[dropcap1]I[/dropcap1]’m constantly trying to think of ways to get my 12 year old daughter interested in learning her music theory and failing, so I thought I’d take a look at one of our advertisers apps – Music Theory for Beginners. Available from the app store for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad as a universal app for just £1.99.
First off, you can see from the start that this app is squarely aimed at children. From the cute owl ‘teacher’ that makes encouraging noises and does little back flips when you get a question right, down to the bright app music that plays whilst you’re looking at the app menu.
[adrotate banner=”12″] is created by Musicroom.com, a big player in the online music purchasing world who also have a number of physical stores too, and their branding is prominent within the app but doesn’t get in the way at all.
When you open the app you are presented with a simple cute menu, laid out a little like a school blackboard, giving you access to settings and help information. I fully recommend going straight into the settings and changing the app Regional Text from English USA to English UK, otherwise you’ll find yourself being asked about quarter and whole notes instead of crotchets and semibreves.
Click Play and you can start your lessons. (After you’ve gone through a few lessons, clicking play gives you two options: go through a lesson or do a quiz) The first lesson is understandably about the musical staff and gives a clear description with text that you can swipe through followed by a series of multiple choice questions. My daughter found this extremely straight forward to follow and was rather delighted by the antics of the animated owl and the noises that come with getting an answer right or wrong. At the end of the lesson you are given your score, and the first of the apps achievements pops up. The achievements are a neat idea for encouraging youngsters to pursue extra lessons by treating the app a little like a game. (It even comes complete with leaderboards for total scores etc)
After the first two lessons, you are presented with a couple of brief tutorials on using the note entry system and piano control, complete with short instructional videos. All very straightforward and easy to understand.
I really think they’ve hit a good place with this app as my 12 year old was the most enthused I’ve ever seen her when looking into music theory. Lots of smiles and a real delight at getting the answers right (though equally miffed when she got one wrong). I can see the Music Theory for Beginners app being a great kick starter to try and persuade any youngster to give music theory a look with its emphasis on play and enjoyment making it exciting to use. In fact, I can’t get my iPad back right now as she’s still enthralled with the app. And of course, I wouldn’t want to stop her.
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- Developer: Musicroom.com
- Version: 2.3
- Updated: Sep 10, 2012
- Size: 102mb (115mb when installed)
- Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
- Requires iOS 4.0 or later
- Review carried out on an iPad 3 using iOS 6.1
Overall, I’d give this app 4 out of 5.
You can download [adrotate banner=”12″] from the App Store at this time for just £1.99