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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 +

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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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Music App Review PianoTrainerHD

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts | 11 comments

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

Music Ed App Piano Sight Reading HD

Piano Sight Reading HD - James Porter

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

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

 

 

 

Educational Value: Superior

Music Education App Rating 5 notes

 

 

 

Price: $1.99

Recommended: 5 years and up 

Skills Developed: Finding the notes from the staff on the piano keyboard quickly and efficiently.

App Tested on iPad (only available on iPad)

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app:  This app takes the skill of finding the correct keys on the piano to a whole new level.  The notes travel along the staff at the speed you indicate (lento, presto, etc).  Your job is to tap the correct key before the note reaches the double bar line.  It makes you concentrate really hard!

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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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The House on Melody Street Music Ed App Book

Posted by in age 2-3, age 4-7, age 7-10, Exploration, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Review Posts, Violin/Strings | 0 comments

This review is for: The House on Melody Street

 

Melody Street Music Ed App

Melody Street HD - Melody Street LLC

Melody Street - Melody Street LLC

 

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

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

Educational Value: Excellent

Musicians With Apps Music Education Rating

Price: $0.99

Age Recommended: 2 – 9

Skills Developed:  Interactive book introducing orchestra instruments and their sounds

App Tested on iPad 

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app:  As a music teacher of some young ones, I find these interactive books really great for group class.  The music presented in this app is high quality and the kid narrator is quite excellent.  What a great example for our youngsters!  These characters are the same ones in the really great app review I did a few weeks ago on Mozart Interactive.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should.  The graphics are the best I have ever seen for an app so far!

As you flip through the book you see different music characters introduced one at a time, but they all live in the same house and play in a different key – soooo, you can tell the other chapters are going to be fun to see how it all works out.

 

Our Wish List:  “The House on Melody Street” includes chapter 1 only with notice that the other chapters are coming soon.  I wonder what “soon” means…

My Love: The musical score for this app is really very high quality.  The developing team behind this app really knows their music.  All characters are played by real instruments and that makes my heart sing!

Summary: All-in-all we think this app about the House on Melody Street is pretty neat.  I love music and reading to my children, and if you do too then you’ll for sure enjoy it also.

 

Purchase Melody Street on iTunes for iPad for: $0.99 Melody Street HD - Melody Street LLC

Purchase Melody Street on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for: $0.99 Melody Street - Melody Street LLC

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

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Inversion Invasion

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

This review is for: Inversion Invasion

 

Music Ed Inversion InvasionKid/Student Ratings: **** 4/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: *** 4/5

Inversion Invasion - Jambots FREE

 

Educational Value: Excellent

 

 

Music Ed App Rating 4 notesPrice: $Free (with ads)

Age Recommended: 5 – 13

Skills Developed:  Piano chords: Major Triads, Minor, Sus, 7ths, and inversions of all.

App Tested on iPad (designed for iPad only)

 

Good Stuff about this app: This app was designed for young game enthusiasts who are learning to play the piano.  Teachers who require that students learn their chords will flip for this game.  First, it sucks you in with astronaut talk and then a mechanical voice states that you are going to have an “inversion invasion”.  The idea is then to play the correct chords on the keyboard (on the iPad).  Each piano key hit triggers a ray gun and blasts the alien who is in its path.

How much fun is that?  Pretty darn, if you ask me.

I had 2 younger boys play this game as testers.  They were sucked in immediately.

The good thing is that you don’t really have to have your chords and inversions memorized before playing this game.  It teaches you just by repetition of the game.

 

 

 

Our Wish List:  I watched the kids play though mission 8 and started wondering why there wasn’t a feature that would give more points to those who could identify the chord correctly before the aliens showed them the keys.  It seems that there was no motivation to think of it on their own because the aliens would pop on and reveal the answer.

 

My Love:  I love an app that will get a 10 year old boy to practice his chords and their inversions for a half of an hour without getting bored.  Nuf said.  :)

 

Summary:  All-in-all we feel that this app is really quite cool and targets an audience of learners who are attracted to games like this.  Chords and their inversion can be a difficult skill to master quickly, but that seems to be no problem after using this app for a week or two.

