Help learning Music Notation

There are dozens of apps that can help you practice your skills remembering note names. 10 – 15 minutes a day for two weeks with flash cards or the right app, and you can be fluent in naming notes, a crucial skill when identifying and building scales, key signatures and chords.

The list below contains some possibilities that you might want to check out, but feel free to explore on your own. If you find a note-naming app that you love, please let me know so that I can check it out and maybe add it to the list.

Tone Savvy
This is a website with a ton of music theory and ear training exercises. It is the merging of David Crane’s  TonedEar and Rob Whelan’s eMusicTheory sites. It is probably my favorite of all of these sites. The note naming exercises allow you to use treble, bass, alto, C clefs and grand staff. Nothing fancy, but free, well-thought out and browser based. Tone Savvy.

Music Tutor
This app is designed to help students practice the names of the lines and spaces on the treble, bass and alto staffs by clicking on the correct note name below the image of a staff with a note. The note names to choose from are laid out like a piano keyboard, which both reinforces the piano keyboard and provides a predictable interface. You can change settings to choose clefs, ranges and duration. You can choose note names or solfege. Free. Works with IOS and Android.

Name the Note!
This app is designed to help students practice the names of the lines and spaces on the treble and bass staffs by clicking on the correct note name below the image of a staff with a note. Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Set for timed or infinity. The one problem with this app is that the note name selections offered change every time a new note is flashed. This makes things unnecessarily difficult, and don’t necessarily teach better note reading. However, it is free. IOS.

Note Names
This app is designed to help students practice the names of the lines and spaces on the treble and bass staffs by clicking on the correct note name below the image of a staff with a note. Students can choose an instrument. There are options for teachers to be able to import student scores into a google docs spreadsheet which would be great for tracking progress. The app looks a little old, and has limited features. Available for IOS and free.

Staff Wars
This app is designed to help students practice the names of the lines and spaces on the treble, bass, alto and moveable C clefs, and the grand staff by clicking on the correct note name below the image of a staff with a note. This is a game. Notes scroll by – when students click the correct note, they shoot the note head off of the staff. The longer you play, the faster the note heads scroll past, and eventually ledger line notes are added. It has a fun retro look. While really goofy looking, I have to admit I really had fun with this app.  IOS. Free and recommended.

Solfeador
Description from the website: Learning the name of the notes in a staff can be a game, an addictive game. Can you get to the last level with three stars?

Improve your sheet music reading with this game. Features:

* Learn treble and bass clefs
* English notation (A, B, C…), Latin (italian) notation (Do, Re, Mi…) and German notation
* Statistics to measure your improvement

This is for Android devices only, and available for free on Google Play. I have not tested it out.

Music Notation Training
This free Chrome app can be installed directly into the Google Chrome browser. Simple and easy to use. Music Notation Training.