All of these apps are available for Android devices. I haven’t been compensated for my reviews, I just want to share what apps are out there. See more categories under menu Android App Reviews.
Theory, Practice! (free)✰✰✰✰✰
Another great tool for train the ear. One of the best things about this app is that you can choose from four different difficulty levels, or create your own so your student could practice exactly what you would like.
There are three sections.
- Scale Identification- A scale is played and you must identify it from the list. You can choose from Major, Minor and the other modes as well as pentatonic.
- Interval Identification- All major and minor intervals from prime to major thirteenth.
- Chord Identification- All triads and seventh chords.
AURALBOOK for ABRSM 1 (free) (in app purchases necessary) ✰✰✰
This app goes along with the ABRSM curriculum. It seems like it would be a great app, and easy to share scores with a teacher. The big thing is in order to get anything out of this you must purchase the courses. All 3 courses in this level come out to over $30. There are 8 different levels each with their own app. I’m rating this in the middle because of the price of in app purchases.
This is a great concept, and could be fun, but there are some clunky things about the app. You use the wand to blow bubbles that have answers to choose from. There are different “games” quizing aural sounds, note names, rests, etc. Once you blow the bubbles the higher in levels you get the harder it is to see what all of the bubbles say. The thing that annoyed me the most was that the voice telling you what bubble to pop is computer generated, and sometimes hard to decipher.
Circle of Chords (free) ✰✰✰
This app can be a little confusing, but once you figure it out it would be great for showing you the notes that should be played based on chord symbols. I don’t often use chord symbols, so I’ll keep this in case I ever need to figure out the chord symbols quickly
My Piano Assistant (free) ✰✰✰✰✰
A very visually appealing app! Read the help for a tutorial on how to use it (you swipe sideways to get the menu). You can choose any Scale, Chord, or Interval and it will show it to you on a keyboard, with an option to hear it as well. When I say any scale, chord, or interval, I mean any not just the most common ones (ex. Egyptian scale). It’s fun just to go through and listen to all of the different options.
Music Theory Toolkit (free) ✰✰✰✰
This is another reference app. Within the app you have a few different sections to choose from: Scale Writer, Chord Builder, Transpose by Half Steps, Transpose by Key, Transpose by Instrument, Display Interval Between Notes, Write Interval from Note. The sections do exactly what the titles say. It is not a very visually appealing app, and I did have trouble figuring out how to enter some of the information correctly, but if you close your keyboard you can see a ? button that will tell you what to do.
Music Theory Academy Basics (free) ✰✰✰✰✰
This is a great reference app. You can choose what key, clef, chord position, and chord (13 options) for it to show you. Then you can tell it to play the chord. My least favorite thing is that it doesn’t play the chord but play an arpeggio. There is also a key signature reference as well.
After learning the chords you can take a quiz where it will show you a chord and you must identify it, though there’s no way for you to change what chords it shows.