The apps below make the best use of busy teen’s lives. Yes, they are fun. But, they also each meet a specific goal.
iPhone and iPad Apps:
- Garage Band: One of the hottest apps in the iTunes store! Everything you need to create your very own backing track for scales or songs.
- Blob Chorus: Ear training will never be the same again. Match the tone the King Blob sings to the correct blob in the chorus.
- Dust Buster 2: What can be more fun than helping a granny swipe dust motes off the piano? Helping her while playing some of today’s top hits, of course.
- Amazing Fingers: Think of this app as Twister for fingers. Tell your parents it improves your finger dexterity. Have fun playing with friends!
- The Most Addicting Sheep Game: TMASG is a student favourite! Help your sheep jump or roll through the level to the rhythm of the music.
- Audio Ninja: Feel the beat as you defeat the ninja’s enemies! This rivals TMASG (see above) as the most addictive game ever.
- Note Works: Play the right note before the machine sets it on fire! Get it right & Hungry Munchy eats the note.
- Flashnote Derby: Get ready for the races! The note races that is. Student favourite. (Also available on Android)
- Ningenius: Ninja-themed games are all the rage in the st+udio right now. Select the correct letter name or keyboard note to ensure you ninja breaks through the boards!
- Staff Wars: It wouldn’t be fair to leave our Star Wars fans out in the cold. So, download this app to practice note recognition on the staff.
- Tenuto: This collection of exercises drops the extras and gets right down to business. I use this app all the time in the studio for theory and ear training. Perfect for busy teens, adults, or those who want a simply layout.
- YouTube: This is THE app and website I send my students to over and over. With tutorials many popular songs as well as performance videos of almost every song out there, I recommend this app for during the week help.
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Online Games & Articles:
Many of these sites will need FlashPlayer. If you would like to play them on your iPad, download the Puffin web browser app. Use the browser app to access the games.
- Music Tech Teacher: The go-to site for fun games on music notes, scales, rhythms, music terms, musicians/composers, and more!
- Learn a Tune: Plenty of games to practice a wide variety of topics. Keep in mind the site uses U.K. terms for type of notes (semibreve, etc.).
- MusicTheory.net: Simple design that focuses directly on the quizzing specific concepts.
- Teoria: Ear training, plus a wide variety of music theory & reading skills, are available to practice.