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
727 Ratings

727 Ratings

candifer ,

Really great app!

My young flute students love this app! If you’re looking for simple note recognition flash cards, this is not the app for you. However, this is a great next step from note recognition to actually playing the correct note on your instrument. For beginner flute players getting the correct combinations of fingers is challenging. Making it into a game makes it fun.

I would give 5 stars if this had a level for treble clef that didn’t go below middle C but went into higher upper ledger lines (think F6-B6) to make this a more useful tool for my specific instrument. (Reading upper treble ledger lines is a really important skill for flautists to learn.) Still great as is, but not as useful for my 3rd year beginner-intermediate students.

khsmile ,

Exactly what I was looking for!!

I am so happy with this app. I am a piano teacher and I am so excited that I found this app! I love that it works with the sound from a real piano and that it recognizes octaves! My students love working in this app and one even asked to do it first because she wanted to beat her own score. Thank you so much for making such a perfect customizable and yet simple app that even my younger students can use. I used to time my students playing notes with regular flash cards but I couldn’t flip the cards fast enough and it was a little stressful because I would drop cards or the timer wouldn’t work right. So many things for me to have to think about. Not any more! I am so happy!!

SDBuzzcut ,

Speedy Response Time

At first I was worried about the “listening” response time so I purchased the Yamaha MD-BT01 Bluetooth adapters for my Disklavier Enspire piano before purchasing Note Rush, but “listening” via the iPhone microphone is just as speedy as the MIDI Bluetooth.

At first I couldn’t figure how to save multiple versions of my own level cards but one reviewer’s video showing saving QR codes to Photos and then loading those was very helpful. If there’s a manual describing the process, I couldn’t find it. It’s an interesting solution to the problem of how to save your own level cards.

Also had a difficult time figuring how to get naturals, sharps and flats in the level design mode, but then realized there are ghosted columns for naturals, flats and sharps. Just select the note you want on the line or space in the appropriate column.

This is a terrific app! Associating the notes on the keyboard with the notes on the staffs is much better for me than clicking a button on the regular flash card apps. The other listening app I tried had very slow response times.

App Privacy

The developer, Thomas Grayston, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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