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Note Quest: Learn Music Fast

By Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Speedy sight-reading drills work best with teacher support.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad Free Music
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age 5+

Based on 1 parent review

age 5+

Simple app, repetition in a good way

This app was recommended by our piano teacher for sight reading. It is simple, not an action packed video game like many out there. It does what it says - drills notes and intervals with a timer. Other apps might look a bit more fancy, but they lack the interval learning portion, which is so important in sight reading. It responds to the sound from our piano pretty accurately. I noticed improvement in my son’s music reading skills. He doesn’t engage with it for a long time before getting bored, but that’s fine because that’s all he needs. Just a few minutes. Highly recommend!

Is It Any Good?

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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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