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NoteWorks Note Reading Game

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Flute, Guitar, Note Reading Apps, Percussion, Piano, Review Posts, Violin/Strings, Voice | 3 comments

This music education app review is for: NoteWorks

NoteWorks Music Note Reading App

 

NoteWorks - Azati Corporation  only available for iPad at the time of this review.

  Kid/Student Ratings: ****4/5

  Teacher/Parent Ratings: *****5/5

 

Educational Value: Excellent +

4.5notes

Price: $4.99

Recommended: 5 – 11  years (and older players who want to have some fun)

Skills Developed: Note Reading, Note Reading, Note Reading ALL Clefs!!

 

App Tested on iPad (available for both iPhone and iPad)

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app:  First off, might I say that one can never have enough “learn-your-notes” apps.  Seriously.  This is just another really, really great one.

Players begin by creating their own profile which allows them to decide if they want to play in ABC, Do Re Mi, or keyboard mode.  Then (this is the most awesome part) they get to choose which clef; treble, alto, grand, tenor, bass.  You have to admit that’s pretty fancy!  Finally, something for the violas, saxophones and trombone (etc) learners.  Way to go, developers!

Thee cutest little munchy creature bops out on the screen to get ready to swallow the notes players identify correctly as they come from the note-making factory- scrolling across the screen at a speed YOU get to designate.  I am a fan of great sound-effects, and it seems as if there are a bunch of them in this app.  Crunch, Munch.  :)

 

 

 

 

  Our Wish List:  The developers contacted me and let me know that a new version with a bigger keyboard would be in the next update- which is a good thing because within about 30 seconds of playing this app, my first tester came to me and said, “They need to make these keys bigger – my fingers are too fat.”  SO glad to know that these developers are right on top of their game and excited to make this app usable and fun (not to mention notably educational).  Also, some other feedback I received was that the kids wished there was some sort of indication that they were moving on to a new level.  They were expecting some excitement after passing each screen.

 

My Love:  I want to spread the word to the whole wide world that a FUN app with the alto and tenor clefs is here (not to mention the other clefs).  Can you hear me singing “Come-And-Get-It!”   Love, Love Love.

 

Summary:  All-in-all we feel you should throw away your flash cards… especially if you are a music teacher.  Kids will try harder, last longer, and learn more playing this app.  Get. It. For. Your. Teaching. Studios. Now.

 

Purchase NoteWorks on iTunes now for iPad for: $4.99 NoteWorks - Azati Corporation

 

 

Have you already downloaded and used this app?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought!  Thanks – Rebecca

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Music App Review Here It, Note It

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 7-10, Composition, Flute, Guitar, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts, Rhythm, Violin/Strings, Voice | 8 comments

This music education app review is for:  Piano Sight Reading HD

Hear It, Note It

Hear It, Note It! - The Aural iQ Game - Appatta Ltd.
Hear It, Note It! - The Aural iQ Game - Appatta Ltd.
Kid/Student Ratings: ***3/5

Teacher/Parent Ratings: ****4/5

 

 

 

Educational Value: Excellent +

Musicians With Apps Music Education Rating 4

 

 

 

Price: $1.99

Recommended: 7 years and up 

Skills Developed: Dictation.  Be able to place correct notes with counting on staff after hearing the sequence first.

App Tested on iPad (available for both iPhone and iPad)

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app:  I was so happy to hear of this app!  I don’t believe there is anything else like it out there.  If any of you have ever had to take a dictation class, you’ll love to know that practicing identifying the correct notes with the correct counting has now been made mobile, and in fun form!

In this app you get to listen to the piano play a given sequence of notes.  Then, your job is to place the correct notes on the staff WITH the correct counting.  When you think you have it right, tap the play button and you’ll get to find out if your musical IQ has increased or decreased.  It’s really pretty great.

The students I tested this app with ranged in age from 7 through 20.  I’ll be honest, the 7 years olds weren’t thrilled to play for very long, but the older they were the more they were determined to get their IQ higher and higher.

Dictation class in college can be kind of daunting for many students.  I’d say this app is a great solution and confidence booster.  Play it all month and watch your scores soar!

 

 

Our Wish List:  I’m not really familiar with IQ numbers so I didn’t know what number I was shooting for while playing this app.  It made it hard for me to be motivated to hit a certain number.  While this app is really great, it’s a little dry.  We felt there needed to be more visual or aural notice that you had completed a round successfully or not.  The younger kids especially could not discern if they had truly achieved a right or wrong answer even though you can watch the number change.  We think with a little more noise the student rating would have been much higher.

