Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn and practice reading music notes.

Each race is a timed test in which the student identifies different notes in order to urge their horse on towards the finish line. Answering quickly and correctly will cause their horse to gain ground, while incorrect answers will cause it to fall behind. At the end of each race, students can review the notes they missed and see the correct answers.

Players can respond to flashcards by simply playing the note on their acoustic or MIDI instrument. They can also choose to answer by tapping letter buttons or playing a key on an on-screen piano.

The game is fully customizable to allow for any desired notes in the treble, bass, alto, or tenor clefs to be included. You can select ranges of notes, or several individual notes to focus on specific areas that need work. Notes can be shown with sharps and flats and key signatures can even be added to increase the challenge for more advanced students. The amount of time the player is given for each flashcard can be increased or decreased depending upon their age and level of experience.

Drills can start out simply, with only a handful of notes, and gradually be made more challenging until the full staff is mastered (up to five and a half ledger lines above or below the staff.) The more difficult the settings, the more points are awarded. The 'high score' is tracked so that players always have a goal to shoot for.

As a bonus, over a dozen instructional video lessons are easily accessible from right inside the app! Even children with no prior music instruction can start using Flashnote Derby right away to begin learning about the music alphabet, the staff, and how to identify different notes.

Because it can be set up so quickly, Flashnote Derby provides a perfect motivational tool for music teachers to use with students, even for just a minute or two of each lesson. Teachers have the ability to email homework assignments to their students for them to play on their own devices at home. Each player's performance is recorded so that their progress can be tracked. You can easily see which notes are most in need of review.

When students give up on their music lessons, it's usually because they find it too difficult. Learning basic skills early is key to laying the groundwork for future success. Flashnote Derby makes this process more enjoyable and helps students stay motivated in their music learning.

Sometimes it takes only a little extra effort to make the difference between success and failure. Download Flashnote Derby and get on the road to music reading mastery today!

What’s New

Version 3.2

Two brand new themes are included for free in version 3.2 of Flashnote Derby.
Ecliptic Encounter turns the horse race into a space battle and should be especially appealing to slightly older students.
Pretty Pegasus swaps out the horses for It takes place high above the clouds and has gentler sound effects and soothing graphics.

For music teachers managing studios or classrooms or multiple devices, device cloning has been added which allows you to copy a set of users and preset drills to multiple devices quickly and easily.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Kah# ,

Great motivational app with potential for Further development

I am a piano teacher and this app is great for drilling notes names in both treble and bass clef. It is very easy to customise notes for each pupils stage and the different speeds and race element is very motivational, especially for boys!
I would like to see it developed to include the option of playing the notes directly onto a keyboard, which is a different but equally important skill.

Joanna Pieters ,

Brilliant note learning app

I’ve been using with an 8yo and it’s brilliant. It could not be easier to set up and change, and the flexibility of giving responses - note name, keyboard or on a real instrument - is fantastic. In a few minutes he’d sorted out some confusion he has between a couple of notes. I’m going to start using it myself to improve my alto clef reading. A slightly more adult/less frenetic theme would be nice for that, but that’s a request rather than a criticism. Highly recommended.

amiemusic01 ,

Brilliant for younger students

I use this mainly with my younger students as they are getting to grips with pitch reading, and works well as a great game in the classroom when my iPad is hooked up to the IWB. I really like the Christmas variation too.


Luke Bartolomeo
125.3 MB

Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, German, Japanese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Luke D. Bartolomeo


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