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Tonara

Turning practice into play

Price: iPhone/iPad - Free

Teacher Overview

The app Tonara is an audio-based app. It is aimed towards any learners of any musical instrument. It is very easy to understand how to progress through the app, and there are clear instructions given for the teacher, and a clear helpful chat in order to clarify any questions. This app is designed to give students the guidance in order to ensure their practice is completed in between lessons, with opportunity for reward, and guidance from the teacher.

Teacher Review

Toner provides the student with an interactive, fun and engaging way to improve their rehearsal and performance skills on any instrument. We all know the practice is the key to improvement in music. However, for children as much as adults, it can be very tough to get them to practice and rehearse as much as they should, and it can certainly be infuriating! This app is an ingenious way to engage people into practicing, and help the teachers to monitor this also. The design and graphics are attractive, and very clear and easy to use. It is animated and interesting to look at, with lots of areas of the app to discover. The variety of music to practice with is very wide and helps to show progress throughout, based on a variety of different musical skills. However, the teacher cannot see the ‘student view’ of the app, which would be helpful, in order to view and understand the app better. This would certainly help the teacher to be able to guide the student in the most effective way, through the app.

The pieces of music available through the app have a very wide variety and are very engaging for any learner. It is also incredibly helpful that studies and scales are available also, so that teachers can encourage students to work on the more dextrous work for a student. I like the use of a chat function, although I feel that for a child, the parent should be able to automatically view the chat also, in order to safeguard both the child and the parent, and to demonstrate good e-Safety practice. Once you select an assignment, you can then send this to the student and monitor their progress and practice. Students can send recordings back to you as a teacher, which is incredibly helpful in order to be able to see their progress throughout the week and throughout their practice. However with many teachers utilising Rock School or ABRSM to demonstrate achievement for the teacher, it would be very helpful if these pieces were readily available on the app. This would certainly help to improve the aural skills for the student, and encourage them to practice their exam pieces as well as other pieces. I really like the wide array of media to practice with, and I’m sure that this will help all students to engage. However, it would be really helpful if a brief tutorial could be run through for the first few times, so that it makes it easier for the teacher to navigate through the app and be able to use it for the detail that it is provided. I feel quite confident that the app is very suitable and usable for teachers and students. However, I feel that with further navigation, I would be able to utilise the app in much more detail and much more effectively.

One thing I really love about the new update to this app, is the way that it can automatically give immediate feedback to a student when you choose media direct from the app. This saves the teacher a lot of time as the student can have immediate feedback, and makes this much easier for both the student and the teacher. However again, it would be helpful for the teacher to be able to view this engagement also, so that they could identify and support the child with the use of the app. It may be that this is a possibility, but this is unclear in the app at the moment.

Tonara provides a great opportunity for students to listen and read music and be able to respond to this. It’s also a great interactive way of encouraging students to reflect upon their own practice, and find ways to improve upon their own learning. A key factor in students learning well is for them to be able to self-regulate their own learning, to reflect upon this, and be able to understand what they need to be able to do to become independent learners. Tonara provides this ideology within the app, in order for students to then be able to self-regulate their own learning in the future, and therefore become successful in their achievement.

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Developer Description

Tonara is the best music practice app that encourages you to play daily. Created by musicians, for future musicians. With a rich dynamic catalog, game-like rewards, interactive play-along scores and motivating feedback every time you play you'll never stop playing your piano, violin, guitar and more.
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The music platform for the digital generation // The leading daily music practice App and the new standard in teaching music.
Practicing music has never been so fun! This free music practice app was created by musicians who are familiar with the challenges of teaching an instrument, especially for kids and beginners, or for those who just want to practice. Thanks to the fun and animated practice reminders, motivating badges and stickers, multimedia chat and easy to use interface, Tonara is the best companion for learning and practicing music.

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Tonara makes practicing music fun with rewarding interaction, especially between lessons. Practice, record & upload recordings so your teacher can listen, and earn rewards as you progress from the very first try all the way to the concert hall.

Tonara Main Features at a Glance
• Play along music
• Score following
• Feedback on performance
• Perfect music companion app for teachers and new learners
• Multi-Instrument, Genre, Level, +
• Multimedia chat
• Automated daily practice goals with cool reminders when it’s time to practice and motivating badges and stickers
• Free
• Clean and neat design with fresh and intuitive interface


~ FOR TEACHERS
Teachers can create goal-oriented assignments, give fun rewards, manage all students, and utilize all sorts of different aids for more fun and efficient teaching and learning.
It is hard to motivate kids to learn and to keep their attention and focus on learning. With Tonara, teachers have another music teaching aid in form of an app. Since kids love to use their mobile devices, Tonara will instantly create sympathy with the little ones. On top of that, it is a great and feature-rich tool that will make everything more efficient, transparent and easy to manage. Tonara hears your students play and motivates them to practice more often.
Features for teachers:
- Fun, animated reminders to practice – so you don’t have to nag them!
- Encouraging badges & stickers so you can share their successes
- Easy communication between parent, teacher & the budding new musician
- Automated daily practice goals for each student
- Multimedia chat with students and parents between lessons to keep them engaged and progressing between lessons
- Each students’ ‘last played’ status and music materials at a glance

~ FOR STUDENTS
Parents, create an account with your kids and motivate them to rehearse, interact and complete the challenges given by their teachers. Students can connect & communicate with the teacher and with the reward system, daily practice goals, badges & stickers, they will surely be more eager to learn and do a great job in finishing their tasks.
Features for students:
- select instrument & record within the app
- see daily goals and rewards
- earn badges by completing goals
- communicate and connect with teachers, parents and friends

Download for FREE!

A subscription for Tonara Prime, granting full access to our rich catalog of music and unlimited storage, is $4.99 a month. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.

Terms of Service: http://www.tonara.com/terms

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