By Marek Ledvina
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This game is focused on recognizing intervals on a music staff. As simple as it can be you will learn how to visually and quickly recognize an interval between two tones. All our simple music games are designed and created because of our children told us they need them. Hopefully it will also help you and your children.
You hear and see two tones and your task is to recognize their mutual interval. A hint can be : Count lines and spaces between the two tones and you get the right interval. If you still do not know what kind of interval it is wait a moment and the appropriate answer will start to be pointed by a colored arrow.
Play Mode is in every our application a challenge. So you have 60 seconds for recognizing as many intervals as possible. World Record is real challenge so we invite you to give your best try and measure your interval reading skills with the World Record.
What's New in Version 1.1
- bug fixes
Close, but not quite
This application is beautifully designed, and easily communicates some rather difficult ideas. However, there are two fatal flaws that make it virtually useless and very detrimental to students. Unfortunately, the auditory intervals do not match the printed intervals. This glitch is rather fatal, since the whole point of the app is to learn how to recognize and identify both written and aural intervals. Second, there is no distinction between a major, minor, augmented, or diminished interval. Although the words sound advanced, the skills are extremely basic and do need to be taught from step one, otherwise students are learning incorrect information.
As a music educator and graduate of a major conservatory, i would use this app nearly everyday in my classroom and reccomend it very highly to my students if these issues were straightened out. In it's current state, i have to do quite the opposite, because using this app does more damage than good since the material it is teaching is not accurate.
Free or not, avoid this app. As mjg0001 wrote, the sounds (answers) do not match the pictures (questions). The two pitches played (aural interval) do not match the two pitches on the staff (written interval). It is essential that students be able to connect what they hear with what they see so when you hear the interval of a 6th, it has to look like an interval of a 6th in musical notation. Just like when you hear the question "what is 2 + 2?" the answer has to be "4" or students are learning incorrect information. This defeats the goal of ear training and is very harmful to the student.
The only plus is the quality of the graphics.
Eye training or Ear training??
Like the others have said, the visual doesn't match the audio. The answers match the visual NOT the audio. I could live with it if it was the other way around. But, not this. Too bad, because it was a nice approach.