Most of us really love music and we want to play it too! The problem is, reading and learning music can be so boring!
Don’t get us wrong, learning music with the classic techniques like flashcards and learning patterns with a tutor is still a great way to learn - but it’s perhaps not the most enjoyable.
Luckily for us, technology has developed extensively and smartphones have fantastic capabilities. There are apps available on the Apple app store for example, that are not only very helpful for music lovers - but completely free!
With so many to choose from though, it can be difficult to know what the best ones are - and what apps are actually free to use.
So, let’s dive in. What are the five best free iphone apps for sight reading music?
OUR TOP PICK
Notes Teacher is a fantastic app that offers 32 lessons (without ads) on the “learn mode”. Learn mode gives you a walk-through and detailed guidance, starting with two notes.
You’ll progress at your own pace, as it slowly introduces more notes for you to learn and eventually, you should be able to read all the notes! Cool, right?
It also offers a practice mode which gives you the option to practise either clef (bass or treble) or you can choose to practice both. You can actually hone in on what notes you want to master and develop your pace and accuracy which will improve your music skills!
It smartly learns your flaws and strengths and will begin to create exercises that are tailored to you! This really is a fantastic learning tool and a brilliant app.
App Store Rating: 4.8/5 stars
Note Brainer is a very versatile app which offers plenty of features. It can benefit people of all ages and all skill levels - it can also help music tutors!
Additionally, there are a variety of instruments you can choose to learn the notes of including piano, guitar and violin and many more! So, no matter what instrument you’re learning - Note Brainer’s probably got you covered.
The app has some nifty teaching resources.
It offers simple tasks like flash cards which can be personalized for you, tasks to help you learn the sounds of different instruments and a timed task which requires you to hit as many correct notes as possible within the allotted duration.
You can keep an eye on your progress by reviewing your play history - this is a great tool for music tutors as you can design new lessons and practice methods for the next lessons.
It’s of course, ideal for everyone else too as you can track your progress and aim for the next stage!
App Store Rating: 4.7/5 Stars
This is a progressive learning resource. You will enjoy timed tasks which attempt to develop your music reading skills. Or, you could choose to do the non-timed tasks which allow you to practice specific things like treble, bass or alto clefs.
One great feature is the ability to connect your keyboard via the lightning connection of your iPhone - the data will be collected as normal and you’ll continue to track your progress on the app to see where you’re going wrong or where you’re excelling!
App Store Rating: 4.2/5 Stars
This app aims to improve your sight reading of sheet music in a slightly different way than some of these other apps.
It will listen to you practicing via your iPhone’s microphone and will assess if you’re in the right octave! For the more advanced players, the app has accidentals and ledger lines.
The app will provide guidance throughout your practice and is incredibly helpful. Like with some other apps in this list, you can keep a track of your progress and develop your skills and improve your weaknesses where you might find them.
App Store Rating: 4.1/5 Stars
This app is aimed more at children. You can learn how to read music by following a step by step guide, characterized by a crab going through the ocean. It’s a great app for beginners and allows you to connect and challenge your friends too.
Although it is mainly for kids, this app can help adults too and is perfect for parents who want to learn along with their kids. The app will analyze your progress and design the tasks based on your previous practices.
App Store Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
The Final Note
These apps are all fantastic tools to help your sight reading. It is important to note though, that although all these apps are free - they might have ads. If you want the full experience and don’t want to be interrupted during play, you may need to purchase the full/premium versions of the app. However, it’s worth testing the free versions first before you open your wallet!