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App Review: Flashnote Derby

by Jeremy Hanson Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

Flashnote Derby is a fun, useful, and versatile note reading app (kudos to Marianne Bryan for introducing it to me!).  After selecting which notes to include (any number of notes from Low C to High C), students begin the race. 

Individual notes are shown and students answer by touching the letter, a keyboard with letters, or a keyboard without letters.  Additionally, the number of questions can be changed from 10, 20, or 30 questions, or students can work once through all selected notes.  There are four different speeds, depending on student’s level of mastery (more points are given for faster answers!). 

When students complete the race, they can review their mistakes before racing again.  The app also includes short, clever video lessons that introduce and review all of the concepts – this may be especially helpful for students to watch at home.  These videos are also available on the Flashnote Derby webpage at http://flashnotederbyapp.com/learning-music-notes-on-the/.

I especially like that I can select any combination of notes to drill.  For example, a beginning student could just review two or three notes, such as Middle C, Bass F, and Treble G.  Or I can focus in on a small portion of the staff, then add more notes as students learn them.  I also appreciate that it takes only seconds to set the parameters for each race, so it is an app that I can use easily and quickly at any time in a lesson.  This app is only $0.99 and is well worth it!  I highly recommend it!

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