Track and accelerate your progress on your entire repertoire on a very granular level, down to subsections of sections of pieces. Practice the parts that need the most work, using scientific "best practices" of spaced repetition and interleaving to maximize the effectiveness of your practice time. Regulate your practice with the built-in metronome and timers, and review graphs of your practice log.
Music Practice Assistant works by keeping a log of what you've practiced, when, and how well you played it, from the big-picture level all the way down to the level of the short phrases and passages that make up a piece. It allows you to build better practice habits by interleaving the order in which you practice those passages, as well as by focusing mainly on passages you found difficult or haven't played in a while.
Think of it as a simple practice journal combined with an intelligent music tutor. Amateur and professional musicians use it to master pieces more effectively and to keep their repertoire in top shape. By using our practice planning algorithm based on the principles of spaced repetition and interleaved practice, you'll make the most of your practice time and build strong habits of deliberate practice. Originally designed for pianists, Music Practice Assistant is now used by musicians of all instruments to structure and log their practice.
Why? Too often our musical practice suffers from problems:
- We play the fun parts over and over, neglecting tricky parts that need more practice.
- We play a piece from start to finish, ignoring mistakes or maybe correcting them once, even though this is effectively “practicing the mistakes” and reinforcing them in muscle memory.
- We try to cram a passage into memory by playing it over and over all at once, even though this has been shown to be ineffective.
- We allow our old favorite to become rusty, and it takes much more work to polish than if we had just revisited it even once every few months.
- We allow ourselves to plateau, rather than constantly push at the edges of our abilities.
- We practice without concrete goals in mind, with no feedback cycle in place, and without countless other well-studied elements of effective practice.
Music Practice Assistant is a practice journal designed to help with all of these obstacles and many others. If you use it to keep track of your repertoire and practice sessions, it will intelligently suggest what to practice. Decades of research tells us that techniques like interleaved practice, spaced repetition, and deliberate practice can improve our learning and memory, yet often we do the exact opposite, to the detriment of our music. We’ve taken this research and used it to design a tool to help amateur and professional musicians alike improve the quality of their practice.
Improvements to UI for changing metronome and other numeric settings.
Ratings and Reviews
Very good app for serious musicians
I'm a professional pianist and have been using this app to help me keep track of a large amount of repertoire. I've spent the last 20 years mostly playing and practicing piano. I no longer am able to put in 8-12 hour practice days like when I was younger. So, I am always looking for ways to improve my practice in quality and efficiency and though this app may not look like much it is proving itself extremely useful. If you are a serious musician looking to delve deeper into organized, efficient practice and maintenance of a large amount of repertoire this might be the best thing I know of. There are some unfortunate UI decisions, but it is easily overlooked when I weigh the benefits vs the annoyances. I am going to be telling my musician colleagues.
Useless so far. But now it’s better!
Need help figuring out just how to use this. Tutorial please? I see no help whatsoever on how to even choose which piece or exercise I want to practice.
A few days later:
So after a little exploring I have the basics and am enjoying using the app to guide and log my practice. Still wish for some help (several features I have no idea about) but I like what I can use.
Suffers from feature creep
Its not designed well. Too many taps to start a timer, which wastes time. As soon as it starts, I should have to tap once or at most twice to start timing. The app should be unobtrusive and easy and simple to use - this is not. I will ask for a refund.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.