In the past few years, music teachers have found new ways of engaging students in learning. Fruits of their labors have been some interesting mobile apps. Here’s a list of ones we found with the highest ratings and the app’s author’s own descriptions of its features:

Flashnote Derby
• Choose exactly the notes you need to practice
• Treble, Bass, Alto, and Tenor clefs!
• Answer using letter names (C, D, E), solfege (Do, Re, Mi) or piano keys.
• Up to five ledger lines above or below the staff
• Over a dozen videos to help you learn

Forget about boring music note flashcards. Flashnote Derby is the fun way for kids to learn music notes and practice memorizing them. Learning to read music is key to laying the groundwork for future success. Flashnote Derby actually makes this enjoyable and helps students stay motivated in their music studies. Available for both Apple and Android devices. Itunes: $4.99, Google Play/Amazon: $2.99

Piano Notes Pro – With a wide range of level control, Piano Notes Pro is not only an interesting game for experienced piano players, but is also a great music note tutor for piano students. It certainly can help you learn and practice music notes effectively on your iPad. Not available for Android devices. Itunes: $2.99

Piano Maestro – Piano Maestro is a fun and engaging piano practice tool for families and teachers. Chosen by Apple as #1 Education App in over 20 countries. Works with any piano or keyboard.

From playing a single note to complete pieces, Piano Maestro helps your child master sight-reading, rhythm, technique and playing with both hands to make sheet music come to life. Fun piano learning for the entire family with positive screen time! Not available for Android devices. Itunes: FREE

EarMaster – Music theory made easy and fun! Thousands of lessons on ear training, sight-singing and rhythm for all skill levels, from beginner to very advanced. The app includes all you need to build up your music theory skills and become a better musician. Try it, it’s not only fun to use but also very efficient: some of the best music schools use EarMaster. Available for both Apple and Android devices. Itunes: FREE

Perfect Ear: Having a well developed aural skills and sense of rhythm is essential for every musician. Whether you want to improvise, figure out melodies by ear, recognize chord progressions or simply be able to tune your guitar without a tuner having a good understanding of basics, such as intervals, scales and chords is crucial. Not available for Apple devices. Google Play: FREE

MusiClock – Scale practice fun. MusiClock transforms the complexity of different notes, scales and keys into a simple and powerful jam tool.The beautifully simple MusiClock enables you to jam with piano or guitar right away without prior knowledge of music theory. With the help of the revolutionary design, you can master all the scales you need for jamming in no time. Practice and expand your playing skills easily to more challenging keys – just rotate the wheel and you can transpose your jam instantly to any key. Not available for Android devices. Itunes: $4.99

And just for fun…

Sketch-a-song-Try it now and see why kids and people of all ages LOVE composing in color with Sketch-a-Song. Express your creativity, learn the fundamentals of music composition and increase your music appreciation while having a blast! Available for both Android and Apple devices. Itunes and Google Play: FREE

There’s also quite a few different metronome and tuning apps on both Android and Apple devices that you might find useful!

If you try any of these out and you really like them, let us know what you think!