Flashnote Derby Music Ed App Review
This review is for: Flashnote Derby
Kid/Student Ratings: ***** 5/5
Teacher/Parent Ratings: **** 5/5
Educational Value: Superior
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
Purchase Flashnote Derby on iTunes for iPhone/Pod for $0.99
Have you already downloaded and used this app? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought. Thanks! -Rebecca