May 4, 2016

About Us

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What is Music Ecademy?

Music Ecademy is a web application to help students learn music theory and aural skills. The application teaches through a variety of interactive lessons, quizzes and games. Our courses include gamification with levels, badges, games, quizzes, class and global leaderboards.

Our mission here at Music Ecademy is to make learning music theory fun for students so that they can get the most out of their education.

Music Ecademy is part of Ecademy Ltd. an E-Learning company based in New Zealand.


Our Story

Music Ecademy was started by our Director Jaroslav Novak, a pianist, composer and music teacher from New Zealand.

Jaroslav found it hard to engage his own students with music theory as they found it boring compared to practical music. Students would often come to class with their homework incomplete, not being able to find the time or motivation to do it. He often didn’t have time to teach theory and practical music within class time, and on top of this there was the problem of finding, organising, and marking all of the written material. (marking, urgh!)

These problems have been echoed by many other teachers, so from that Music Ecademy was born! Music Ecademy offers a new way to engage students with music theory, making it more interactive and fun with badges, leaderboards and levels. Self marked, self directed and with teachers accounts to track progress Music Ecademy makes teachers lives easier, and students happier!

Music theory and aural training is often neglected, but it is so important in order to advance as musicians and it is necessary to pass exams. We also happen to think it is super interesting!

We are a company passionate about music education! We live music every day, and want to inspire more children (and adults!) to appreciate and practice music.

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Jaroslav Novak – Musical Director



Jaroslav is a pianist, composer and music teacher from Dunedin, New Zealand.

Jaroslav started learning piano at age 13 and within three years had passed all of the grades in music theory and piano. He was then accepted to the University of Otago Music Performance Programme on a scholarship. During his time at Otago he won prizes in both piano and conducting.

Jaroslav continued his education with a Masters degree in Business specialising in Entrepreneurship. He developed a keen interest in innovative technology and its application and his master’s thesis was on the application of E-Learning and online software.

Jaroslav has performed as a pianist in New Zealand, Australia and Europe, had a recording broadcast on New Zealand National Radio, released a CD, and represented Otago at the New Zealand Young Performers of The Year Competition.

For more information on Jaroslav visit his website at


Questions for Jaroslav?

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Helen Jones – Director of Education

Helen is an English language teacher and clarinetist from the UK. She has taught in multiple countries where she has used technology extensively in the classroom to great effect.

She is a passionate teacher who enjoys finding innovative ways to teach and wants to make learning fun for students. She is particularly interested in the use of technology in education and how it can enhance student’s learning.


Questions for Helen?

Please email

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