One relatively new addition to this category is EarMaster from developers EarMaster ApS and I reviewed the app here on the blog soon after it was released in June 2016. As the title suggests, EarMaster is an app for developing and testing your musical knowledge and, while I say it is ‘new’, the EarMaster brand has actually been around for quite a while in a desktop format. However, the fact that you can now access the training/testing content via an iOS app is new.
The base app is a free to download and includes a number of example lessons to get you started. And, if you like what you try, then you can purchase a range of other (more advanced) tutorial/lesson materials covering a range of different topics.
Anyway, a further update has hit the AppStore a couple of days ago taking the app to v.1.0.9. This includes a further round of the usual ‘bug fixes’ but there are also some tweaks to the app’s behaviour to improve the workflow. For example, you can now customise the rhythm error detection process. In addition, you can also get audio previews when setting up custom exercises.
I do like the learning environment provided by EarMaster and the content/training is well structured. The (obvious) reminder aside – that buying the app doesn’t buy the skills it can test – EarMaster is a pretty impressive beast. It won’t be for everyone and you need a pretty strong streak of self-discipline and a desire to learn this stuff in order to make it worthwhile but, if you have both of those, then this is certainly a well-presented environment to work on your skills. And, for those enrolled on formal music theory studies, I could easily imagine the app would make a useful companion to provide some extra-curricular practice.
All that said, as a free download to give EarMaster a try, it is certainly a no-risk option and you can explore the basics to see if it might provide a suitable impetus to improve your own musical skill set when you have a bit of downtime and an iPad to hand. And if that sounds like you, then simply hit the download button to find out more…..