Two Crazy Simple Ways to Learn Notes

I love using apps in my studio.  I have the students use them as an off-the-bench activity.  I love them because:
▪ The kids really enjoy them.

▪ They do basically the same thing that computer games did, but much less expensively!

▪ They can target certain skills – note reading, rhythm, chords, etc.

▪ They make learning FUN!
I have an i-pad, and an android based tablet at my studio so I can utilize the apps available for each of them.  At the moment, there are a lot more for the apple (ios) than the android.
Here are my favorites for note-reading.  It’s kind of odd, but neither of my favorite apps make the top 10 lists among music teachers.  They’re kind of lesser-known secrets, I guess.
For ios – Note Works.

Note WorksNote works screen shot
It has a little munchie guy that goes across the bottom of the screen, and notes that move across the staff on the top of the screen.  Every note you correctly identify will drop down for him to eat.  If a note goes all the way across the screen before you can name it, it catches on fire.  You have to wait till all the other notes have come out before you can douse the notes on fire and put them out to try them again.
The basic version of this app is free.  The upgrade to fill in all the upper levels is $4.99.  There are 21 levels in the complete version.
You have the option of identifying the notes in solfege,  letter names, treble clef, bass clef, grand staff, alto clef, or tenor clef.  For my studio, I only use the ABC letters, and the Treble, Bass, and Grand Staff.
I made a check off sheet so that each student can track their progress and start right where they left off the week before.

Note Works Binder Sheets
For android – Treble Cat and Bass Cat

Treble Cat
These both come in a “lite” version, which is free.  But it has very limited levels.  The full version only goes up to level five.  I really wish it was like double that, but it is what it is, and I really like what it offers, so it’s a keeper.

Treble Cat screen shot
This game has the same idea – notes moving across the screen, and the students have to identify them.  However, the students are only supposed to select certain notes – like C and G – for each section.  The notes vary, and it gets harder as the levels go up.
One thing I don’t really like is that Treble Cat and Bass Cat are two separate apps.
Maybe they make all my dreams come true and combine the clefs into one game and make it about twenty levels.
Hope that helps!  Give the free versions a try – you have nothing to lose!

Connie Cullum

Pianist, Teacher, Creator and Publisher of Color Me Musical Books


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