.

Make long lasting friendships with the quartet program.

Make long lasting friendships with the quartet program.

A large friendly community is great, but having close friends, who understand what you’re going through and you can count on, can make a huge difference when you need it most. Quartet is an optional program for people seeking to get matched with a learning group of 4 where they can: make personal connections, support each other, and grow together.

An affordable price

An affordable price

Currently, the average cost for lessons in the US is $50 USD per lesson. That’s basically a $200 per month subscription. An average year will have around 40 lessons, for a cost of $2,000 per year for piano lessons.

By using technology combined with requirements from experienced teachers, we can cut learning costs down at least 12x less than what they cost today. We can deliver lessons, trainers, songs, resource library, a practice coach, and a community for a price of only $12 a month.

Over a year, that’s like paying $150 instead of $2,000 for a regular teacher.

Piano for the whole household.

Piano for the whole household.

For those of you who have families, this gets even better. At no extra charge, you can add up to 6 extra accounts on your device to share with family members, so that everyone in the house can have a richer life, learning the piano together.

Scholarships for those who can’t afford it.

Scholarships for those who can’t afford it.

We know even at a reduced cost, there is still poverty in the world, and some people will be in a situation where they can’t pay. For each person that pays for Piano Planet, we’ll have the ability to give someone else the opportunity to learn for free. This works through our scholarship program, where a person with the passion to learn, but not the ability to pay, can apply for 1 year free access, so they aren’t blocked by money from pursuing piano.

Include as many people as possible.

Include as many people as possible.

Imagine if Beethoven grew up in a family where they didn’t have the money to give him lessons? Humanity would never have 'Moonlight Sonata', or his other symphonies and great works. By enabling as many people as possible to learn, we increase the chance of training the next Beethoven and more importantly, spread the joy of piano to all those who feel it calling them.

piano planet is your home for piano

Your home for piano

Summing it all up, Piano Planet is a place you can get professional piano and music theory instruction from an experienced teacher, while also benefiting from technology driven personalized learning through: a practice coach, skill trainers, custom challenges, technique practice, resource libraries, quizzes and songs, as well as an inclusive community to make friends with other people interested in piano. Piano Planet is your home for piano.

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What we've already done

We built a prototype of Piano Planet which is currently available on iOS app store at our own cost. However, we don’t have deep enough pockets to fund the next stage of development. We need your help so we can keep building a complete piano learning experience for you. Anything you can give will help improve the chances Piano Planet can accomplish it’s mission of helping the world learn piano.

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Self-Funded

Built a proof of concept ourselves with a couple years of tough work on evenings and weekends.

Bootstrapped

Delivered

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iOS App V1

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Level 1

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Level 2

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Note Trainer V1

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Keyboard Support

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Songbook

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Discord Community

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Email Support

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Scholarship Program

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Funding Goal

When we reach our $500k funding goal, it’ll give us the ability to fund development up to level 7 and add new features that will make Piano Planet useful for everyone!

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$500 000

Get the dream funded and help us build a full-time team.

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Deliverables

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Up to Level 7

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Android App v1

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Microphone Support

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Practice Scheduler

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Mini-game Trainers

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70 songs in Songbook

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Discord Events

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Multi-user Login

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Easier Connection

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Two packages to support the mission

As a thank you for suppporting Piano Planet’s development, you’ll get full access to everything on the piano planet app during the alpha, a subscription at 60% off normal price, badges that give you special perks, and help others experiencing financial hardships to learn piano through scholarships.

Thank you for your support, we couldn’t do this without you.

Basic

Starter Package

$60 USD

$150 USD

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Full

Alpha Access

one year subscription

One year subscription

one year scholarship

One scholarship

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Supporter

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Complete

Starter Package

$240 USD

$750 USD

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Alpha Access

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Five year subscription

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Five scholarships

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We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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