Music Theory and Practice by Musicopoulos is an app, which after you pay the $3.99 and open it up, really doesn't immediately stand out. But the beauty of this app is really in its simplicity of design, its knowledge content and the lay-out of how it teaches the user.
This app started as a small project that gained a small community backing and grew to be a full-fledged course on musical theory and practice. It still has that “small app” feel to it even though the subject and what is learned is quite extensive. In fact, it is the most extensive and complete resource available on music theory in the app store.
The app is divided into two sections. The first section is on Music Theory, and another on Sight Reading. If you are new to music, sight reading is the ability to look at a page of musical notation and play what's on the page like one might read the written word from a book.
Each section is divided into chapters, and each chapter has two parts: theory and practice.
The chapters on Music Theory are designed to teach anyone. No prior knowledge is required to get going. The practice steps between each chapter are extensive and require that the student go through all three levels of practice in each (Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced). In the end, the beginning student graduates as fully advanced in each individual chapter of the textbook.
The practice sessions, having to do with music, are designed so that the student's answers are heard musically. In this way the app also trains the ear. The music is played on a piano, but settings can also allow for play in cello, viola, violin, bass guitar or guitar.
This unassuming app has earned much recognition from respected music bloggers and even String Magazine, and is highly recommended for young aspiring musicians.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.