Music Prodigy was established in 2008. Music Prodigy's mission is to provide solutions for music teachers and students to help the spread of music education through technology innovations.
Music Prodigy's awards include: • UCAHP Startup 21 Winner - Innovation Award 2012 • Silicon Beach Awards First Place Winner 2012 • Plug and Play EXPO Winner 2012 • Plug and Play EXPO Peoples' Choice Winner 2012 • Appy Awards Winner for Education 2011 • About.com Readers' Choice Top 5 Finalist for Rock Prodigy • Achieved #1 Rank in 21 different countries on Apple iOS App Store
Music, Education and Technology 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.
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.
Dannenberg also held a patent for large-scale interactive games activated by crowd noise. The company, â€œStadium Games, Ltd.â€ was based on this work and entertained crowds of 60,000 football fans on a regular basis in Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
In 2006, he completed an installation, “Origin, Location, Direction,” with Barbara Bernstein. This sound and image installation explores the dependent relationships between the observer and the observed using multi-channel audio and video projections that are activated by microphones set up in the gallery space.
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
Chief Revenue Officer
Hartt School of Music
Formerly of Make Music, Apple, Microsoft
Doug Eicher has more than 20 years of technology sales experience with a trademark of cultivating goal-oriented, customer-focused, market-driven teams by establishing measurable goals, efficient processes, and a strong support structure.
Most recently Doug was the VP of World Wide Sales for MakeMusic.
In 2000 Doug was asked to join Apple as the Northeast Area Director, where he was responsible for transforming the education sales, services, and marketing organization.
Prior to joining Apple Computer, Doug was with Microsoft for 10 years building commercial, public sector, and education enterprise organizations in Boston, New York, and Southern California. Prior to joining Microsoft, Doug led a number of sales teams for technology startup organizations in the Northeast.
Doug received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance and Business from the Hartt School of the Performing Arts at the University of Hartford.
Doug serves as a Trustee on the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Directors and serves as co-Chair of the Ballet Theatre Company's Board of Directors.
Music Prodigy, Inc. was founded in 2008
Music Prodigy’s patent-pending technology and proprietary teaching method enables any aspiring musician to learn any instrument, at any level of expertise, anywhere.
Through Music Prodigy’s edtech, world-class methods and science from Yale and Carnegie Mellon professors are available to millions all over the world.
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 proudly publishes the following stand-alone software titles: