Note reading made fun! Note Rush is a game for practising note reading on the music staff to help you learn to play the piano, keyboard, flute, saxophone, violin... you name it! Note Rush shows you one note at a time in random order then uses the microphone to listen as you play through them like you would with note reading flash cards, only these flash cards check that you're playing the right note!
Play with a bunch of fun themes and race to earn stars and beat your best time! Note Rush is great for teaching keyboard geography by making sure each note is played in the correct octave. An indispensable music theory must-have for learning sight reading at all levels of music education.
"Great app for learning notes!" - App Store Review.
"So much better than flash cards! My son loves using this app and his note reading has improved tremendously since starting. I'm thankful he can do this on his own and it keeps track of his high scores which is highly motivating for him." - App Store Review.
"A blockbuster hit with teachers and students... I especially like using it at group lessons." - Leila Viss, 88pianokeys.me
"Note Rush has quickly become my favorite app for piano teaching." - Joy Morin, colorinmypiano.com
"Note Rush is a motivating app that engages students to improve quickly with their note reading skills. It is definitely one of my top favorites and will be used often!" - Jennifer Foxx, musiceducatorresources.com
"Note Rush is a great way to review notes for the One Minute Club." - Susan Paradis, susanparadis.com
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Listens to Your Instrument
Note Rush helps students learn a strong association between notes on the page and keys on your instrument by using your device's microphone to detect when you play each note. Works with pianos, keyboards, flutes, violins, you name it! (See Q&A below for more about supported instruments.)
Note Rush goes as fast or as slow as the student with no time limits, so is suitable for complete beginners right through to being a fun challenge even for teachers!
Grand Staff Context
The whole grand staff is always visible, showing each note in full context and helping students learn how notes are spaced out across the two staves.
Octave-Sensitive Keyboard Geography
It's a "B", but which "B"?? Note Rush teaches keyboard geography by making sure you're getting the note in the right octave every time.
Great for Home Practise
Students will rush to their instrument at home every day with NoteRush, chasing stars and high scores! Unlike flash cards, children can drill note identification at home with no music-reading parent required to check if they're getting them correct - Note Rush checks for you! Play every day and you'll be great at reading piano music in no time.
Note Rush has fifteen built-in Levels, from Middle C-Position right through to the full grand staff with 2 ledger lines above and below. There are Levels for Treble Clef, Bass Clef or full Grand Staff! Or make your own levels to practise reading specific notes, with sharps and flats for an added challenge!
Better Than Flash Cards!
Use Note Rush instead of printed flash cards! Note Rush was designed to replace the cards used in One Minute Club - a challenge you can run in your studio where students have to complete a given level in under a minute. Give it a try!
Note Rush is made by Thomas Grayston, a software developer, pianist, and husband to a piano teacher.
- I've heard those asking for longer games to drill more notes without restarting so often, so in this update I've added new 5x and 8x repeats options in Level Designer.
- Plus, I was recently interviewed by Tracy and Sara for an Upbeat Piano Teachers webinar, and this update contains a little surprise for those who sign up to watch! Keep an eye on the Note Rush facebook page (or email list) for details over the next few days...
Ratings and Reviews
Exactly what I was looking for!!
I am so happy with this app. I am a piano teacher and I am so excited that I found this app! I love that it works with the sound from a real piano and that it recognizes octaves! My students love working in this app and one even asked to do it first because she wanted to beat her own score. Thank you so much for making such a perfect customizable and yet simple app that even my younger students can use. I used to time my students playing notes with regular flash cards but I couldn’t flip the cards fast enough and it was a little stressful because I would drop cards or the timer wouldn’t work right. So many things for me to have to think about. Not any more! I am so happy!!
Really great app!
My young flute students love this app! If you’re looking for simple note recognition flash cards, this is not the app for you. However, this is a great next step from note recognition to actually playing the correct note on your instrument. For beginner flute players getting the correct combinations of fingers is challenging. Making it into a game makes it fun.
I would give 5 stars if this had a level for treble clef that didn’t go below middle C but went into higher upper ledger lines (think F6-B6) to make this a more useful tool for my specific instrument. (Reading upper treble ledger lines is a really important skill for flautists to learn.) Still great as is, but not as useful for my 3rd year beginner-intermediate students.
I’m 28 and learning how to sight read music for the piano. I’ve searched all over for something to study the grand staff and this is exactly what I was looking for. The custom level designer is brilliant.
The only thing I could really see to improve this would be having multiple notes at the same time. Even just one note on each clef to practice sight reading with both hands. I could see how this would be difficult to implement with the microphone but if possible it would be a game changer.
Love the app. Keep up the great work!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.