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Our top recommendations for students, teachers and pro musicians!


The best PDF reader for sheet music—it’s everything you can do with paper and so much more. From the moment you launch the app, you’ll see how forScore puts your music front and center. £7.99


Tempo is the bestselling and most accurate metronome on the App Store. It keeps going even in device lock mode, making it a useful aid for live drumming. You can also save presets and create playlists. £2.29

iReal Pro

Essential for jazz musicians, iReal Pro simulates a real-sounding band that can accompany you as you practice. The app also lets you create and collect chord charts of your favourite songs for reference. £9.99


A chromatic tuner that allows you to quickly and accurately tune any instrument using the built-in mic in your iPhone or iPad. It features a “note wheel” interface to help you quickly tune up! £2.99

Tabs & Chords HD

Play your favourite songs on guitar or ukulele right from your iPhone or iPad. Choose from 1,000,000+ tabs and chords with lyrics, learn how to play riffs and solos with interactive Tab Pro tabs. Free.


Search for any track, artist or album and listen for free. Create and share playlists, or find curated lists for every genre, mood and activity. Discover new music, videos and podcasts that you’ll love. Free.

Tessitura Pro

A powerful tool for students, jazz players, arrangers and composers. Tessitura Pro offers infinite practice patterns for any scale, chord, or any other kind of music structure you can imagine. £3.99

Ear Trainer

An educational tool designed for musicians and music students to improve their musical ear. It has over 260 individual exercises that are conveniently placed into nine different areas of study. £4.99


The app listens to you play and gives instant feedback on your accuracy and timing. Designed by expert music teachers, Yousician will help musicians of all levels improve. Free.


SmartScales makes practising scales and arpeggios interactive and fun! The graded exercise packs, available as in-app purchases, closely follow the syllabus of the ABRSM. Free.


Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by more than 100 million people each month to identify music (using the built-in mic in your iPhone or iPad). Shazam even finds the lyrics! Free.


NoteWorks is a game, designed to teach note recognition and improve sight reading. The app is both educational and entertaining, with an intuitive and visually appealing interface. £3.99

ABRSM Aural Trainer

The official ABRSM Aural Trainer contains interactive challenges to help develop your music aural skills (listening skills). Anyone can use it, but it is designed around ABRSM’s aural tests for Grades 1 to 5. £5.99

MuseScore Songbook

MuseScore Songbook lets you play, practise and discover new sheet music. Boost your practice by listening to the notes and change the tempo. Play or sing along using the parts mixer. £1.59

Flashnote Derby

Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn and practice identifying music notes by name. Each race is a timed test in which the student identifies different notes in order to urge their horse to the finish line. £2.29


Use Anytune to learn to play, transcribe, practice and perform songs by slowing down the tempo, adjusting the pitch, repeating loops, setting marks, and sharing comments using your favorite tracks! Free.

Rhythm Cat

A fun game to help you learn to read some basic rhythms. 60 entertaining levels that get progressively more challenging. Rhythm Cat was developed in collaboration with pro musicians. £3.99

Guitar Tuna

The easiest, fastest and most accurate tuner app in the world! The ultimate tuner for guitar, bass, ukulele and all popular string instruments. GuitarTuna has been downloaded over 20 million times! Free.


Scribd is an online catalogue with thousands of pieces of sheet music. You also get access to the books, audiobooks, magazines, documents, and more. Free – but there are optional monthly subscriptions.


Don’t forget the best of them all – YouTube. Watch music videos, tutorials, lessons, transcriptions, reviews, etc. Subscribe to channels, share with friends, edit and upload videos. Free.