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Music iPad App Review #4: LineSpace
Learn to play the piano the new, fun way. LineSpace turns sight-reading practice into an engaging and addicting game.
Start out learning the easy way, with color coded keys–but learn fast, and switch off the colors to triple your scores! Increase the pace and difficulty at your discretion, and tweak your technique to score even higher! Great for kids, gets them competing against themselves and others.
LineSpace provides an immersive learning environment with multiple forms of feedback. Besides visual notation display, different pitched tones are sounded before playing, when the correct notes are played, and when an incorrect note is played. Train your ears at the same time you train your fingers!
LineSpace contains a unique generative music engine. In order to actually train you to read the notes on the staff (instead of just building muscle-memory), all of the music is randomly generated–the pattern is never the same twice! But instead of being completely random, the music generator follows standard rules of music theory–so what you are playing actually sounds like music.
Developer Website: http://cobaltlogic.net/linespace.php
iTunes Direct Link: Click Here for the Direct Link to the Application
Application cost: $4.99 U.S.
MusTech.Net Quick Text Review:
This is a fantastic Music Learning Application that makes a game out of learning the note names of the Treble Clef and Bass Clef lines and spaces. In addition, this application ensures that users are able to identify the correct note name with the corresponding piano key. Young and older students alike will find this music learning game both fun and practical. The game-play and reward system will both keep your students’ attention and keep them coming back to it for a very long time.
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Recommended for your iPad music tool arsenal? Yes, especially for very young students.
(By the way, I only do reviews of applications that I feel are useful and interesting to educators).
Caveats/Suggestions: Great game and I highly recommend it. The ability to store different user scores would be a great addition for classroom usage.
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.