Getting Started with Practica Musica
Practica Musica, from Ars Nova Software, allows students to practice reading notes and rhythms while providing immediate feedback. This is one of the best ways for students to achieve the basic competency in music-reading that will allow them to reach their fullest potential most efficiently.
If you have an electronic piano keyboard at home, you should be able to connect it to your computer using a MIDI interface, and “play” your responses to Practica Musica exercises directly on the keyboard, which is generally much easier, quicker, and more beneficial than using your mouse to click the on-screen “keyboard.”
For most students, an “entry-level” MIDI interface (“1-port” or “1-in/1-out”) is probably sufficient; I use and recommend the Roland UM-ONE, though I recommend you consult a sales representative to confirm that you purchase an interface that will work with your keyboard, computer, and operating system. (You can see a selection of MIDI interfaces at Sweetwater, an online vendor I find great to work with.)
Using the program
Once you have Practica Musica installed and your MIDI setup complete, you can begin to explore the program! I’ve created a few tutorials to help you get started—see the menu in the sidebar.