Scale Helper Family of Apps

Over the last few months, I have been in communication with the developers of the Scale Helper series of apps. In their own words, here is an introduction to the app series:

All of our apps are based on technology that listens to an instrument and gives feedback. They are designed for the smartphone form factor and contain several unique features to enable the user to switch on and go such as not needing to be accurately tuned before playing, not prescribing a tempo and giving real time feedback.

ScaleHelper, as the name suggests is an app that helps people with their scales and arpeggios. It shows the scale/arpeggio, lets you hear the scale/arpeggio and then assesses your playing of the scale/arpeggio. The ScaleHelper family of apps run on the iOS devices and also Android platforms.

Note Hitter is an app that helps with sight reading. It features several games that bring pupils along from basic note recognition to playing a stream of notes in tempo. The Note Hitter family of apps are only currently available for the iOS devices.

The full range of apps that we offer can be found at www.musicapps.scalehelper.com along with links to a more detailed overview of each app.

The list of apps is extensive (seven apps at this point) for a variety of needs/uses. Some of the apps are available for Android, too. Links for each app (whether the App Store or the Android Stores) are on the webpage above.

I have not had the time to spend a large amount of time with these apps, but I did send the developers some initial feedback, which they have quickly addressed with app updates. My only remaining concern is that these apps are all intended for iPhone/iPod Touch and are not optimized for the iPad (they are working on it). While the iPhone makes sense from a personal perspective; the iPad makes sense from an educational 1:1 perspective.

If you would like to try these apps for your own playing (scales or sight-reading), give them a try…some have “lite” versions, others have in-app purchases. And if you have feedback for improvements, take the time to let the developers know!

 

Scale Helper Family of Apps

Over the last few months, I have been in communication with the developers of the Scale Helper series of apps. In their own words, here is an introduction to the app series:

All of our apps are based on technology that listens to an instrument and gives feedback. They are designed for the smartphone form factor and contain several unique features to enable the user to switch on and go such as not needing to be accurately tuned before playing, not prescribing a tempo and giving real time feedback.

ScaleHelper, as the name suggests is an app that helps people with their scales and arpeggios. It shows the scale/arpeggio, lets you hear the scale/arpeggio and then assesses your playing of the scale/arpeggio. The ScaleHelper family of apps run on the iOS devices and also Android platforms.

Note Hitter is an app that helps with sight reading. It features several games that bring pupils along from basic note recognition to playing a stream of notes in tempo. The Note Hitter family of apps are only currently available for the iOS devices.

The full range of apps that we offer can be found at www.musicapps.scalehelper.com along with links to a more detailed overview of each app.

The list of apps is extensive (seven apps at this point) for a variety of needs/uses. Some of the apps are available for Android, too. Links for each app (whether the App Store or the Android Stores) are on the webpage above.

I have not had the time to spend a large amount of time with these apps, but I did send the developers some initial feedback, which they have quickly addressed with app updates. My only remaining concern is that these apps are all intended for iPhone/iPod Touch and are not optimized for the iPad (they are working on it). While the iPhone makes sense from a personal perspective; the iPad makes sense from an educational 1:1 perspective.

If you would like to try these apps for your own playing (scales or sight-reading), give them a try…some have “lite” versions, others have in-app purchases. And if you have feedback for improvements, take the time to let the developers know!

 

Piano Mania App Introduction

I am continuing my process of following up unresolved e-mails this evening, and wanted to let another developer introduce their app, Piano Mania. Again, I want this blog to be a way for all music teachers to find apps that apply to them…not just the apps that I use. As a reminder, this is provided as a service, but not a direct endorsement for the app. So, here are the developer's words about Piano Mania!

Founded in 2010, JoyTunes solves a problem for 85% of the population who “wished they had learned to play an instrument” but never got past the frustrating first steps of learning to play. JoyTunes transforms musical skills into engaging experiences – activated by playing regular musical instruments, no wires required! After great success with their first piano app, Piano Dust Buster, JoyTunes’ recently launched their second piano app, Piano Mania.

Piano Mania is a deeper more educational piano practice tool, still equipped though with the fun gamification components JoyTunes is known for. From a single note to complete pieces, classical and fun radio hits, Piano Mania makes sheet music come to life. With Piano Mania users will have the ability to:

  • Learn to read sheet music notation and symbols
  • Play melodies in both treble and bass clefs
  • Choose between right hand, left hand or both hands simultaneously
  • “Connect to your teacher” feature: impress your Piano Teacher with your new found skills. Teachers will receive weekly progress reports on how well the student is doing!
  • Progress up in ranks, collecting skills points as you play
  • As players progress up in ranks they will earn skills points in sight reading, technique and rhythm. Once they have reached 100% in each skill they can then move onto the next rank, which was previously locked. Users learn a different skill in each rank which get progressively get harder. Piano Mania is a fun and exciting way to practice your piano!

 

Tempo Teacher by birdSound (developer app introduction)

 

I want techinmusiced.com to be a resource for teachers of music, and that includes app reviews. But as the App Store grows, and as new apps enter the field each and every day, I cannot possibly review them all. Some apps fall outside my area of expertise, while others simply hold no appeal for me. That doesn't mean that they are bad apps. So I recently edited my review policy to state that I welcome developers to send me some copy about their apps, as well as some pictures, and I will be happy to post those apps here on the blog. This doesn't mean that I endorse the app–but for the sake of information, I want the information to be available to those that read this blog.

The app featured in this blog is Tempo Teacher, and here is what the developers would like you to know about it:

Why is practicing with a metronome often difficult? As music teachers, we think traditional metronomes (and metronome apps) are missing an important feature: real-time feedback. A strong sense of rhythm is not just something you’re born with–it’s a skill that anyone can learn through practice! A good teacher can certainly help you improve, but how do you know if you’re practicing correctly when you're not at your lesson?

BirdSound has provided the answer with tempoTeacher, a new universal app for iOS. TempoTeacher has all of the features you’d expect from a traditional metronome and adds the missing piece: clear, real-time feedback to help you improve. It’s simple to use: just turn it on and start playing. TempoTeacher displays, analyzes, and scores your playing for rhythmic accuracy in real time. All you need to do is try to make the score go up! TempoTeacher automatically remembers and displays your top 10 scores, so practicing with a metronome feels more like playing a game than you ever thought possible!

Just started playing? Think you’re a virtuoso? TempoTeacher lets you adjust your skill level from beginner to expert, providing the optimum challenge for players of all abilities. In addition, Real-time feedback makes it easy for you and your music teacher to set practice goals and track your progress, giving you a greater return on your investment in music lessons.

A familiar, attractive user interface makes tempoTeacher a snap to use, even if you’ve never used a music app before. Loads of additional features and a nice price make tempoTeacher a great value–and the only metronome app you’ll ever need. Welcome to the future of music education–let birdSound be your guide!

FEATURES:

  • Ultra-accurate metronome with loud, pleasant “click” sound. Quickly and easily adjust tempo and beat division to fit your practice goals.
  • Teacher Mode: Accurate, adjustable real-time audio analysis with no additional accessories needed (works great with apple earpods, though)!
  • Built-in low-latency headphone/practice amp with Tone, Gain, and Reverb controls.
  • Built-in tone generator (E-A-D-G-B-E) with simple transposition for alternate tunings.
  • Familiar, intuitive layout and navigation with attractive, retina-optimized graphics.
  • Built-in help mode for quick explanations of all tempoTeacher’s controls.
  • Compatible with most iOS audio adapters/microphones.

(For the sake of disclosure, I was given a promo code for Tempo Teacher)