 

My Love:  We really liked how much exposure and control this app gives a player when placing their note on the staff.  You get to tap it and it will change from a quarter note to any other type of note you choose, for example.  Also, we just plain love that there is a fun way to practice notation from hearing only an aural example.  What a great app!!  What a great teaching tool!!   Good idea, developers!

 

Summary:  All-in-all we feel the skills practiced in this fun app shouldn’t be passed over.  Most learning musicians will benefit greatly from working on their musical IQ while playing Hear It, Note It!.  It really has a perfect place in the high-tech musical learning world.

 

**Note that this app was developed by the same team that created one of my all time favorite apps “My Note Games“.  It was one of my very first reviews.  Loads of updates since then.. it’s gotten even better than it was before!  LOVE IT.  See “My Note Games” review here.  And, listen to the podcast as well.  It’s kind of fun to hear the voice behind the app!  :)

 

Purchase Hear It, Note It! on iTunes now for iPad for: $1.99 Hear It, Note It! - The Aural iQ Game - Appatta Ltd.

Purchase Hear It, Note It! on iTunes now for iPhone/Pod for: $1.99 Hear It, Note It! - The Aural iQ Game - Appatta Ltd.

 

Have you already downloaded and used this app?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought!  Thanks – Rebecca

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Kasey’s Guitar Jams Play-Along Guitar Book

Posted by in age 4-7, age 7-10, Guitar, Note Reading Apps, Review Posts | 7 comments

This music education app review is for:  Kasey’s Guitar Jams Play-Along Guitar Book

Kaseys Guitar Jams Music Ed App

Kasey's Guitar Jams for Kids - Kellbell
Kasey's Guitar Jams for Kids - Kellbell

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

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

 

 

Educational Value: Superior

Music Education App Rating 5 notes

 

 

 

Price: $1.99

Recommended: 4 years and up (young guitar learners)

Skills Developed: Basic beginning guitar play-alongs with accompaniment, timing, TAB reading

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app: Wow.  Not enough great things can be said about this app.  I am thrilled to be able to show this off to all you guitar teachers of the very beginners.  The developer of this creative and fun guitar book is spot on as far as education goes.

Gone are the days of boring beginning exercises for young guitarists.  Now, in Kasey’s Guitar Jams you can “jam” out even when you only know 1 note!   It doesn’t get any better.

Besides having bright but simple graphics, this music book is full of progressive learning.  (LOVE!)  Even the youngest of learners can have an absolute blast playing songs with silly and fun lyrics to boot.

The most beginner guitar students I have here in my studio gave it quadrouple thumbs up!

 

This review is for: Kacey’s Guitar Jams for Kids

 

Our Wish List:  We know this whole music book is written for TAB learning, but we feel it would be beneficial if the actual names of the notes were included in the teaching notes somewhere.  It would be an easy way to connect the learning.

My Love:  I love the fact that the teacher/parent accompaniment is provided making these tunes duets.  The accompaniments are engaging and seriously FUN sounding.  There’s no way this app can’t be loved!

 

Summary:  All-in-all we feel that this app is spot on for education and fun.  If you have been wishing you could learn to play the guitar but want the easiest, funnest way to do it – Kasey’s Guitar Jams will do it for you, for sure.

 

Purchase Kasey’s Guitar Jams on iTunes for iPad for: $1.99 Kasey's Guitar Jams for Kids - Kellbell

Purchase Kasey’s Guitar Jams on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for: $1.99 Kasey's Guitar Jams for Kids - Kellbell

Have you already downloaded and used this app?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought!  Thanks – Rebecca

 

 

 

 

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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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Music Ed App Review for Sheet Music Direct

Posted by in Flute, FREE, Gadgets, Guitar, Piano, Review Posts, Violin/Strings, Voice | 0 comments

This review is for the music education app: Sheet Music Direct
Music Education App Sheet Music DirectKid/Student Ratings: ***** 5/5

Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

 

Educational Value: Excellent

Sheet Music Direct for iPad - Hal Leonard Corporation

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Price: $FREE

Age Recommended: All Ages of established musicians 

Skills Developed:  Music Library Organizer, Key Transposer, Practice Helper

App Tested on iPad (available only on iPad)

 

Good Stuff about this app:  Well, well my life just became easier… again.  This app is really quite revolutionary.  I know I’ve said that before, but these developers never cease to amaze me. Gigging musicians will flip for this app.

