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Grand Staff app review: improve your sight reading



Whether you’re a complete beginner to reading music notation or you’re somewhat experienced and want to improve your sight reading capabilities, you’re sure to find everything you need in Grand Staff  for iPhone and iPad to illuminate the way.

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I really like what the developer has done here because it provides a slow-and-steady approach to learning how to read music without making quick jumps in the complexity of the content or making assumptions about what you may or may not already know.

Grand Staff


Learn at a Smart Pace

What we’ve got here is a fantastic tool for any of you who are looking to improve your ability to read music, with an interface based around the keys of a piano so you can ensure you are playing the correct notes.

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This app has been designed to cater for beginners all the way up to advanced musicians, and there are more than 250 levels for you to work your way through. I think this is excellent as it means you can jump right in at a level that suits you and gradually work your way up. 

Better Suited to iPad

Grand Staff offers corrections and guidance every step of the way so you know you’re on the right track, and I would very much recommend the iPad version as it extends the piano interface to two octaves whereas the iPhone version is limited to one.

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This is a highly valuable musician’s companion app that I think will serve you guys very well indeed, so be sure to take it for a spin if you want an intelligent approach to learning musical notation.

Notation simplified
Notation simplified

Grand Staff


Pros & Cons


  • Improve your sight reading abilities with audio and visual queues
  • Focused on the keys of a piano to provide a more tactile interface
  • Perfect for beginners all the way up to advanced practitioners
  • Includes a whopping 257 levels to help you gradually improve your skills
  • Receive corrections and guidance every step of the way so you know you’re on the right track
  • Interface on the iPad version is extended to two octaves while the iPhone version shows one


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

Extended iPad interface
Extended iPad interface

Final Words

Grand Staff is an awesome iPhone and iPad app in the Music category of the App Store, and it should definitely take you a long way towards confidently reading music.


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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.