5 Teacher-Recommended Apps to Boost Music Practice

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Kids can’t wait to get their hands on new apps these days – and for good reason! Apps are a convenient way to stay entertained, and an educational element makes them even better.

Music apps can make practice feel more like a game, and engage students for longer periods of time. Plus they’re educational!

We’ve gathered a list of apps to boost music practice that our teachers love. Here are some of their recommendations– try adding one to your kid’s practice routine.

1. Note Flash

What is it?

A sight reading app. This is a great option for the student trying to overcome the challenge of learning how to read and play notes on the staff at the same time.

What does it do? 

It trains your brain to recognize notes on the staff quickly. Practice reading and playing notes in the treble clef, bass clef, or on the grand staff. This app is connected to your device’s microphone and will listen for pitch accuracy.

You can bump up the intensity by using the timer to identifying notes as fast as you can.

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2. TonalEnergy Tuner

What is it?

A tuner and pitch recognition app. This app is best used for students learning guitar, voice, strings, or brass and wind instruments.

What does it do? 

This app holds a multitude of helpful resources. Open it to make sure your instrument is in tune at the beginning of a practice session; keep it open while you play as it checks for pitch accuracy throughout your playing.

Aside from the pitch resources, TonalEnergy can provide some motivation for your kid through its daily practice streaks, and it includes a metronome.

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3. Tenuto

What is it?

Music theory practice.

What does it do? 

Tenuto provides music theory knowledge and test skills in note-identification, key signatures, finding notes on a guitar’s fretboard, and more. A digital replacement for hand-drawn flashcards.

“I use the Tenuto app constantly. It’s great in place of flashcards and is easy to customize to any experience level.” – Sarah Diller, piano and voice teacher.

Learn more.

4. Simply Piano

What is it?

A play-along song app.

What does it do?

This app is great for learning pop tunes on the piano; it includes songs for a variety of skill levels and backing tracks help your child stay on beat.

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5. The Most Addicting Sheep Game

What is it?

A rhythm game in disguise.

What does it do? 

This app is a great way to reinforce concepts relating to rhythm. Players make sheep jump, tuck, and roll to a beat, combining the skill of keeping rhythm with looking ahead and hand-eye coordination.

Learn more.

See your teacher using an app during a lesson? Ask them what it is and how you can add it into your child’s practice routine.

Now that you have some new tools improve your practice routine, check out 17 Things Every Parent Should Know About Music Practice!

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