Note Rush for Your iPad, iPhone, and Android Devices

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Lessons are starting back for many of us, and if you use a mobile device in your lessons or if you want to help your child at home, this is a great time to try out Note Rush. This app is on the Apple App Store and Google Play so you can use it with an iPhone, iPad, and many Android devices.

The developer of Note Rush made it to help students learn notes because his wife is a piano teacher. Students see the note on the staff and try to quickly play the note on the piano. The app listens to what is played  and can tell if the note is played correctly. I discovered a long time ago that students need to know not only the names of the notes, but where they are on the piano. What good does it do to know the name of the note if they can’t find it on their instrument? Note Rush is a great way to review notes for the One Minute Club.

You can use any instrument with this app because it detects the sound waves  of the instrument and can tell if the student plays the correct note.  You do not use cables or plugs. Just set the device on the music rack or hold it so the student can see it. Flash cards pop up on the screen and the students plays them. Note Rush will let the student know if the note is played incorrectly. It works with digital as well as acoustic instruments.

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When you open Note Rush, students have three different icons they can use for notes: soccer ball,  ladybug, or planet, with different backgrounds for each one. The teacher, student, or parent selects the appropriate level.  There are five levels to choose from:

  • Starter – the notes around middle C
  • Part Staff – bass C to treble C
  • Whole Staff – low F to high G
  • Just Ledgers – Ledger line notes
  • Grand Challenge – Low C to High C

In each of the above levels, you can select the notes to be either all treble, all bass, or both. That makes 15 different variations to choose from.

If you get frustrated with iPad apps that are not user-friendly, you will find Note Rush super simple to use and very fast to set up. With just a touch of your finger you easily change levels. There are no complicated menus to figure out.

My students were beta-testers for this app, so I have used it extensively with an iPad.  They enjoyed it and thought it was fun and helpful. It is very moderately priced for the work that was involved in making it. For my readers all over the globe, here is the price breakdown as of the time of this post:

AUD $5.99
USD $3.99
CAD $5.49
GBP £2.99

If you want to read more about it, visit the Note Rush website.

Please be aware that there are many Android devices and this app has not been tested on all of them.

[Disclosure: I was a beta-tester for Note Rush.  I received no compensation either as a tester or for this review. These are my personal opinions.]

 

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Summer Fun Music Vocabulary

Summer Fun Vocabulary Worksheets

Summer Fun Music Vocabulary

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Well, at least I tried to make it fun!  The one with the words in the center is an activity my students love for me to make. There are lots of words of summer activities mixed up with theory vocabulary, and students circle all the music words. If you have time, on the back they can group the words into categories, like dynamics or rhythm. You might want a music dictionary handy.

I made black and white as well as color versions. As a reminder, if you only use this with one student at a time, teachers often put it in a sheet protector to use with wet or dry erase markers. That makes it easy to store in a binder. Other teachers like the B&W versions because students like to color them and they cost much less to print.

I made these as a summer activity and since we have a few more weeks of summer, I hope you can use them! I also think you can use them as a back to lessons/school activity.

They are all free downloads and match the series of  Summer Treats Activities  that I’ve made so much material for over the years.

If you are looking for a game with vocabulary words, check out Music Memory Level 5B as well as all the levels here. Students really like memory matching games.

 

 

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Binder and Covers 2016

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Binder Covers 2016

It was a year ago that I made my first “editable” PDF document, in the form of a binder cover. I think teachers liked it, so I made one for this year, too. I use them for my own students, and I want to share them with you again.

You might notice these have the same design as the calendar I posted a few weeks ago. I put them on the front and back of my students’ binders. All of the students get the calendar, but my younger students get the staff with notes and the older ones get the key signature chart.

There are 2 pages in the file I’m posting. Only the first page is editable, fillable, or whatever I should call it! Every time I see editable, I think edible and get hungry! 🙂

Being editable means you can personalize it with your own text.  There are 2 places on the page you can personalize by printing any text that will fit into the space. Instead of “Piano Binder” you could type “My Music Notebook” or whatever fits.

Only want one of the 2 pages in the file? I explain how to print only one page in my frequently asked questions.

Directions

  • Open the PDF in the latest version of Adobe Reader. (This is the same free program you use to print all of my material.)
  • On the first page, click your mouse about 2″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Jonathan.)
  • A light blue text field box with a blinking cursor in the middle will show up where you should type. The blue box will not show up when printed!
  • Type your text in the box, adjusting your wording to fit.
  • Repeat about 9.5″ down from the top. (See above where I wrote Piano Binder.) Type text in this box also.
  • I formatted the blue text fields to be centered so you will be starting in the center of each field.

Can’t open the PDF files? Check out my frequently asked questions from the menu bar above.  Teachers have reported problems with the Windows 10 Edge browser and use Chrome or Explorer instead.

Don’t like orange? You can always use last year’s blue binder covers.

Personalize your Binder Covers

 

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New Book! Songs I Already Know

Songs I Already Know 

Students love to play songs they know!

Songs I Already Know is a collection of 10 well-known children’s songs arranged for young beginners with lyrics, duet parts, and hand drawn illustrations.  The melodies are written in a variety of 5-finger hand positions on or near middle C to encourage children not to associate a finger with a certain piano key.

Duet parts for parents or older siblings!

Each student part is complete with a primer level melody divided between the hands and lyrics. But there is an optional, easy accompaniment for each song. Parents and siblings often have trouble reading two hands on one staff, which is how most teacher duets are written at this level. However, the accompaniments in Songs I Already Know are written on the treble and bass staves like regular piano music, which makes it easier for parents and older students to accompany the melody.

Songs include:

  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
  • Down by the Station
  • London Bridge is Falling Down
  • Eency Weeny Spider
  • Are You Sleeping
  • Hickory, Dickory Dock
  • It’s Raining It’s Pouring/Rain, Rain, Go Away
  • Do Your Ears Hang Low
  • Bingo
  • The Farmer in the Dell

This is a great book for sight reading, students who are not ready to go on to the next level, or a supplementary fun book. It’s fun because most students are familiar with the songs!

Check out this book in the Store section to see samples of the songs. Thank you for supporting this website by donations and purchasing music!

This is a studio license, so a single teacher can make unlimited copies for years of playing.

 

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