I’ve been using the Flashnote Derby app with my students for several years. It’s such a fun way to practice note recognition and doesn’t take up much lesson time. You can read more about how the app works on Susan Paradis’s blog here. Recently, when I opened the app I noticed some new updates that are really fun! Now, instead of just having the original horse race theme, there are 4 different choices! When you click on settings and then themes here’s what you see now:

“Fresh Air” is the original theme, but now we also have “Pretty Pegasus,” “Ecliptic Encounter,” and “Reindeer Race,” which used to previously be available just seasonally at Christmas-time. You can probably guess which one most of the boys have chosen so far – of course outer space! And this one is really interesting because instead of a race you are actually battling another spaceship. Here’s what this theme looks like:

Most of my younger girl students have chose “Pretty Pegasus.” Here’s what it looks like:

And here’s a shot of the Pegasus theme in action:

Other options which were part of a previous update include the ability to answer by playing notes on the actual piano, using a midi connection, or answering on a keyboard on the screen. This app is very customizable and now even more fun!

*Disclaimer – I received no compensation for my opinions in this post. I am just a happy customer sharing about a product I love.

Author: Spring

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.