Music Apps

This music app list covers all the core subjects needed to pass up to grade 5 music exams around the world, including melody, rhythm, chords and harmony, intervals, scales, and keys, styles and genres, and the instruments of the orchestra.
 
Children can easily learn their first notes, play fun tunes and gain confidence playing their first tune with a selection of instrument apps. Students can also find music theory and sheet music apps so you can learn how to perform scores from your favourite stage musicals and movies.

    PianoTrax is an app available for download on iOs and Android. PianoTrax provides thousands of high quality piano accompaniments for singers allowing them to practice independent of a pianist. Individual MP3 tracks for chosen songs can be downloaded from the app or the whole catalogue can be streamed with a subscription. Users can change the key and tempo when accessing PianoTrax via iPhone or iPad.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    ScoreWind’s Classical Strings is an app available for download on iOS. ScoreWind’s Classical Strings delivers step-by-step video lessons, teaching the learner how to play and read music at the same time. Detailed, structured lessons are provided through the interactive VideoScore feature, delivered by experienced specialist teachers. When entering the app the user is guided to the relevant learning path for them by answering a few questions about their current playing ability. They are then provided with a personalised learning path based on this feedback. The learning path courses are broken down into short individual lessons to help the student master particular techniques, explore songs, advance their sight-reading and develop music reading skills.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Nubba app is a Spanish audio service, directed at children, which gives you an alternative to managing screen abuse and addiction among minors. You can listen through hundreds of authentic Spanish audio content, from fairy tales to story series to radio broadcasts running twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and three-hundred sixty-five days a year. The visuals complement the lovely, endearing stories that will keep you and your children enraptured and enthralled for hours upon end. You can select tracks to relax to, to stir the imagination, to help you learn, and to sing and dance the day and night away with your loved ones. Give Nubba a download to bring a little real-world Spanish fun into your home.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Simply Guitar is a multi-platform guitar learning app to learn to play guitar. Simply Guitar is an app that helps you learn how to play the guitar which is especially well suited to beginner guitarists. Simply Guitar is available for free to download on iOS and Android devices. Simply Guitar provides students with high quality interactive lessons created by world-class musicians. The app provides real-time feedback on the playing accuracy of the musician using the device's inbuilt microphone. Simply Guitar offers a 3-week free trial of all lessons, with a subscription required afterwards.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Baby Shark World for Kids is a safe and entertaining, educational app containing over 5,000 songs, videos and special learning games for children aged two to six years old. Through the YouTube star, Baby Shark, children can discover a creative world full of interesting and educational themes based on the Shark Family. They will explore Phonics and Numbers, Colours and Shapes, Dinosaurs and more. The app is full of bright colours and contains high quality audio and visuals throughout. The safe, interactive activities such as the Baby Shark talking game and high-quality nursery rhyme sing-along videos like the Baby Shark remix song make this app an engaging, educational tool for children. A subscription to the app opens up access to other popular games from Pinkfong and also allows the account to be shared between six family members so that the whole family can use the app with the child. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    smartChord is an app available for download from Google Play for use on Android devices and PC. The app provides access to customisable chords and tab for millions of songs across a large range of string instruments e.g. guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, ukulele. For each instrument chords and tab are available for predefined and custom tunings, from 3 to 8 strings, from the first to the last fret, with capo and for both left and right-handed musicians. The app contains a myriad of tools that will be useful to every musician at all levels from beginner to professional. Some of the many tools included with the app are: Tuner, Metronome, Scales, Songbook, Set list, Chord Progressions, Arpeggios, Circle Of Fifths, Fretboard trainer, Drum kit, Transposer, Virtual Instrument, Notepad and even more. The smartChord app can be personalised to each musicians needs, they can add their favourite tools to the home screen, save chosen songs for offline use, edit songs into different tunings, speeds and for different instruments, write and store their own song lyrics and chords etc. and much more. The app also helps the user improve their music theory knowledge and aural skills with tools like the ‘ear trainer’ and ‘circle of fifths’. This is an app with vast capabilities for every level of musician. Finally, apart from English, smartChord also comes in other languages such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Basque.

