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Quincy Jones launches music education application

JONATHAN LANDRUM, Jr. Associated Press

Publication: The Day

Published February 24. 2013 4:00AM

Quincy Jones says he has co-created the music version of Rosetta Stone.

The 79-year-old composer-producer launched a new music education application Tuesday called Playground Sessions, which teaches users how to play the piano. He said the app will help children and adults learn how to read music and understand the mechanics of piano playing.

There's "such a need for this," Jones said in an interview last week. "The concept is brand-new. I have been praying for this for a long time. It has a learning concept similar to Rosetta Stone. I'm blown away by this."

Playground Sessions is a musical app with real-time feedback and video tutorials from pianist David Sides. It features about 70 popular songs by Beyonce and Justin Bieber, and well-known tunes like Katy Perry's "Firework" and Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York."

Jones, who produced Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and other successful albums, hopes Playground Sessions will have an impact on music education programs in schools around the world. One of first schools that will use the app is Jones' alma mater, Garfield High School in Seattle.

Chris Vance, who co-created the app and founded Playground Sessions, got together with Jones more than a year ago after working alone on the application for three years. He said Jones immediately saw a vision for the product and wanted to make learning music a fun experience.

Vance also said Sides was an easy pick when he was selecting a pianist for the project. Jones calls Sides a very talented piano player who has an engaging personality.

"I wish I had someone like him teaching me how to play the piano," Jones said of Sides, known for his popular piano covers on YouTube, including his rendition of OneRepublic's "Apologize," which has garnered more than 10 million views.

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