Android apps music education 2012


You’ve got dreams of being a music legend. You’ve rocked out to Guitar Hero, sung your heart out at the karaoke bar, and strutted your stuff in the shower. But, if you really want to perfect your singing skills, you’ll need to get serious. You have the option to enroll in music school, hire a music instructor or, if you’d rather walk the road by yourself, at least take your Android device with you. And, at least make sure that your Android device has an app that’ll help you polish your music skills.There’s no limit to what people can find on the Google Play Store and if you’re aspiring to learn the medium of your passion, you’ll need something lightweight to carry around. Open your ears, flex those fingers, and get ready for our selection of some of the best Android apps for learning music.

Music Tutor Sight Read

Before you can embark on your journey to become the world’s next best musician, you’ll need to learn the basics. That may seem boring but Music Tutor Sight Read is here to make sure that you won’t have a dull moment learning how to read and write music. It’s a quiz game designed for music students for learning to read and write music.Because it packs some games, Music Tutor Sight Read makes sure that you’re on your toes. Learn to read and write music staves and when the game asks for it, answer a key signature by choosing a key in the keyboard.
Some of the game modes include timed tests, a study option for you to answer questions without a time limit and learn, in which the user touches the answer panel and Music Tutor Sight Read shows the question corresponding to the given answer. Music Tutor Sight Read is a must-have for folks who want to build on their music foundations. Unfortunately, Music Tutor Sight Read doesn’t allow you to review your mistakes, so you’ll have to try to avoid giving the same erroneous answer.

Chord! Guitar Chord Finder

It’ll take more than just strumming and hoping you sound at least half good. If you’ve got a guitar, you should learn how to play it. Though Chord! Guitar Chord Finder is primarily a guitar or fretted instrument chord finder, it generates chord diagrams in any tuning and with any number of strings. Hear how each diagram sounds by sweeping your fingers across the strings.All diagrams are displayed in color so it’s easier for you to figure it out. With over 400 entries in its database, Chord! Guitar Chord Finder allows you to plot on a neck in any tuning or reverse search. You can find the scales corresponding to the notes you enter on a neck and explore the variations that the app gives you.If you’re left handed, don’t worry because Chord! Guitar Chord Finder also supports left-handed instruments/people. Once you’ve got your chord progressions figured out, you can save them in PDF format and share them via e-mail. Chord! Guitar Chord Finder is available on the Google Play Store for a fee, but it’s definitely worth it if you’re a serious aspiring musician.

My Piano Assistant

Round out your repertoire with some piano. It’s timeless and it’ll get you in the mood for some soulful music. With My Piano Assistant on your Android device, you’ll have a reference to piano chords and scales. Request a chord or scale, My Piano Assistant gives its formula and notes according to a selected root. It also shows positions of notes on the piano keyboard and allows you to listen to the selected chord or scale.If you want to keep one of the tutorials easily accessible, tap on the star so you can access it later. For seasoned piano players, My Piano Assistant is also helpful to keep your skills sharp and to help you in composition. My Piano Assistant supports different screen sizes and can cater to the way you’d like to have your Android device by supporting both portrait and landscape modes. If you’re excited to get learning the piano, My Piano Assistant is available for your Android device for free at the Google Play Store.

I personally have not tested all of these and it certainly is not acomprehensive list given the enormous number of apps available. I generally try to pick apps that have received good reviews and feedback from users as indicated on the iTunes Store or on AppBrain or I have personally used or seen demonstrated. Android apps are my weak point as I don’t use an Android device. Hopefully over time with feedback from music educators the list will represent the best of what is available for classroom and studio use for education. (updated Feb 29, 2012)

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