Note Rush: Learn to Read Music

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About this game

Note Rush is a fun and effective game for practising note reading on the music staff to help you learn to play the piano, keyboard, flute, saxophone, violin... you name it! Recommended by Music Teachers, Note Rush shows you one note at a time in random order then uses the microphone to listen as you play through them like you would with note reading flash cards, only these flash cards check that you're playing the right note!

Play with a bunch of fun themes and race to earn stars and beat your best time! Note Rush is great for teaching keyboard geography by making sure each note is played in the correct octave. An indispensable music theory must-have for learning sight reading at all levels of music education.

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Listens to Your Instrument
Note Rush helps students learn a strong association between notes on the page and keys on your instrument by using your device's microphone to detect when you play each note. Works with pianos, keyboards, flutes, violins, you name it! (See Q&A below for more about supported instruments.)

Note Rush goes as fast or as slow as the student with no time limits, so is suitable for complete beginners right through to being a fun challenge for professionals!

Grand Staff Context
The whole grand staff is always visible, showing each note in full context and helping students learn how notes are spaced out across the two staves.

Octave-Sensitive Keyboard Geography
It's a "B", but which "B"?? Note Rush teaches keyboard geography by making sure you're getting the note in the right octave every time.

Great for Home Practise
Students will rush to their instrument at home every day with NoteRush, chasing that elusive high score! Unlike flashcards, children can drill note identification at home with no music-reading parent required to check if they're getting them correct - Note Rush checks for you! Play every day and you'll soon be able to name and identify notes instantly!

Fifteen Levels or Make Your Own!
Note Rush has fifteen built-in Levels, from Middle C-Position right through to the full grand staff with 2 ledger lines above and below. There are Levels for Treble Clef, Bass Clef or full Grand Staff!

Or choose your own custom notes in Level Designer, with optional sharps and flats for an added challenge! Teachers can select notes for a student then send their custom level as a Level Card via Email or Text Message for the student to open on their device.

Better Than Flash Cards!
Use Note Rush instead of printed flash cards! Note Rush was designed to replace the cards used in One Minute Club - a challenge you can run in your studio where students have to complete a given level in under a minute. Give it a try!

Having trouble? See for some suggestions.

Note Rush is made by Thomas Grayston, a software developer, pianist, and husband to a piano teacher.
Updated on
Nov 29, 2018

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275 reviews
A Google user
April 16, 2019
I play clarinet, so only use treble and there were five(5) lessons. That's it. No sharps/flats. And inputting new cards is a pain on the phone. Also, I was hoping for it showing me a line of music (multiple notes) and then letting me play them all, not queuing them up each one-at-a-time for me. It does a good job of calibrating for the clarinet, which is nice, without more complicated notes it's a little too basic. Why not more cards with more complicated notes? And adding rhythm! Now you'd be talking!
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April 22, 2022
I can't read music, thought this would help. It starts off showing you where to start then goes on to place objects on lines, seemingly expecting you to know wth that is! Isn't that reading music?? Why I needed the app in the first place. Waste of time.
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Paul Cornes
November 23, 2020
At first, I really liked this app and found it fun to use. Unfortunately, three days after use it has now started flagging a wrong note immediately after each correct one. Problem still occurs after reinstallation of the app. I now have to set it to ignore errors which is not good for tracking my note accuracy. For a paid app this should not happen. If it was fixed, I would give it 5 stars. *Update: Dev replied - now works with sound effects disabled to prevent reverb in room. 5 stars given. :-)
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Thomas Grayston Software
November 23, 2020
Hi Paul, I actually do have an update in the works with a revamped audio detection engine, but in the meantime: this issue is generally caused by the app's sound effects reverberating in the room you're in, and being picked up again by the microphone. Try turning the volume down (or even off) and this issue should go away. Hope that helps! -Thomas

What's new

Hi there!
- I've heard those asking for longer games to drill more notes without restarting so often, so in this update I've added new 5x and 8x repeats options in Level Designer.
- Plus, I was recently interviewed by Tracy and Sara for an Upbeat Piano Teachers webinar, and this update contains a little surprise for those who sign up to watch! Keep an eye on the Note Rush facebook page (or email list) for details over the next few days...