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Music Ed App Review for Sheet Music Direct

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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


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

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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.

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Cleartune Tuner

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 App Name: Cleartune  (Tuner)


 Teacher/Parent Ratings: ***** 5/5




Educational Value: Superior

Price: $2.99

Age Recommended: All Musicians

Skills Developed: Intonation

App Tested on iPad/iPhone


Good Stuff about this app: Cleartune is my absolute favorite tuner!  I have 3 different ones on my iPad.  The dial on it doesn’t go wiggling out of control like some of the other ones I have.  It apparently has a really strong input for sound because it can hear you even if there is some other noise in the room.  Funny thing I noticed at my last studio recital- my accompanist was using her iPhone on the piano as the students lined up to tune.  COOL.

I really like that there are options on this app for changing

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App Name: Recorder

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

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


(I couldn’t get the correct icon for this app – it’s blue with an upright mic on it, but my links will take you to the correct one, don’t worry.)





Educational Value: Superior (if used as such)

Price: $2.99

Age Recommended: n/a

Skills Developed: Recording capabilities with clear sound!  Ease of e-mailing.

App Tested on iPad/iPhone


Good Stuff about this app: I downloaded this Recorder app after I learned that most audio recordings sound pretty yucky if just used with the default recorder on an iPad or iPhone.  I searched and searched and finally found this one.  Good thing I did!  This is probably THE most used app in my teaching studio.

This app is powerful.  It records will really great sound.  I use it to record myself playing practice “spots” or other important clips and accompaniments (me playing).  I then email them to the student who needs it with the touch of one little e-mail button.  Seriously, does it get easier than this?  It has been incredibly

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ZZZ FREE – Drift Away To Sleep

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App Name: ZZZ FREE – Drift Away To Sleep

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

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

Educational Value: Superior

Price: $FREE  ($0.99 upgrade later if desired)

Age Recommended: 0 and up

Skills Developed: Song repetition with Ease

App Tested on my iPad

Good Stuff About This App: I have been a Suzuki Music Mom for 18 years, and let me tell you… this app makes getting all of that listening done easy.  Really.  I remember spending hours “dubbing” my kids’ song onto cassettes so I wouldn’t have to rewind Cuckoo over and over for my 4 year old.  Then came the “automatic rewind tape”.  I thought I was in heaven.  (giggle)  Then I moved into making play lists on my computer media player and burning disc after disc of Bach Minuets.  More recently came the iPod dock with auto repeat.  The only problem I still had was that every night I still had to go into his room after he fell asleep to turn the machine off.   …….enter “ZZZ”.

It’s my happy day!  I open this program

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Metronome 9

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MetronomeApp Name:  Metronome 9

Tester Ratings: ***** 5/5

Educational Value: Superior

Price $.99

Recommended Ages: ALL

Skills Developed: Steady Beat

App tested on: iPad/iPhone

Good stuff about this app: My very first app I downloaded to my iPad was this metronome.  I was super excited to join the new world and have my music gadgets on hand at all times.  This metronome delivered just what it promised.  I really like the subdivision feature and that it all looks like a regular metronome.  No confusion here.   Another really nifty feature is that when you touch the “tap” button at a regular interval, the metronome picks up on the tempo.  Nice for teachers finding a certain tempo for their students!  This metronome does so much more than my old battery-sucking one in the bottom of my music bag.  There are endless tones, abilities to save tempos under song names, and the volume is pretty good also.

My Wish List:  Um.  I can’t think of any.  It’s awesome for a metronome.  My young female students would love it if there was an option for showing it in pink.  :)




To purchase this Metronome 9 on iTunes App store for: $.99

click here for iPad: Metronome 9 - SkyPaw Co. Ltd

click here for iPhone:Metronome 9 - SkyPaw Co. Ltd


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