Apps and Software
Play On – A new online platform from ABRSM featuring articles, videos, tutorials, competitions and other resources to inspire teachers, students and parents to continue to engage with music in these challenging times.
Sibelius First – A free starter version of the composition software which allows you to compose simple scores with up to 4 instrument parts.
Mixxx DJ software – An open source free DJ software to get you started with the basics of learning how to beat match, build a DJ set and a music library.
Soundtrap – A free one-month version of Soundtrap which empowers people to explore creative sound recording in all subjects, for all ages and ability levels.
Theory Rocks – Fundamentals of music theory taught via contemporary music.
ABRSM Apps and Practice Tools – A range of apps and tools covering sight reading, aural, theory and practice partners for voice, violin, cello, woodwind and piano
The Curious Piano Teacher Offering one month’s free membership at this time. A useful resource for piano teachers
Minuteoflistening.org Enjoy a minute of listening for free during the COVID-19 outbreak
Free Production Software Moog and Korg have made their synth apps free to keep you occupied.
CuBase 60-day free trial of CuBase #StayHome Elements Collection
Classification App name Price What does it do? At home or during online lessons?
Apps for home use
XBEATS – free
A freeSudoku style musical puzzle game
Earpeggio – free
A free aural trainer for interval recognition and melodic and rhythm dictation
Blob Chorus – free
Chorus of Blob characters (editable between 3 and 20) each sing a note, then King Blob sings a note. Identify which Blob sang the same note. Harder than it sounds as sometimes the notes can be the same pitch with just slight differences in tuning
Skills Ear Master – free
Ear training, sight singing and all round musicianship
Musiclock – £8.99
Backing tracks in all keys. Good for scale practice and improvising
Garage Band – free
Pupils can compose backing tracks, and record themselves playing own compositions
Metronome Metronome – free
Staff Wars – free
Note recognition game for children
Flashnote Derby – £4.99
Very versatile note reading app. Fully customisable in clef, choice of note, and choice of input (Letter names, Keyboard on screen or audio answers). Can even cope with transposing instruments
Piano Notes Pro – free
Free note recognition app, good for older learners
Piano Maestro by Joy Tunes – free
Free music, exercises, backing tracks & method books
Rhythm Swing – £3.99
Fun game. Children tap in rhythms of ascending difficulty in time to a backing track to help stop the monkey beat the alligator
ScaleTracks – £9.99
Backing tracks to scales. 1 or 2 octaves only in all keys
Piano and Strings SmartScales – £4.99 all grades £1.99 per grade
Backing tracks to ABRSM scales for all grades – currently only piano and Strings
Tuniversal – £1.99
Tuning app – particularly good for Wind and Brass instruments. Features Tuner, Metronome, Scale practise mode and Long note practise and analysis
Rhythm Cat – £4.99
Rhythm shown on screen and pupils tap the screen to play the given rhythm in time to a backing track. Rhythms start with very easy crotchet and quaver rhythms, and move on to semi-quaver and dotted rhythms
Read Ahead – (demo levels are free)
Piano sight reading app
Music storage ForScore – £14.99
Sheet music reader. Can annotate scores. Optimised for iphone to only show one stave and scroll – Lessons
Books – free
Can also store music in pdf format. Less functionality than For Score if pupil is using iphone in lessons as music will be tiny
Decide Now! – £1.99
Wheel of fortune with customisable outcomes. Use for fun practise challenges at the end of a lesson, or as a way to make scales more interesting – play your scale in the style of an animal with young children (Hedgehog, Elephant etc) moods for older children (Timidly, Luxuriously etc) or Italian terms
Tim Topham – free — Piano teaching ideas
LSO Play App LSO Play is a free interactive and immersive web app, allowing you to experience the LSO on stage at the Barbican – anytime, anywhere.
Steve Reich’s Clapping Music App A game based on Steve Reich’s iconic Clapping Music, this free app lets anyone improve their rhythm. Tap in time with the constantly shifting pattern, and progress through all of the variations. If you slip up or your accuracy falls, it’s game over.