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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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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!

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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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Blob Chorus Music Education App Review

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

This review is for: Blob Chorus

Blob Chorus Music Education App
Blob Chorus Ear Training - Lumpty Learning
Blob Chorus Ear Training - Lumpty Learning
Kid/Student Ratings: **** 4/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

 

 

Educational Value: Excellent

 

Musicians With Apps Music Education Rating

Price: $FREE 

Age Recommended: 5 and up

Skills Developed:  Ear Training, Recognizing Specific Pitches

App Tested on iPad 

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app:  The giggling begins right as you open this app, it’s really funny!  The blob chorus treats you to a quick rendition of their “Blob” song and then when you go to use the resource (play the game) they separate.  The idea is that you listen very carefully to the pitches the Blobs sing and then the King Blob sings one of those same pitches.  You have to tap on the correct Blob to win points.

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Music Ed App Review Monkey Drum

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

This review is for: Monkey Drum FREE  (There is also a deluxe version of this app)

Music Ed App Monkey Drum

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

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

 

Monkey Drum - Flippfly, LLC FREE iPhone

Monkey Drum - Flippfly, LLC FREE iPad

 

Music Education App Rating

Educational Value: Excellent

 

 

Price: $Free 

Age Recommended: 4 – 12

Skills Developed:  Rhythm exploration, percussion instrument exploration, rhythm repeat, percussion song composition

App Tested on iPad 

 

Good Stuff about this app:  I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about this app at first.  I am always analyzing for educational content. But I’ll tell you that after watching my son and a couple of cousins return to it over and over for fun and creativity, it has won me over.   And, I love that it is FREE.  (no ads)

The idea is that you “jam” on real sounding percussion instruments and little jungle animals copy your rhythm exactly back to you.  The animals have funny reactions as you are allowed to feed them bananas to reward them.  It really is pretty cute.  The young boys seem to really enjoy these reactions.

The best part of the app is the composition section where you create songs using a vertical grid.  You can then save your songs and watch the animals perform them for you.  It’s really pretty darn fun.

I have a 10 year old drummer in the house and he can’t keep his hands off this app lately.

 

Our Wish List:  The composition area of the app seemed hard to navigate at first.  It was unclear what to do or how to save the songs created.  The kids also didn’t understand that you could make several sections to each song, but after playing with it for a while (and clicking the help button), we got it figured out.

My Love:  I really love the composition page of this app.  It’s great that you can earn/unlock more instrument the more you play.  There is a tempo control, and it appears that your compositions can have endless sections to them.  The kids have really had a hay day with it!

Summary:  All-in-all we think percussion enthusiasts will get a bang out of this app!  It’s a really great way to use creativity and rhythm and wrap it into a whole lot of fun.  Can I say “I Love FREE educational apps” ?

 

Purchase Monkey Drum on iTunes for iPad for:  $FREE

Purchase Monkey Drum on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for:  $FREE

Have you already downloaded and used this app?  Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.  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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App for Music Education Mozart Interactive

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

This review is for:  Mozart Interactive

 

Music Ed App Mozart Interactive
Kid/Student Ratings: ***** 5/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

 

Mozart Interactive - Melody Street LLC FREE

 

 

Educational Value: Excellent

 

 

Price: $ Free

Age Recommended: 2 – 12 years

Skills Developed:  Listening Repetition and Interaction

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app:  Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca has never been so much fun!  This tune has been running around our home for the past week now.  The kids are playing it on all instruments since we have heard it so much.  The visual technology of this app really gives it an edge.  I felt like I was watching a new pixar movie!  It really is very engaging.

The cutest 10 year old is the host of the event.  He gives an outstanding performance on the piano while other animated “human-like” instruments wish to join

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Happy Friday! Dr. Seuss Band is now FREE

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Exploration, FREE, Kids, Review Posts | 1 comment

Happy Friday everyone!


The Dr. Seuss musical instrument game app for iPad/Pod/Phone is now FREE on the app store.  I hope you will spread the news and have the opportunity to check it out for yourself if you haven’t already.

Here is a link to my review.  Maybe you will remember that this game was played like crazy here during the holidays.

Dr. Seuss Band

 

-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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Do Re Memory

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 2-3, age 4-7, age 7-10, Kids, Note Reading Apps, Review Posts | 3 comments

This review is for:  Do Re Memory

 

Music Ed App DoReMemoryKid/Student Ratings: *** 3/5

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5

 

Educational Value: Excellent

 

3 and 1/2 notes

Price: $0.99

Age Recommended: All Ages 

Skills Developed:  Treble and Bass Clef Note Reading in either ABCDEFG or do re mi

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app:  If you are not into all the “fluff” with music education apps, then this is the app for you.  It gets right to the point.  Do you know your notes or not?

Players are asked to tap the proper spot on the staff (in either treble or bass clef) to show they know where the note is.  The notes then pop up in a bright golden ring and you get either a green check mark (meaning Correct) or a red X (meaning incorrect).

It’s very easy to use and a really great tool for learning those notes.

There is a little pop-up page you can use to help yourself remember the order of the notes using the old tips: FACE and Every Good Boy Does Fine, etc.

-OR- You can tap the page to change it all over to Solfege (do re mi).  This is super handy!

Music Ed App DoReMemory3

Music Ed App DoReMemory2

Music Ed App DoReMemory1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Wish List:  Maybe this app was intended only for piano students, but it is confusing for students of other instruments to figure out what notes “High G”, etc are.  There are no octaves designated here so the word “High” or “Low” could mean anything to different instrumentalists.  I wonder how this could be better accommodated?  Think Think..

