Note Rush: Learn to Read Music

Note Rush: Learn to Read Music

Music teachers' no.1 sight reading flash cards game that listens to you play.

Additional Informations
  • Current Version: 1.40
  • Updated: December 6, 2017
  • Requires Android: 4.1 and up
  • Installs: 1,000 - 5,000



NEW: Level Designer is here!
Choose custom notes you want to practise with, including sharps and flats! 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. Try it now!

Note Rush is a fun game for practising note reading on the music staff to help you learn to play the piano, keyboard, flute, saxophone, violin... you name it! 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.

Recommended by Music Teachers:

"A blockbuster hit with teachers and students... I especially like using it at group lessons." - Leila Viss,

"Note Rush has quickly become my favorite app for piano teaching." - Joy Morin,

"Note Rush is a motivating app that engages students to improve quickly with their note reading skills. It is definitely one of my top favorites and will be used often!" - Jennifer Foxx,

"Note Rush is a great way to review notes for the One Minute Club." - Susan Paradis,

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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!

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 make your own levels to practise reading specific notes, with sharps and flats for an added challenge!

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.


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  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Kayla Owens Published date: December 31, 2017

    For those who are complaining about it skipping notes, or not recognizing incorrect notes, keep in mind your microphone picks up all sound around you. So play this in a quiet room and it works great. It doesn't teach songs, it teaches note reading, so it uses all notes in a random order. My piano students love it, and we do awards for the various levels Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Jana Faulkner Published date: December 31, 2017

    Can believe they want money for such a terrible app. There is nothing special about this it. Get stuck very often, shows you just one note at time. Come on guys spend a bit more time working on this app. What about if you show whole song that we would have to play or something like that. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Karen Venables Published date: September 28, 2017

    Nice idea but in practice it seems to get stuck on certain notes every time (as in, I am playing the correct note but it doesn't recognise it). Also, sometimes it marks the wrong notes as correct or skips ahead before I've had time to play anything. I'm a teacher and am reluctant to recommend it to pupils whilst these problems exist. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Naftali Kopilevich Published date: December 17, 2017

    why does the new version require permission to the camera? also, it would be nice if there was an option to have the bites go in a loop instead of ending after a few notes. also, if the notes were real tunes and not just random notes, the app would be much more fun Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Georgia Yost Published date: September 22, 2017

    When playing the ledger lines the high A dings like it's correct but no note was played. Also it would be nice if when I note was played wrong it would turn red and if kids could earn fun little rewards. Also my kids get 3 stars because they can play fast and make fast corrections but they make mistakes. It would be nice if the stars correlated to the amount of correct notes played the first time. If you could add intervals that would be amazing even if it was a separate app. Over all this app makes my kids eager to practice but a few tweeks and adds would make it more worth $5 Edit** I didn't realize that it only highlighted one star until I read you response , that was a mistake, it ment to say I do like that app and it was ment to be four stars. I have fixed that! Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Lauemiand S Published date: September 18, 2017

    This is awesome. This needs a choice where you are able to select which notes to show on the staff and be able to save that as a selection. I use this with students and would love to challenge them to learn specific notes. Also being able to select only 2 to 3 notes at a time would enable early readers to use the app more. I have done this with students by playing the notes that they haven't learned yet for them and having them do the ones they are currently learning. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Amanda McGehee Published date: November 21, 2017

    I just downloaded it after watching your video about the new customization mode. I'm really excited about this app! There is so much potential here! I wish there was a mode that showed the letter names as the notes appear. This would be helpful for beginners who need reinforcement on the names of the keys. After they get a certain number of notes correct, the letters could stop appearing. Just an idea. I hope you will keep developing this great learning tool! Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Whitney Standlea Published date: May 24, 2017

    Very helpful for my piano students Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    michael metcalf Published date: October 11, 2017

    Greatest thing since sliced bread Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Gabriela Fonseca Published date: May 27, 2017

    I love this app. This really helps me learn my note names Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Alathea Mole Published date: June 9, 2017

    It's amazing! It really helped me with my piano exam Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Published date: May 22, 2017

    Brill me and my piano teacher use it and it's helped me loads Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Jennifer Powis Published date: April 9, 2017

