The Shape of Music


I had an amazing interview today with a nice man named “Luis” from Silicon Valley, California.  If you don’t know by now, I’ll let you in on the news that I also have a business called “”.  On this website, I uncover the best of music education apps for iOS devices (iPad/iPod-touch/iPhone).  One of the great things I get to do is condushape of musicct podcast interviews and uncover the inspirations and hopes of this new “method” of learning and exploring music.

Anyway, Luis and his amazing app reminded me that one of the beginning skills of reading music is not just that of learning the “A,B,C,D,E,F,G” of it all, but the shape the music takes as it moves along the staff.

"Try paying attention to the shape of the music."

In my interview I recount an experience I had yesterday with one of my students who has a bit of a learning disability.  This particular student has such a hard time knowing if the pitch is moving up or down.  So, in this podcast I uncover this amazingly fun app that addresses this skill.  Music flows either gently or quickly up and down on the staff. Try paying attention to the shape of the music.

If you have a youngster (age 3-10) learning music and are interested in seeing this app for yourself, visit this page: MusiciansWithApps (BTW this app is FREE)

Next time you are looking at your sheet music, check out the shape of the piece you are about to play.  It’ll do you some good.

Any questions? Leave a comment below.

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  • Barbara Gordon

    Reply Reply December 14, 2012

    Hi Rebecca, Can you recommend any good apps for note reading for android devices. I looked at your website but everything seems to be for Apple devices…..

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 15, 2012

      Ahh, I wish I could but I only have done research on the iOS apps. But, if you find any good ones for Android PLEASE tell me what they are. I will pass the info along.

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