This music education app review is for: Piano Sight Reading HD
Kid/Student Ratings: ***3/5
Teacher/Parent Ratings: ****4/5
Educational Value: Excellent +
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
Purchase Hear It, Note It! on iTunes now for iPhone/Pod for: $1.99
Have you already downloaded and used this app? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought! Thanks – Rebecca
This review is for: Monkey Drum FREE (There is also a deluxe version of this app)
Kid/Student Ratings: **** 5/5
Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 4/5
Educational Value: Excellent
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
App Name: GlowTunes
Kid Tester Ratings: ***** 5/5
Teacher/Parent Ratings: *** 3/5
Educational Value: Very Good
Recommended Ages: 10 and under
Skills Developed: Music Exploration and Composition
App tested on: iPad/iPhone (available on Android Market also)
Good Stuff About This App: This app is quite a fun novelty. You get to light up little colored squares or circles (each one is assigned a pitch) on a grid. Then push play, and … voila- Music happens! It’s like colorful palette of pitches. I said “good-bye” to my iPad one night when I allowed a 7 year old