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 3.2.2

Improved pitch detection...
Game sounds are better muted to allow for more accurate pitch detection.
Users can be sorted alphabetically for studios with a large number of students.
Other minor miscellaneous bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

klw515 ,

Educational AND fun

Very good app!

The positives: As a teacher, I love that I can tailor the parameters to what a student knows and/or needs to work on. I have used it in a few lessons already and I've seen clear improvement after a few rounds. Having the ability to email the settings to the student is a feature I would never have imagined but have already used. The "derby" itself is fun and the graphics are pretty good. You can set it to letter names, piano keys, or both.

The negatives: the booing has got to go. I would never "boo" a student for making a mistake, and although older students might find it funny, it's way too harsh for young kids. This would be a 5-star review if not for the booing!

Suggestions: I would like to see the treble and bass clefs extended out by an octave. I could see adding an alto clef option at some point. Finally, why isn't there an option for the jockey to be a girl??

Flossy123456789 ,


I just discovered the informational videos and that I can tack student progress with this app! I can’t wait to try out all these features with my students.

Plumberrypie ,


It helps with both note and keyboard recognition/speed. I have searched and searched for this one!!!! Fun and effective. Thrilled!


Luke Bartolomeo
125.8 MB

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


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

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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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