These two apps are excellent for students to practice identifying notes on the staff. It is a great pair of apps to recommend to parents/students to use at home. I love how simple the concept of the game is — even young piano students will be able to independently use this app.
In each level, the player is given sixty seconds to find all of a given note(s) as a variety of different notes scroll across the screen. If the player misses more than 3 notes, they must re-try that level.
The graphics and the background music in these apps are fantastic!
Each app contains 5 “Stages” with 10 levels each. The Treble Cat app begins with the Middle C position and gradually adds notes above that, up to high G. Here is a list of the five different “Stages” in the Treble Cat app. Each Stage contains 10 levels.
- Stage 1 — Middle C position
- Stage 2 — Adds A and B
- Stage 3 — Adds C, D, E
- Stage 4 – Adds F and G
- Stage 5 — double staff
The Bass Cat app begins with Low A (first space of the staff) and gradually adds notes up to Middle C. Please note that Stage 1 begins with the low A on the first space of the bass clef staff. Students who are learning piano via a method book with what as known as the “Middle C approach” may be better off beginning with Stage 4 and working their way backwards. The app allows the player to “unlock” all the levels after touching the Settings button, which will allow the player to begin at any Stage.
- Stage 1 — First space A, B, C, D, E.
- Stage 2 — F, G, A
- Stage 3 — B,
- Stage 4 — Middle C
- Stage 5 — double staff challenge
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