New APP helps musicians to learn to play and sing in tune!
Friday, June 7, 2013
I received a random email a few months ago from Professor Daniel Kazez at Wittenberg University telling me about his new app for helping musicians sing in tune. Of course as will all unsolicited emails (and I get a lot!) I was skeptical but…then I tried it thinking of some of my singers who were struggling with ear training. I was surprised to find that not only was it cool, but it was helpful as well!!! Check out the details below!
First App for Improving a Musician’s Ears
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — It’s easy to find apps to help musicians play in tune, but not to actually improve a musician’s ears. Now that changes, as the Music Department of Wittenberg University today announced the launch of InTune 1.1, the latest version of their iPhone app that helps musicians play in tune by improving their ability to hear.
Wittenberg’s first app, Composer of the Day, was named one of the Top Five Classical Music iPhone Apps by WQXR, America’s most-listened-to classical music station. With their new app InTune, Wittenberg’s Music Department is expanding into the field of mobile music education.
InTune is an outgrowth of twenty-five years of research and testing in the field of intonation by cellist and professor of music Daniel Kazez. “Intonation (that is, being in tune) is of critical importance to musicians, but is also a bit nebulous for students,” said Kazez. ”InTune makes it concrete and creates a fun path for students to test and improve their hearing, as well as compete with their friends.”
The concept for the app began as a simple game to test the ability to hear two pitches that are very close in frequency. But then in a psychology study at Wittenberg, Kazez discovered that students’ hearing improved the more often they played–at triple the rate of those who did not.
“This will be a cool app to help students understand the importance and challenges of intonation,” said Dawnell Graham, Director of Orchestras at East Muskingum Schools.
The latest version of InTune adds improved game sequencing, iPhone 5 support, and score sharing so users can compete with their friends. iPhone and iPod touch users can download the app for $0.99. More information is available at www.wittenberg.edu/music/intune.
The lead software engineer for this second Wittenberg music app is computer science major and music- math-economics-physics quadruple minor Peiqian Li. The graphic designer is Wittenberg assistant professor of art Crispin Prebys.
InTune has been a top-10 music app in 15 countries and a top-25 music app in 40+ countries.
“Anyone with an interest in sound will enjoy this…. Whip out your phone and challenge the intonation of your friends.” — Evolver.fm
“Our verdict: Great!” — iOSnoops
For more information, contact:
Daniel Kazez, Professor of Music
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