Summer Project – Music Apps Review

This post, Summer Project – Music Apps Review, is the first in a two-part series under the category of Piano Teaching. I have been inspired by my membership in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) this past year. One of the highlights of the year was the webinar titled Fresh Approaches to Old-School Teaching, presented by Peter Oehrtman. Part of the focus was on apps, and that is the entire focus of this post. I have chosen the following five iOS apps to review. Android versions of these apps may exist but are out of scope for this review. Since some of my students will be taking the summer off, I’ll dedicate that teaching time to researching the following apps. I’ll update the post to provide my own opinions, but for now, they are of Mr. Oehrtman.

I’d love your feedback as well! I’m excited to find new tools to recommend to students as there is so much to learn, and so little direct teaching time. What apps have you found helpful?

Note Rush: Learn to Read Music

Flashcard drilling. Notes pop up on screen, student plays notes on the piano. The app identifies that you are correct by using the microphone on your device.

Price: $3.99

Simply Piano by JoyTunes

Tons of material (Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift) at the beginning to mid-intermediate level. You have to play the notes as they approach the blue bar. The app identifies that you are correct by using the microphone on your device.

Price: FREE with in-app purchases

Super Metronome Groove Box

A more fun type of metronome with different instruments, beats, compound meter.

Price: Lite – Free; Pro – $6.99

Garage Band

Another metronome possibility, though Mr. Oehrtman liked Super Metronome Groovebox better

Price: Free (no in-app purchases mentioned)


Aids with scales. Not bad, but a little hokey.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Last Updated 2018-05-26 | Originally Posted on 2018-05-22

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