If you ever have an urge to learn how to play the piano, Ion may have just made it a whole lot easier with the Piano Apprentice accessory and companion app. Ion in case you forgot, is the company that brought the awesome iCade cabinet to market. It has now released another addition to its growing portfolio of iOS accessories.

Simply connect your iPad, iPod or iPhone, download the free Piano Apprentice app, and start playing piano instantly! Piano Apprentice is a lightweight, highly portable 25-note keyboard with built-in stereo speakers that deliver authentic piano sound and keys that respond to your touch. It's easy to follow along as acclaimed piano instructor Scott Houston, aka the Piano Guy, appears on the screen demonstrating how to play while the actual keys on Piano Apprentice light up, showing you where to place your hands. The Piano Apprentice app will even teach you how to read real music notation!


  • 25-note lighted keyboard with touch-sensitive keys
  • Follow the lighted keys and learn how to play piano quickly
  • Free piano teaching app available via iTunes
  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Powered by batteries (included) or optional AC adapter
  • Everything you need to learn and practice piano
  • Core MIDI Compliant

The cost of the Piano Apprentice is thought to be around the $100 mark. It is compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch. For the best learning experience, the iPad seems to be the best fit. I can see myself getting something like this as I always wanted to learn the piano. With an app and accessory like this, you can learn in your own time; which makes it much easier to fit it into a busy schedule.

[Ion Audio]