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10 Best Music Apps for Piano Enthusiasts

Best Music Apps for Piano

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“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!

#1 Musicnotes Sheet Music Player

Music Notes App

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:

  • Use the Playback Tool to change the tempo of your playback
  • The Markup Tool allows for easy annotation with its built-in pen, highlighter and type tools
  • The Transpose Tool lets you change the key to fit your musical style

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 website.

#2 Note Rush

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:

  • Student-paced learning feature waits as long as it takes for the student to find each note so beginners won’t feel lost
  • Grand staff is visible so each note is shown in its full context which helps students learn how notes are spaced out in the two staves
  • Octave-sensitive keyboard geography ensures you’re getting the right note in the right octave every time

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.

#3 Metronome Beats

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:

  • Ability to select any tempo from 1 to 300 beats per minute
  • Makes triplets timing practice easy with the ability to subdivide the beat with up to 16 clicks per beat
  • Visual beat indication allows you to mute the sound and use visuals to stay on beat

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!

#4 Perfect Piano

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:

  • 88-key piano keyboard with multi-touch screen support
  • Keyboard width adjustment feature
  • Multiple built-in sound effects including grand piano, pipe organ, and music box
  • Multiplayer connection allows you to play with other players all over the world

With the click of a widget on your home screen, now you can play the piano anytime, anywhere!

#5 NotateMe

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:

  • Instant playback capability
  • Write music for solo instruments or full orchestral scores
  • Automatically sync your scores to Dropbox so you can edit them on any device

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.)

#6 Piano Lessons

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:

  • Popular and classical pieces updated regularly
  • Personalized experience with 13 unique virtual piano learning features
  • Works with any piano or keyboard

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.

#7 Flowkey

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:

  • Select-a-Hand feature allows you to practice right and left hands separately
  • Loop Function allows you to replay a specific section when you practice
  • Wait Mode plays songs with interactive live feedback

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.

#8 Piano Marvel

Piano Marvel Logo

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:

  • Easy configuration process to ensure your keyboard is properly talking to your computer and software
  • Integrates with Twitter and Facebook so you can share your progress and achievements
  • Graded performances help you see and correct mistakes
  • Catalog of over 1,500 songs includes titles from all genres of music

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.

#9 Piano Dust Buster

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:

  • Whack dust shapes to the beat of the music
  • Hundreds of songs from Beethoven to Adele
  • Use your own keyboard or an on-screen virtual one

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.)

#10 Rhythm Lab

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:

  • 20 levels with at least 10 lessons each
  • Starts easy and graduates to more difficult exercises
  • Beginners can learn rhythm patterns from composers like Bach, Joplin, and Mozart

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.