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Music Based Apps

With the predominance of the internet in every sphere of life and in every industry, why should education stay behind. The internet has made online music teaching also possible and convenient for students to learn from maestros across the globe without leaving their homes or offices. Smartphones have made internet and all its advantages even more accessible to consumers and one now carries the world in their palms. Web browsers have also become a thing of the past with every company launching their own applications or apps as they are popularly known. These days there are a number of dedicated apps which teach everything from musical theory, to musical instruments and there are apps which act as a digital tuner too! Here’s a lowdown on the best music based apps across various platforms.

Garage Band

GarageBand is exclusive to the iOS platform but has to be one of the best apps around for learning music. It offers a collection of touch instruments and even a recording studio allowing you to make music on the go on your iPad or MacBook or even your iPhone. You can plug in your guitar or keyboard and record your music via GarageBand. It basically provides you with virtual instruments like guitar, piano, drums and organ. The feature Live Loops help you use multi touch gestures to produce music like a DJ. The songs can be easily shared across all devices via iCloud Drive and on any social media site as well.

Symphony Pro

It is one of the most intuitive and comprehensive music notation app for the iPad. Available only on iOS, Symphony Pro allows users to compose sheet notes, chord charts and guitar tabs instantly on the iPad and also hear them played back. Music scores can be created and edited in standard music notation structure. The app covers up to 15 instruments per score. It also allows users to import MusicXML, MIDI, MXL, or Symphony files and also export them as a PDF, MusicXML, MIDI, AAC, or a Symphony file. All in all, Symphony Pro is the only app you need for writing sheet notes on your device.


Yousician is one of the most popular apps to learn a musical instrument available on iOS, Android and Windows platforms. It will help you learn to play the piano, guitar, bass or ukulele. It offers step by step video tutorials and includes training videos from basics to advanced techniques. There are lessons on music theory as well. The app has a unique feature which listens to the music you play and informs the user about proper notes, chords and timing.

Simply Piano

Simply Piano is an amazing app for anyone wanting to master playing the piano or the keyboard. Available on both iOS and Android, one can simply place their phone or tablet beside their piano/keyboard and start playing. The app will offer immediate feedback regarding your performance. The app also offers musical workouts, tips on reading sheet music and even a huge selection of songs for one to practice. It has Piano lessons for beginners including pop chords, essentials, blues and more.

Voice Training-Learn to Sing

Android and iOS users can learn singing easily through the Voice Training App. The app plays a note or phrase of notes, and you sing to it. The app shows which note you should sing and which pitch you are currently singing. It provides a series of exercises which will help users in expanding their vocal range and also fun singing games to make the app more interactive. There also interval tests which can help you to get ready for your music grades.

This article was featured in the December 2017 issue:

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