Yuval Kaminka couldn’t manage to learn violin as a kid, despite his mother’s efforts. As an adult, he signed up for saxophone lessons himself, but still couldn’t stay the course. And so he built a game to make it easier. Or as he says it: “I wanted to make practice not suck.”
With a $5 million investment from Aleph Capital Partners and Formation 8, the JoyTunes suite of music game apps will become free for teachers and students (it currently charges for a variety of in-app purchases). The apps, like Piano Maestro, recognize notes a student plays and give feedback. They’re already used in 35,000 classrooms around the world and have 3.5 million downloads.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.