Note reading made fun! Note Rush is a game for practising note reading on the music staff to help you learn to play the piano, keyboard, flute, saxophone, violin... you name it! Note Rush shows you one note at a time in random order then uses the microphone to listen as you play through them like you would with note reading flash cards, only these flash cards check that you're playing the right note!

Play with a bunch of fun themes and race to earn stars and beat your best time! Note Rush is great for teaching keyboard geography by making sure each note is played in the correct octave. An indispensable music theory must-have for learning sight reading at all levels of music education.

"Great app for learning notes!" - App Store Review.

"So much better than flash cards! My son loves using this app and his note reading has improved tremendously since starting. I'm thankful he can do this on his own and it keeps track of his high scores which is highly motivating for him." - App Store Review.

"A blockbuster hit with teachers and students... I especially like using it at group lessons." - Leila Viss,

"Note Rush has quickly become my favorite app for piano teaching." - Joy Morin,

"Note Rush is a motivating app that engages students to improve quickly with their note reading skills. It is definitely one of my top favorites and will be used often!" - Jennifer Foxx,

"Note Rush is a great way to review notes for the One Minute Club." - Susan Paradis,

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Listens to Your Instrument
Note Rush helps students learn a strong association between notes on the page and keys on your instrument by using your device's microphone to detect when you play each note. Works with pianos, keyboards, flutes, violins, you name it! (See Q&A below for more about supported instruments.)

Note Rush goes as fast or as slow as the student, with no time limits, so is suitable for complete beginners right through to being a fun challenge even for teachers!

Grand Staff Context
The whole grand staff is always visible, showing each note in full context and helping students improve their note recognition across the two staves.

Octave-Sensitive Keyboard Geography
It's a "B", but which "B"?? Note Rush teaches keyboard geography by making sure you're getting the note in the right octave every time.

Great for Home Practise
Students will rush to their instrument at home every day with NoteRush, chasing stars and high scores! Unlike flash cards, children can drill note identification at home with no music-reading parent required to check if they're getting them correct - Note Rush checks for you! Play every day and you'll be great at reading piano music in no time.

Note Rush has fifteen built-in Levels, from Middle C-Position right through to the full grand staff with 2 ledger lines above and below. There are Levels for Treble Clef, Bass Clef or full Grand Staff! Or make your own levels to practise reading specific notes, with sharps and flats for an added challenge!

Better Than Flash Cards!
Use Note Rush instead of printed flash cards! Note Rush was designed to replace the cards used in One Minute Club - a challenge you can run in your studio where students have to complete a given level in under a minute. Give it a try!

Note Rush is made by Thomas Grayston, a software developer, pianist, and husband to a piano teacher.

What’s New

Version 1.60

Long-awaited MIDI keyboard support is here! This allows Note Rush to be played silently with headphones - great for group classes or partner lessons. Just plug in your keyboard via a suitable adapter and Note Rush will detect that you're using MIDI automatically!

Cables getting in the way? Note Rush now works in landscape mode too! If you've been using Note Rush sideways (a great way to highlight the mapping between the grand staff and piano keys btw!) you can still do this by turning on rotation lock before turning your device.

Oh yes, and some further improvements to microphone-based note detection, plus a significant reduction in file size (a hefty 750mb down to a much more reasonable 240mb).

Hope you love this update, and as usual please let me know what you think at or
Thanks! -Thomas

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

Chan Pui-Kwan ,

Great App with room for improvement

I love how this app can listen for your instrument to see if you have played the correct notes. This is a great improvement over apps that utilise only MIDI input as now one can use any instrument for his/her practise! I can now practise my saxophone sight reading! Yay!

Two more functional addition would make it even better and a more complete and powerful practicing tool:

1) Key Signatures in various keys:
A lot of us struggle with remembering which notes are to be sharped or flatted in the different keys, and being able to practise in different keys would be great. I was surprised that this has not been incorporated as one of its core settings as many other sight reading apps do have it.

2) More ledger lines Notes:
Another area that musicians may be struggling with and need practising on.

I would not mind paying for IAP should these functions be added!

Scozmo ,

Really good for most instruments.

Would love to be able to use this with all instruments, maybe adding in other clefs (alto clef). It works great for guitar if you play C below middle C for the reference note but would love to see an alto clef added for Viola! Thanks!

TrustworthyReviewer ,

The Best Note Reading App

As a classroom music teacher, this has been a brilliant app for students to use on their various instruments. It works exactly as expected and students are engaged from start to finish. Definitely superior to the other apps out there and without the tedious ads!


Thomas Grayston
239.3 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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