Welcome to the 1st of the new Techie Tuesday Series. During this series I will share reviews of all things Tech. Most of the time will be spent on Android Apps as I feel they are sorely undervalued. All opinions are my own and I have not received anything for giving them.
Staff Wars ($.99) ✰✰✰✰✰
This is a fun way for students to learn the notes on the staff. You can chose whether you want to do treble, alto, or bass clefs. A note starts at the right hand side of the screen and moves toward the left. You must play the correct note which then blows the note up. One of the nice things about it is that you can adjust the pitch if your instrument is sharp or flat. I like this for my violin students especially as it makes them think quickly and they can see right away whether they are in tune or not.
Flashnote Derby ($2.99) ✰✰✰✰✰
A note identification app. In this app a “flashcard” with a note is shown and then the note name must be chosen. If you chose correctly your horse moves ahead, if incorrect it falls behind. All of my students that have used this app have loved it! I love that I can chose what notes I want my students to work on.
Race against the fire. Notes on a staff move from right to left across the screen. If they reach the fire then they burn and the fire moves closer to the right. You can chose if the you identify them on a keyboard, by letter name, or solfege with a fixed Do. In the paid version you have more control over which notes are used, including choosing which key signature. I like that you can control the speed that the notes move so that for students just starting they can fill accomplishment before moving it faster.