Some music apps I recommend for piano students

1. Note Rush – $3.99 on iOS App store

This app is a great app for training students to quickly connect notes displayed on the staff with the actual key that it connotes. The app works by calibrating first to middle C. After that, the app listens to what you play in response to the”questions” which are the notes on the staff. The app can be adjusted to select specific note ranges or levels, so it works for any student who have started to read notes on the staff.

This app in my experience has been enjoyable for students of all ages and is a MUST in teaching.

2. Multirhythms Rhythm Trainer

This app is available for iOS devices. $4.99

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This is what the app does according to the app developers:

Multirhythms’ features are designed to help you master tricky rhythms and limb independence:

Metronome:

• Practice along with an endless variety of multirhythms

• Includes common metronomes, polyrhythms, Afro-Cuban claves, and clap-and-wave patterns for Carnatic and Hindustani talas

• Easily create additional multirhythms with the built-in editor

• Program the tempo to automatically speed up and slow down

• Precise timekeeping with 22.7 microsecond accuracy

Sequencer

• Hear complicated multirhythms you want to learn through the built-in editor

• Input and play back up to 16 simultaneous rhythms

• Supports odd meters (e.g., dividing every 17 beats into 7 subdivisions)

• Choose from dozens of real percussion sound samples

• Includes example Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and popular drumset multirhythms

Trainer

• Practice multirhythms while away from your instrument

• Tap notes as they scroll across the screen

• Get immediate feedback on your accuracy

• Accelerate your mastery with tempo that adjusts to your skill level

• Focus on specific parts by setting individual rhythm volumes

The great thing I like about this app is the metronome. You can pick pre-built multirhythms OR you can enter the specific challenge you are faced with. For example, I was looking at Chopin Prelude Op. 28, No. 1 recently. It has the following notation:

Notice the notation has a rhythm of 5 against 6 over 2 beats

In the app, you go to polyrhythms, select 5 against 6 first.

Voila, you have a polyrhythm metronome

I’ll be writing about more app recommendations in subsequent posts, so stay tuned!