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Music to My Ears

A Special Learning Curriculum by App Treasure Hunter

Many students, when they begin learning an instrument, are overwhelmed by a hidden subject usually omitted from their education.

Music teachers are often so involved in a particular instrument and teaching the student how to play that instrument that they often overlook teaching a very important aspect of the subject: music itself!

Music is a subject in itself and any particular instrument only exists to make music happen. The subject of music is called "Music Theory" and we at AppTreasureHunter.com believe that in order to truly be a successful musician one must learn about music as well as how to play their given instrument.

Instruments are best learned through practice by oneself or with a teacher. Music Theory, on the other hand, is best learned through study. And we have found the perfect apps that will teach your student or child the fundamentals of Music Theory.

Music Theory for Beginners gives the fundamental of fundamentals of music theory. This includes the musical staff, notes, rests, and how to read.

Theory Lessons repeats these basic fundamentals, but in a more applicable and grown-up way, and then builds upon them into more advanced theory – such as chords and movements.

PianoHead is a tool for practicing Music Theory and is a lot of fun.

Finally, iHarmony is any musician's go-to reference guide for anything they could ever want to know or use with regards musical composition or study.

Here's to making some beautiful music! Please refer to each app review below.


Music Theory for Beginners

By: Musicroom.com
Age Group: 5-8, 12+
Price: $4.99
Category: Music Apps

Music theory for beginners is really an app designed for children. After using it for a little bit I found it to be fun an informative for me personally as well. The primary objective of the app, however, is to act as a child's beginning app on music theory.

The app is split into 22 lessons that cover all the major topics, such as rhythm and reading basic harmony. The lessons have drills at the end of them with multiple choice questions, so you can ensure that you understood and learned the lessons.

The quizzes contain over 2000 questions to test your knowledge and help you get better and better at the concepts taught. Some of the quizzes even prompt you to play the rhythm of a noted piece of music.

The app is hosted by a small owl which cheers you on and helps you learn music. I did have a lot of fun playing with this app and I'm confident it's the perfect thing for your child learning his or her first instrument.

Features:

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.


Theory Lessons

By: musictheory.net
Age Group: 8-12
Price: $2.99
Category: Music Apps

Theory Lessons features 39 music theory lessons taken from musictheory.net.

For those of you unfamiliar with musictheory.net, it is a very step-by-step approach to teaching music theory and is primarily for beginners. And while it is mainly for beginners, the information given serves as a good primer for any music student.

After having played music most of my life, I went to musictheory.net a couple years ago and did their program. I was blown away with how much I learned, even as one who had studied music since his pre-teen years. So I can vouch for the benefits of the lessons themselves and the simplicity and ease in which you will learn and grasp music theory.

The app brings these lessons to your mobile device and includes animation and diagrams, literally sentence-by-sentence, with the lessons. So you will never be left to figure it out for yourself. This app shows you the theory of music in action as you go along.

This app is straight theory lessons. You will need to practice what you learn on your own.

Features:

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.


PianoHead

By: Spinapse, Inc.
Age Group: 8-12, 12+
Price: $4.99
Category: Music Apps

PianoHead is a brilliant app for musical beginners or advanced students alike. It contains a series of modular drills that are designed to improve a musician's ability to automatically recognize and play scales, notes, intervals and key signatures.

Each major aspect of musical theory is drilled in so that the student learns swiftly and the knowledge becomes second nature.

This application is intended for drilling and practicing. It is supposed that the user already knows some music theory or is being taught it otherwise.

The app is made into a fun, game-like format to enhance the drilling experience and make it a lot less boring than it would be to just sit there and try and practice routine scales or reading.

This game has nine levels for each game and concludes with a “PianoHead challenge” that truly puts your skills to the test.

Features:

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.


iHarmony

By: Alberto De Bortoli
Age Group: 12+
Price: $0.99
Category: Music Apps

This application is the perfect go-to reference guide for anyone who is studying music or is even a seasoned musician.

This application contains over 1500 entries which contain every musical scale, in every mode; every chord and every possible harmonization of each and every note. Each chord, scale, harmonization, etc. has an audio clip so you can hear what it sounds like.

The app is arranged so the entries can be sorted by note, by scale, by chords or by harmonization. The app even lets you chose Italian notation (Do, Re, Mi, etc.) or French and German notations, in addition to standard Anglo-Saxon (C, D, E, etc.)

I mean, let's face it. There is a LOT to know about music and musical theory. Even veteran musicians, people who have been playing their whole life time, can get confused by it all.

This application is extremely useful for anyone who is looking to practice, compose, jam, what have you. It is a must for every student of music and music theory.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 7.0 or later.