I recently found a new app that I have loved using in my lessons, it’s called Super Metronome Groovebox, available as a “lite” version for free or $3.99 for the “pro” version. The app creates rhythms patterns and allows you to change the meter and tempo. It is similar to the rhythm accompaniments you can play on most keyboards or digital pianos. You can also use it as a basic metronome. I have been using the free version, but may soon go ahead and purchase the pro version. The main drawback of the lite version is that you can only play 32 bars of continuous rhythm. This means that if you are using it for awhile you have to stop and start it so you don’t run out of bars.
So, all the details aside, this is a great app to use in any situation that your students may need a little help internalizing the beat. I use it most when I am having a student clap and count rhythm flashcards. Having a beat playing in the background makes these rhythm drills seem a little more “cool” and helps the student to keep a steady beat. I have also had students play along with it, it is a lot more fun than a simple metronome beat but can accomplish the same purpose. I used it with one of my middle school students who is particularly hard to impress and she said “that’s a cool app” with more enthusiasm than I’ve seen out of her all year :). Try it with you students this week and let us know how it goes!
Spring Seals, NCTM, teaches 60 piano students ranging from age 3 to 70 in Fort Worth, Texas. She also serves as the Director of Certification for TMTA. She is passionate about helping teachers become more effective in their studios through professional development, new resources, and fresh ideas.