Friday, February 6, 2015

Free Apps for Rhythmic Practice

During my search for the best free apps for rhythm practice, I came up short handed.  Even though there are tons of rhythm apps available in the App Store, the majority of them are not free.  On the other hand, I did find 2 free apps that are excellent rhythmic review. I hope you enjoy them as much as my students.

Rhythm Cat Lite-  Rhythm Cat Lite is a free app that provides students with a game type of practice.  With this app, lines of rhythms are displayed across the screen.  After the countdown, students tap the rhythms on the green button.  By pressing the green button, the students ry to play the correct rhythms in time with the music.  As the app suggests, it is much easier to play when using headphones.  The lite version features a total of 15 levels.  You can upgrade the app for a cost of $4.99.  The free version is limited in the types of rhythms used.  Below is a screenshot of the screen in Rhythm Cat Lite. 

Rhythm Training (Sight Reader) - The Rhythm Training app is a fantastic free app for sight reading rhythms.  This app features 7 musical instrument options, metronome functions, and beat prompts and hints for user.  The design of the app is organized and very child-friendly. Rhythm Trainer is perfect for beginners or more advance musicians.  It also features multiple levels, at any tempo, with a variety of time signatures and rhythmic values.  Take your students sight reading skills to the next level with this free app!

Out of the free apps available for rhythm, these two were excellent in practicing playing and sight reading all types of rhythmic concepts.  If you find any more free rhythm apps, please let me know, and I would be happy to review them and add them to the list.