"Now is the time to restore the rightful place of music education in the life of every child - and in all our lives."
Professor Don Beattie
Company founder Chris Salter first thought of inventing the Piano Wizard game shortly after graduating from Southern Illinois University. He entered the University in 1978 to study cinematography and began producing films about music. Shortly after, Salter met piano instructor Don Beattie, who came to the School of Music in 1979, and dropped into a group piano class, and stayed for 4 years, ending up with a double degree in Music and Linguistics from SIU, and went on to get his Master’s in Musicology from UCLA. Quite literally, Don’s teachings changed Chris Salter’s life, and led indirectly to him founding this method and company. While Beattie helped Salter learn to play piano before he graduated, Salter said he never mastered reading music.
A few months after graduating in 1983, Salter took classes to learn how to type. Salter felt the lessons were frustrating until he played a typing game, and soon he was typing 40 words per minute. It was then that he had the revelation that a piano keyboard is nothing more than a bunch of buttons like a typewriter and it dawned on him that a piano video game could have the same effect. After years of consideration, Salter decided to form a business to develop and manufacture the Piano Commando game - which went on to become Piano Wizard. Music Wizard Group was born.
As great as our 4 step learn to play piano method was, Step “5” (at the real piano) was always our true mission - a way to get people into the world of making music, playing real music on real instruments. We knew the game was great, but the missing link from a game to true musicianship remained a puzzle. We realized that the Piano Wizard® game, combined with the careful step by step song progression built into EASY MODE, plus a teacher who knew how to utilize the game as the tool, was far more powerful combined than any one of them alone. Chris needn't look any further than his former piano instructor.
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- Increase music literacy and the ability to play and read music among all classes of people;
- Provide an answer for parents and educators as well as religious groups and government agencies to combat the onslaught of mind-numbing violence and destruction that has traditionally dominated the video game industry; and
- Build long-term relationships with our customers by providing quality products, training, support and additional exciting gaming products that continue to move our mission forward in a fun, safe and non-violent and yet exciting way for their children.
We at Music Brain Training Co. want to
- create a tidal wave of interest in music making.
- help achieve universal musical literacy among all people regardless of age, national origin, or economic status through fun and exciting non-violent, music training video games.
We improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities in a fun way that brings joy, self-expression and liberation through their relationship to music. Playing and creating music is now accessible and available to everyone and is something to be shared and enjoyed together.
For the past eleven years, Don Beattie has served as Master of Ceremonies for the World Piano Pedagogy (the art of piano teaching) Conference. He and his wife Delayna have provided notable leadership for this Conference since 1994. In 1984, Don founded the Beethoven Society for Pianists that has captured international acclaim with hundreds of festivals that brought young pianists, teachers, communities and some of the greatest artists of our time together in new ways.
Involved in local, state and national activities for the Music Teachers National Association since the outset of their careers, they recently showcased the Music Wizard Academy™ at the March 2007, Collaborative Conference of MTNA in Toronto, Canada. Their "Beethoven Goes to School" music assembly program for school children has taken them from coast to coast.
They have performed presentations for 5,000 children in Anchorage, and 4,000 children in Boston, highlighting this program. Don presented 200 piano teacher workshops as clinician for G. Henle music publishers. His published works with Edition HAS have been performed for US Presidents and audiences worldwide. Don and Delayna authored four volumes of the "Beethoven Library of Piano Works" for Warner Bros. and are recognized for significant contributions to teaching the early works and artistry of Beethoven.
Their direction of a world premier performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 for piano ensemble and choir in Orlando, Florida in October 2001 captured the attention of President George Bush and colleagues worldwide. They remain active as performers and are frequent concert artists in Rochester, MN for events hosted by Mayo Clinic.
Don & Delayna Beattie