 

Purchase Inversion Invasion on iTunes for iPad for:  $FREE Inversion Invasion - Jambots

 

Have you already downloaded and used this app?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought.  -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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Music Theory for Beginners

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Instruments, Kids, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts, Rhythm | 0 comments

This review is for:  Music Theory for Beginners

Music Theory 

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

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 5/5

 

Educational Value: Superior

Price: $2.99

Age Recommended: (good readers) 5 to adult

Skills Developed:  All music theory related to how it is presented on the piano

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app:  Well, I have been waiting to find an app that has all the nitty-gritty music theory for students really studying music.  I found it!

Music Theory for Beginners is a HUGE app.  I can’t believe all of the skills involved.  It truly is amazing.  I was speechless the first time I opened it.

I wonder if theory workbooks will go out of “style”?  After seeing this app, the answer is “YES”.    The day has come for all to move over to the app world for many interactive education needs.

A knowledgeable owl guides you through the lessons and lets you know when you either chose a right or wrong answer.  My favorite is when he whistles at you to hussle.  :)

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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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Maximus Musicus

Posted by in age 2-3, age 4-7, age 7-10, Exploration, Instruments, Percussion, Piano, Review Posts, Violin/Strings | 0 comments

App Name: Music Maximus

Kid Tester Ratings: ***** 4/5

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

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Educational Value: Superior

Price: $0.99

Age Recommended: 1 and up

Skills Developed: music exploration, music appreciation, repetition skills, instrument identification, symphony orchestra introductions

App Tested on iPad/iPhone

 

Good Stuff about this app:  How charming!  This app is absolutely adorable.  Maximus the mouse guides you into a wonderful world of orchestral music (performed by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra).  In this app, there are several different areas to be explored including playing games with instruments such as a harp, xylophone, and piano.  This app really is very appropriate for several different ages.  I envision many parents using this as story time for their youngest ones (age 2-5).  I also can see how much value this app would have in a school environment when exploring orchestral music.  There are so many neat little tid-bits of information inside this app.  I even learned that Pandora’s Box wasn’t really a box at all!

This app is designed for opening a world of orchestral music through mini-games within.  There are board puzzles (with fabulous symphony orchestra music playing in the background), imitation game-play on different instruments, and more.  One of the fun little games within is “Maxi’s Dream”, where Maximus is riding on a mallet (for percussion).  He is dreaming of cheese and has to fly over the yellow cheese wedges.  If he accidentally gets the green cheese, it says he has a tummy ache.  The youngest ones really thought this was fun!

 

My wish list: Knowing that this game was made by real musicians, I expected all of the instrument sounds within this app to be real instruments.  That is not the case in the game of “Mystery Box” where you must listen to the instrument being played and then pick the correct one.  Honestly, the kids I tested this with couldn’t tell the difference between some of them since it only sounds like the octave is different (computer generated tones).  Hmmm… is this a possible future upgrade?  Because it would be a top of the list app if so.

My Love: The wonderful artwork in the app coincides with the picture books available by these same developers.  The fact that they have dedicated their musical careers towards children and symphony music education makes me stand and applaud!

Summary: All-in-all we think this app is precious and really very good.  Elementary Ed teachers would be in heaven if they could use this during their orchestra units.  I think it’s the perfect bed time story for young ones as well.  Speaking of stories, apparently Maximus has more books out all encouraging symphony orchestra skills and appreciation.

 

To purchase Maximus Music on iTunes for iPad/iPhone for: $0.99 Maximus Musicus - Fancy Pants Global

 

Have you already downloaded and used Maximus Music?  If so, leave us a comment and let us know what you thought.  Thanks – Rebecca

 

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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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Piano Monkey

Posted by in age 2-3, age 4-7, Kids, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts | 0 comments

App Name:  Piano Monkey

PianoMonkey125Kid/Teen Testers Ratings: ****  4/5

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

Educational Value:  Excellent

 Fun Factor: low MEDIUM high

Price:  $.99

Recommended Ages:  4 and up

Skills Developed: Note Names

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

 

Good stuff about this app:

As if the fun “popping” sound isn’t enough, the smiling monkey will attract the kids who are learning their notes.  This app has all the flash card goodness in a fun atmosphere.  Learners are able to choose which clef they would like to work on; treble clef, bass clef, or

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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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