[App Review] Music Theory for Beginners

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

The layout is the right balance of graphics, text, and skill-based learning, which makes this app an educational breeze to master.

If you ever wanted to learn how to read the notes on sheet music and then perform them on instruments like the keyboard or drums, you’ll want to download Music Theory for Beginners. A cute owl instructor guides you through very helpful lessons, quizzes, and tests, using a mix of text, pictures, and interactive virtual instruments. By the time you master each section, you’ll be impressing the music teacher at your school with all the knowledge you’ve gained.

First of all, basic concepts are paced really naturally. You’ll go from learning note names and recognizing the different sounds that A, B, C, D, E, F, and G make, to complicated concepts like slurs, ties, key signatures, pickups, and repeats. If you’re already feeling like moving past a chapter, you can turn on Teacher mode to unlock every lesson. In fact, this app is useful for educators to use in their classroom, and it’s obvious from the simple-yet-thorough explanations, clear graphical aids, and enjoyable digital instruments that it was designed with the input of teachers.

At the end of every lesson, you can test yourself with multiple-choice quizzes that sometimes asks you to show off your budding musical talent on a set of drums or ivory keys. If you get the wrong answer, the owl rolls its eyes, but if you answer correctly and quickly, you’re rewarded with extra bonus points. Don’t worry about failing a lot, because it’s easy to navigate back and forth throughout the lessons. You won’t get bored either, because if it’s too easy, just fast forward to the tough levels.

Once you’ve finished every lesson and quiz, including 3 major tests, there’ll be a final exam. Considering how smoothly presented the graphics are, how clearly explained the text is, and how enjoyably responsive the digital instrument controls are, this app passes our final exam with flying colors. Or… should we say… flying musical notes? Anyhow, there’s really nothing to complain about for those junior high or high school students looking to master beginning music theory. Our final verdict? A+.

Images courtesy of Musicroom.