The first app, by LMuse Ltd., is part of a suite of music learning apps for children. The funky cats (also featured in the company's "Treble Cat" and "Bass Cat" apps) appeal to all ages, but are particularly well suited to younger crowd. As a teacher, I can see myself using this app as a centre in my music classroom, with a few iPads and headphones, for Grades 3-6.
Rhythm Cats offers a fun way for students to learn and practise common rhythms, using a series of game-like lessons organized into stages that are unlocked as players progress through the stages. Players use a green button on the screen, tapping the rhythm to play along with the admittedly catchy tunes.
Overall, both kids and parents enjoyed this well-executed app; Rhythm Cats offers a fun way for children of all ages to learn to sight read rhythms, and I am looking forward to checking out LMuse's other music apps!!
For the more serious aspiring musician, Rhymicity offers a robust and customizable rhythm-reading challenge. Thousands of flashcards that include a combination of rests and notes in a variety of time signatures are organized into ten levels, which feature progressive lessons and a challenge at the end of each level.
As a drummer, I must say that what appeals to me about this app is that it doesn't shy away from more difficult and syncopated rhythms or non-standard time signatures. As a musically inclined adult who hasn't played in a while, Rhythmicity offers a fun, educational way to refresh and expand my sight-reading skill set,
The lessons, tutorials and challenges span many levels from beginner to advanced; there truly is something for everyone here!