Hong Kong Music technology pioneers launches world’s first examiner app

A Music technology and artificial intelligence company has launched the world’s first patented AI music examiner app called Playnote. 

CEO and Founder, Eric Yung, used the skills that he had gained from his Electronics Engineering degree and his knowledge of music to curate his revolutionary apps. Upon listening to a student playing scales, Playnote’s AI ‘music examiner’ allocates scores and provides full written comments on a replica examination-marking sheet in real time just as a human examiner would do.  The version of Scalebook launching at Music Education Expo supports the playing of scales on violin, and will be followed by a second version compatible with many other musical instruments including trumpet, flute and clarinet this Spring.

Other than mock examinations, the Scalebook app also offers a practice module which allows students to rehearse various scales utilising add-on tools such as metronome where speed can be pre-set by users, demonstration pieces and auto recording for multiple replay of practices or performances. The AI music examiner also automatically analyses the user’s performance and points out any issues with intonation, rhythm, speed or tone.

All users’ practice and examination data is stored and tracked by cloud server powered by another Playnote app, Playnote Organizer. This means that detailed reports analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the Scalebook user can be provided to both student and teacher, giving teachers a clear record of how much time students have spent practicing between lessons.

Eric Yung comments, “With our AI apps we have found a way to harness learning technology with music to help students improve their musical learning and development, helping them to pass and excel in their music exams.”   

“Our AI robot music examiner provides immediate feedback to music students, and the app enables them to take mock examinations unlimited times before the real examination”, says Yung. “This revolutionary technology complements music lessons and enables teachers to better prepare for the music lessons they give,” he continues.

Further to the launch of the company’s flagship product, Auralbook for ABRSM in 2012, which is now available in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, this new way of learning music is really taking hold with 300,000 downloads of the app worldwide, including 120,000 in the UK.

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