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It’s been a while since I have heard from the folks at Dynamic App Design, who made Metronome Plus, my favorite iPhone and iPad metronome app. Well,  they sent me this great new app that has just been released and now I have a new favorite. I found it easy to use, with music teachers and students in mind.

Let’s face it, I don’t have a lot of time at a lesson to fiddle around with an app, trying to remember how it works. Maybe if I were a 5th grader it would be easier.

Practice+ is a music practice app for musicians, teachers, and students.  All the fine features of Metronome Plus are here, but much more has been added.

Here is the exciting part that is such a helpful practice tool. Let’s say I have a tricky spot I want to speed up gradually. Usually I have to set my metronome, play it, go back to the metronome, reset it, and play again.

Now, I can set the metronome to the number of measures I want to practice and to increase the tempo after each play-through.

I tried this out with a section of music I am working on.  First, I set the starting metronome tempo to 80. Then in the top left box, I set the measure numbers to 2. In the middle box, I set the number of clicks I wanted the metronome to increase after each play-through loop.  The first time it was 80, the second it was 81, etc. I could have set it to increase more after each loop.

The box on the right shows how many times you have played the loop and what tempo range you used. The metronome speed is easily changed using the big plus and minus signs on each side of the metronome.

The loop practice feature really raises a metronome app to an entire new level!

Another extra is the recording feature. A teacher can record a tricky passage and email it to the student.

It also has a tuner, which will come in handy for piano students who play a band or orchestral instrument.

This app is $3.99 in the app store. Trust me, (having observed someone develop an app), it takes months to write the code for an app, and I think the price is very reasonable.

To learn about more features in the app, go to http://dynamicappdesign.com/practiceplus/
The iTunes link is here.

Today, I am happy to be able to give away this great new app to 3 lucky winners! [The contest is over!]

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment below by Saturday, August 23, at midnight CST. The winners will receive a code to redeem the app from the Apple iTune store. I will email the code to the winners after the deadline. Be sure you are using a valid email address when you comment.

This app requires iOS 7.0 or later. It is compatible only with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. If you’re not sure what iOS version you are using, go into Settings>General>About>Version.

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77 thoughts to “Practice Plus App Review and Giveaway

  • Valerie

    Looks fabulous!

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  • Kathy Grins

    Love all the fun things you create….how do you have time? I have a couple of apps out on amazon too but I’d love to have yours. I know it would be fun and educational at the same time. Thanks

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  • K Morey

    Is Practice+ available for iPad or just for iPhone?

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  • Angie Kopshy

    Thanks so much for your review. I appreciate the candor and detail. As you mentioned, there is never enough time in the day to review all the newfangled technology out there. But this app looks great. Looking forward to testing it out and referring to my families.

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  • Catharina

    Thanks for the review!

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  • Shan'l

    I’m just beginning to use my iPad to teach piano lessons. I’m very excited about incorporating different types of apps into my students practice time as well as lesson time. Thanks for this review!

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  • Monica

    This looks like it would be very usable to use in lessons. Thank you for the review.

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  • Annie

    My students are kuckoo for piano apps. This looks really neat!

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  • Sharlene

    I love all you do. Thanks for this app information. I know it will get a lot of use in my studio.

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  • Sandra Rocha Adami

    Olá Susan! Sempre é um grande prazer entrar no seu site! Você é extremamente criativa, e com certeza, ótima professora! Sou de São Paulo, Brasil! Grande abraço cheio de carinho e admiração… Sandra.

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  • Nancy Hall

    This app sounds like a great addition to my studio in my efforts to help students learn excellent practice techniques!

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  • Rebecca

    This app looks extremely helpful! Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  • Debbie Culver

    This app looks like a great tool to use in my studio! Thanks for the info!

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  • Spring Seals

    I would love to try this app out with my students!

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  • Sherrie

    Would love to try this app! I have demonstrated to students how to practice short segments by gradually increasing the met bpm many times, but I think they would love that the app does it by itself!

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  • Lynne Swingen

    Sounds intriguing – I’d like to try it!

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  • Shirley Holm

    Would be great to use this with my piano students!!

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  • Larry Swingen

    Thanks very much. What great ideas to put to use and help my practice and my students’.

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  • Simone Leung

    Thanks for your review! As usual, your resources are so helpful!

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  • Christine Bookman

    This app looks amazing! Thanks for reviewing, I can’t wait to try it!

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  • Suzanne Brigham

    Looks like a very useful app. Thank you!

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  • Nicole H

    Thanks Susan for all that you do! This looks like a great app!
    Nicole

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  • Nicole H

    Thanks, Susan for all that you do! This looks like a great app!
    Nicole

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  • Erin

    Hope I win! Sounds fantastic!!

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  • Linda Horne

    Sounds fantastic! I would love to use this app in my studio. Thanks.

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  • Marilyn Wade

    I would love to try this app! Thanks for all you do, Susan!

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  • Crescendo

    What a fantastic app! I’d love to try it out with my students! Thanks for keeping us informed!

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  • Emily

    I just bought an iPad, too. This would also be great for students to use, as many of my intermediate students have their own smartphones.

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  • Julie G

    I can’t wait to try this new app! Sounds FABULOUS!!!

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  • Jill C.

    My husband just bought me an iPad to use with my lessons…time to fill it up! 😉

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  • Peggy

    Thanks so much for your review!

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  • Wendy M

    This looks like a great app not only for my students but also for my own rehearsal time. Would love to win a copy.

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  • Janelle Bracken

    I can’t wait to try it out, either! Thanks for holding the app giveaway, Susan!

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  • Cathrine

    What a neat app. Thanks for the details!

