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Music iPad App Review #3: DoReMemory
mDoReMemory is a music educational app created to teach early pianists where notes belong on the treble and bass clef staffs. This app takes a unique approach. You are given the name of a note. Then you tap where you think that note should be on the staff. When you are correct, the note shows up, the correct pitch plays, and stars twinkle. When you don’t tap the correct spot, an arrow directs you to the right location. There is no penalty for incorrect answers; just try again or move on to the next note. And, since there is no timer, you can take your time without feeling rushed.
This app includes treble notes from middle C to a high G and bass notes from middle C to a low F. Middle C is the only ledger line note included. To switch between clefs, tap the treble or bass clef symbol in the lower corners of the screen.
Developer Website: http://sites.google.com/site/dorememoryapp/
iTunes Direct Link: Click Here for the Direct Link to the Application
Application cost: $0.99 U.S.
MusTech.Net Quick Text Review:
This is a great application for practice with learning the Names of the notes on the Treble and Bass Clefs. It is clean, functional, and user-friendly. While, I would love to see this application include a better feedback/challenge system for the students, it does exactly what it sets out to accomplish.
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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: I would love to see a better feedback system for positive reinforcement over time (maybe a dozen correct notes, etc.). Also, possibly the inclusion of the Alto Clef(s) for slightly older students starting on the viola, etc.
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many 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 at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He 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, 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.
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