The fun continues with RCM Music Theory 1! Building on the concepts learned in the RCM Music Theory Prep app, over 30 theory basics are taught in this take-anywhere, learn-anywhere app designed just for kids!
Can music theory be as much fun as a carnival? Absolutely!
Colorful animation, lively narration, and engaging games keep kids entertained and focused while they learn important basics like time signatures and musical scales. And just like their other favorite game apps, reaching new levels keeps kids encouraged and motivated. Best of all, this app is part of The Royal Conservatory’s renowned system of music study specifically designed to ensure young learners enjoy the full benefits of music making.
The study of music theory:
• boosts aural awareness
• develops analytical thinking
• encourages creativity
With these invaluable skills, young musicians will gain a deeper understanding of the music they hear and play! Developing expertise in the eight areas of study available for purchase in this app build a foundation for well-rounded musical training and lifelong music making.
Download this app for free to learn more about The Royal Conservatory and the over 30 learning objectives which support student success at Level 1 of The RCM Certificate Program.
**Key Features of RCM Music Theory 1**
- 16 lessons bring Level 1 music theory basics to life
- 9 interactive musical games engage students
- 130+ individual lesson pages specifically designed for kids
- 45+ minutes of animation and narration encourage active learning
- 30+ learning objectives cover 8 areas of study including pitch, rhythm, scales, chords, music history,
melody and composition, intervals, and musical terms and signs
- Musical stories of famous works unfold with exciting Guided Listening
- Theory concepts aligned with RCM Level 1 Theory
**Theory concepts covered in the 8 units available for purchase**
1) Pitch and Notation
• notes up to and including two ledger lines above and below the treble staff and bass staff
•accidentals: sharp, flat, and natural
•half steps and whole steps
2) Rhythm and Meter
•dotted half notes and rests
•3/4 time signature
•the major scale pattern
•scale degree names: tonic and dominant
•G and F major scales
•key signatures: G major, F major, A minor
•harmonic and melodic intervals
•interval sizes up to and including an octave (numerical size only)
•tonic triad of C, G, F major, and A minor in root position (solid/blocked or broken form)
•triad structure: root, third, fifth
6) Music History
•Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev
•Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns (The Elephant, Kangaroos, Aquarium, The Swan)
7) Musical Terms and Signs
•allegro, andante, a tempo, diminuendo, dim., lento, moderato, ritardando, rit., tempo, common time, double bar line, fermata, tie, piano, staccato, review from RCM Preparatory level
8) Melody and Composition
•composition of a short melody (in a major key, with a given rhythm, using repeated notes and notes moving by step, ending on a tonic)
Ratings and Reviews
Do the games end and give scores?
I started with intervals and it just kept going. I finally quit. Does it have a set number of questions? It would be great for the students to know how close they are to the end of the game.
My seven year old daughter has been enjoying Level 1 of this app for the last couple of days. She is currently studying RCMDP Level 4 Violin and has completed Dr. Mozart bks. 1 & 2 and Sound Advice bk.1. She has not done the Celebrate Theory workbooks yet, so I thought this app might be a good introduction to any new concepts (esp. Melody and Composition) to help her transition to the appropriate CT level.
The app's graphics, concepts, layout, sound, presentation, and interactivity really hold my daughter's attention and interest in music theory. Thank you for making this app! With a few tweaks, I will definitely be recommending it to my other music students.
My daughter appreciates that the app does not keep score (actually helps keep her interested & motivated to continue), but I'd like to know how she does with the concepts after working on her own. Also as a music teacher recommending this app to my students, being able to review a student's progress/work over the week is valuable. Please add this feature.
In the "Pitch and Notation" tent, I have a couple of comments:
1)My daughter was eager to try the Egg Catch games, but they quickly frustrated her. Manipulating the nests into position was very challenging, both for speed and accuracy. I watched her get the nest into the proper position several times, only to see the note fall through. So, I tried it for myself (I'm a professional classically trained musician) and experienced the same incongruities. The problem seemed to only happened with line notes.
2) At the end of Accidentals section the last question only offers one answer choice and it's the wrong answer (the enharmonic of Gb is not A#).
Unlike all the other tents I purchased in Level 1, "Terms & Signs" does not have an instructional section. The matching game would be fun, if players could test their memory of a prior explanation of the terms. Since this is a new app, I suspect that leaving off the instruction in this section is simply an oversight. I hope this gets corrected soon because presently, this separately purchased tent is not worth the $1.99 I paid for it.
I am very hopeful that this app will boost quality music education for young people in a fun way. Please update very soon!
Developer Response ,
Hi 2 Deal mom! Thank you for your interest in our app and we are so glad you were able to spend quality time using the app with your daughter. Your detailed feedback will be taken into consideration for future builds and we thank you again for taking the time to review the app. - AY
- Royal Conservatory of Music
- 123.3 MB
Requires iOS 10.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2017 Royal Conservatory of Music
- In-App Purchases
- All-Access Pass $8.99
- Pitch and Notation $1.99
- Rhythm and Meter $1.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.