JoyTunes Raises $5 Million for Music Education Apps…

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JoyTunes is an Israeli company that makes music learning apps, structuring them as games that help students practice. Their apps have been downloaded over three million times. Their Piano Maestro app has been the number one education app in 20 countries.

JoyTunes has raised $5 million in Series A funding. The round was lead by Aleph; Formation 8 and Genesis Partners also participated.

The Wall Street Journal reports that JoyTunes plans on hiring more people and increasing their marketing efforts.


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7 Responses

  1. more crap from the internet crap machine

    Or you could do what parents do for thousands of years: find a good music teacher for their children.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      I hope you can be more open-minded. Because the classic methods of learning are notoriously pain-staking, tedious, and time-consuming. The same, for example, holds with languages. Incredibly satisfying to learn in the end, but really, really difficult to go through it all.

      Education is getting revolutionized, on so many different fronts. Truisms about learning difficult areas are being challenged. Even universities themselves are being challenged, especially as fewer people can afford them!

      Gamified music learning sounds like it could accelerate mastery, and make the process a lot more fun. Why not give it a chance?

      • Willis

        Yeah, we wouldn’t want human interaction, Paul. Kids learn better social skills from electronic devices. $5 million for music apps is insane. People throw money around like it’s toilet paper.

        • Paul Resnikoff

          They’re not mutually exclusive. You can interact with an app AND interact with humans, even in the narrow context of music education. When I was a boy learning French Horn, I frequently practiced with ‘Music Minus One’ at home, and then went to my lesson.

          What’s the difference when it’s a more sophisticated app?

    • Utah Jazz

      I’m a music teacher and my students love it.

      We’re fighting a losing fight against XBOX, Playstation and Wii. It’s harder and harder to encourage children to spend hours of practice in front of the piano. Using Piano Maestro, my kids actually look forward to practicing at home. I know other teachers are using it during classes as well.

      A piano app can’t replace me obviously, but it sure is great in keeping my kids motivated and happy.

  2. Dani

    I think music education is complex. Some good apps can help students. Apps like Perfect Pitch, iReal Pro, intonatio, or Time Guru worth it.