    Very effective way of learning to read and play notes! Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Herb Winters Published date: March 29, 2017

    Great App for Learning to read notes and verifying that you are playing the correct note on an instrument. I Just Started learning the Saxophone and this App has help me make fast progress of learning the note names and playing the correct note. it is geared for younger Children But this old Guy Finds it works Just fine :) A new feature Request: Currently it does more of a short times test and repeating it lets you see the improvement in time. But it would be nice to have a Practice Mode where you could pick the level and have it run continuously and maybe during this mode instead of watching your total speed it could tell you how many errors you had in the last 60 seconds. this would be a big help as you would not need to keep restarting to practice mode so you could really work on the notes you were trying to learn. Thanks For making this App. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Laura Dalbey Published date: March 6, 2017

    Awesome app! Two requests: 1) an alto cleff version 2) a mode for typing in note names instead of playing Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Michael Tang Published date: February 26, 2017

    Exactly what I was looking for but a few improvements could be made. Each level could use an infinite practice mode where it keeps generating random notes until you want to quit. Would rate 5 stars for that update Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Kimberly Beth Taylor Published date: February 3, 2017

    Encourages grand staff speed and correlates to exact pitches on the keyboard! Cold reading pitches like this is the secret to great literacy! Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Penny Temple-Watts Published date: March 3, 2017

    Love it. Been looking for an app like this for a while. So glad I found it. My students love it Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Kristi Brewer Published date: February 2, 2017

    It's a MUST DOWNLOAD APP! 😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃😃 Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Published date: November 14, 2016

    Piano Teacher Love this app! Found out about it from Susan Paradis. I use it during students lessons and have them download it at home too. I feel that it has helped the students improve not only in note reading, but also the geography. My students wish there was more choices of themes. We also use it for voice lessons too!! Have had a few students request sharps and flats. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Mitch Grussing Published date: November 14, 2016

    Excellent app! I'm a piano teacher, and I use it in lessons with at least one student each day, if not more. It's reasonably priced and very easy to use, so I've recommended it to a few my students as well. The graphics are very attractive, and the app functions well with one exception: sometimes, the app thinks a note has been played when one hasn't been. I hope that this app continues to be developed. Would love to see more options for different note combinations. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Fiver Hoo fiver Published date: November 19, 2016

    Great so far. Works fine with a digital piano by patching line out to the microphone input of my tablet for silent practice. Looking forward to upcoming features, endless mode, etc. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Rachel Clare Published date: November 5, 2016

    Love the idea of the app but Despite all my permissions being given, all updates received and phone volume turned up to the max, students using this app with me have to constantly play middle C at least a dozen times before we can actually start the game. Once we do get started, the student needs to play some notes multiple times and begins to play with bad form as they are literally bashing notes out of frustration. Please don't send me to your FAQs because it has not helped. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Gwen Nathan Published date: October 21, 2016

    Just the job Use it virtually every day with my students. Does exactly what I need - motivates students to practice notes. Any chance of a teacher version where you can track each of your pupils' speeds, make leader boards, make custom ranges for individual students, etc.? Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Published date: October 6, 2016

    Love using this app with my students. It's a fun way to review during the lesson time and at home! Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Published date: October 18, 2016

    Great way for students to learn notes. They love it! Looking forward to the customizing option. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    jeandanel antwi Published date: October 13, 2016

    App gives you an enjoyable way of sight reading. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Katie Teed Published date: October 8, 2016

    I was so impressed with how well this app works. My students love it and it really helps them memorize their notes. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Colin Young Published date: November 2, 2016

    Great game for learning Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Caroline Langfeld Published date: September 17, 2016

    Great Note App For All Student Levels Thank you for making this available on Android. It is the first app I've ever actually purchased! I can tell already it will really help my students - it's quite revealing to them how much they guess at bass clef at first - and they love it. I especially appreciate that I can customize for each student; treble clef only, bass clef only, grand staff, partial staff, ledger lines, etc. Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    João Marques Published date: September 16, 2016

    Great idea, but really hit and miss Lots of time i need to play the chord on my piano 5 and 6 times until the app identifies the note... Full Review

  • Note Rush: Learn to Read Music
    Published date: April 25, 2017

    Kids love it Full Review