We strive to provide engaging, high-quality, and easy-to-use learning technology for music students of all levels. We believe that the role of the teacher is crucial to student success and that no technology can ever replace them. We develop content that allows teachers to focus on deeper-level problems in the too little and too valuable face-to-face time they have with their students.
Picardy is focused on the premise that developing musicianship — which includes music theory, aural skills/ear-training, and sight-singing — is a crucial part in the education of a music student, but that the current available resources are low in quality, not comprehensive enough, lacked other components, or all of the above.
We are teachers, composers, theorists, and musicians. We earned masters and doctoral degrees in music theory and composition and have years of experience teaching young beginners through college music majors. We are passionate about education and are committed to fulfilling and surpassing the wants and needs of teachers and students.
We introduce content in smaller, manageable chunks, with an emphasis on carefully sequenced repetition. We employ very basic game elements to help promote a greater level of interest and engagement. We increase difficulty level in smaller increments, allowing for more long term interactivity and practice without becoming overwhelming.
Effective learning technology not only begins with great content and pedagogy, but an easy-to-use interface. We keep things clean and simple and only use good quality sound samples or better. Never General MIDI.
Are you on a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone or all of these? Picardy runs right in your favorite browser, so you can use it anywhere, anytime, and on multiple devices, as long as you have an internet connection.
Students and teachers can also keep track of progress made in Picardy. Not only what you’ve completed, but the number of attempts, how it compares with the rest of your class, or if you succeeded with a perfect mark.
What's in a Name?
Picardy is a noun. It's a region in France (Picardie) and a major chord in the final harmony of a piece of music in the minor mode, created by raising the third of the chord by a half-step. Also called tierce de Picardie. It was a common practice to end a piece of music on a major chord, despite the rest of the music being in minor.