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The Monster Musician Reader

The future of reading music starts with an app

The future of reading music starts with an app

The Monster Musician Reader

by Noelle Fabian
The Monster Musician Reader
The Monster Musician Reader
The Monster Musician Reader

What is it about?

The future of reading music starts with an app.

The Monster Musician Reader

App Details

Music Music Action
Last updated
January 19, 2020
Release date
December 12, 2018
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App Store Description

The future of reading music starts with an app.
Welcome to version 1.1

"I've never seen anything like it. My students love it and are really excited to practice!"

- Ryan H., Band Director-Olinda Elementary
Professional trumpet player, Los Angeles

+Interactive musical practicing game that uses the iPhone's mic to pick up live instrumental or vocal input.
+Score page that provides immediate accuracy feedback
+Curriculum that trains rhythm and intervals in a systematic way
+Scrolling score trains eyes to read ahead and encourages "not stopping"
+Rhythm generator for infinite practicing options
+Two free books and free app download
+Expanding library of books and beats available for purchase

The Monster Musician Reader, the world's first interactive game that targets and builds the skills necessary for successful music reading. The musician plays her or his instrument or sings directly into the app and gets evaluated on their performance in real-time. Really though, it's just a game. As creator and pro-musician, Noelle Fabian puts it, "Imagine if your sheet music and the video game "Guitar Hero" had a baby. It's epic."

Based on sight reading and language research, specifically designed curriculum familiarizes the player with different rhythmic combinations and intervals. Backing grooves provide the player with a beat while music scrolls across the screen. Great for musical speed-reading. For an extra challenge- pick a tricky key! The goal is to "feed" our friend "Hangry Jim" your right notes as you go. You are then awarded a score from Jim based upon your performance. Don't like your score? Play it again!

The app itself and the first few books are no charge.
Additional books can be purchased in the "music store".

Some basic music knowledge/ability is recommended when starting to play as this is a supplement to other forms of instrumental practice. Using headphones also helps with increased accuracy. While the app can be played by any person or instrument able to sustain a pitch, we currently have the app optimized for woodwinds and brass instruments.

Our current, yet ever-increasing, optimized instrument list:

# Voice (bass clef, treble clef)
# Concert pitch: Treble Clef - good for piano, mallet, or string instruments
# Concert pitch: Bass Clef- good for piano, mallet, or string instruments
* Piccolo
* Flute
* Oboe
* Clarinet
* Bass Clarinet
* Alto Sax
* Tenor Sax
* Bari Sax
* Bassoon
_ Trumpet
_ French Horn
_ Trombone
_ Euphonium
_ Tuba

We love working with school band and wind ensemble programs! Email us if you wish for your music program to be considered for our pilot program.

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