By William Wilson
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Learn to read music the fun way with Note Squish. This simple game will teach you the names of the notes on the treble, bass, and C-clef. Fun for kids just learning an instrument, adults brushing up their music skills, and everyone in between. Great for students of any instrument: piano, guitar, bass, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, saxophone, flute, clarinet, and more.
Game play is simple. On the top of the screen a note is shown that you need to identify. Below little cartoon moles appear with various note names above their heads. Tap the mole whose note name matches the note shown on top to score points. Play over and over and watch your music skills grow!
-Develop the ability to instantly name notes.
-Includes treble, bass, and C-Clef.
-Game can be played in three speeds with a range of 2 to 23 different notes.
Fun, with potential for more
I use this game to practice note identification with my fifth graders. They enjoy it and it seems to help them improve. However, with a few tweaks it could become a much more robust learning tool and still be just as fun.
Instead of having background music, and then percussive sound effects as you squish note names, why not play the pitch that's being identified instead? You'd have to take away the background music, but that's okay--you could replace it with non-pitched material (like drums and other percussion sounds). Allowing the player to hear the pitch would activate another part of the brain, and help reinforce the way this notation works. I'd like to hear the pitch when you first show the note, and then have it diminuendo, with maybe an accented hit as you "squish" the correct answer. Wrong answers could produce some dissonant sound.
If you can make this change, I think this becomes a 5-star app for music learners. Thanks!
My 6 and 8 year old sons play this game every day after they practice guitar. They have a lot of fun with it--it's a good and easy way for me to get some music theory in each day. His new high score is 441--he's constantly challenging me and even his teacher to beat him. This is a great way to teach kids basics about how to read music
This is the best music reading game available! The peripheral vision you have to use to see the moving note names as well as the staff is very similar to actual sightreading. I am a music teacher and this is the game I recommend to all of my students to gain speed and accuracy in music reading.
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- Category: Music
- Released: Jul 16, 2010
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 3.7 MB
- Languages: English, French, Spanish
- Seller: William Wilson
- © 2010 William Wilson
Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.