Note Rush ($3.99) | This is the perfect game for learning to read the staff while actually playing your instrument. The app presents fun themed flashcards and uses your microphone to hear if you can match them by playing the right note! This is a must for my students, we use this in lessons and I highly recommend them playing at home.
Flash Note Derby ($4.99) | Another note-naming app, but it is more of a game! By naming notes correctly, your horse might win the race. This can be played with an instrument or by selecting the correct note name or piano key on the screen. (Perfect for road trips or practicing away from home!)
Music Flash Class ($3.99) | Just like flashcards, but it’s electronic and more fun! The app lets you choose the range of notes you want to practice, so this app is perfect for both beginners and elementary/intermediate students.
Note Works ($4.99) *iPad only* | Another app for practicing note names, but it feels more like a game than a flashcard drill! This one allows you to save you progress under your own name, earn points, and advance to different levels.
Rhythm Cat (Lite – FREE; Full – $2.99) | This app features various levels where students have to tap out the rhythm shown on the screen. The graphics are great (with cartoon cats in the background) and the app features great rhythm tracks for the student to tap the rhythms along with.
Rhythm Lab ($2.99) *iPad only* | This rhythm app is simple yet highly customizable. The app presents students with rhythm exercises at various levels, and the student must correctly tap the rhythm.
Blob Chorus (FREE) | This ear training app is fun and silly, but really works! Each of the blobs in the chorus sing a note, and then the king blob sings his note. The aim of the game is for the student to identify the blob that sang the same note as the king blob.
Steinway Metronome (FREE) | There are lots of metronome apps out there, but this one is my favorite. It looks nice and is easy to use.
Petronome (FREE) | This metronome app is appealing for young students because they can choose their own “animal” that will meow/bark as a metronome. This makes playing with a steady beat a lot of fun.
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