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5 Best Music Theory Apps for 2020

Music makes the world go around, but do you actually know what it is? It’s one thing to say you enjoy music because you like listening to a lot of songs. It’s a whole different thing to really understand that music.

If you're just starting off learning music on your own, check out our list of best apps to learn music.

Music theory beginners are lucky. Learning music theory is a journey that can be lots of fun, and very useful. But it can be difficult when you're just starting out. Do yourself a favor and use one of these great apps to learn a little bit more about what makes music what it is.

ABRSM Theory Works

( Android, iPhone, iPad )

The application ‘Theory Works’ is a course of explanations and exercises to work your way through the theoretical understanding in preparation for music theory exams with ABRSM. It is aimed towards any student that is looking to improve their theoretical understanding, but particularly those who are completing the ABRSM exams, from Grades 1 to 5. The display is very simple to navigate and understand, and needs no further instruction. The use of the explanations are helpful, aided by diagrams where suitable, and further exercises to practise. This app is designed to give students some interactive enjoyment when improving their theoretical understanding, with instant feedback and recognition for accurate answers, without necessarily having a music theory teacher, or to aid alongside this.

EarMaster provides an excellent range of teaching and listening questions to develop any music learner from beginner topics to much more developed aural awareness. The app includes all you need to build up your music theory skills and become a better musician. This app is designed to build and develop your aural skills in rhythm and pitch identification. It takes you through from basic rhythmic and pitch understanding and simple interactive questions, to much more advances understanding of chord progressions, interval identification and sight-reading and sight-singing of far higher complexity, including jazz workshops and customised exercises.

Music Theory Pro

( iPhone, iPad )

Music Theory Pro is a complete ear training for music students and top-musicians who whats to get a serious master theory about chords, intervals, key signatures and note naming. 

It’s an app to help you perfect your theory and ear training with games and lessons as well as a challenge mode where you can go head to head with your friends on your music theory knowledge.

Music Theory Illustrated

( iPhone, iPad )

Music Theory Illustrated is an iOS music guide app that shows notes, scales, modes, chords, and chord progressions to help musicians understand music theory further. The app teaches users how to make chord substitutions and more. It takes the musical concepts that a musician already knows and applies them to every key.

Theory Lessons

( iPhone, iPad )

Theory Lessons includes 39 lessons about notes, notes notation, chords, scales, degrees, intervals... and everything you need to learn like a professional musician. It has great images that really do a good job of explaining everything from note names and values to scales and time signatures.