My Note Games
FREE* (iPad & iPhone)
My Note Games by Appatta Ltd. is fun for a lot of different ages and levels. I am a Suzuki teacher (registered Books 1-10 & Masters degree in Suzuki Pedagogy) and I recommend this for students along the level of Suzuki Book 4 and below. As far as age goes, some of these games can be timeless. My adult students are young at heart and usually enjoy
anything I throw at them. This game is clearly geared towards children, so when my teenage students give me a hard time about playing it, I tell them to show me how easy it is and we usually end up having a lot of fun with it.
The feature I love the most is for the youngest kids: Tap That Note! In this part of the game, Tap That Note! starts with Middle C and is simply note identification on the staff. The student must collect a certain number of gold and silver medals to “unlock” the next note. I like that the game demands actual competence before allowing the student to progress. It is a little difficult for Kindergarten age kids, but they still enjoy it. The settings can be adjusted to turn off the consistently negative “tutor” feature. Because I am a Suzuki teacher, my students do not read music with the instrument in the very beginning. I require great posture and beautiful tone on the instrument before adding anything “external”. However, I do like to start incorporating the ideas about notes on a staff in a fun way before we get too serious about reading on the violin.
The other feature I use every now and then is called Play That Note! My students should be at least on or past Suzuki Volume 1 Long Long Ago before I consider introducing this feature. The first level begins on D above middle C (open D string on the violin). The game actually listens to you play, but requires good tone/intonation and the microphone is sensitive. If the student can’t produce a good sound on their instrument before playing the game, the game will certainly make the kid feel bad about their ability. Definitely TURN OFF THE TUTOR for this part of the game. It consistently tells the student they are “too slow” or out of tune. The student must actually learn, retain what the’ve learned, and increase their rate of reading (while having good intonation and tone) to progress to more advanced notes/levels. This can be frustrating for some kids who may not progress quickly.
I find the only benefit to either of these games is that they are just fun and somewhat educational. Unfortunately, if this is not supplemented IMMEDIATELY with physical paper music and direction from me, I find that the information is not retained at all. I also find some kind of difference in interpretation when the student switches from a screen with gold medals to black and white physical paper. For example, the D above middle C on the iPad is not immediately recognized when I show a student the same exact note on physical paper.
In spite of the drawbacks, I definitely find this a wonderful supplementary tool for students needing a break from the physical instrument. We usually never do more than 1-3 levels in a 30 minute private lesson. I also like to use it when I need to talk directly to a parent/guardian and want to keep the student occupied and learning. I recommend this, even if you just check out the free version! ♥
*in-app purchase required for full version
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Description from the App Store:
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This app listens to you playing your instrument!
Minimum spec: iPod3, iPhone3GS or iPad
– HEAR IT, NOTE IT!
Listen to the music.
Write what you hear using our simple drag-and-drop interface.
– TAP THAT NOTE!
Tap on the buttons to name the notes.
48 levels each for Treble, Bass, Tenor and Alto Clefs.
The first 4 notes of each clef are free.
The Premium version includes all the rest.
– PLAY THAT NOTE!
Recognises the notes you play on your instrument*.
Unlock 18 levels and master your first Octave.
How well can you play the whole octave in-tune?
The first 3 notes of all instruments are free.
The Premium version includes the rest of the notes for ALL instruments PLUS ‘Tap That Note’.
Choose a lesson to play with your instrument**.
Play the eight phrases and get the best score you can.
Come back the next day and try and beat your score.
See how your sight reading has improved over the last month.
Lessons: Crotchets, Minims, 3/4 Time, Quavers, Various Key Signatures.
‘Play-A-Day!’ uses an almost limitless supply of computer generated phrases.
The Crotchets lessons are free.
The Premium version includes the rest of the lessons for ALL instruments.
– TOONR THE TUNER
See the note you are playing displayed on the screen.
Watch what happens to Toonr as you play higher and lower notes.
Use Toonr to tune your Guitar or even tune MyNoteGames to your out-of-tune Piano.
Toonr is Free.
* Instruments supported by ‘Play That Note!’: Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Recorders, Woodwind, Bb Trumpet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Vocals and Whistling.
** Instruments supported by ‘Play-A-Day!’: Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Descant/Soprano Recorder, Treble Recorder, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Vocals and Whistling.
Designed to be used under the supervision of a parent or music teacher, ‘My Note Games!’ uses note recognition technology.