Writing Sight-Sing made it clear to us how disempowered singers some singers feel when they can’t play the piano. We all know lots of people with wonderful voices, and a great ear for melody and harmony, but who just can’t do anything musical at home except listen to CDs, and wait for choir practice to come around so the choir director can teach them their notes.

Working out an interface where the Sight-Sing app could actually play any note when you touch it gave us a great idea - how about an app that does exactly that - just allows you to play the notes in the same way as a pianist plays a keyboard?

So we used the same audio module to develop an app that fits on your phone or in your pocket, and just plays your notes when you need them. It’s called Play-my-note, and is for all platforms (Android, iPhone, Kindle Fire). You can find out more here:


The Woodchuck Rhythm App

When we read music, it seems that rhythm may be processed in a different part of the brain from pitch. Although when we read music the two things go on at the same time, it might be a better learning strategy to develop these two skills separately, so we don’t get information overload until some basic concepts are formed. Rhythm has traditionally been taught mathematically, but actually counting beats in a bar takes up an awful lot of attention that might be better used for other things. So we developed the Woodchuck Rhythm App, partly as a great way for kids to have fun, but also as a quick way to turn the most difficult rhythms into easy ones.

Check it out for iPad here, or read more about it on the website.
It includes jigsaw matching puzzles, block games and a “save-the-aliens” game*.
The website has links to accompanying worksheets and classroom materials.

*no aliens were harmed in making this app :-)