The future of reading music starts with an app.
Welcome to version 1.1
"I've never seen anything like it. My students love it and are really excited to practice!"
- Ryan H., Band Director-Olinda Elementary
Professional trumpet player, Los Angeles
+Interactive musical practicing game that uses the iPhone's mic to pick up live instrumental or vocal input.
+Score page that provides immediate accuracy feedback
+Curriculum that trains rhythm and intervals in a systematic way
+Scrolling score trains eyes to read ahead and encourages "not stopping"
+Rhythm generator for infinite practicing options
+Two free books and free app download
+Expanding library of books and beats available for purchase
The Monster Musician Reader, the world's first interactive game that targets and builds the skills necessary for successful music reading. The musician plays her or his instrument or sings directly into the app and gets evaluated on their performance in real-time. Really though, it's just a game. As creator and pro-musician, Noelle Fabian puts it, "Imagine if your sheet music and the video game "Guitar Hero" had a baby. It's epic."
Based on sight reading and language research, specifically designed curriculum familiarizes the player with different rhythmic combinations and intervals. Backing grooves provide the player with a beat while music scrolls across the screen. Great for musical speed-reading. For an extra challenge- pick a tricky key! The goal is to "feed" our friend "Hangry Jim" your right notes as you go. You are then awarded a score from Jim based upon your performance. Don't like your score? Play it again!
The app itself and the first few books are no charge.
Additional books can be purchased in the "music store".
Some basic music knowledge/ability is recommended when starting to play as this is a supplement to other forms of instrumental practice. Using headphones also helps with increased accuracy. While the app can be played by any person or instrument able to sustain a pitch, we currently have the app optimized for woodwinds and brass instruments.
Our current, yet ever-increasing, optimized instrument list:
# Voice (bass clef, treble clef)
# Concert pitch: Treble Clef - good for piano, mallet, or string instruments
# Concert pitch: Bass Clef- good for piano, mallet, or string instruments
* Bass Clarinet
* Alto Sax
* Tenor Sax
* Bari Sax
_ French Horn
We love working with school band and wind ensemble programs! Email us if you wish for your music program to be considered for our pilot program.
Added some pitched percussion instruments : bell kit and xylophone
Coming soon: New Books: Ties and 16ths
STRINGS!! WE FINALLY ADDED STRING INSTRUMENTS. Our viola friends can now enjoy alto clef to their heart's content.
*We streamlined our sound recognition system and synth settings to make it better and more accurate
*New "enable score" button in the settings allows user to play the levels without the score page (Ideal for projected group/classroom play)
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You asked and we made it:
#Speed options. Now play all books and lessons either slow, medium or fast.
#Confetti sparkles when you play right notes
#Improved scorer accuracy
Last update features:
#Play every book in every key. If the range isn't to your liking, just choose another key that works better for you.
#Improved scorer accuracy
We're always updating our app based on user feedback. Send us a message. We would love to hear from you.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Lots of promise!
There are lots of things to be excited with Noelle's new app. I am excited to see an app that is more age-appropriate and more accessible than its rivals (think sight reading factory or SmartMusic).
That said, I'm rating it 4 stars more for what it will be than what it currently is. In its current state, it's more like a 3-star app. The price is a bit on the high side. The flashing cursor lags behind the beat which could cause confusion for the student m. It did for me. I ultimately had to ignore it, though I later saw that this function can be disabled. However, the beat and notes still don't line up perfectly. Also, some of the lines are a bit long early on, though that may be more nitpicky than a true critique. I would also add that, though most books begin with wholes moving to quarter, I would suggest reversing that and having quarters move to whole notes. I use Darcy Vogt-Williams Teaching Rhythm Logically curriculum and I think that approach keeps kids more interested in the initial stages.
Truly, I am excited to see where an app of this calibre will go. It shows a lot of potential and I am fortunate to provide my two cents in feedback. Best of luck, Noelle!
Developer Response ,
Excellent feedback! Thank you so much for taking the time to comb through the app. Since everything is so new, this is just a starting point so feedback is super important to us. Please reach out to me and email email@example.com. I would love to ask you a few more questions and continue our correspondence.
Great app but didn’t work for me
I wish this app could hear my mandolin:-( rooks like a fun way to practice site reading for learning a new instrument. It could detect that I was playing but not the notes.
Developer Response ,
Hi! Did you try it on voice? That’s more sensitive and could possibly pick it up. Also, headphones? If that doesn’t work, we will keep that in mind for future instruments. Thanks for the feedback.
Fun game for sight reading, highly recommend
I’m a piano teacher and I love using this app with my students. It’s got a lot of game-like qualities so it’s a hit with younger students and I myself enjoy playing with the app just using my voice (great for sight-singing!). I’ve used other apps like Rhythm Cat but this one is much comprehensive and allows you to actually play your instrument while using it. Easily 5 stars. It’s worth it to get the in-app purchases so you can include eighth notes in your practice.
- Noelle Fabian
- 80.5 MB
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2018 Noelle Fabian
- In-App Purchases
- Book 3 $0.99
- Book 4 $0.99
- Book 5 $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.