Music Teacher's Assistant

New Features

Hanon Part 2

We have added many of part 2 of the Hanon Exercises to Hanon Plus. We now have all exercises up to Exercise 36.

More Options for playing

We have increased the range of options for playing. Playing with either hand alone is now allowed. Also shorter exercises ("half octave") are provided to make it easier for players new to Hanon to get started. We also allow playing any of the exercises in 16th notes (semi-quavers). The range of the metronome has also been increased a little.


Turn–at–Top

One and two octave scales can now be played with a turn at the top. This exercises the 4th and 5th fingers a little more, thus improving coordination and strength. Touch the button at the top left of the exercise selection area to enable and disable turn–at–top.

Accelerate

A new Accelerate mode is available. All Accelerate exercises use Turn–at–Top. To set up an accelerate exercise, touch one of the accelerate segments 2,3,4. Touching 2 gives you a scale in quarter and then in eighth (crochet and quaver) notes. Touching 3 gives you a scale in quarter, then eighth, then eighth note triplets. Touching 4 adds a scale in sixteenth notes.

Cadence with single hand

Cadences can now be played with a single hand - left or right - as well as the standard hands-together. You can change the hands on the exercise screen.


Listen and Replay buttons

In v1.5 of both SightReadPlus and SightReadMinor we have added two buttons to the Sight Reading Exercise screen. These are near the top left and are Replay and Listen.

The Replay button will make the App play back your performance of the last exercise that you played. This allows you to check how you played and plan on how you play in future.

The Listen button plays the music that is currently displayed at the currently set tempo. Some people like to hear what they are about to play because it helps them focus on what they need to do. We hope this helps those of you who prefer to learn that way.

In addition we now show the user's name in the title of the screens so that for those users who share an iPad you can check that you are playing in your name.

There are some minor tidy ups internally to continue to ensure compatibility with iOS 9 and 10.


Student-Teacher synchronizing of scores

A new button has been added to SightReadPlus v1.4 and to SightReadMinor v1.3 to allow a student and teacher to synchronize the students scores on both machines. This allows the student to practice at home on his or her iPad and with the teacher on the teacher's iPad and for the teacher to combine all the student's practice scores on both iPads. This facility uses Bluetooth connectivity, so the iPads need to be in the same room and not too far from each other. Both the student and the teacher go to the Menu screen for that student (the name of the student must be the same on both iPads). At the bottom of the Menu screen is shown either "No teacher sync done." or the date of the last sync. Both must touch the button Student-Connect-Teacher. This activates the Bluetooth data exchange and a window pops up showing the data sources (peer IDs) available to which you can connect. The peer ID is made from the student, or teacher's name, the App name, and the name of the iPad. Once you can see the names of the peer IDs on both iPads, the teacher can touch the name of the student's iPad. This causes the student's iPad to ask the user to accept or decline the connection request. Touch accept unless for some reason the wrong iPad is picked up - probably unlikely. The connection display will say "Connecting" for about 10 seconds, then "Connected", the data exchange takes place and both iPads are updated so the student data on both iPads are the combination of them. Then the connection window disappears and you are done. The Menu view itself does not update immediately so it may seem like nothing has happened. But if you check the progress screen you will see that both iPads now have the same scores and history.

The synchronizing process is quick (less than 30 seconds overall) and easy and usually reliable. But thinks can go wrong, so what to do then. If you synchronize with a teacher and then try to synchronize with another iPad that also has the same user name on it, you will get an error. Although an action sheet will pop up asking you if you want to continue anyway, it is better not too because you scores will probably get corrupted in some way. The App checks that you are the same user on both iPads, so that can not go wrong.