    Devices: Android


    The bekids Academy app is crammed with minigames, activities, songs, and books for preschoolers to learn about letters, words, science, art, music and more. Its variety, high quality, and excellent design place it among the top preschool apps. You can download bekids Academy on iOS devices for free and play for a limited time each day. A free trial removes the time limit for seven days and a very well-priced subscription keeps the app available.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Guitar Notebook is a guitar learning app that allows users to capture song ideas quickly with simple notation, audio recording, and lyrics. Guitar Notebook is available for free to download on iOS and Mac devices. It can be used for songwriting, guitar practice, or documenting DAW guitar tracks. Everything is stored in one place within the app meaning that the user’s musical ideas are not lost or forgotten. Created songs are private, secure and synced in near real-time through the user’s iCloud account, allowing easy movement between iPad, iPhone, and Mac if desired. Offline mode is also available and helpful for recording ideas anywhere onto the device. The next time the device is connected to the internet, it will upload any changes to the iCloud.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Violin Lessons by tonestro is an app available for download on iOS and Android. Violin Lessons by tonestro provides students with a step-by step approach to learning the violin.  The learning is kept fun throughout the app with the user collecting points for learning, practising and consistency. The app provides real-time feedback on the playing accuracy of the musician using the device's inbuilt microphone. There are hundreds of studio-quality play-along songs in the sheet music library, which is updated weekly. The app has three course strands at different levels: Beginner – for those with no previous experience, Advanced for those wishing to extend their range and improve their technique and Experienced, where the learner can try out new playing styles and related songs. A motivational way to learn the violin in a fast and fun way. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Fret Zealot is an intuitive, innovative and fun way to learn to play guitar, bass and ukulele. Fret Zealot app is available for free to download on iOS, Android and fully-guided courses and song videos are also available via the web browser (inclusive of Bluetooth functionality), at lessons.fretzealot.com.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Chordify provides the learner with the chord charts to play along to any desired song simply by searching within the app. You can switch between viewing chords for guitar/ukulele or piano. The songs that you search for are saved in the user's library where they can be added to favourites or offline mode allowing the user to access these without a Wi-Fi connection. Chordify is an app available for free to download on iOS and Android devices.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Fender Play is a subscription based service for anyone wanting to learn guitar, bass, ukulele or a combination of these instruments. The easy to follow instructor-led video lessons take the learner from absolute beginner, through to developing the skills required to be able to learn riffs, chords, read tabs, play scales and conquer their chosen guitar pieces across a range of genres. Fender Play is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or by going to the website.  The app provides choice for this learning journey. The user can select to follow their path through staged learning lessons or choose particular songs that they want to learn or use the ‘Skills’ section to explore specific genre playing styles and techniques. Created by the famed Fender brand, an annual subscription comes with 10% discount on any Fender gear the learner may wish to buy to support their guitar playing. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Playground Sessions provides students with high quality interactive lessons created by world-class teachers. The app provides real-time feedback on the playing accuracy of the musician when a midi keyboard or electric piano is plugged into the user’s device. There is a large song library which can be organised by difficulty level/genre/song title covering a wide variety of genres including pop, classical, contemporary, R&B/Soul, rock, film/TV/musicals, jazz, country, Christian, gospel and more. Throughout the app there is the choice of learning each song at different difficulty levels. The learner is motivated by the playing time log, stored note accuracy scores and total points toward levels collected and displayed in the user’s dashboard. Playground Sessions is available for download on iOS devices. The android version will be releasing soon. Playground Sessions works on PC and MAC devices as well. 

