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JoyTunes, an Israeli-US mobile gaming startup that has hopes to become the ‘Rosetta Stone of music education’, has secured $1.5 million in seed funding from Genesis Partners, former Steinway CEO Dana Messina, Founder Collective, Kaedan Capital, Eran Shir (head of Yahoo’s Creative Innovation center), Joe Lonsdale (co-founder of Palantir Technologies), Zohar Gilon and other angel investors.
The company is also announcing the recent debut of its new piano practice app for iOS, dubbed Piano Mania, after seeing more than decent success with its first piano playing app, Piano Dust Buster.
Founded in 2010, JoyTunes aims to change the way people practice piano playing, transforming musical skills into engaging games that are activated by real instruments.
The music ed-tech startup’s first piano app, Piano Dust Buster, recently hit a milestone of 25 million songs played to date, with 1 million songs currently played every week. The app basically encourages kids and adults to discover (or rediscover) their love for music and the piano.
We don’t usually mention this in our coverage, but it’s worth noting this time that JoyTunes has won some prestigious awards (from the United Nations’ World Summit Awards to EMI’s Innovation Challenge Award).
If you’re looking to learn (or re-learn) how to play the piano, JoyTunes is probably one of the best places to get started. If it’s good enough for Steinway’s former chief honcho, it’s probably good enough for you, too.
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