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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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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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Flashnote Derby Music Ed App Review

Posted by in age 4-7, age 7-10, Note Reading Apps, Review Posts | 0 comments

This review is for: Flashnote Derby

 

Music Ed App Flashnote Derby Flashnote Derby - Luke Bartolomeo
Flashnote Derby - Luke Bartolomeo


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

 Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 5/5

 

 

Educational Value: Superior

Music Education App Rating 5 notes

 

Price: $0.99 

Age Recommended: 5 – 11

Skills Developed:  Note recognition speed on treble and bass clef

App Tested on iPad 

 

Good Stuff about this music ed app:  If you have a child who is learning their notes (treble and/or bass clef), this is a fun and straight to the point game that will increase their speed of note recognition.

The idea is that you identify the notes presented by tapping on ABCDEFG  within a certain time limit depending on which level you are on (walk, trot, canter, or gallop).  If you are correct  your jockey on his horse will move ahead of the horse he is racing.  Each time you get a correct answer, he moves ahead a little bit more.  If you can’t answer correctly or take too long, your opponent will move forward and you may lose the race.

This is GREAT practice for note recognition.  And, as a music teacher myself I know that learners can’t ever get enough of this in their first few years of music education.  You even get to choose which notes you’ll be identifying!  COOL.

The kids I tested this app with loved it and the parents were quick to say, “Where can I buy this app?”

 

 

Our Wish List:  We wish there was an actual finish line shown.  The horses just run off the page and then you know it is over because of all the cheering of the crowd.

 

My Love:  When you tap on the lightbulb at the bottom of the page, a series of learning lesson videos pop up.  You can choose to learn about the notes and where they are placed on the staff.  What great education!  The lessons are taking in small bites and are very comprehensive, but not too hard to understand.

 

Summary:  All-in-all we feel this app is very educational and pretty darn fun as well!  The crowd clapping faster and faster gets your heart racing to try and identify those notes faster and faster so you can win.  It’s a simple app, but the kids really like it.

 

Purchase Flashnote Derby on iTunes for iPad for: $0.99 Flashnote Derby - Luke Bartolomeo

Purchase Flashnote Derby on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for $0.99 Flashnote Derby - Luke Bartolomeo

 

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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Do Re Memory

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

Posted by in age 4-7, age 7-10, Favorites, FREE, Instruments, Kids, Note Reading Apps, Piano, Review Posts | 2 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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DooDah

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

 

App Name:  DooDah

Kid Testers Ratings: *****  4/5

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

Educational Value:  Superior

 4.5notesFun Factor: low MEDIUM high

Price:  $FREE

Recommended Ages:  1 and up

Skills Developed: Note Placement and Pitch Recognition Treble and Bass Clef

Reviewed on: iPad (available for iPhone as well)

 

Good stuff about this app:

This app is a super alternative to those flash cards.  It not only is great for visual music staff/notes exploration but can be used for pitch recognition as well.  I love it because the kids enjoy watching DooDah as I quiz them on

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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 | 5 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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