Note Rush: Music Reading Game 4+

Learn notes on your instrument

Thomas Grayston

Designed for iPad

    • $8.99



Learn to Read Music with Note Rush! Note Rush boosts your note reading speed and accuracy, building a strong mental model of where each written note is on your instrument. Now even better with Note Rush: 2nd Edition!

How it Works
Note Rush is like a virtual flash card deck for all ages that listens to you play each note, giving instant feedback and awarding stars based on speed and accuracy of note identification.

Race against the clock to improve your performance or hide the timer to gently engage those just starting out with the staff.

Includes built-in levels for piano and a range of other instruments as well as custom level design.

What makes Note Rush Different?
- Play On Your Instrument
Note reading is best learnt in the context of how you identify and play each note - on your acoustic or MIDI instrument.

- Designed for Teachers
...and not as a replacement for them! Create fully customizable note sets and easily send them home to students.

- Fun Themes
Engage with fun themes that don't get in the way of learning, or opt for traditional notation.

Landmarks: The best way to learn your notes
Note Rush fits with all teaching methods, whether you favor a purely intervallic approach or use traditional mnemonics! We promote learning key landmark notes then reading adjacent notes intervallically for the best results in learning to read piano notation.

Note Rush features a unique landmarks-based hints system (optional) that highlights nearby landmark notes to read intervallically from. Over time students naturally move from reliance on landmarks to a more intrinsic staff-to-keyboard association.

Preset and Custom Levels
Use preset note ranges or create your own set of levels to suit your teaching style. Create a personalized level to target a particular student’s needs.

- Individual Note Selections
- Sharps and Flats
- Treble, Bass or Grand Staff (alto and tenor coming soon)
- Up to Six Ledger Lines
- Send custom note reading drills using App Links or QR Codes

What’s New

Version 2.01.2

Lots of improvements/fixes in this update:
- Improvements to the Audio Recognition Engine.
- Level Designer has now been given its own dedicated tab at the top of the level selection screen, as it has proven difficult to find in the instrument list!
- Fixed: Note not blinking on incorrect note input.
- Fixed: Total time on level completion sometimes shows 1 second more than the correct time due to a rounding error. (Thanks Michael Cuthbert)
- Fixed: MIDI input not handling NoteOn(velocity=0) as a NoteOff event, which could be causing issues with MIDI behaviour more broadly. (Thanks Peter Ludbey)
- Decreased how long you have to play a non-concert pitch note to calibrate to it.
- Increased sensitivity to incorrect notes (you had to play it for a long time before it registered before).
- Increase tuning requirements to help reduce misidentified semitone-adjacent notes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.5K Ratings

1.5K Ratings

Suzuki teacher ,

Ability to change number of repetitions in the presets?

I am a piano teacher and I really appreciate the app for its ability to isolate notes that certain students need help with. I had all my students purchase the app several years ago and appreciate that we all got the upgrade without having to pay an additional charge, thank you! I really like the new “Pre-sets” and like still having the “Level Designer” option. I would like to request the availability to increase the number of repetitions in the Preset, if thats possible. And a couple of questions: Are there a limited number of Level designer exercises I can make? And can they be kept in a numerical order in the Level Designer tab?

UMBobby ,

Note recognition not very sensitive and very limited user settings

Nice concept and, in general, it works. But so many things you would expect are not part of the product. For example, the user can’t define how long each session should last, the app decides for you. And the exercise sessions are ridiculously short for the easier levels. About every 15 seconds, you have to start a new session. The app does not enable you to practice reading sharps and flats at the easier levels, only at the most difficult level. That doesn’t make much sense if you are trying to progressively build up your skills.

As other users have mentioned, the app is only moderately able to interpret and understand what note you are playing. Oftentimes, I have to repeat the note at higher and higher volumes (which is somewhat disruptive within the house), then it is not clear if I’ve pressed the wrong note, or if I just need to sound it out louder.

I’ve only used the app for a few days, and I do think that it will enable me to improve my note reading with persistent practice, but it sure would be nice to have more control over the overall exercise sessions (such as duration, specific ability to configure which notes to sight read, whether to include accidentals, practice sessions vs test sessions, etc) and definitely need more accurate and sensitive note recognition.

Heli-AV8R ,

Good starter, but could use refinement.

Some of the timed sessions are too short, and it should have a continuous scrolling option. My only REAL complaint though, is that the app does not always detect a note being played. Maybe it’s calibrated for acoustic pianos, I don’t know, but my digital piano needs to be turned up pretty loud, and or I have to slam on the keys for the app to detect a note being played. This is aggravating when you are trying to beat a time, and you are pressing the correct note, but the app is not giving you credit for it, and you have to press it a second time to get the app to register that you’ve pressed it at all. That needs to be fixed. Edit: after a few more days of using the app, I am getting even more frustrated at it in ability to detect certain notes when they are played. For me, it is primarily the G and the F. This is particularly frustrating when you are trying to beat a certain time on a drill and you can’t because even though you have pressed the correct Notes, it is not detecting it, and you need to sit there, confused for a few seconds about whether or not, you played the wrong note only to find out you did play the right note and now I have to play it again.

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
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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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