Bruce Cichowlas

is creating Mobile Educational Music Performance Game: Play Along Keys

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I’m Bruce Cichowlas and am the primary designer and developer for Play Along Keys, both IOS and Android versions. I also do most of the arrangements and performances using my home studio and various music technology software as well as working with indie artists, music licensing and servers.  Try Play Along Keys here:

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/<wbr>cy/app/play-along-keys-play-<wbr>along/i935827198
Android:
https://play.google.<wbr>com/store/apps/details?id=com.<wbr>realkeysmusic.playalongkeys

I hope you share some of my goals and will want to help.  Play Along Keys exists because I would like young people and others to feel what it is like to perform music with others, even if they have no previous music background. I’ve also always liked the idea of learning something in a game and then being able to transfer it to real life such as a piano or other keyboard instrument.

Besides Play Along Keys, which is not currently income-producing for me, I work at several other jobs. One is elementary school technology and sometimes music teacher. Whether it is a piano, a synthesizer, a programmable robot or a computer, I want my students to know that not only can they learn and use these complicated-looking thing, but they can also be creative with them, using them as an extension of themselves. I want them to have the thrill of knowing as well as the feelings of enablement and individual creativity.

On a larger scale, I think performing music is important for communications and understanding in the world. As a music performer, I often jam with other musicians, some from far-away places. I am always impressed on how we can communicate to one another through music and improvisation, sharing our abstract ideas and thoughts, even though we may be from very different cultures and have no language in common.  You can help make this happen.

I want Play Along Keys to be friendly to kids and parents and don’t want parents to need to worry about commercialism and where advertising might come from. I also don’t want young people or others to miss the fun and experience of Play Along Keys because of cost.

Patreon participants will be contributing to Play Along Keys server and licensing costs.  If that goal is reached, funds will go towards making Play Along Keys better known, adapting additional songs and adding new features.

Patreon participants will be able to help decide which songs to add to the music game.  There is currently a list of several hundred songs that could be added to the game.  Additional songs could be considered based on music rights and how well the song would work within Play Along Keys.

Patreon participants can also help introduce us to indie artists.  An additional goal of Play Along Keys is to be a platform for indie artists to involve their fans in performing their music.  This can be a direct and intense connection between an indie artist and their fans.  Play Along Keys already contains music from several indie artists and occasionally these show up as some of the most popular songs.  Contact [email protected] for further information.

Patreon participants can also get access to help test "beta" versions of Play Along Keys and its songs.  Contact [email protected] about how to access "beta" builds.

I hope you will want to help Play Along Keys promote peace and understanding in the world through music performance!

Tiers
Play Along Key People
$5 or more per month

. vote on songs from the list of songs being considered

. suggest new songs to consider

. suggest indie artists to include

. access to new "beta" versions

. joining me in promoting music performance!  Thanks!

I’m Bruce Cichowlas and am the primary designer and developer for Play Along Keys, both IOS and Android versions. I also do most of the arrangements and performances using my home studio and various music technology software as well as working with indie artists, music licensing and servers.  Try Play Along Keys here:

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/<wbr>cy/app/play-along-keys-play-<wbr>along/i935827198
Android:
https://play.google.<wbr>com/store/apps/details?id=com.<wbr>realkeysmusic.playalongkeys

I hope you share some of my goals and will want to help.  Play Along Keys exists because I would like young people and others to feel what it is like to perform music with others, even if they have no previous music background. I’ve also always liked the idea of learning something in a game and then being able to transfer it to real life such as a piano or other keyboard instrument.

Besides Play Along Keys, which is not currently income-producing for me, I work at several other jobs. One is elementary school technology and sometimes music teacher. Whether it is a piano, a synthesizer, a programmable robot or a computer, I want my students to know that not only can they learn and use these complicated-looking thing, but they can also be creative with them, using them as an extension of themselves. I want them to have the thrill of knowing as well as the feelings of enablement and individual creativity.

On a larger scale, I think performing music is important for communications and understanding in the world. As a music performer, I often jam with other musicians, some from far-away places. I am always impressed on how we can communicate to one another through music and improvisation, sharing our abstract ideas and thoughts, even though we may be from very different cultures and have no language in common.  You can help make this happen.

I want Play Along Keys to be friendly to kids and parents and don’t want parents to need to worry about commercialism and where advertising might come from. I also don’t want young people or others to miss the fun and experience of Play Along Keys because of cost.

Patreon participants will be contributing to Play Along Keys server and licensing costs.  If that goal is reached, funds will go towards making Play Along Keys better known, adapting additional songs and adding new features.

Patreon participants will be able to help decide which songs to add to the music game.  There is currently a list of several hundred songs that could be added to the game.  Additional songs could be considered based on music rights and how well the song would work within Play Along Keys.

Patreon participants can also help introduce us to indie artists.  An additional goal of Play Along Keys is to be a platform for indie artists to involve their fans in performing their music.  This can be a direct and intense connection between an indie artist and their fans.  Play Along Keys already contains music from several indie artists and occasionally these show up as some of the most popular songs.  Contact [email protected] for further information.

Patreon participants can also get access to help test "beta" versions of Play Along Keys and its songs.  Contact [email protected] about how to access "beta" builds.

I hope you will want to help Play Along Keys promote peace and understanding in the world through music performance!

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Tiers
Play Along Key People
$5 or more per month

. vote on songs from the list of songs being considered

. suggest new songs to consider

. suggest indie artists to include

. access to new "beta" versions

. joining me in promoting music performance!  Thanks!