It has been a great first couple of months for our NinGenius iPad app! We are grateful for so many fantastic reviews by music and technology bloggers. We have also received plenty of helpful feedback from app users, and I'm thrilled to report that the first update of NinGenius Music is coming soon!
In addition to getting rid of some rare, but nasty little bugs, you can expect at least two awesome new features:
1. Your voices have been heard! Customizable test levels are coming! This means that instructors (in the Studio and School editions) will be able to create their own test levels, with custom note sets for each instrument. Are you tired of your clarinet players not knowing their pinky keys? You can create a test called "Pinky Keys" just featuring the notes that require the left and/or right pinkies. Want to focus on the high range of the Trumpet? You can create a test called "High Range" using all the chromatic notes from high C to double-high C. The possibilities are literally endless!!
2. A set of RHYTHM tests is coming to NinGenius! This means your students can learn & test on Note Names, Fingerings, and now Rhythm. It may not perfectly match your system of teaching or counting rhythm, but the "answers" to the rhythm questions are visually very intuitive, and should fit in with whatever counting system you use. Easy through NinGenius levels will take your students from Quarter Notes to Dotted Quarter Notes, from grouped Eighth Notes to single Eighth Notes, with plenty of rests thrown in for fun! This first installment of rhythms will only include rhythms with an 8th-note subdivision, but sixteenth note rhythms could be a future possibility.
Watch for the free update, coming in August or September 2015!
Curtis Winters has taught Junior High Band & Orchestra for 17 years in Orem, UT.