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Useful Music Apps

Useful Music Apps

Whether you are just learning to read music, or you are an advanced musician, there are lots of iPhone, iPad, and Android apps that can help you. And, if you are a teacher, particularly if your students are in the "younger generations," you really need to know your apps.

In 2016 I asked the readers of my monthly e-mail newsletters to send me their favorite apps for musicians, and for those learning to read music. These were featured in my August 2016 newsletter.  In March 2019, I decided it was time to update the list. And so, I asked my readers again to send in their favorites. This list is a compilation of all of their suggestions.

Some of these apps are free, others cost a few dollars, and many have both free and more complete paid versions.

All of these apps are for iPhones and iPads, and most are also available for Android.

Tuning and Metronomes CleartuneCleartune
an easy-to-use tuner
a versatile metronome
Reading Music Music TutorMusic Tutor
music flash cards
Music Reading EssentialsMusic Reading Essentials
music flash cards
Music Flash ClassMusic Flash Class
music flash cards
FlashnoteFlashnote Derby
flash card horse race game
flash card game
Read MusicLearn to Read Music Notes Word Game
name the notes to spell words
Timing and Rhythm Rhythm CalculatorRhythm Calculator
plays rhythms back to you
Rhythm Sight ReadingRhythm Sight Reading Trainer
improve your sight reading
Rhythm SwingRhythm Swing
tap out rhythms in this fun game
Drum SchoolDrum School
play along with a large selection of drum grooves
play along with the greatest drummers in the world and improve your rhythm
Melody Cats Series Melody Cats are games to learn notes and rhythms with levels that get progressively more challenging. Treble CatTreble Cat
learn treble clef notes
Bass CatBass Cat
learn bass clef notes
Rhythm CatRhythm Cat
learn basic rhythms
Rhythm Cat 2Rhythm Cat 2
learn more advanced rhythms
Ear CatEar Cat
develop your musical ear
Comprehensive Apps Music Theory ProMusic Theory Pro
identify notes, chords, keys, scales
customize your own exercises for chords and intervals
make your practice time more productive.
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Miscellaneous MusictionaryMusictionary
music dictionary
Ear WorthyEar Worthy
listen and identify notes, scales, chords
HypnosisMusicians Hypnosis App
helps with stage fright, auditions, confidence
Music scannerSheet Music Scanner
scan music and the app plays it for you
shows the notes and chords for scales and modes
slow down audio without changing the pitch
scan and read music from your iPad
Notate MeNotate Me
enter music notation with your finger or stylus on your tablet or phone
Handy HarpHandy Harp
learn about harp pedals and create pedal harp diagrams