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,

"Note Rush has quickly become my favorite app for piano teaching." - Joy Morin,

"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,

"Note Rush is a great way to review notes for the One Minute Club." - Susan Paradis,

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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.

What's New

Version 1.55

Hi there!
- 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

4.1 out of 5
103 Ratings
103 Ratings
khsmile ,

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!!

Ikswol ,

Not flash cards

This is not flash cards. It will not help the student recognize the note. Really disappointed. A waste of money. I want my students to be able to learn note names when they see the notes. It’s hard enough to recognize notes when a student starts without having spiders on the staff that make it harder to tell what note is supposed to be represented. Also, there should be a way to just learn the note names, without having to play the note. Sure, being able to hear the note is good and being able to tell the note you played is the right note is good, but start by having note recognition.

Developer Response ,

Note Rush focuses on the association between the staff and keys on the piano/instrument. Many teachers prefer this approach which is a little different to other flash card apps. Sorry that wasn’t what you were looking for! I’ll review my app description to try to make this clearer in future.

Also, if spiders aren’t your scene, you can tap the Theme Change button on the home screen (it’ll have a pumpkin on it if you’re still using “Spooky”) to find the Classic Whole Notes theme instead.

Samblantha ,

Great app for learning notes!

I really like this app and have started using it with all my piano students at their lessons. They love trying to beat each other's time.
I like that the app requires them to play the correct key on the piano/correct octave rather than just choose the right note name. All the different themes available in the app make it fun for kids too. Can we have more to choose from in the future? 😁


Thomas Grayston
750.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Thomas Grayston


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