With this free app (yes, free- no ads), you gain an instant music library right

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Chord Detector

Posted by in age 10- Teen, Gadgets, Guitar, Instruments, Review Posts | 3 comments

This review is for:  Chord Detector

Chord Detector

Kid/Student Ratings: **** 4/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: *** 3/5

 

Educational Value: Excellent

 

3 and 1/2 notes

Price: $2.99

Age Recommended: All Ages of Guitar Players

Skills Developed:  A quick guide to the chords in selected tunes

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app:  My guitar playing/teaching son gave this one a test for a few days a couple of weeks ago.  This is what he said when he first opened the app:  “My life has just been changed forever.  This technology is incredible!”

And, incredible it is.  This app takes any selected tune (from your iTunes) and detects the chords that go along with the melody.  It then shows them to you in an “almost timely” manner with the fingerings and everything.  Really?  Yah.

Although musicians should understand that there are multiple chord ideas/shapes found within certain melodies, this app gives you a guide to go on.

If you are a musician/guitar player who has ever spent hours working out the chords to a favorite song, then your life will have changed a bit as well after using this app.  It’s like having your own personal guide to chord ideas within any melody.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Wish List:  Well as amazing as the technology is within this app, it’s just not really that accurate.  I’m not going to complain too much though because the you can avoid many brain cramps while working out the chords of certain tunes.

We tested it on tune after tune.  It was wrong on many of the chords used in complicated classical music, but pretty darn accurate for more simple bluegrass and blues.  It seems to be following the melody.  (even if a guitar is being played in the recording)

We will be watching the updates to see what improves because this idea is just really nifty.

 

My Love:  This app has a capo function on it!  Yeah!!  It has to be the very best feature here.  You can capo your guitar while using this function which helps you be able to use more familiar chord shapes.  Cool!

Summary:  All-in-all we really think the technology used in the making of this app is just the beginning of a bridge to new music education.  How much more simple life is becoming.  Good job developers!

 

Purchase Chord Detector in iTunes for iPad/iPhone/iPod for: $2.99 Chord Detector - Guitar Chords - Martian Storm Ltd.

Have you already downloaded and used this app?  If so, please leave us a comment and let us know what you thought.  Thanks -Rebecca

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Jazzy Day Swinging With The Big Band

Posted by in age 2-3, age 4-7, age 7-10, Exploration, Flute, Guitar, Instruments, Kids, Percussion, Piano, Review Posts | 0 comments

This review is for Jazzy Day – Swinging With The Big Band.  Melody Book.
 

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

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 5/5

 

 

Educational Value: Superior

Price: $4.99

Age Recommended: 2 – 10 years

Skills Developed: Jazz music characteristics and typical jazz instruments

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app:  I am thrilled to be able to introduce this app to you all.  Jazzy Day – Swinging With The Big Band is a fun and interactive story that will teach your child about jazz music and the instruments typically used to play jazz.  The book features sounds from REAL acoustic instruments and really great jazz music.

Two kittens and their father take you on an outing to see the Big Band play.  How cool is that!?

There are several different activities in this book, but my very favorite is

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Fret Tester

Posted by in Guitar, Instruments, Note Reading Apps, Review Posts | 0 comments

 App Name: Fret Tester

 Kid/Student Ratings: **** 4/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

 

 

Educational Value: Excellent

Price: $1.99

Age Recommended: All Guitar Learners

Skills Developed: Guitar Note Finding/Naming/Reading

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app: Okay guitar people, I’ve found a good one for you.  This app is absolutely perfect for guitar/mandolin/bass learners.  I have been super excited to show you all this one.  It’s like an interactive note finder.  I love the simplicity of the page where it simply gives you colored dots on the fret and you have to pick which note it is.  Love it!  We’re using it in our guitar studio for all ages of learners.

Another great aspect of it is that you can change from guitar to either mandolin or bass (including 5 string bass).  Yeah!  I have a son who plays 5 string bass and he always says he has no

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Rhythm Repeat

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 7-10, FREE, Guitar, Percussion, Review Posts, Rhythm | 0 comments

App Name:  Rhythm Repeat

RhythmRepeatKid/Teen Testers Ratings: ****  4/5

Mom/Teacher/Adult Ratings: **** 4/5

 

Educational Value:  Very Good

Fun Factor: low medium HIGH

Price:  $.99

Recommended Ages:  8 and up

Skills Developed: Rhythm Repetition

Reviewed on: iPad  (available for iPad, iPhone, iPod)

My 9 year old (drummer) son has kept me hopping with this one.  He is hooked.  We really liked this app this week!  It’s a simple “repeat this rhythm” game on steroids.

Good stuff about this app:

Trae and I worked on this app for more than a week now as well as some of my teen students.  There are more than 300 different melodies and rhythm patterns featured on this app.  The idea is to listen and watch as the pattern is played, and then repeat it back as

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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

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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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