Music is the invisible yet OMNIPRESENT FORCE that connects, unifies and propels peoples, cultures, societies, events, quests – a transcendent experience programmed at the molecular level. Music is what makes humans HUMAN.
Every human being has the potential for music. Music Prodigy’s vision is that every human has access to personal music training to unlock his or her music potential – whether that’s accelerating skills learned in school programs or helping a child learn music in the remote reaches of a small village.
No matter what music you’re learning or teaching, there is ONE UNIVERSAL TRUTH for all music education methods, styles and levels: every music education program NEEDS: 1) the ability to LISTEN 2) the ability to EVALUATE, and 3) the ability to GUIDE. Music Prodigy calls this the EXPERT EAR™. Deep and meaningful learning is supported by an expert teacher. Expert teaching requires coherent evaluation and expert listening.
At the core of all of Music Prodigy’s platforms and products is the one-of-a-kind, unsurpassed “real-time polyphonic pitch recognition” listening technology, which is also called “automated music evaluation.” It is why with Music Prodigy, it’s NOW POSSIBLE for every human to unlock his or her musical potential:
The ability to recognize what notes you are playing, like understanding what words are spoken.
POLYPHONIC pitch recognition
The ability to recognize multiple notes played at one time – a chord – like on piano or guitar.
REAL-TIME polyphonic pitch recognition
NO DELAY in hearing and evaluating, so you as a student can react and adjust IN REAL-TIME while you’re playing the note itself (if your feedback is delayed even one second, that’s too late! The note is over and you can’t adjust that note – that note has come and gone.)
Real-time polyphonic pitch recognition on MOBILE
Virtually anyone with a smartphone has access to Music Prodigy’s Expert Ear™.
Because Music Prodigy listens to students practice, we can measure how well they are doing and QUANTIFY the increase in music proficiency. This performance reporting is crucial for school administrators, as well as younger generations who are now growing up with mobile devices and expect instant feedback from apps and devices.
The Music Prodigy team: unlocking music potential in humans is our PASSION and EXPERTISE. As students, teachers and scientists, music, education, technology and innovation are part of Music Prodigy's DNA.
CEO, Co-founder, Co-inventor
UCLA, UCSB, Berklee College of Music
Prior to Co-founding Music Prodigy in 2008 with Tyson Butler, Harold was Director of Marketing at Guitar Center. He grew and led radio advertising and direct marketing from a regional 18-store chain to a national 214-store chain. In addition to performing duties like design, copywriting, music composition and recording, he also launched Guitar Center's' marketing assets and planning intranet, along with a centralized advertising media distribution for in-store advertising.
In 2009, he and Roger Dannenberg patented the underlying real-time polyphonic pitch detection technology powering Music Prodigy. In 2013, Harold, Roger Dannenberg, Zeyu Jin, Richard Gard and others filed another patent for real-time vocal quality performance evaluation. Harold has led the Music Prodigy development and engineering team while recruiting world class music technology and education talent. The Music Prodigy team have an unrelenting drive to innovate tools, technologies and services to spread music education. Each member on the team has made it his/her lifelong devotion to music, education and technology.
Harold studied Jazz Guitar at Berklee and Classical Guitar at UCSB before receiving his B.A. in Musicology at UCLA. He's performed in independent bands in Southern California since 1990 and toured professionally until 1995. He enjoys using all facets of music making including notation, recording, mixing, sequencing and engineering.
UCLA, University of Arizona
Tyson is the Co-Founder and COO/CFO of the company where he focuses on business strategy, development, finance, sales and operations. Tyson’s background includes cross-industry, Fortune 500 experience, specializing in the development and execution of business strategies, financial analyses and operational improvement plans. His experience spans industries such as legal services, manufacturing, financial services, diversified electronics, telecommunications and more. Prior to starting Music Prodigy, Tyson held senior leadership positions at O’Melveny & Myers and KPMG. Tyson holds a B.A. in Accounting and Finance from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson.
Senior Advisor, Scientist
Tsinghua University, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton University
Music performance, computer science and machine learning.
Roger Dannenberg, PhD
Chief Science Officer, Co-inventor
Roger B. Dannenberg is a pioneer in the field of computer music. His current work includes research on interactive music systems, content-based music retrieval, interactive media, and high-level languages for sound synthesis. His research on computer accompaniment led to a patent and eventually to the development of a commercial product, SmartMusic, in use by over 75,000 music students around the world. He has published over 100 research articles in books, journals, and conference proceedings.
Dr. Dannenberg is also an active trumpet player and composer. He has performed in concert halls ranging from the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to the modern Espace de Projection at IRCAM in Paris. His most recent musical efforts involve real-time computer graphics and computer music systems that interact with live musicians. Dannenberg also performs regularly with the Roger Humphries Big Band and the Capgun Quartet in Pittsburgh.
Richard Gard, DMA
Chief Academic Officer
Yale School of Music
Richard Gard’s musical activity is centered at Yale University where he is the Director of Music at Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale and Director of its Center for Music and Liturgy. Richard is also a long-time member of the faculty at the Yale School of Music, and Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Music Lessons for the University.
Richard has performed throughout Europe, Australia, and the United States but now focuses his performing in the New Haven area. He is the conductor of the New Haven Ballet Orchestra as well as the director of all vocal and chamber ensembles at Saint Thomas More Chapel.
Mr. Gard earned his Masters and Doctoral degrees at Yale University School of Music.
- American Bach Society
- American Choral Directors Association
- Association for Technology in Music Instruction
- Society for Christian Scholarship in Music
Music Prodigy, Inc. was founded in 2008
Music Prodigy’s patented and patents-pending technology and proprietary teaching method enables any aspiring musician to learn any instrument, at any level of expertise, anywhere.
We are obsessed with offering the single best system to teach anyone to be musical.
Music learning should be fun, easy, and accessible. We’ve combined the latest technology to develop the most innovative new platform for music learning ever created, using the concepts of multi-sensory input, an enjoyable learning environment, objective analysis, objective feedback, and data tracking. Our products help you learn faster and better.
Music Prodigy also publishes the following stand-alone software titles: