Breaking news! JoyTunes just announced they are now offering the app Piano Maestro at no cost for teachers and students. This exciting app works with your acoustic piano to help students learn more quickly and become better students. Check out their blog announcement here.
Ack - the dreaded metronome! Your teacher is sure to suggest you use one. Actually, I'm not sure if anyone REALLY likes playing with a tick tick tick tick in the foreground. However, the metronome is uber-helpful, as it forces you to play in time accurately (that is, if you obey the metronome). Our ear is very forgiving when we practice. We mess up a tad in this measure, and we overlook it. Our tempo isn't steady throughout the WHOLE piece, and everyone can hear the problem ... except us. Obeying the metronome during practice will ensure perfect, even rhythm and tempo, resulting in fluid playing. Only when we discipline ourselves to this sort of practice, will our music be truly free when we take away the tick of the metronome.
Check out the following for free online metronomes