App Review & Giveaway: Music Flash Class

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 12.44.33 PMMusic Flash Class ($3.99) — for iPhone/iPad.

Music Flash Class is an app developed by a piano teacher Henry Flurry.  It has been around for a couple of years now, but an update for iOS 8 was recently released.  The new layout looks good!

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Music Flash Class is an interactive note identification app.  The settings offer a myriad of options to customize the experience.  I love that you can chose to show or hide the timer.  And that you to choose a particular range of notes to practice.  Teachers can even customize and save their own “decks” of notes.

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 1.05.09 PM Other perks, according to the developer:

  • You define the notes you want your student to drill.
  • You decide if the application should test or teach.
  • You decide how many cards, how long to test, how quickly they must answer.
  • You decide whether to drill in letter names, solfège, keyboard mode, or several other options!
  • You decide what accidentals, keys, and modes to test.
  • You see (and save!) what notes were wrong.

The other thing that makes this app unique is the group game modes.  In the settings, for example, you can select “Hot Potato.”  Students gently pass around the iPhone/iPad as they attempt to choose the correct note before the Hot Potato buzzer sounds.  If students jostle the device too much as they pass it to the next player, a buzzer will go off and the round ends (which encourages students to be gentle with your device).  At the end, the app displays the number of correct answers were answered.

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Learn more about group games using Music Flash Class here.

The developer, Henry Flurry, has generously offered a GIVEAWAY for two promo codes that will allow the winners to download this app for free.  To enter, please leave a comment below stating your favorite feature of Music Flash Class.  Two winners will be randomly chosen on Friday, December 26, 2014 and contacted by email.

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Joy Morin is a piano teacher in Perrysburg, Ohio (United States) who enjoys keeping her teaching fresh with new ideas and resources. ColorInMyPiano.com serves as a journal of her adventures in piano teaching as well as a place to exchange ideas and resources.

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26 Comments

  1. Julie Lind
    Posted 16 December 2014 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I just purchased an iPad and am looking for apps to use with my piano students. This app looks like a good choice since I would be able to define which notes to drill for my beginning students and be able to add accidentals and keys for my older students. I would love the opportunity to try out Music Flash Class!

  2. Glenda
    Posted 16 December 2014 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I think that it is a fantastic feature to be able to individually program the app for a specific teaching goal. And the hot potato game looks very delightful. I would greatly appreciate an opportunity to try this new app out. Thank you!

  3. Allison Bangerter
    Posted 16 December 2014 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    I think the Hot Potato Game sounds fun! I’m getting a tablet for christmas and can’t wait to try it!

  4. Posted 16 December 2014 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    This is great timing, as I have a student who asked me to recommend an app for her niece (also my student) to practice her notes over the holidays.

    My fav feature: the option to select a range of notes. My student is still working on a small range of notes.

  5. Posted 16 December 2014 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    This is the first app I ever purchased, and one of the main reasons I purchased my first iPhone (a number of years ago!). My students LOVE the Hot Potato option — we play it in lots of Group Lessons :-)

  6. Nona
    Posted 17 December 2014 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    We use 1 to1 iPads in our school and this app sound like a wonderful resource to support an interactive learning! I love the idea that this particular Music Flash App Class allows the teacher to make choices upon the multiple activities to enhance the students’ learning. Looking forward to explore and learn more about it.
    Thank you for all you do!

  7. Amber
    Posted 17 December 2014 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    I haven’t been including my iPad into lessons- as of yet. Maybe this will change my mind? Looking forward to seeing it!

  8. Posted 17 December 2014 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    I love that they have the “jostle” buzzer! That’s a fantastic addition, and a real life saver for those of us who want to protect our iDevices.

  9. Karen C
    Posted 17 December 2014 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like an amazing app. I like that you can customize which notes to drill. The Hot Potato game sounds like fun, too!

  10. Mallory
    Posted 17 December 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    I love that it saves te wrong answers so you can review them.

  11. Anna Kennedy
    Posted 19 December 2014 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Wow! I love the feature that forces them to be gentle with your device. I know they are used to handling the technology at school, and they are never purposely trying to harm it, but I have had a student literally take my phone from my hand before (for about a second! Lol) so I appreciate that feature.

  12. Lauren
    Posted 20 December 2014 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    I am REALLY looking forward to checking out this app! I particularly like how you can customise the settings and choose a specific level for your student, ensuring they don’t get discouraged in the learning process. :)

  13. Posted 20 December 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like a fantastic app! I’m definitely adding this to my wish list of apps. I love how customizable it is especially with the option for which exact notes to drill and the group lesson feature will be awesome for the sibling students I teach who get so jealous when the other one gets iPad time.

  14. Emily
    Posted 20 December 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

    This looks fun. I can’t wait to try “hot potato” in a group class

  15. Ruth
    Posted 20 December 2014 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    This app sounds like a perfect substitute for what I’m currently doing with regular flashcards for a number of my students. I love that they can download the app and practice at home, too.

  16. Posted 21 December 2014 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    I love the idea of the Hot Potato game. Looking forward to trying this app on the ipad I am getting after Christmas. Thanks.

  17. Shaunel Brown
    Posted 21 December 2014 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    Would love to try this out. Thanks joy!

  18. Posted 21 December 2014 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Flash cards always add a little ‘fun’ time to the lesson. While I do have some of the real thing, my list is limited to only the basic music signs and words. My iPad would love to help me out in this department!

  19. Posted 21 December 2014 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I am always looking for new group class games and hot potato sounds like fun!

  20. Posted 21 December 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I am always looking for fun and useful games for goup class. Hot Potato sounds like one of those. I would love to try it out!

  21. Posted 22 December 2014 at 1:10 am | Permalink

    I love that it’s customizable and that it can be a group activity. The increasing speed and pitch add so much excitement! I’m sure my kids will love this! Thank you to my colleague and friend Henry Flurry.

  22. LantanaMusic
    Posted 22 December 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    This looks like a fun group game or a great thing to have a sibling work on while waiting for her piano lesson time.

  23. Julie
    Posted 22 December 2014 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been thinking about how I would conduct group lessons. This app would be a must for the ‘Hot Potato’ feature alone.

  24. Monica
    Posted 22 December 2014 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

    No more lost flash cards! This looks like it would simplify teaching. The game option looks wonderful.

  25. Mary
    Posted 23 December 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    cant wait to try it

  26. Karen
    Posted 24 December 2014 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Would like to use with my group classes.

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