Being without an iPad/tablet computer, I would like to know if anyone has found any good apps to help get pupils started with music theory. e.g. timed games identifying pitches etc. I have done a few searches and not been very impressed with what I have seen, including examples that are actually wrong?
I didn't find the right solution from the Internet.
I've spent a nice chunk of change on iPad apps over a few years. None of the music theory apps stuck around, used them for a week or two then ended up deleting them.
These are the apps that I still use on a weekly basis:
Lumbeat Drum Machines (Afro-Cuban, Rock, Soft, Jazz, Reggae, Brazilian, Middle Eastern and Funk)
Note Trainer Pro (to keep my reading up to speed)
For Flashcards Deluxe I use it mainly as a prompt to play something on the keyboard. For example, I have a deck of key signatures that prompts me to play the Major + Relative Minor Scale (including the basic 1 4 5 chords in each).
For Boogie Woogie Piano, I created a deck of all the bass lines using notation + recorded sound. So I can drill just the notation (and play it on the keyboard) - or drill the recorded sound (this one is great ear training). I also use the auto-play feature, to prompt me to use a different bass line every 15-30 seconds. Tricky to do, but good practice.
I'm still in the process of creating the 8-riffs flashcard deck (notation + recorded sound).
Once I have some bass lines and riffs wired into my system - I practice them in iReal Pro with lead sheet/charts of the chord progression from the beginning of the book.
Also the Flowkey app is good for learning songs note-for-note. There are several boogies available on the app, including 6 that I personally recorded for it. You can check out the page I just created for it on the "All Courses" page of this site. Or go directly to the app here.
just a quick search found a list of ear training sites..
some of this looks promising.. I hope this helps..
That's a great question... I'm not aware of any myself but maybe others have some ideas?