For anyone who is interested in learning music theory, the iPhone is a great tool to use to help you learn. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, you'll be sure to find an app to help you out as a student, musician, or just a lover of music. Learn about music, put what you've learned to use, and broaden your skills with this list of the best music theory apps for iPhone.
The best music theory apps for iPhone
26 Jan 2017, by Christine Pamintuan
Learn Music Theory - Basic Rudiments by UMT has over 1300 designed, professionally dynamic flashcards arranged in 12 lessons of progressive learning, easy-to-understand visuals, staff notation questions and answers, and more to study music theory for piano, voice, guitar, and other instruments. You'll learn how to identify time signatures, bar lines, rests, and rhythm; read music; hear pitch and name chords, intervals, notes, and scales; and improve ear training and sight reading skills. This app is guaranteed to improve your basic rudimentary theory skills with concepts and built-in high-quality audio recordings.
- Prepare for nationally recognized music theory exams
- Pronounce and memorize musical Italian terms and their definitions
- More than 1300 flashcards
- Flashcard content covers exactly what you need
- Try it out for free then pay to unlock full version
ScaleNet is called a “mobile Music Theory learning environment” for the young or learning musician by its developers. Two college professors developed it; they used network modeling to show how many of the basic concepts in music are connected by simple yet related patterns. The app uses a melody-game and teaches concepts like simple key relationships, keys and their graphic layout on the staff, complex key relationships, note identification, and ear training. It uses a simple, intuitive interface and offers a ear-training and sight-reading game that integrates key information through touch-pad mirroring.
- Post-game stats show how the user is progressing
- Complex key relationships are identified
- Ear-training and sight-reading
- Shows how basic concepts in music are interrelated
- Free music theory app for iPhone
Jamn Multi-tool is an interactive reference tool for people with basic music theory knowledge. It helps to visualize a song's hidden chord progressions and structure by showing the relationships among scales, keys, and chords for piano, guitar, ukulele, and bass. You'll be able to jam on your own or with a band, go deeper into music theory, find chords that belong together, and personalize existing songs with more chords. The app features a massive chords library, the patented Jam Wheel, in-key chords and scales for every key, free updates, and a built-in tuner for ukulele, bass, and guitar.
- Explore different keys and scales
- Go deeper into music theory
- Huge chords library
- Built-in tuner
- Find chords to belong together to become a better song writer
This app claims to stand apart from the rest of the pack. In fact, it says that there’s never been an app like this before. If you take a look at this app, they might just be right. It’s a journey of learning how to create melodies and chord progressions. The app presents it in a way that’s fun, easy to understand and very practical. There are 41 interactive exercises and 94 audiovisual examples from some of the world’s most popular musical artists. Hooktheory I is worth every penny!
- Teaches how to create melodies and chord progressions
- Fun, easy to understand and very practical
- The app has 41 different interactive exercises
- There are 94 audiovisual examples from musicians
- The app is in the form of a music book
Chordelia Seventh Heaven will give you the skills you need to recognize “Seventh Chords.” It can be hard to tell them apart in context, and most musicians never get past this stage. The app will teach you how to hear the important types of seventh chords easily and reliably. You will be able to add interest to the basic minor/major chords of an existing song, transcribe and improvise over jazz standards, and compose more innovative chord progressions. Training mode has 10 unlockable lessons, Testing mode will check your progress, and Custom mode allows you to set up a tailor-made training and testing session to work on problem areas.
- Explanations and illustrations of each chord type
- High-quality sound samples
- Training, Testing, and Custom modes
- Background material on the theory of seventh chords
- Free with in-app purchase to upgrade to Pro
Music Theory - SoundSquares is a game for beginner to intermediate musicians. It uses a stacking strategy like Tetris, where interactive note blocks start at the top of the screen and fall towards the bottom. The player puts these blocks into three-note chords both vertically and horizontally. Notes and chords are integrated into a backing track that constantly shifts that allows the player to develop chord construction. The app is great for enhancing a traditional ear-training education and comes loaded with two musical styles: Rock and African. Future updates will add more styles like Chiptune, Blues, Hip-Hop, Vintage Game, VaporWave, and more.
- Enhances a traditional ear-training education
- Mobile ear-training gaming environment
- Stacking strategy similar to Tetris
- Interactive note blocks fall from top of screen
- Player assembles blocks to create 3-note chords
Theory Lessons from musictheory.net offers 39 animated music theory lessons. For less than an expensive coffee you'll get some decent lessons that will offer you basic music theory. This app is especially useful to those who have had basic music theory lessons elsewhere but beginners will get a lot out of this app as well. It's easy and fun, and will help anyone gain a better grasp of music theory with lessons like Odd Meter, Rest Duration, Diatonic Triads, Circle Progressions, Using Neapolitan Chords, Introduction to Chords, and The Staff, Clefs, and Ledger Lines.
- From musictheory.net
- 39 animated music theory lessons
- Basic music theory you can study anywhere
- For beginners and more advanced musicians and students of music
- A lot less expensive than private lessons
The Music Theory app will help improve and develop your listening skills and tone control, learn about your favorite classical composers, increase your knowledge base of music theory, and identify complex written chords. It uses Brainscape's established cognitive science techniques so you will learn faster and more efficiently than with other apps. The app includes 15 audio decks of flashcards that you can use whether you have 10 minutes free to study, or a chunk of time set aside. Use it at home or while out and about to advance your ear-training and theory anywhere. Try it for free and then pay to unlock it all.
- 15 audio decks like Name That Chord, The 7 Modes, and Composer Trivia
- Use it anywhere
- Advance your ear-training and theory
- Improve and develop your listening skills and tone control
- Free with in-app purchase to unlock
Music Theory Pro offers dynamic drills that will help you gain musical fluency. This app is for people who have a base knowledge in music theory but want to know more. You'll be shown a key signature, chord, note, interval, tempo, or scale, and you have to identify what you hear or see as quickly as possible. The faster you identify it, the higher your score. You can go up against people from all over the world or keep your scores to yourself. The app also has several features for beginners, too.
- For beginners or more advanced users
- Become a pro at music theory
- Different activities and exercises
- Compare your scores against others' from all over the world
- Sharpen your ears and increase your skills
Waay gives you an introduction to practical music theory that is easy and engaging. It uses video lessons, interactive lessons, and progress tracking so you can improve your songwriting skills. It teaches applied music theory so you can take what you learn right to your instrument and use it. The first course, Melodies, comes included with the app and has eight video lessons and nine interactive exercises. The next course is called Chords and is available through an in-app purchase. The second course has eight video lessons and 11 interactive exercises.
- Sync among devices
- Built-in tools track your progressing
- Small lessons and interactive exercises
- Learn practical music theory
- Lesson one comes with app
UCLA Music Theory was designed as a supplemental resource for students to practice ear-training with four different training modules. They include Dictation, Intervals, Chords, and Sight Reading. There are currently two modes for each section: Practice Mode, which is untimed and your score is tracked, and Survival Mode, which is timed and your end score is recorded in high scores. You'll practice your ability to recognize notes and note formations in both modes. This is a free app.
- Supplemental resource
- Practice ear-training
- Four different training modules
- Two modes for each section
- Free music theory app for iPhone