Summer learning loss (or “summer slide”) is not just limited to maths or science, even a subject as interesting and entertaining as music can be affected. A few years ago, there was not much parents could do about summer loss, other than sending kids to summer camp, or paying for extra music lessons over the summer. Now, there are numerous apps and websites devoted to the idea that kids (and adults) should be able to practice music anytime, anywhere. So, https://tutoriage.com/exploratory-case-study
checked out some of the best resources, from general music theory, through to violin and piano. Just a few minutes a day can ensure that, come September, kids can pick up right where they left off.
1. Music Journal
Music Journal is a practice app for all types of instruments, and features a few tools designed specifically for teachers and parents. You can track practice sessions, and chart your child’s progress over a period of time (the app easily generates summary reports). As one parent commented “I know which scales he has done and if some have not been practised for a few days”. It’s particularly useful for summer learning – you can set a schedule that is just brisk enough to ensure maintenance of existing skills, and let your child decide when to practice. The metronome is a thoughtful addition, and means that practicing “on the go” is a reality.
You can’t fit a piano in your pocket. Or can you? iLovePiano does away with excuses (it’s too hot inside!). Piano apps with gorgeous interfaces are a commonplace by now, yet those of us with memories of dreary piano lessons still can’t get over how it looks (and can be used) just like a “real” piano keyboard. Kids can learn musical notes, and practice piano lessons, in addition to being able to refer to a particularly useful section on basic musical theory if they get stuck. Ear training skills and quizzes are also key features. If you own a piano or keyboard, the app will enable your device as an input device (no midi cable needed).
Notable claims to be the “ultimate learning tool for sheet music and notes”. Talk of going “paperless” often doesn’t transpire into reality, but after assessing this app we can guarantee that you will save quite a bit of money on sheet paper at least. A nice extra is the section that provides statistics showing how well the child knows each note and chord.
4. Ear Trainer Lite
Ear Trainer has just one aim – to improve your musical ear. We were truly impressed by how it’s high-quality, targeted material does just that. There are detailed lessons on not only basic scales, but interval comparison, and chord identification. The app also collects statistics. Questions are randomly generated so kids can just keep trying (and therefore learning) until they get the right answer. Finally, each exercise features what is quickly becoming one of our favourite things – a virtual piano keyboard.
5. Violin Lesson Tutor
It’s much more difficult to learn violin through an app than it is to learn piano. Violin requires more in the way of visual learning. Violin Lesson Tutor recognises this, and the foundation of the app is a link to a dedicated Youtube channel featuring lessons delivered by a professional musician and teacher.
The app is designed for a range of levels, from complete beginner (an entire lesson is devoted to telling you how to hold the bow correctly) through to someone just looking to improve their playing skills.
6. Music Tech Teacher
Music Tech Teacher is one of our favourite finds – a free, comprehensive music teaching site. We were amazed by the variety. Not only are there enough music theory lessons to get you through the summer, but the site also has numerous worksheets, piano practice and quizzes. There are also a number of lessons on the lives of musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Michael Jackson (they go into an incredible amount of detail on their musical style), in addition to one dealing with preparing for performance. The quaint barebones appearance of the site gives the impression that it’s all about the music and good content, rather than fancy imagery. Though it does indulge in some rather fun game-based music learning in the form of “Mighty Music Man” (the student must identify the correct notes to help Mighty Man deliver a piano).