My Love:  I love how easy it is to use.  I can hand my iPad to a student who is on the waiting bench and they can get through about 100 notes or more in just the couple of minutes they have to wait for their lesson to begin.  It’s a super no-nonsense tool for getting those notes down.

*Hint for music teachers: I always keep a pair of earphones with my device so the students can practice in private while they wait.

Summary:  All-in-all we think this app is very sensible and to the point.  I know of many workbooks trying to achieve the same skill of memorizing the notes on the staff who can’t do as good of a job as this app.  The student gets instant feedback, and you can plow through hundreds of notes in no time!  Worth every bit of its $0.99, if you ask me.

 

Purchase DoReMemory on iTunes for iPad for: $0.99 DoReMemory - Stacey Jett

Purchase DoReMemory on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for: $0.99 DoReMemory - Stacey Jett

Have you already purchased and used DoReMemory?  Please leave us a comment and let us know what you thought.  Thanks!  -Rebecca

 

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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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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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Sound Recall

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

 App Name: Sound Recall

 

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

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: ***** 4/5

 

 

Educational Value: Excellent

Price: $0.99

Age Recommended: 4 and up

Skills Developed: Memory, Pitch Sequence,

App Tested on iPad

 

Good Stuff about this app: This was one of the first apps I tested on some of my youngest students.  They really were enamored with this game.  The idea is that you watch and memorize a growing sequence of pitches being played.  Your job is to repeat what you hear and see.

What makes this different from a Simon Says game? It’s actually put in pitch order.  There are 5 colored shapes at the bottom of the screen that light up when a certain pitch is played.  The cute little firefly listens to you repeat it.  If you are correct the pitch is played again with

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Seuss Band

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 4-7, age 7-10, Exploration, Kids, Review Posts | 0 comments

 

App Name:  Seuss Band

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

Teacher/Parent Ratings: ***** 5/5

Educational Value: Superior

Price $.99

Recommended Ages: 4 and up

Skills Developed: Music Enthusiasm, Timing, Pitch

App tested on: iPad

Good stuff about this app:  Oh Ho! It’s RockBand/Guitar Hero for Dr. Seuss Lovers!  When I first opened this app I was immediately drawn in by the bright colors and fun shapes.  The Dr. Seuss voices are so fun, but honestly my favorite thing are the bouncing

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Young Music Genius -Classical Wiz

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

youngmusicgenius

App Name: Young Music Genius -Classical Wiz 

Kid/Teen Testers Ratings: *****  4/5

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

Educational Value:  Superior

 4.5notesFun Factor: low MEDIUM high

Price:  $FREE

Recommended Ages:  3 and up

Skills Developed: Classical Music, Composers and Instrument Recognition

Reviewed on: iPad  (available for iPad )

 

Good stuff about this app: Where to start?  I can’t believe this app is FREE.  It’s really quite neato.  First good thing is that right when you open the app you are immediately greeted by the London Philharmonic performing Mozart right to you!  (Marriage of Figaro)

I know this app appears to be geared towards a younger crowd, but where was this when I was in

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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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Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer

Posted by in age 10- Teen, age 7-10, Percussion, Review Posts, Rhythm | 1 comment

App Name:  Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer

 

Student Testers Ratings: ****  4/5

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

 

 

Educational Value:  Superior

Price:  $2.99

Recommended Ages:  7+ to adult

Skills Developed: Rhythm Reading

Reviewed on: iPad/iPhone  (available for both)

I have been using this app myself as well as had four different music students of varying level test this app.  And, the consensus is…..(drumroll)… we really like it!

Good Stuff about this app:

Okay, technology is really cool and the maker of this app has really found a good use for it within the music education world.  The metronome is spot on and your job is to tap the rhythms you see to the beat.  The app detects how close you were to being on and gives you a score at the end of the exercise.  It is really easy to change the tempo by just sliding the metal bar up and down on the classical metronome.  You can change the tones of the drum you tap and it even has the ability to change for those who are left-handed !  Wow.  Maybe this app developer has thought of everything.

I thought the ear-training feature on this app was really cool…. and really kind of advanced if you want it to be.  I obviously could use it more often.  My scores weren’t so good at first.  You just listen to the rhythm being played and then “tap” “tap” yourself and see what score you get.  It gets very advanced once you notch the rhythm up.

When used in practice mode, users can just tap tap until they have it all ready to test.  Then, you simply start the metronome to take a test.  After the test, colored notes show up to show you where exactly you tapped.  It’s kind of unnerving for professional musicians to find out they aren’t always exactly on.  Practice, practice.  Then (a super-nifty feature) you touch the envelope provided and you can email your test to your teacher.  Seriously?  How cool is that.  They receive a graphic of what you did.

 

My LOVE:  Brains of today crave instant feedback and a do-it-yourself possibility.  This app has all of that.  No more need for a hovering instructor waiting to poke in when you’ve made a mistake.  This app politely lets you know by your score and a color-coded graphic of where your notes are.

Our Wish List:  The striving teenagers and adults have been really liking it.  I know rhythms can be exciting, but this app just doesn’t seem to leave the younger crowd craving more.    It could improve this by offering levels or something that drives you to either go faster, repeat more, or just try to make it to the next page of 3/4 times.  Think, think.  It is a very good tool for sight reading, the littler sized peops didn’t want to keep playing it on their own,  I can assign it as a teacher/parent and they’ll gladly do it though.

Summary:  This app is absolutely AWESOME for learning how to sight read rhythms.  I wish all of my students/children would spend 10 minutes a day on it.  Good Job RolfsApps!

 

Buy Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer on itunes for $2.99 Now:   

iPad: Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer - Rolfs Apps
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Have you already downloaded this app and used it?  Leave your comments here and tell us what you thought of it.  Thanks!    -Rebecca

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