5 Apps for Training Your Musical Ear
There are a number of different skills required for learning an instrument. Many consider physical technique the most important skill, yet not enough can be said for the value of a well-trained musical ear. Now, thanks to technology, music students can train their musical ear outside of the classroom with music theory apps that can be downloaded on a phone or tablet.
Developed by Yamaha Music Interactive Inc., NoteStar is a unique music app that provides digital sheet music to piano players with the option to learn their favorite songs by ear or sight. Piano players will love NoteStar’s featured automatic page turning system which allows music players to focus on training their ears, as opposed to having to pause and get lost turning page after page of sheet music. Even better, NoteStar features a mixing platform that provides music students with the option of adjusting tempo to better fit the skill set of the player and isolate various instruments for concentrated study.
If you’re interested in learning more about NoteStar, you can find it in Apple’s app store where it can be downloaded on an iPad for free!
Developed by the knowledgeable individuals at Music Theory (musictheory.net), Tenuto is a music training app that features 15 different customizable exercises. Within these exercises, students can work on everything from labeling chord progressions to identifying intervals.
There are a number of different formats that students can choose to work within, some of which include:
• Ear Training
Of these formats, the calculator format is the most intriguing providing students with the option to calculate and/or display the accidental, interval, chord, analysis and matrix for any note, key, symbol and tone.
If you’re interested in learning more about Tenuto, you can find it in Apple’s app store and download for a fee.
Developed by Orange Qube, the app Right Note is great for music students that are in the process of learning a new instrument. Right Note features built-in microphone recognition, which means that music students can use their instrument with the app to help develop their own pitch as they are playing. With this, music students can quickly identify and learn from their mistakes, right on the spot.
Outside of built-in microphone recognition, Right Note also has the following four modes for ear-training:
• Interval in context
Within these modes, students have the option to do everything from identify random intervals to labeling notation on a fret. Furthermore, Right Note also lets music learners quickly retry when they answer incorrectly, which is extremely beneficial for music students looking to train and play by ear.
If you’re interested in learning more about Right Note, you can find it in Apple’s app store and download for a fee.
Developed by Appsolute, the Better Ears is a well-rounded ear training app that stands out largely due to its customizable training options. With Better Ears, music students are able to decide how they want to train and for how long. Better Ears is able to provide this flexibility due to its expansive training modules which cover everything from interval identification to tempo recognition to even chord music reading. Students can even customize which instrument they train with – so on a Monday they could practice interval training on an acoustic guitar, Wednesday on a grand piano and Friday on a drawbar organ.
If you’re interested in learning more about Better Ears, you can find it in Apple’s app store or Google play store.
Anytune Pro +
Developed by Anytune Inc., Anytune Pro+ is considered by many as the “ultimate music practice app,” and after analyzing all of its features, it becomes clear that such statement is by no means an exaggeration. Firstly, Anytune Pro+ provides students with a number of methods to alter music for supreme learning and study. For example, within the app, students can alter the tempo, change the pitch, create loops out of isolated sections and set marks to identify areas requiring later study. This app also features recording and sharing options so students in a music class can communicate with each other and offer tips on conquering difficult sections. Reviewers of Anytune Pro+ also rave about its ability to slow down tunes for easy study and ear training.
If you’re interested in learning more about Anytune Pro+, you can find it in Apple’s app store and download for a fee.
While music students should focus on playing their instrument, don’t forget to encourage them to develop their ear. All of the apps mentioned above can be downloaded on an iPad, which means that music students can train both in and out of the classroom without needing much – if any – equipment. Also, feel free to encourage students to assist each other inside and outside of the apps to help quicken the development of all students.
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