Just when you think there are no new ideas for what to put on an app, along comes Mozart 2 Pro. This is a great app and intuitive, but is specifically tailored for those wishing to learn and understand how to read music.
When we were at school and in the music room class, we were never taught how to master the art of reading music quite like this. Learning should be fun and interesting, and reading music has to be about as far removed from fun as it gets. So, hats off to Mozart 2 Pro for injecting a bit of game play into the art of reading music, because that’s what it does so well.
The app is specifically designed to help in the process of learning how to read music. And doing this in a game has to be innovation of the highest order. The game begins when a stream of notes come pouring out from the screen’s right hand toolbar. Your task is to name the notes in the order of their appearance with the instrument being used.
The instrument being used could be anything from the range of viola, violin, piano, banjo, bass, cello, double bass, guitar or mandolin. The letters used for the chord notes are C, D and E and you can select from the solfege range of Do, Re or Mi.
However, the task set out for you is to not allow the floating note to get too close to the left side of the screen. As mentioned, the right begins from the screen’s right hand border and will progress to the left; you must name the note before it gets there. Failure to do this results in the note disappearing into a thin vapour cloud, and you end losing a life.
But get the name the note correctly and you end up with one point added. If you move up through the levels, you will find more than one point awarded for getting the note named correctly. As the game gets really going, more notes start to appear in an unyielding stream. The range of notes starts to widen too.
As with any learning tool, the game gets harder and more challenging. Stick with it though because when the going gets tough, you must surely be learning. The game gets going until your lives are lost, then you’ll need to start again. As with any learning game, going over the same old ground is a powerful method of learning.