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Dust Buster Music Ed App for Piano

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Favorites, FREE, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts | 0 comments

This music education app review is for:  Dust Buster


Dust Buster Music Ed App for Piano
Piano Dust Buster – Song Game - JoyTunes
Kid/Student Ratings: ***** 5/5

Teacher/Parent Ratings: *****5/5




Educational Value: Superior

Music Education App Rating 5 notes




Price: $FREE

Recommended: 4 years and up 

Skills Developed: Reading that piano music!  Identifying note names, reading staff line notation, playing songs, rhythm, hand-eye coordination, memorizing key locations on the piano.

App Tested on iPad


Good Stuff about this music ed app:  From Old McDonald to Swan Lake and Vivaldi this app has quite a range.  I’d say learning where the notes are on the keyboard is a cinch with this app.

I’ve shown this app to many parents and students over the course of the past couple of weeks and they all agree that it is muy excelente!

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Music App for Guitar Learners -Wild Chords

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Favorites, FREE, Guitar, Review Posts | 4 comments

This review is for: Wild Chords

Music App Wild Chords

WildChords - Ovelin

Kid/Student Ratings: ***** 5/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: ***** 5/5




Educational Value: Superior


Music Education App Rating 5 notes


Price: $FREE

Age Recommended: 6 and up

Skills Developed:  Beginning Guitar Skills including Chords, Notes, Reading Tablature, Playing on the Beat

App Tested on iPad  (for iPad only)


Good Stuff about this music ed app:  I’m excited to shout that I’ve found another favorite app!  This app is super fun and educational to boot.  Learning guitar players will have an enormous amount of fun playing this one.  Even if you have never touched a guitar before, you can play this game and by the time you read the end, you’ll really be on your way to having your own garage band!

You get to use your real guitar while playing this app which means you’re learning to play your real instrument.   A hip looking dude is your avatar and as you play the chords indicated, you hypnotize the wild animals into following you around.  You have to play the chords on the beat.  The farther into the game you get, the more chords you know and the more fun the songs begin to sound.

This game also teaches you how to read tablature!  Perfect!!


Listen to my podcast (04) interview with the developer of Wild Chords:

Episode 4: Guitar learning has never been so much fun!  Interview with Christoph Thur of Wild Chords.  This app received our MusiciansWithApps FAVORITE award!

Podcast 04



Our wish list:  Sometimes even the most advanced guitar player can’t make the app happy as far as it hearing your notes right on time.   Those darn birds just keep popping your balloons.  Possibly there’s a timing glitch?  Or, maybe we need to keep practicing.  :)


My Love:  I absolutely love the tablature learning portion of this app.  What an important skill!  Every guitar player needs to know how to read in TAB.  I can’t think of a more fun way to practice than to focus on keeping those birds on the telephone wires.  Seriously good idea!

Musicians With Apps FAVORITE App Award


Summary:  All-in-all we feel that guitar learners should not skip this app.  It’s fun and extremely educational.  And… it receives our FAVORITE APP AWARD for this month!  Congratulations, developers.  We love you!



Purchase Wild Chords on iTunes for iPad for: $FREE WildChords - Ovelin

Note: this app is only available for iPad.


Have you already downloaded and used this app?  Leave us a comment to let us know what you think.  Thanks.  -Rebecca


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Recorder Master

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Favorites, Flute, FREE, Instruments, Kids, Review Posts | 3 comments

This review is for Recorder Master


Recorder MasterKid/Student Ratings: **** 5/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 5/5

Recorder Master - JoyTunes FREE


Educational Value: Superior



5 notesPrice: $FREE

Age Recommended: 4-12 yrs.

Skills Developed:  How to play the recorder instrument including: ear training, fingering, breath control, timing, concentration. 

App Tested on iPad


Favorite App AwardGood Stuff about this app:  I have been bursting at the seams with excitement over this app.  I couldn’t wait to share it with my readers.   Before I go any further let me just let you know that I don’t think any more fun can be had learning to play the recorder.

I used 5 different kids to test this one and they all begged to not have to stop playing the game.  Ha, they didn’t even realize the great skills they were learning!

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Pluto Piano

Posted by in age 4-7, age 7-10, Favorites, FREE, Instruments, Kids, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts | 3 comments

App Name:  Pluto Piano (Pluto Learns Piano)

Kid Tester Ratings: ***** 5/5

Teacher/Parent Ratings: ***** 5/5

Educational Value: Superior


Price $FREE

Recommended Ages: 4 and up

Skills Developed: Note Reading, Song Recognition/Repetition, Music Enthusiasm, Timing, Pitch 

App tested on: iPad


Good stuff about this app:  I’m not sure if I can say enough about this app.  It is absolutely amazing!  If you haven’t downloaded it yet,

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My Note Games

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Favorites, Flute, FREE, Guitar, Kids, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts, Violin/Strings, Voice | 6 comments


App Name:  My Note Games


Kid Testers Ratings: ****  4/5

Mom/Teacher Ratings: ***** 5/5


Educational Value:  Superior

Price:  ($FREE introductory) or $5.99 (bundle)

Recommended Ages:  All (even though it is designed for kids, I used it for pitch training for myself with my voice, and found it challenging and really pretty darn fun).

Skills Developed: Note Reading

Reviewed on: iPad/iPhone  (available for both)

I have had several students, my own children, and myself test this app over the course of 2 weeks.  And, the consensus is…..(drumroll)… we LOVE it!

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