Flashnote Derby- Musical Note Flashcards!
By Luke Bartolomeo
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Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn and practice identifying music notes by name.
Each race is a timed test in which the student identifies different notes in order to urge their horse and jockey on towards the finish line. Answering quickly and correctly will cause their horse to gain ground, while incorrect answers will cause it to fall behind. At the end of each race, students can review the notes they missed and see the correct answers.
The game is fully customizable to allow for any desired notes in the treble, bass, alto, or tenor clefs to be included. You can select ranges of notes, or several individual notes to focus on specific areas that need work. The amount of time the player is given for each flashcard can be increased or decreased depending upon their age and level of experience.
Drills can start out simply, with only a handful of notes used, and gradually be made more challenging until the full staff is mastered (up to five ledger lines above or below the staff.) The more difficult the settings, the more points are awarded. The 'high score' is tracked so that players always have a goal to shoot for.
As a bonus, over a dozen instructional video lessons are easily accessible from right inside the app! Even children with no prior music instruction can start using Flashnote Derby right away to begin learning about the music alphabet, the staff, and how to identify different notes.
Because it can be set up so quickly, Flashnote Derby provides a perfect motivational tool for music teachers to use with students, even for just a minute or two of each lesson. Teachers have the ability to email homework assignments to their students for them to play on their own iOS devices at home. (Be sure that "Teacher Mode" for "Flashnote" in the Settings.app is enabled for the email icon to appear.)
When students give up on their music lessons, it's usually because they find it too difficult. Learning basic skills early is key to laying the groundwork for future success. Flashnote Derby makes this process more enjoyable and helps students stay motivated in their music learning.
Sometimes it takes only a little extra effort to make the difference between success and failure. Download Flashnote Derby and get on the road to music reading mastery today!
What's New in Version 2.1.5
Optimized for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
Added language support for Chinese and Russian.
Some big developmental flaws
This app was recommended by my 8yo's piano teacher. I could be great, but he was quickly frustrated with it. The cheering when he gets a correct answer is good, but does there really have to be a loud "awwww!" or, even worse, "booooo!" for a wrong answer?
Also, the letter choices are in a font that can be confusing for young children: namely the D can be easily confused with a lowercase A, flipped right to left (but that is lost on many children at this age). Simple block letters would be a more appropriate choice.
Once we straightened out which letter was which and turned the sound off, it went better, but that was rather too late.
Good for drills
I bought this app to use with my piano students. Overall they like the app. It has cute graphics that appeal to children. My only complaint is that I would like for there to be a two octave span on my iPad. My kids found it confusing when F5 in the treble clef had to be played at F4 in the app when doing the treble line drill for instance. I could see them wanting to press a key an octave above the keyboard display (where the note actually resides). I don't use the keyboard since it is causing them confusion.
Simple app that kids really like
I was really surprised how much my piano students like this app. It's really just flash cards with sound effects but they love playing it. Some of them liked it enough to ask their parents to buy it; at the very least I get no argument about practicing our letter names. Now maybe they'll write an app that works on steps and skips with the same game engine.
- Category: Education
- Updated: Nov 11, 2014
- Version: 2.1.5
- Size: 148 MB
- Languages: English, German, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese
- Seller: Luke Bartolomeo
- © 2014 Luke D. Bartolomeo
Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.