tonestro: Violin Lesson - Tuner

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  • Free
  • age 5+
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About tonestro: Violin Lesson - Tuner

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. 

tonestro: Violin Lesson - Tuner Review

What we love about Violin Lessons by tonestro

The Violin Lessons by tonestro’s app is a clear, stepwise, fun and interactive way to learn the violin. The tutorials recorded by experienced musicians are engaging and high quality, encouraging good technique and accuracy. The integrated sheet music, play along library, organised by difficulty level allows the user to be able to play songs from the very first lesson, providing them with a feeling of success at every stage in the learning journey.

A major benefit of this violin learning app is the real-time feedback. The app uses the devices microphone to listen ad score the users playing, providing motivation to improve every time the app is used. The learner can aim to beat their own scores, complete weekly challenge songs and compare themselves with other violinists from across the world in the leader board.

What skills does it improve?

Violin Lessons by tonestro develops the players ability to read and play Violin pieces from musical notation, alongside developing good violin technique. The user progresses through a course pitched at their current playing level. They follow step-by-step lessons that break down the learning into chunks and allow the learner to try out what they have learned in the context of play along pieces at the end of each lesson.

The learner then receives a score for their playing so they can gauge whether they should try the piece again or if they are ready to move on to the next lesson. Violin Lessons by tonestro develops not only aural learning and the user’s ability to read and play from musical notation but also contains clear tutorials on holding and tuning the instrument correctly, hand positioning and more. This ensures that students feel confident in tackling the dexterity of playing the violin.

How much does Violin Lesson by tonestro cost?

Violin Lessons by tonestro is free to download. There is a free 7 day trial which you sign up for when you download the app. Following this the app is £149.99 per year which is inclusive of all content and the full song library.

Is Violin Lessons by tonestro safe to use?

Yes. The application does require an account and email to start with but no other personal data is required. There are no chat features and the app's data protection compliance is explained on the website. 

What age is it appropriate for?

Violin Lessons by tonestro is most suitable for primary to secondary school children as well as adult, beginner-intermediate violinists. It is designed for those who are looking to teach themselves the violin and complements a weekly practice schedule providing motivation and recognition of progress. 

Is Violin Lessons by tonestro easy to use?

The activities and exercises in Violin Lessons by tonestro are easy to understand and use. The menu is very straightforward to use for a practice session and has a clear design with quick access to the courses and song library. The sections are organised by ability so it is easy to scroll through to your current playing level choose to songs at your current skill level in the song library.

How will students benefit?

The Violin Lessons by tonestro app is engaging and motivational. The lessons are not overly long, maintaining the learner’s attention and in the profile section they can see their daily and weekly goal for playing time which encourages good practice habits. The app’s provision of high quality, stimulating and interactive lessons that focus on specific aspects of playing allows for a student to learn the violin independently of a tutor.

However, the app could also support work completed with a live tutor by providing a recap of techniques learned for home practice as well as allowing the student to move forward without having to wait for the next lesson. The song library, updated weekly also allows the learner to practice reading notation, develop their physical playing and ability and technical knowledge learned in the lessons in the context of different pieces. The real-time feedback and scoring system allows students to see their progress and isolate aspects that they need to recap and practice again. 

How will teachers benefit?

Violin Lessons by tonestro provides a motivational way for teachers to encourage home practice and monitor time spent on the instrument in the ‘profile’ section of the app. Additionally, the interactive lessons in which students can revise techniques learned previously will be useful for when the teacher is not present.

Teachers can also use Violin Lessons by tonestro to test students ability to play along in time with studio-quality play-alongs. Violin Lessons can also help to break down key concepts that are being explained in live lessons and provide a staged learning journey with clear, effective explanations from experienced violinists.

How will parents benefit?

The Violin Lessons by tonestro app is free to try out and is a useful way of supporting and monitoring home practice, ensuring that rehearsals recap prior learning and expand the child's playing through the range of songs in the library. It allows parents to hear how the child's violin part fits with other instruments in the play-along, enabling students to practice their performance fully, keeping up with the track! The apps ability to provide instant feedback is a huge benefit, allowing parents to easily keep a track of the child’s progress.

We think Violin Lessons by tonestro could improve on:

It would be useful if you could record yourself playing in the app in order to listen back and then share this with others/teachers. This would develop the collaboration aspects of the app.

Overall rating of the app:

I would highly recommend this app to anyone wanting to try out the violin and learn how to read musical notation or for those who have a little experience with the violin but are looking for motivation to move to the next stage in their learning. It is an engaging app that is supportive to the weekly practice process and will allow the user to see and hear clearly when they are playing correctly.

Violin Lessons by tonestro is a fun and interactive platform for a journey in learning to play the violin.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Cognitive Development
Critical Thinking
Engagement and Usability
Organisational and Productivity Skills
Self-Direction

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - Yes - 1st Party

Publisher

fun.music IT GmbH

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