“Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake.” This often-misquoted line from Michael Curtiz’s classic film “Casablanca” is one of the most iconic in cinema history. The truth is, a song well played on the piano is capable of evoking such profound emotional resonance, from maudlin woe to joyful exuberance.
It’s not hard to see why online music apps are exploding, as both beginners and pros hone their ability to play the piano. In fact, there are so many apps, it can be intimidating to cut through all the noise (pun intended) to find the best ones. Not to worry – we’re here to help with our curated list of the best music apps for piano players, teachers, and students. Let’s dive in!
With this reasonably priced app, you can browse, preview, and play over 300,000 officially licensed sheet music arrangements. The app allows you to select your favorite pieces and organize them into folders and set lists that make sense to you. Here are a few more great features:
This is a fantastic app for beginners who want to download easy versions of songs and then challenge themselves later with pro versions. (Note: this app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.) Click here to learn more on the Musicnotes.com website.
This clever app uses fun themes and timed games to increase your note reading IQ. It uses your device’s microphone to detect whether the note you’ve just played matches the note on the sheet music, so newbie musicians will form a strong association between notes on the page and their instrument. Note Rush features include:
This app is a must-have for any pianist wanting to master sight-reading skills and is great for kids who will love playing the built-in games as they try to break their own high scores. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire platforms.
The once exclusively mechanical metronome is now available as a free Android app on your smartphone. Here are a few of this app’s key features that’ll help keep your beats on point:
If you’re willing to deal with a few advertisements in exchange for this free, feature-rich and easy to use tool, Metronome Beats is the app for you!
Feel the need to tickle the ivories but aren’t near a keyboard? Head over to the Google Play store and pick up this intelligent piano simulator designed for Android phones and tablets:
With the click of a widget on your home screen, now you can play the piano anytime, anywhere!
Want to play your own original tunes? This music composition and notation app allows you to quickly and accurately enter music notation with your finger or stylus:
Whether awaiting a delayed flight at the airport or lounging by the pool, now you can write music anywhere! (Recommended for use with the iPhone 5 or larger for best results.)
If you’re more of a ‘show me don’t tell me’ kind of learner, this auto-renewing subscription service app from OnlinePianist is for you. You’ll learn how to play piano through thousands of animated piano tutorials:
This user-friendly app includes a generous song library (both free and for purchase) and is designed with colors and a teaching style that makes for a fun, interactive learning experience.
Not sure where to start or even what skill level you might be? This innovative app will assess your talent level and suggest lessons appropriate for you. Other features include:
Flowkey teaches you how to play piano with easy to follow, step-by-step lessons tailored to your skill level, and is equally effective for beginners and returners alike.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to quickly learn to play your favorite songs, without the expense of face-to-face lessons, Piano Marvel is perfect for you:
With Piano Marvel, you can set up a free account, or purchase a premium account for a monthly fee. You can also use Piano Marvel with the QRS PNOScan system (available from Moore Piano), which turns an acoustic piano into a MIDI recording device.
The premise: help Granny dust off her piano! This is a fantastic way to introduce your little ones to the piano since it’s designed exclusively to teach piano to toddlers:
This entertaining app will introduce piano letters to kids and give them a foundation for reading sheet music later on. (Only available on iOS devices.)
Even seasoned pianists sometimes feel the need to fine-tune their sense of rhythm or challenge themselves to learn new ones. This iOS-compatible app is a comprehensive rhythm trainer and worksheet creator, which lets you create a virtually unlimited number of custom rhythm patterns:
Equally appropriate for both experts and beginners alike, this app is designed for students, teachers and any musician who wants to improve their rhythmic performance and accuracy.
As time goes by, piano playing can become a form of benign addiction, and you just may be tempted to run out and splurge on a Steinway or Bösendorfer – and we’d totally understand if you did!
Of course, we strongly suggest researching and consulting with an expert before buying one of your own. The staff at Moore Piano are authorities on the subject and are delighted to help you pick out just the right piano for you and your family. If you already have your dream piano, ask Moore Piano about repairs, tunings, restoration and cleaning.