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  • Sue Russell-Carlson

    Wow, this sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

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  • Linda

    Love trying new apps. I agree the price tag is nice. But gifts are always nice too. Thanks Susan for all you share. Love it.

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  • Lori

    Looks like a great app!

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  • Sheila

    Thanks for the informative review!

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  • Janette Morrison

    Thank you for posting information on a metronome app.
    I would love to have this! : )

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  • Peggy

    Wow, the auto-accelerando feature is what musicians need! Thanks, Susan, for sending out the word on this one…..sounds great!

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  • Charley Hopkins

    Sounds great! Thanks for sharing so many things with us!

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  • Marilyn Brennan

    I am in love with apps to improve music skills for me and my students. This one sounds great! Thanks, Susan

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  • Joan

    My students love the iPad in my studio. New, proven apps are what we need! Thanks for the update!

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  • Robyn

    What a lovely and generous giveaway! Would love to use this with my students! Thank you! -Robyn from Boston

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  • Cara

    Cool! Thank you for the heads up on this new app!

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  • allegretto

    I like Tempo for my iOS metronome app, but it has a few annoying glitches. I wish all paid apps had evaluation periods. I would really like to try the app you mention.

    Have you ever evaluated Transcribe (a computer application for Windows and Mac)? I use it all the time when I’m learning music for my gigs or slowing down playalong recordings for my students. Instead of practicing with the metronome, I practice with a recording at (for example) 70% of speed, and then gradually speed it up. I find I can learn music more efficiently that way, and being able to slow down recordings for my students makes them a lot more accessible (therefore they will actually try to play with them).

    Capriccio music player for iOS can change the speed or pitch on the fly, as well as making loops, which is handy for my lessons in students’ homes. The documentation is weak but once the interface is figured out, I think many teachers would use it all the time. (I teach trumpet and piano, including jazz trumpet, exclusively in students’ homes so my needs are a little different.)

    I really love this website and I appreciate and understand all the work you’ve put into it.

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  • Susan K.

    I would love to try this app. Thank you!

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  • Cheryl

    I’ve been looking at new apps to use with students both in the lesson on iPad and for their use at home. This one sounds quite promising. Thank you!

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  • Lavinia Livingston

    When I use an app with my students they usually end up getting it on their own iphones because they want to be using the latest thing. I know this metronome app will be a hit.

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  • Marcia Vahl

    This app sounds really awesome, especially the record feature! Thanks for the review, Susan.

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  • Tim Thompson

    I would love to try out this app!

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  • Beth T

    It looks like an app that would complement my methods

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  • Lorraine Manifold

    Hello Susan,
    I agree. I have a metronome App that is quite fine to use just for myself, if I need to change settings, I can take the time. The worst usually is that downbeat beep, set by default to 4/4. If I have to turn it off or change it to a 3/4 or 6/8 time signature during a lesson, it takes forever! I’ve been struggling with that in my lessons. So glad you found an App that has everything on the front screen. Wow. That sounds fantastic!
    As usual, just love your commitment to making learning piano easier and fun as well as your generosity to other piano teachers.
    Greetings from down under in Australia,
    Lorraine

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  • Wendy Honey

    This looks like a great app.
    What a great way to improve those difficult spots in our pieces. I’m sure it will have great appeal amongst my students.

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  • Carla

    Yay! This app looks great! Thanks Susan.

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  • Judy Guenter

    Sounds like a great app!

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  • Henry Flurry

    Thanks, Susan!

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  • Amber Carroll

    Awesome app! Thank you.

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  • Diana Haynie

    Great idea – anything to help the student!

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  • Sandy Naill

    I am so excited to get started with the iPad this month and am looking for all the apps I need for my students! I really appreciate knowing about this one and plan to get it even if I don’t win one of these. 😉 I LUV all of your stuff Susan!

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  • Lynelle Vogel

    Sounds like a great app.

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  • marsha reilly

    One of my goals this fall is use my iPad more in my studio so I am very interested in this app..

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  • Lydia

    This app sounds really cool. I would love to try it out. Thanks for letting people know about it.

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  • Ellen Taylor

    I recommend the Metronome plus to all my students. Love to share this new one with them.

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  • Tamara

    I just bought this new app on my new ipad. I can’t wait to use it. Do you know if there is a way to increase the volume?

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  • Rhonda Hunter

    How exciting! I’ve been using Pro Metronome and you are right, it does take metronomes to a whole new level. Maybe create some excitement with our students at home!

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  • Denise Thompson

    I am a firm beleiver in the metronome both for myself and my students. I wouls love to try it!

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  • Nancy

    Thanks for the info, Susan. I’d love to use this app in my studio.

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  • Shawn

    I can think of so many ways to use that, not only for myself but for my students. Exciting!!

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  • Megan Hughes

    I have several adult students who will like to hear about this app. I’m forwarding your piece on it to them.

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  • Kylie Pratt

    That sounds awesome. I have a metronome app but I rarely use it as, like you said, I always forget how it works (there are a million buttons) and this one looks much more user-friendly!

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  • Anna Fagan

    Metronome Plus is also my favorite metronome! I’m excited to see that they have a new app, and would love to get a copy. Great for the new school year!

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  • Amy

    I would like to try it out!

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  • Pam Dunlap

    Thanks for all you do! I use Notes in the Fast Lane regularly, and my students love it.

    Speaking of wonderful apps, try Treble Cat, Bass Cat, & Rhythm Cat. You will love them as I do!

    Again Ms. Paradis, thank you so much for all you do!!

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  • Sharyn

    I just recently bought an iPad, so this would be a great tool to try out in my studio! Thanks, Susan. 🙂

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  • Janet Gibson

    Sounds great to me!

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