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Kids can hone their note recognition skills as they play notes displayed on screen. Kids can work on their sight-reading speed and accuracy as they complete one-minute drills.
Ease of Play
It's easy to pick a drill and get started, but it would be helpful to know how many mistakes you can make before the drill ends and if you can review the intervals you missed so you could target them for additional practice.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
These flashcard-inspired drills might support a student's developing sight-reading and note-recognition skills, but this app likely works best with the guidance of a capable in-person teacher. There's not really enough context here for the earliest beginner to get started: There's a brief intro tutorial that talks about landmark notes like Middle C, but there's no other reference information to remind students about which notes are which on the keyboard or on the staff. Kids should definitely already know how to read music before they start using this app. Overall, Note Quest: Learn Music Fast isn't especially flexible. Only a few levels work with the on-screen keyboard, and you have to type in a user name every time you switch users. Plus, the progress tracking isn't especially clear. It's not clear how many mistakes you can make before the game ends a drill, and it would be great if you could review which intervals you missed so you could target them in practice later. Overall, this is a neat supplement for in-person piano lessons, and it'll work best for piano students who have already mastered some key musical concepts -- and whose teachers can help direct and encourage their progress.
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