Free metronomes for your students!

Teacher:  “Do you practice with a metronome?”

Student:  “I don’t have one.”

Teacher: “Why not?”

Student: “I don’t know where to get one and we don’t have the money to buy one!”

How many times has this conversation happened in band rooms across the country?  Today I asked this very question and the students were surprised to hear my response:  “If you have a computer, cell phone, ipod, mp3 player or cd player you can have a metronome for FREE!”  Blank stares from students….one hand is raised “Mr. B, no one has cd players anymore….”

Here are some online resources that you can give your students- these are all FREE solutions.  While I realize that these may not be the best or latest apps out there, this post is merely meant to begin the journey for the perfect metronome (and dare I say….TUNER) apps/freeware.

So the next time your students say “I can’t afford a metronome!” hand them this list:

Windows Computer:

http://download.cnet.com/Weird-Metronome/3000-2133_4-10073673.html

Macintosh:

http://download.cnet.com/AquaGnome/3000-2025_4-40544.html

iphone/ipod touch/ipad

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simple-metronome/id350401073?mt=8

Android

mp3′s that can be burned onto cd:

http://www.reztronics.com/prod01.htm

Please feel free to post your favorites as well!

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20 Responses to Free metronomes for your students!

  1. Jim Jeffery says:

    Hi Owen,

    It’s a great age in which to learn music. There’s so much creative and educational opportunity offered by new technology. With the advent of so much computing power in small devices there’s a proliferation of programs that can sit on your music stand to assist. I’m a classically trained pianist and software engineer and have been teaching my three children piano. One of the things they’ve struggled with is music rhythm notation so I’ve written an iPhone App “Dr Rhythm” that helps them out.

    If they come to a section of music that they’re unsure of the rhythm of they can tap the notes/rests/ties/triplets into the App, set the time signature and speed (Italian notation or BPM) and hear what it’s supposed to sound like and see the currently playing music event.

    It’s available now in the App Store and there’s more information on my website at http://www.farnellcomputerservices.com/drrhythm

    Best Wishes
    Jim

  2. Dan says:

    I definitely know the feeling of that blank stare even after you’ve listed off a handful of places that they can use a metronome! I find that my students are engaged by the onscreen metronome and tuner on SmartMusic when I project it on the white board.

  3. salwal says:

    I also use it my smart board- very engaging.

  4. Christine says:

    Thank you for posting this. Have you found most of your students are able to download these aps as well? Do they have a cost?

    Thanks,

    Christine

  5. Thanks so much for the download links!

  6. There is also a great FREE metronome app for iPhone/iPad produced by Steinway. Looks really sharp, is easy to navigate, and you can’t beat the price!

  7. David Yonteff says:

    For my students, I always recommend the iTick app for iPod/Phone/Pad. It’s a simple metronome app that allows for tempos between 40 and 250 bpm. It also allows you to choose a meter to place the tempo in. It doesn’t have complex meters, but does cover the basic duple and triple meters. I’ve found for beginners or older masual students its ideal because its uncomplicated. The best part was, at last check at least, it’s a free app, so any kid can use it!

    • Rob says:

      If your on Mac OSX or Windows and you need a free metronome then Presto Metronome at http://sourceforge.net/projects/musicstudent/ is great because it has multiple training modes to help increase your speed and accuracy (like a hands-free mode and accelerando trainer), plus it has a scales trainer which plays any of the (currently) 15 preset scales on any tonic spaning as many octaves as desired on over 120 instruments so that you can improve your accuracy and speed, or even learn your scales by ear.

  8. Mike says:

    The only metronome app which produces perfect beats without error and latency is TrueMetronome: http://truemetronome.com

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