    Devices: Web


    Mini Piano Pro is a simply-designed app that allows users to utilise the app by learning how to play the piano across a range of different sonorities and timbres. It allows you to play any music that would be accessible via a keyboard regardless of genre or ability. However, there is more depth than this.  Mini Piano Pro allows you to record audio for any piece that you are playing, save this as a file within the app, and then play these back. Additionally, with the Android version, you can also learn different songs with falling blocks. Additionally, there is also MIDI support on the Android app so it can be connected to an external MIDI keyboard. Whilst this is suitable for age 4, the main suitability is based on the ability and skills of the player intended. It is compatible with Android, iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, and requires iOS 12.0 or later. It can also be used on a MacOS 11.0 or later, and requires the Apple M1 chip or later. It also has an Android version.  The app is free to download with the Lite version, which is the same as the Pro version, except for an ad banner. There are no other adverts on top of this, and the Pro version has no ads at all. It develops skills in performance and building repertoire.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    TunyStones Piano is a piano/keyboard interactive, musical notation reading and playing app for young children aged approximately 4-8 Years.  TunyStones is an educative science-based game created by music educators for teachers and students. Tuny, the game character, reacts to the piano notes that the player presses swimming through rivers and jumping from stone to stone when the correct notes are played on the students instrument. There are three main chapters within the app with different mountain peaks to represent the levels of difficulty. There are 63 levels within each chapter with improvisation and note readings tasks as well as a whole chapter dedicated to composing music.  The app evaluates the child’s pitch accuracy in performing the melody, showing them immediately if they have played each note correctly or not when Tuny - the game character either lands on a stone or falls in the water. The maps clearly show the users progress within the app with stars highlighting their achievement at each level.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Justin Guitar is a fantastic online guitar tutorial website. Justin Guitar is also available for free to download on iOS and Android devices. Justin Guitar is a visually clear and stimulating step-by step approach to learning guitar. It includes unique 10-minute daily exercises designed to help you progress fast, alongside structured lessons and practice plans. The app includes over 1,000 hit songs to play along to which are organised according to ability levels and the amount of chords learned by the user.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Piano by Yokee is a piano-playing game where you use your touchscreen to play all kinds of songs, from Fur Elise by Beethoven to Paparazzi by Lady Gaga or Rehab by Amy Winehouse. In total there are more than 100 songs at your disposal. In the beginning, not all of them will be unlocked, but as you play, you'll be able to 'buy' new ones with the game's currency. You can also buy this 'ingame' currency with real money, but it's not necessary. Gameplay in Piano by Yokee is simple: you'll see colored bubbles coming down on the screen, and you'll have to tap them when they are exactly in the center. If you do it right, you'll notice the song is played correctly, but if you don't, then you'll hear the missing notes. Piano by Yokee is a fun, super gratifying music game that lets you interpret some of the greatest classics in music in a very simple and entertaining way. Piano-Play Unlimited Songs is an app that helps users to play timeless piano classics and popular radio hits for free. No prior experience is necessary as the app is so easy to use and you’ll be playing like a pro within seconds.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Ultimate Guitar Tabs is an app that offers the biggest and greatest guitar tab site and with this app, you now have access to a whole lot of great tabs right on your mobile device. Now you can take your favourite tabs with you wherever you go. Ultimate Guitar Tabs & Chords is an app that offers the biggest and greatest guitar tab site and with this app, you now have access to a whole lot of great tabs right on your mobile device. Now you can take your favourite tabs with you wherever you go.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The Ukulele Karaoke & Tuner is an app and a comprehensive tool for ukulele players of all skill levels.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Musical Geometry!

    Draw lines and watch as Soundrop uses them to create music! Listen with headphones for the full effect.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    As featured in the Apple 'iPad is Musical' TV Ad, recommended by The New York Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Rolling Stone Magazine, and played live by legendary band Squeeze on the Jimmy Fallon show (NBC).

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    A pioneer in touch-based music composition, Symphony Pro lets you compose complex orchestrations, lead sheets, chord charts, and guitar tabs on the iPad and instantly hear them played back.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    Sesame Street Makes Music has serious music-making lessons to learn, from different instruments to how tempo affects songs. Ernie, Abby, Elmo and Cookie Monster are all there to help, with eight instruments to explore.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    BandBlast is an app for supporting beginning music students' developing music skills. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    The piaScore is an iPad/iPhone application for browsing digital musical scores.

    Devices: iPhone, iPad