I recommend that all of my music students who are able to, download the following software and use it.

Read Rhythm App – $2.99 on any IOS device (iphone, ipad, ipod touch, …)


If you want to learn to read rhythms, this is the best training program I know of.  It’s fantastic.
If you want to practice playing by ear, just cover up the part of the screen that has the rhythm notation.

Tenuto – Music Theory App – $3.99 on any IOS device (iphone, ipad, ipod touch, …)


Best ear training tool, very inexpensive.  Intervals, Chords, …. so much more!

Ableton LIVE – free demo version

www.ableton.com/live  (mac or pc)

This program is so useful.  You can use it as a click.  You can program drum beats.  You can slow down audio. You can change the key of audio and have it still sound reasonable!  You can mix and match beats/rhythms/melodies/chords.  You can record one part (rhythm for example) and then start improvising or practicing melodies over the top of it.  I recommend that all my students download the free trial version.  $99 for the intro version is not bad either.

The free trial version will let you do everything except save.


What programs do you use to help you learn?


One Response to Helpful Software

  1. Jeanne says:

    Is there an update on these recommendations?

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