March 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

SXSW: Meludia Makes Music Simple, Beautiful, and Easy To Learn

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Playing music is fun — learning music theory, decidedly less so.

To help people learn music theory concepts in a fun, pleasing way, Meludia offers a beautifully-designed series of little gamified classes, beginning with the ability to determine whether a melodic sequence is rising or falling, before proceeding to more complex stuff.

“I’ll start with a global problem few people know about,” replied Meludia CFO and co-founder Paul-Arthur Patarin, a native French speaker, when asked to explain the app. “It’s that 85 percent of children worldwide drop music before they are the age of 15. It’s a huge problem, and we address it with at Meludia with a game that helps everybody to learn music without theory, and no instruments — just working your ear.”

The Meludia game, offers eight levels at beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert levels, each of which have to be unlocked — no skipping ahead. It’s free to play on a limited basis (access to only a quarter of the lessons).

The goal, he said, is “to help with every style of music, every instrument, every dimension of music — melody, harmony, rhythm — and all the time fun, just challenging enough, never too hard, never too easy.”

After playing around with Meludia on the show floor and the later, while writing this article, we agree. Plus, it looks great: