Tenuto [Music] App Description & Overview

Tenuto is a collection of 24 highly-customizable exercises designed to enhance your musicality. From recognizing chords on a keyboard to identifying intervals by ear, it has an exercise for you. Tenuto also includes six musical calculators for accidentals, intervals, scales, chords, analysis symbols, and twelve-tone matrices.

A short description of the exercises and calculators follows. For a full list of all available customizations, visit the "Developer Website" link on this page or open http://tenuto.link/features/ in your web browser.


• Note Identification
• Key Signature Identification
• Interval Identification
• Scale Identification
• Chord Identification
Tap the button corresponding to the written staff line. For example: if shown a C, E, and G with a sharp; tap the "Augmented Triad" button.


• Note Construction
• Key Signature Construction
• Interval Construction
• Scale Construction
• Chord Construction
Construct the specified label by moving notes and/or adding accidentals. For example: if shown a C and an "Augmented 4th" label, move the second note to F and add a sharp.


• Keyboard Reverse Identification
Tap the piano key corresponding to the written note on the staff. While similar to Note Identification, this exercise uses a piano keyboard rather than note name buttons.

• Keyboard Note Identification
• Keyboard Interval Identification
• Keyboard Scale Identification
• Keyboard Chord Identification
Tap the button corresponding to the highlighted piano key(s). If the C and G keys are highlighted, tap the "P5" (Perfect 5th) button.


• Fretboard Note Identification
• Fretboard Interval Identification
• Fretboard Scale Identification
• Fretboard Chord Identification
Tap the button corresponding to the marked fretboard position(s). If the 2nd fret of the D string is marked, tap the "E" button.


• Keyboard Ear Training
• Note Ear Training
Listen to the played reference and question notes. Select the piano key or note button corresponding to the question note.

• Interval Ear Training
• Scale Ear Training
• Chord Ear Training
Tap the button corresponding to the played notes. If E and F are played, tap the "Minor 2nd" button.


• Accidental Calculator
Display the accidental for a note and key.

• Interval Calculator
Display the interval for a note, type, and key.

• Chord Calculator
Display the scale for a tonic and scale type.

• Chord Calculator
Display the chord for a note, type, and key.

• Analysis Calculator
Display the chord for a symbol and key.

• Matrix Calculator
Display the twelve-tone matrix for a specified tone row.

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Tenuto Customer Service, Editor Notes:

• Improves compatibility with new iPad Pro models. • Fixes an issue in Fretboard Interval Identification where the "Distance Limit" customization would not always work. • Changes scoring for certain Challenge Mode customizations. When a "Question Limit" is set and "Multiple Attempts" is turned off, any unanswered questions will be counted as incorrect when the challenge ends.

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- Umm, Cb is a "thing"

First, "themanchicken," as a professional pianist & pedagogue I want to let you know [very sweetly—& I'm certain *you* know a lot of other stuff better than I do] that Cb [C-flat] is, indeed, a "thing"! (It occurs fairly often, actually, in standard literature—especially, say, in the KEY of Cb MAJOR! It can be found as an "accidental" [which, just in case your terminology isn't strong yet, doesn't mean someone accidentally wrote it in or anything—it's a term of art] in other keys, and of course, it's enharmonic with [has the same sound, as a single pitch, as] B. BTW, Fb is also a thing—same idea.) 😉 Okay. This is the only music theory app I suggest to students, and even I [one who's been doing this "music performance thing," etc., a *really* long time] use its calculators at times. As well, there've been occasions when I've brushed up on some [relatively advanced!—this is a great app] theory with it. So, if you think a music theory app will help you, and you have the $4 to spend, just get this one. —Poppy A.

- Great customizable practice and quizzes

I am a beginner music theory student. From my experience, this app can be used for beginners on to practice theory learned elsewhere. It does not include theory lessons but instead contains many different kinds of customizable testing and practice tools. Some of the tools are not configured for beginners, (or perhaps simply not configured is a better description), and can be overwhelming if you just start using them out of the box. You can simply change the parameters to fit your skill level. There are a number of different tools for practicing notation reading, keyboard and fretboard identification, ear training, and more. For me as a self study music theory student this is really an excellent tool, which I imagine will remain useful as I continue to get more and more advanced. My thanks to the developers for being so thoughtful, this is a really helpful app for me and I expect one of the best practice tools for music theory learners.

- Students and Teachers MUST have this app

I’ve always had a passion for music and over the last year I‘ve been trying to learn Piano, Guitar and Bass guitar. I struggled with reading Grand Staff, fretboard identification and chord/scale identification on frets and piano. But this app’s customizable exercises let me practice all these things at ANY time. Waiting for lunch? Practice time. Long Uber ride? Practice time. Hiding from my boss in the bathroom? Practice time. After a few months I could read music and I could identify notes on the fretboard. Now I’m working on chord and scale identifications on the fretboard and my music theory has progressed substantially. I told my teacher about the app and he was excited that you even had the option to learn in Solfege. His only request from the Tenuto team is to update the Solfege to use di, ra, ri etc instead of Do#, Re#, Reb etc. My teacher has sold this app to 4 of his students so far and they have reported substantial improvement in sight reading. Must have app. Worth every penny.

- Best App

This app by far is the best one there is. I think I paid $4 for it but I can use it forever. You can adjust the activity to a few things or everything. For example if you want to identify certain scales or chords you can select a few you want to practice on or practice all of them. One thing I wish they would add is an analysis activity. They have the analysis calculator (which helps a lot) but it’d be cool to add the analysis activity so we can practice on that instead of going to the calculator. Other than that everything is perfect. Will update in a few months if anything changes!

- Suggestion

I love this app, it’s extremely useful! I really like how customizable all the exercises are. I just have minor suggestions for new content. I wish it had rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic dictation exercises. It’d also be cool to have learning and interactive part writing exercises, like writing a piece and being able to play it with a play button to see how it sounds. Also, maybe some exercises regarding form like periods, cadences, etc. More music theory 2 & 3 stuff basically. Teoría has dictation exercises but I have to go on their website and I like Tenuto’s style for personalization a lot better.

- Great tool for musicians of all levels

This is an awesome tool if you want to practice many events of music theory on the go - certainly worth the price of the app. The only feedback I could give would be in the “interval identification” section. It would be cool to be able to spread the notes more horizontally as they appear in real sheet music. In the current version the notes appear right on top of each other in a vertical line. Adding some horizontal space would be more applicable to reading music out in the wild.

- Excellent! The best!

This app is highly sophisticated, allowing you to customize each exercise for difficulty and many other parameters. It performs flawlessly ( the developer worked for Apple ), and the graphics are stunning. Each exercise is realistic and as demanding as you wish... you can go to advanced levels if you wish. Everything that is important and relevant to music theory is here. I grade this app A++, and I am very happy that I found it, I’m using it every day.

- Best Music App!

I have dozens of music apps on my phone. By far, this is the one I open and use the most. It offers so many things and the look, layout and design is wonderful! It’s Easy to use and intuitive. I’m a guitar player and the hours I’ve spent doing fretboard exercises alone has made this app priceless to me. I credit this app with helping me finally memorize the notes on the fretboard. Thanks to the developers. Keep up the great work!

- Couldn't ask for more from a music theory app.

First thing you'll notice is the simplicity of the menu. No frills. Gets you right in the action. So much stuff to do without feeling overwhelming. Exercises for keyboard and fretboard. Very fast response, no slow down what so ever. Every exercise I've tried so far has a practice mode and challenge mode. Ear training is fun to use. No complaints whatsoever. Well worth $3.99

- Autoplay function??

This is a great app - one of the best sight-reading/ear-training apps on the market. However, it REALLY needs an autoplay function. Having to press buttons on the screen makes this app impractical for sight-reading practice with an instrument. If the user had the option of an ‘autoplay’ function, in which notes/intervals/chords were flashed at a rate of say, one per second, without having to touch the screen, the app’s usefulness as a practice aid would be hugely improved. Please consider!

- Amazing for teaching

This app has not only helped me, an experienced piano player, but I have used it with my piano students for ear training and reading and it has helped them a lot. The only thing I think could improve the app was that if there was a teaching mode. For example, if someone doesn’t know what the Aeolian scale is, there could be a place in the app where they can go for a reference. Other than that, the app is simply a blessing. Thank you

- Consider adding SRS learning to the app

No doubt, the app is well laid out and super helpful. Wether you are just brushing up sight reading or pushing your theory brain a little there’s plenty good. I would love to be able to have the same app with SRS learning built into it’s quizing. Essentially the stuff you get right you see less often, the stuff you get wrong comes up more frequent. Just that little tweak to the next-in-queue selection process would really be helpful.

- Amazing app

This app is simply awesome. I had tried the web version and was very impressed by all the possibilities. However, in order to be the ultimate app for music learning for all levels, it should enable the use of instruments through MIDI, so that the users can learn to sightread. In addition, some rhythm exercises would be a great addition to the app. Looking forward to future updates!!!

- Great for Training Perfect Pitch

I love how many little settings you can tweak here and there. By removing the reference tones at the beginning of some of the exercises, I've been able to brush up on my pitch memory and relative pitch to get an approximation of perfect pitch. I love how many instruments it gives you to pick from. No other ear training app comes close to the quality of this app.

- Great Customizability

I really enjoy this app. I have had it for around eight years and have been consistently satisfied with its performance. I love how customizable it is so that any user can make meaningful progress. I would like it if there were a chord progression ear training exercise, but otherwise I can’t think of any way this app could be better. Excellent!

- Everything I ever wanted for music theory

Normally I don’t write reviews but my God I’ve been wanting an app like this for the longest time. I’ve gone through so many bad music theory apps I almost gave up but this is completely worth the money. Beautiful interface, perfect for guitarists/piano players wanting to learn music theory/read music or even vocalists as well.

- Very good

I use most of the tools in this app and they have been very helpful. I have played guitar for decades but didn’t put in a lot of time in theory. This app helps with things like interval identification and even note identification on the neck, among other things. Very nicely made. I recommend it for a useful way to improve your knowledge of sight reading and general theory.

- dear drummers

As a person who plays the drums, I don’t really get to train my ears or read notes in terms of scales, chords and so on. This app is a perfect little tool to help my eyes and ears become more familiar with, recognizing, and understanding different sounds besides what the drums can produce. The app is simple and clean, easy to use and you can customize many things in it.

- Professionally designed

I use this app primarily for learning to read C-clefs as part of my conducting endeavors, and this app has helped me so much with my reading speed. There are so many different modes to train yourself and you can be fully in charge of what you want the challenges to be (time, accidentals, line/space notes etc.)

- Adequate app for ear training

I think Tenuto has great ear training exercises. I use them almost everyday 10 minutes on chords, scales, intervals, and notes. It has great benefits from training that can really be translated into real world hearing experiences. I love this app. I’d buy it 5 times the price of it now and the ear training works very well. 4 stars since it doesn’t have as many scales and chords as id like it to.

- So much awesome for $4

I have a bunch of other piano and sight reading apps. This one does everything they do and more, and does most of it better than any of the others. Stop looking and just download this one - it’s the best one, and it’s cheaper than buying all the others that I bought.

- Good but could be better

I would urge my school district to purchase this if: - completed assignment score would automatically be entered into the district gradebook - the piano pop-up from the website (especially the mark feature) was included - more control over levels for excercises. For instance, level 3 to level 4 can be quite a leap!

- Amazing App

I'm not a teacher, but I love using this app to keep my ear training sharp. Also the guitar fretboard exercise is AWESOME. The ability to improve your guitar skills without a guitar in your hand is such a valuable resource. Only adjustment I would make is have the user name specific chords on the chord fretboard exercise, not just chord types. And add bass and mandolin/violin :)

- Awesome for any musician

My experience with Tenuto has been great. As a guitar player (also working an 8-5) having the opportunity to train my ears while I'm away from the axe has proven invaluable in my overall improvement as a musician. The app is incredibly user-friendly and customizable. Keep up the great work guys!

- It’s perfect

There are so many different ways to quiz your brain on identification and reverse identification of chords, scales, notes, etc. Daily use of this *will* especially strengthen your aural identification of intervals, and of everything else. Customization is generously allowed; no part of this app needs improvement!

- The most helpful music app out there

The user interface is smooth and clean with no lag. The exercises in this app are very helpful! Each exercise is straight forward and helps drastically with memorizing notes, chords, and basically anything to do with music since this app has it all.

- Music Majors Best Friend

This app has been absolutely phenomenal for me especially as a music major! Whenever I was having trouble identifying an interval or chord, I could literally get on the app and drill myself over and over until I callus hear the difference and it has made me a better musician!!

- Almost perfect!

The exercises work great for my ear training and theory practice. However, I’d like to see a better way of measuring and viewing score progress over a longer period of time. You should be able to see old scores within the app and something like a graph that shows your progress would work too.

- Amazing App and Crazy Helpful

The functionality of this app could not be any better. From learning to mastering notes this app will do everything you need it to and more. So helpful! I could not have spent my money in a better way!

- A must have for staff training

If you play music and use a staff, get this app. Highly comprehensive and flexible, you can customize just about any type of exercise you need to help you with music theory. Tenuto means business, happy customer here.

- Tenuto

AMAZING. My music teacher uses this all of the time and it has helped us become better Musicians and has helped us develop our music skills to where we can identify notes on a staff no problem. 👍👍👍😀🎼🎼

- Does so much, easy to use

User-friendly and feature-rich. Helps me review things I once knew well and to explore skills that I never had the chance to develop before. Well done.

- Just Wonderful

I’m an old, highly-educated beginner piano student. Words cannot express how good this app is. If your time and rate of learning are important (of course they are), then you’ll see that this app would be a bargain at 10x the price.

- Incredible App

This app has been extremely influential in my ability to read music fluidly. Highly recommend to anybody who is looking to increase their skills in and understanding of music theory.

- Awesome

Exactly what I was looking for. I've been looking for a way to practice reading music when I'm not at the piano. I would love to see the name of the chord appear after correctly identifying it in the chord identification scree

- Best I Have Seen Yet

Combines a lot of training tools, and highly customizable. Easy interface as well. I haven’t found another music training app with this many tools. Worth every penny.

- Great app!

Currently a music major and I play clarinet. This app really helped me to brush up in my bass clef and also helped me pass my theory classes! It’s definitely worth buying along with the theory app especially if you want to teach!

- Excellent app

I was looking for a way to study music theory in an interactive way. This app does just that! With so many ways to customize and immediate feedback, I am able to study more efficiently!

- Keep coming back to this app

I've tried several music theory apps to quiz myself, and I like Tenuto the best. I've used it to help me with better sight reading for piano. Haven't tried it for ear training.

- Excellent!

This app is great. Most of the exercises are highly customizable. There are six main sections each containing a great selection of exercises - just about anything you would want. It’s an excellent trainer.

- great with one problem

it is a great software , the problem is does not change NOTE automatically, please add it if it is possible, thank you

- Helpful and non-irritating

The sound quality is. Better than the free ear apps. There is enough time to recognize the intervals. Could you please please include a section for chord progressions?

- Absolutely worth the money

So nice to be able to do ear training away from the piano, it’s the little pockets of practice that make you better!

- Best fretboard learning app

After playing guitar for over 50 years I am finally sharpening up “fuzzy“ areas on the guitar fretboard. Customizable quizzes make it easy to focus on problem areas. I love this app!

- Take a more contemporary angle?

I love this for everything: ear training, Notation practice, and guitar chord/scale id.... However, me being a guitar player i would like you to introduce more contemporary chords (6th and extended) or at least add sus2 chords

- Great Ear Training

Picked up intervals very quickly using this app daily. That alone was more than worth it but the app offers a host of other features.

- Suggestion

First I want to tell you that I really enjoy your product. I use it every day. I like all its features. May I humbly make one suggestion. I would really like it if there was an option to view all the key signatures, chords, and the like on flash cards so that I can review such before taking the quizzes. Would also be great if you had a the Circle of 5ths on a flash card too. Cheers, Paul Purpura

- Amazing app, some features to add

This is an amazing app! It has helped me immensely with my music theory training. A couple of features would be nice to add. 1. In depth breakdown of practice. What you missed most often. 2. Spaced repetition like Anki, where you are drilled on the weaknesses discovered above. 3. Fretboard Interval training in guitar should be in ascending notes when played so you can train your interval ear recognition as well.

- Amazing for exercises

Being able to customize the exercises makes this app great for musicians of beginning to experienced theory levels. A++++

- This is helpful, but it has errors.

I one of the questions I got was for a Cb, which kinda isn’t a thing. I understand that sometimes, with a given key signature, a Cb may be more appropriate, but in the single note quizzing, this seems incorrect.

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- Great app

Really useful has helped me learn lots I highly recommend this app if you easily want to learn music in your own

- Best App

As a music student this app is fantastic for helping me with my studies. I use it anywhere on the go. Can’t fault it, it’s helped me learn so much.

- Fully Customisable and Great Experience!

This app helped me learn rapidly, it’s so intuitive and easy to use with full customisability. Best music app out there!

- Great app but needs...

Drills where you need to input things onto the fretboard, for example drawing in a scale/mode around an octave shape

- Must have app

Every musician needs this app, great app for aural practice and basic theory. Definitely recommend it. 🎸

- Amazing music app

The best app out there for ear training!

- 😊😁

This app is awesome it helped me so much its made playing the piano so much easier🎹😀👏☺️😄

- Music

. It Helps Me Allot On Piano And Other Music And I Love This App

- Helping me reach my solfege goals.

I love this app. I use it for ear training exercises every day. Each exercise can be modified appropriately to help scaffold your abilities (I'm a relative beginner) and I can see significant improvements in my performance on interval identification, chord identification, and scale identification after only a few weeks. My only criticism -well, it's more of a wish- is that it had cadence identification activities, as that is something I'm also working on, and I'm sure Tenuto would design it 10x better than the other apps I've downloaded for it.

- Excellent. Truly comprehensive.

As someone trying to teach themselves music theory and develop their ear, Tenuto has been invaluable. I work on it everyday. I've also shown it to a number of professional musicians and university lecturers and they've all found it equally useful. Great resources, wide variety of exercises, easy and accessible. One of the few times I've felt compelled to review an app.


Great product, well worth the buy, has helped me with on the go music study. although features like ear training for cadences, other contemporary used scales such as blues, pentatonic etc should be added to ear training and written scale identification. GUI is so easy to use also!

- Learn to sight read without picking up your instrument.

Awesome app. Just a minute a day will dramatically improve your sight reading and note identification. Lots of options to adjust exercises to your level. A reverse fretboard note identification exercise would be a great addition.

- Move the play button

Can you please move the replay note button to the right hand side, away from the back button? I have never written a review for anything ever. That's how annoying it is. Otherwise this app rules. Going to use this everyday.

- Really good, but...

The only thing I wish could be added is melodic and harmonic minor modes to scale recognition and 6th, 9th, 11th and 13th chord extensions to chord recognition. A melodic dictation section would also be handy Otherwise this is a perfect app for me as a drummer studying music. Quick, easy to use, plenty of options and very helpful! Cheers Tenuto!

- Fantastic Theory App.

Beautifully presented app which gives you a clear, clean and highly relevant basic music theory. Learn just what they are teaching you...and you'll be well prepared for your musical journey. A really top app!

- Great app

Tenuto has helped me pass many musical exams. It's a great app to improve your skills. However, there should be an option to do the intervals from one note. I've already tried changing the range but it doesn't allow me to. Please help and this will be five stars :)

- Great app!

Very handy and useful app for a studying music student. What would be a helpful expansion on the app would be to include an inversion option for the chord analysis. Still very handy with what is here.

- Best in App Store

This app taught me to read music, I use it everyday. It's a big help. Well done to the developers for making such a well thought out app.

- Excellent App

Great app which has helped me immensely with music theory and aural training. I'd love a rhythmic dictation feature, melodic transcription would also be a huge bonus.

- Tenuto

The best program online for ear training!! This WILL be the reason for my results in year 12 :))) the beat way to study and achieve is with this app!!

- Very good

Get it. Comprehensive. Flexible. I use it alongside other apps like "ear trainer" and "right note". Good for guitar and piano. iPad and phone versions are both very good.

- It's awesome but!

It's missing a rhythm section. Would be five stars if it has it. Overall, it has an awesome interface. Much cleaner to the ones that are on the App store.

- Absolutely fantastic!

This app is great. It's clean, easy to understand, you can customize your exercises and the interval recognition part is fantastic!! Also I'm very happy to only have paid $5 for this app. I would've paid $10. The quality of this app is great. Why haven't you bought this app yet??? 👍👍👍👍👍 🎤🎺🎷🎸

- Good app for your reading skillz..

Good, clean, intuitive interface for testing your knowledge on strings and keys.. Use it every day!

- Needs compound intervals!

Great app - needs intervals of more than one octave though.

- Needs chord progressions

Great app, helps me with all the ear training required in my year twelve music course, except aurally recognizing chord progressions. Please include this in a future update!

- Simple training on the go

Great for killing time waiting for trains, or for practicing at home.

- Helpful

Lots of useful utilites here. App works fine on my ipad.

- Great app

Only missing one thing. A high score 'game' or 'test' option, that would be a great motivator.

- Mmmm

Great for music theory study!

- Fantastic

Really Helpful app. Will get me through my degree for sure

- More improvements for aural

Hi i was wondering if you could add chord inversions for the aural.

- Yep

Still the Best!

- Yep

Still the Best!

- Great for Learning

This app is great for anyone. I'm currently studying a bachelor of music and it helps me so much! Easy to use, with many different settings and exercises from beginner to advance! Does suck the battery up quicker then usual but it still survives through a whole day of use.

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- Nice theory quiz app helps learn reading and intervals

Not a tutorial. Does not explain anything or even itself though. If you need something to explain what m3 means versus M3 then you may find this app confusing. The ability to customize is what makes this app good. Range of sight reading notes. Key signatures. Clefs. Etc.

- Great app

All around great app, the only issue I'm currently finding is in not being able to have chords played melodically in the chord calculator window. Besides that, this app is worth every penny.

- My favorite music theory app

My favorite music theory app

- Best drills app

Fantastic for learning how to read music using drills

- Great app

I’m just learning music theory and guitar. This is a great tool for learning. You can’t drill this tuff enough,

- Missing dominant 7th in minor keys

Hey! I love your app! There is one thing I would like to be fixed though. When you practice chords with level 1 (no accidentals) you only get dominant chords in major keys. As we know dominant 7th in minor keys have one accidental, so the level 1 doesn’t show it obviously. But when you set the level 2, not only you get the dominant chords in minor keys, but also all other dominant chords from the entire circle of fifth! Because with accidentals you can basically build any chord. Also, a related problem, the 7th chords you display do not correspond to the key signature. For example: I’ve got a key with one sharp (either g major or e minor) and for that key the C7 dominant chords was displayed! It’s the one which has one flat accidental, which resolves to F major or f minor, and is not a dominant 7th of a key with one sharp. I believe, the level two accidentals should only include harmonic/melodic minor keys accidentals. And they should only correspond to the key signature displayed. Please give us a way to practice dominant 7th chords in minor keys without having all the other dominant chords. I will change the rating as soon as it fixed! Thanks!

- Not for guitar

It does not work well for guitar. Keeps going back to piano settings, even in middle of testing.

- Meilleur app

Meilleur app que j’ai trouvé

- Note Filter

5 stars for the new "note filter" on fretboard identification.

- Knowledge makes a great musician!

And this is the app for knowledge.

- Tenure

If they add more to it, it'll be awesome. Other than that, it's really good practice theory.

- Tenuto

I've recommended musictheory.net to students for years. So glad this is out!!! Excellent music theory tutor!

- Fantastic App for sight reading & fretboard memorization

I have been using this app for a while now to retrain myself on sight reading, intervals, and improve my ear note recognition. Best feature for myself is the fretboard mode where you can drill yourself on note placement. Loses a star though as the developer didn't include reverse identification like they did with piano; a much needed feature for those drilling themselves for sight reading with stringed instruments.

- Worth it

Good practice

- Great app


- Music

We need possibility to select only major or minor first or second inversion.

- A must for every musicians

I would highly recommend this application for every musicians. Tenuto is the tool you need to practice your reading skills and practice your ear. Only thing that is missing here is dictations, but I can't complain!

- Very useful

I bought this app after going to their website. So useful. Helped me learn ear training quickly.

- Best music practice app out there

I'm a piano teacher, and I recommend this app to all of my students and colleagues. There is no better or more inclusive app out there. Some apps are a waste of money. This one is NOT. It's worth more than they charge (but please don't raise the price - my students actually buy it because it's affordable). Seriously, get this app. Oh yeah my PS: INCREDIBLY customizable to ANY student's learning needs, from the most basic beginner to the most advanced student.

- I love the website

I only bought this app because of the website. It has helped me greatly, so I have purchased this.

- Great app

Great app. Worth the money. Customizable exercise. Really well done

- Tenuto app

Absolutely the best theory and composition app I have come across. I recommend this to anyone who is serious about improving their visual and aural skills in music. Bravo tenuto!!!!!

- Cadences and Inversions please

An amazing and easily customizable app to work with! Excellent to practice for my piano exam. Could be complete with cadences as an option for ear training and with an option to test for inversions of minor and major triads in the chords ear training section. Overall a great app thank you!

- Fantastic App

I use this app all the time for my students, especially those who struggle with note reading, chord ID and fretboard ID (I’m a guitar teacher) I recommend it fully to anyone who either would like to develop greater reading skills (regardless of your level, you can benefit from sharper skills!).

- Perfect!

I have never given an app a 5 star rating. This one IS that good. Are you serious about Music Theory? Then why are you still reading this? BUY IT NOW!

- Feature Rich

The icing on the cake would be support for midi. Bought it to support dev. of such feature in future!

- Love It!

All I need.

- Highly useful

I bought this app over a month ago and still use it regularly. Perfect for training your ear and theory skills anywhere you go. Nice and sleek looking and working too. Much more use yet to come. You can start easy as you want and tweak the exercises as you improve your skills.

- Perfect for ear training

The only feature of this app I use is the ear training, but that alone was worth the purchase price. I'm in my second year of a music degree and this app is, bar none, the best I've found for practicing for my ear training class.

- Amazing for a music student

I am in the university for music education and ear training is a crucial part of my program. Using this app a couple times a day has improved my Ability to recognize intervals, scales ect. Amazing and worth it

- Good, but missing some things

Good for the beginner ear trainer, but missing modes of melodic and harmonic minor. For chord dictation, there should be an option to list the inversions, as well as an option for chord progression ear training (with inversions). Great app otherwise.

- Very useful

The only problem with this app is it's more fun than learning Italian vocabulary. I like how I can tell it to ignore the easy bits (C,F,G key signatures; P1, P8 intervals) and focus on the harder ones. I can tell it to do all the chords I should know, or just a few (dim and dim7). The option to play melodic or harmonic chords or both is great. Currently I'm working on white-key intervals, but tomorrow I'll go back to key signatures and accidentals. For now, though, back to drilling vocab. Not nearly as much fun.

- Great teaching tool

As a piano teacher, I use this app more than any other for note reading and ear training. While it basically doubles the exercises found on MusicTheory.net, that's a good thing because my students can either use their computer or their iPad to work on exercises at home.

- Quite Impressive

Title says it all. Still I wish there was an ear training mode when trying to learn individual note sounds :)

- Great

Good for study

- Great app!

Everything you could possibly need.

- Fantastic Application

Wonderfully comprehensive. This app contains so much, and is a great price. Is almost the only music app I need. The only thing it needs is an inversion tester. (both chords and intervals). I haven't found one in any apple apps yet. Tenuto is the most useful and well designed music theory application that I have seen. I definitely recommend it.

- Phenomenal app for music theory

Absolutely amazing application. It definitely favors the piano with this theory, however the applications in regards to the note readings translate to any instrument. There is also a great tool to get a good understanding of the guitar strings and notes. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a audio or visual learning method / an interactional learning style. Books are one thing. This app is real time, fun, practice.

- Great app

One of the few apps I have bought that I truly cannot find any faults with. A really nice mobile interface with the quality I have come to expect from musictheory.net. It would be hard to imagine an app that does it any better!

- A must-have for every theory student and musician alike!

Every bit of this app is invaluable to anyone wanting to improve heir musical talent.

- Pitch Perfect

I've been using musictheory.net for years and I'm loving their new apps. The UI is beautiful and the price is well worth supporting the site/not paying for a generic theory book. I love the interactivity of the app (the way music should be learned) and with a few small bug fixes this app will be perfect. Thanks! : D

- Fretboard

I thought that learning the note names on the guitar fretboard was an impossible feat, but i used tenuto and now i've memorized them all. Haven't used the other features but that alone was worth it.

- Great application

Hi I am a music teacher and this app is great to help students review intervals and as an ear training tool it is also good for guitarists that want to identify notes and keyboardists to help them learn new chords at the piano. I am very impressed with this app

- Bravo!

This application is a must for any level of musical knowledge! I am incredibly impressed with the level of detail provided and user-customization from the tools, exercises and calculator. Ear training and Identification for intervals, chords and scales is very well presented and very user-friendly. I also purchased the application called "Theory Lessons" (also by musictheory.net) and find it equally remarkable. Bravo!

- Great ear trainer!

J'ai essaye plusieurs ear trainer Mai's celui la est parfait pour moi. Il manque juste une chose a mon avis, c'est un test de note. J'aimerais pouvoir entendre une note et choisir la bonne reponse . I've tried a couple of ear trainer and this one work really well for me. The only thing that it miss is note earring test(perfect pitch test) you can ear test scale you don't have note test (ear).

- Beautiful

Fantastic app from the great website musictheory.net! Highly recommend!

- suppose to work

it says its compatible with my ipod touch but when i went to senc it says it not. @_@

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- Been looking for something like this

I am a piano teacher, and I’ve been looking for something like this!

- Struggling With Music? This will help.

Countless practice identifying notes, key signatures, and ear training. Not just for piano but also Banjo, Ukelele, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin...etc. I feel like I'm playing a game for music theory. It's great!

- Great app!

This is the theory app I’ve been looking for! I love the fact the exercises are customizable. In the future I’d really like to see chord progression ear training exercises.

- Wonderful app

Using this app has been a blessing. Extremely well thought out. Thank you.

- Perfect

Honestly one of the best apps out there for music training. It explains lessons, trains your ears and knowledge. It’s honestly the best. I really hope they add chord progression feature.

- Fretboard Calculator

Awesome APP. Please consider adding a fretboard option to your calculator in the app in addition to the keyboard option. Thank you.

- One of the best apps I’ve used

If you’re a musician, this is the app. It’s got all the stuff, well laid out and elegantly functional.

- Exactly what I was looking for

This app is incredible. I need to practice identifying chords and this app does the job so well. Wow. Thank you!

- Great learning tool.

This is a terrific interactive learning tool for music theory. I use it to test what I learn in its companion app, Theory. Highly recommended.

- Nothing better for music theory

Best app on the market. Must have for musicians studying a very difficult subject.

- Doesn’t teach everything

In the music theory app you begin with “the basics”. But the training starts you off right in the middle. I used other apps that teach about note lengths and time signatures. Aren’t those just as important as the rest?

- Exactly what I needed

simple, intuitive, fully featured, stable. No fuss, no ads, just an easy way to learn music. <3

- Great—would love also rhythm training

Love it. Would also love a rhythm module. To tap out rhythms in response to notation.

- Very cool app.

I would really love to see more updates in the future.

- Amazing

Used this app throughout university and it was a life saver! Still helps keep my ear sharp 😉

- Perfect

This is literally the best thing ever for music theory kids to practice with

- Theory exercises

Entertaining and educational. Excellent learning and skill training tool.

- Great App / Helpful Music Theory Tool

Awesome, and keeps getting better!!!

- So close to perfect!

This is a really helpful app! Great learning tool! Things it needs: 1: Keep screen alive when connected to piano. Disable screen sleep. 2: When connected to a piano, give me a full screen scale! I don’t need the keyboard if it’s connected!

- Great! But suggestion:

Suggestion: PLEASE include voiced chords on grand staff as an option for visual chord identification.

- Needs to be looked over.

The flaw in this app is that it has Bb Major as having 3 flats WHEN THAT IS Eb MAJOR! I wonder what other flops does it have!

- Please add 8 string guitar

This app is great! I would love to see 8 string guitar added to the options!

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Love it!!! So helpful!!!

- Love it love it love it


- Not really aimed for a broader audience

Not a reference tool.

- App is fantastic but needs more options.

I use this app to study both guitar and ear training and it has been great so far. It gives me access to everything I need while being able to customize the exercises to a T for the most part. Thanks for the hard work guys! One idea that I do think would be good to implement however, would be to give a customizable option in the Fretboard Note Identification exercise for it to be centralized around just the natural notes of the guitar and no accidentals. This way you could test yourself on learning the natural notes on multiple strings instead of having no choice but to use one. You can currently customize both frets and strings selected, but the frets selected applies to ALL strings selected and of course, the natural notes to not fall in line on every string. This is a much easier and more effective way of memorizing the fretboard and I do believe that would make this app a top notch go to for guitar players. Thanks again!

- Great, but maybe add a few things?

I love this app, and I use it on a daily basis to help me practice music theory. Although I am aware that there is a progress report option on here, it seems of the arbitrary to have to make one every day. I think that if the app offered a practice log option, it would make it a lot easier to see how much I've practiced over time. I feel like when new users purchase the app, a practice log should automatically start with the date and how long they've practiced, so that it helps to motivate the user to practice daily and also helps them track their progress on learning with the app. It would be far more organized and helpful for users to be able to have it as an in-app feature. Other than that, the app is absolutely wonderful and I definitely recommend buying it--after learning the lessons as a basis online and then applying the knowledge to the exercises.

- A Great App

This is a very nice app to help one fresh up on their music and music theory skills. My favorite feature is the "Chord Calculator" feature. This is my favorite feature because you can hear what each chord sounds like and see what it looks like on a variety of staffs. You can also see and hear many different versions of the chords. For example, augmented, diminished and half-diminished are some of the changes you can make to a standard major or minor triad. However, I recommend this app only for musicians with a rather extensive knowledge of music, for some of the components of the app are rather advanced and of a higher level of knowledge and skill. I hope the developers add some knowledge on how to find out some of these things. For example, interval identification. I'm sure that not all users of this app know all of the intervals. If they add some knowledge, everyone can learn and use the app easier!

- Don't miss this one if you want to further your musicianship

I recommend this app to all my students and use it myself at times to sharpen up some skills. There is a ton of content here, which is customizable to target weak spots. (Such as ledger lines) I taught my 8 year old daughter treble clef in one sitting, using concepts then this app for practice. She was amazed that she can now read the staff on her own. Get this and Rhythm Sight Reading trainer and you can have some real musicianship in the bag. Humbly, there is some room for expansion. I would like to see a rhythm or melodic dictation feature added. Also, the chord recognition is very much classical harmony. Why not expand to include more extended or jazz harmony? 6th, 6/9, 9th chords, altered harmonies, suspended...all of these sounds are part of the musical palette that should not be overlooked. Great app as is, look no further folks!

- Needs a few things...

I'd first like to express my gratitude for all the hard work and time spent in the creation of these tools and tests for the betterment of musicians everywhere. The variety of options have offered me the best possible training all with conveniency of portability. Fantastic set up. Virtually bug-free. It's a truly pragmatic and gratifying experience. I have no complaints for the already established content. However, I believe that I and many others would benefit from tests pertaining to rhythm. All we have are tests regarding pitch, harmony, dictation — all great — but I have seen musicians frustratingly struggle with fluency in reading rhythms (maybe we could tap on the screen), rhythmic independence (tapping two or more rhythms at once), and rhythmic dictation (especially) over 2/2, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 9/8, 12/8, etc. time (not excluding 5/4, 7/8, 10/8, and other more abstract/contemporary time signatures). Again, I praise all your hard work, as many do. But adding these practical and essential elements would be invaluably beneficial, indeed. If I may, I'd like to suggest a melodic dictation test — where we can train our ears to hear different notes of minor keys (or perhaps modes?) as well as major with the notes played in succession — and a chord progression dictation test (I cannot tell you how much I need this). I whole-heartedly thank you for such a great app!

- Great! Please add string instruments and more!

Great functionality. Good for beginners and advanced. Needs a learning mode where you hear and see the answer. Please add sound and fingerboards with imaginary fret lines for violin family (and why not all the instruments). You could make tons of $ if it was for every. Instrument. Could add a fingering quiz as well. Could use more advanced features like melodic, harmonic & rhythmic dictation, chord progressions, figured bass, more specialized chords, programmable quizzes (based on melodies, specific order and questions to match tests) that could be saved and exported/imported, a timer that ends or total number of questions to give finality to a session, with graded report including option for date, name, class to be used with students.

- Must Have for Musicians

This is the first app I've cared to review. It's extremely useful for any student of music, beginner or virtuoso. The exercises are very customizable, so it's extremely useful if you're wanting to focus on a particular skill. For example, if you want to practice hearing the difference between chords, you can customize it so you'll only hear triads. You can also set a challenge mode that will either act like a quiz with a certain number of questions and a final score, or a timed test to see how fast you can answer. I use this app every day and I'm seeing a significant improvement in my knowledge of piano. Music theory was difficult for me, but now that I can learn at my own pace, it's been much easier.

- I adore Tenuto! [UPDATE: Even more awesome]

Three years ago, I had just started playing an instrument for the first time, and I didn't know anything about music theory or ear-training. I bought Tenuto and enrolled in community college. I spent hundreds of hours, using Tenuto whenever I was walking the dog, sitting in waiting rooms, lying in bed, taking the bus. And, today. . . . . .I am in the 4th year of music program at major state university, and I am keeping up with the kids in ear-training who have been singing or playing instruments for 15 years. I could not have done this at all without Tenuto; it seriously is responsible for my academic music career, and I can't say enough good about how easy and effective it is. Regarding that last, I have bought literally 20 ear-training and music-theory apps for iOS, and Tenuto is light-years ahead of any of them. The others are too slow, and you will spend more time clicking through unnecessary windows and buttons. Tenuto lets you whip through exercises with a minimum of hassle and interruption. It is seriously as close to a perfect app as I have ever encountered!

- Very good but a couple of suggestions

This app is by far the best out of all I've tried. I have a couple of thoughts : Would be nice to be able to select how many notes to display for the reverse keyboard identification section - this can help people practice reading notes in advance, which is a big part of reading music - viewing some sequence of notes rather than one at a time, help identify sequences of intervals and play accordingly. Maybe something like a scrolling 3-6 notes on the staff where the middle highlighted note is the one that the student needs to identify, but the student can at the same time get ready for the next leap For reverse note keyboard identification, being able to after specifying a range of notes, select which notes in particular to omit or include Sometimes students know which set of notes they have trouble with. For example students can select middle f,g and D3,A3 only and practice reading only those notes selected For reverse note identification - collect stats on Which notes the student gets wrong so they know which notes they have problems with reading and so they can focus more on studying those notes specifically

- Great Practice

I have enjoyed using this application for well over a year, and each update has been wonderful. The customizability of each exercise is so great. I can work on analysis as well as aural skills doing chord identification. It's really wonderful. The only thing I could ask for more of is something to help vocalists out. If there could be a solfege part to this app, for example that trained you on identifying leaps and jumps and then would play the notes back to you as show you the correct solfege for a particular key, so you could memorize jumps. It would be so rockin' if that addition could be made. Thank you for such a great app, and I know this addition would make it that much more valuable of an app to music students, and your sales would go up.

- The Ear-Training Tool I've Always Wanted

I bought this app for its ear-training tools, and they're exactly what I've always wanted. It's kinda like flash cards mixed with a study partner/tutor, but more convenient. I think it's great that you can customize the exercises based upon your skill level or what particular skills you want to train. The interface is pretty straightforward, and the app is both stable and easy to use. The ability to keep "score" is a great motivator, and helps what are in essence boring exercises in rote memorization to be more interesting and engaging. While I may not rate this as a "must have" for all musicians, it is an excellent and useful training aid, especially for the self-taught.

- Amazing! Well worth the money.

I am completely in love with this app. I am a music major in college, and I love the website that produced this little app. I was so thrilled to discover that they produced this app, because now I can do all the wonderful exercises on my iPad, and I don't even need an Internet connection! I use this every single day, and not only have I never had a single problem with the app itself, my grades have definitely improved! I love the sheer number of exercises, and the incredible flexibility that lets you completely customize ever exercise. It's a must-have for any music student, and anyone else who wants to improve their skills. Thank you so much!!!!!

- If you want to learn music theory inside out get this app!!

I stumbled upon the computer version first and I spend hours practicing my key signatures an for the first time in all the years I have tried to memorize them, this is the first tine I did it. I was so pleased to see that their was an iPod/iPhone app that I gladly purchased. I am happy I did. There are many many types of practice tools from note reading to interval training. You won't be bored. Each section remembers your score whenever you go back to it. Or it's simple enough to clear it and start fresh. Hasn't crashed at all and I have uses it quite a lot. Thanks for a great program!!!

- Simple, clean, and effective.

I really enjoy using this app. The UI is done very well and takes almost no explanation to understand how to take the quizzes. There are a nice number of beneficial quizzes - especially to those learning to sight read. I think this would also be a powerful resource for particularly piano teachers (but it would apply for almost all instruments - there are even some quizzes built specifically for guitar included), as they teach students to identify notes on the piano (or guitar), the staff, chords, intervals and such. It also has ear training exercises. Very well done, this app is worth the money spent.

- Best theory app I've seen

This app is a LOT better in terms of design and a lot more useful than any other music theory app I've tried. The trainers have helped me advance my knowledge of theory and ability to read music. I hate to sound like a commercial, but when I sit in a certain coffee franchise with my iPad now, I'm making valuable use of that time becoming a better musician, for less than I pay for one of their beverages. I have to praise something that has helped me take so much wasted time and use it to be a lot better on my instrument. And the exercises are fun if you're interested in music.

- Great brush-up for pros, too

I've been a professional musician (violinist) for over 20 years, with an excellent theory education. Unfortunately, without regular drilling, you start to forget terms, or your ear just forgets how to identify certain chords. Tenuto is perfect when I want to take a few minutes for chord or interval ear training. I've learned and re-learned a lot over the last several weeks with it. It's also beautifully designed and fun to use. The companion site is also very useful. One request for Chord Identification: would love the ability to hear the chord that's being displayed on the staff.

- Excellent but needs customization

This App is great: it provides on-the-go practice, useful exercises, and calculators which make theory homework and general reference much easier. However, the big drawback for me is a lack of customizable aspects with in the calculators (most important) and the exercises (needs options like keys and ranges of the notes. If these features are in the app, I suggest making them easier to locate, but I know that the chord calculator does not have the customization I need. It's great that it can tell me the chord in a given key on a given clef, but I want to see the inversions and access secondary dominants. That would make this app 5 stars in my opinion.

- The kind of app worth paying for!

This is the type of application that you feel satisfied with even after paying for it. It has a nice and elegant interface with some very helpful exercises for anyone who loves music and music theory. I have one important suggestion though: in the exercise related to the identification of key signatures, one must turn on and off the "minor mode" in order to get questions about minor keys. It'd be very helpful if there was a mode were one can be asked to identify both major and minor keys without going through that hassle! Thank you!

- Very Helpful

I've been using this app for over six months now and it has helped me so much with learning music theory for both piano and guitar. My only wish for improvement would be to have an option where the answers could be there until I didn't need them anymore. The way it is now isn't all that helpful for learning and remembering because the revealed answer is only shown for a moment. If you were to fix this I would be very happy because of being able to learn faster.

- Buggy, But Great Otherwise

If there weren't some very disruptive and consistent glitches, I'd give this app 5 stars. Great for ear training and drilling basic theory - helped me study for a college theory placement exam. One of the worst bugs is that in the visual drills (chord ID, note ID, key signature ID etc), the previous set of accidentals and/or notes will remain on the staff long after the question has been answered correctly, making all future questions anywhere from infuriatingly confusing to downright illegible. Also, the chord ear-training exercise thinks a basic major 6th chord is a minor 7th for some reason (and major 6th is not a chooseable option in the exercise) . Fix those problems, and it's a five-star app.

- Use it in college all the time

I am a sophomore voice performance major at West Texas A&M. Our program has a high expectation that students become able to read music at the speed of music. I used this app in my music theory classes to quickly learn chord spelling and recognition. I still use most of the features in the app just to keep my skills sharp. This app absolutely made a difference for me getting through Music Theory I and passing with a high grade because of the ability to drill specific areas in a very customized fashion. Great app.

- Great app, could be even better

I really like this app. I am a music major and this have defiantly improved my note identification skills. This app would be even better if it included a metronome so that you could see if you could identify a certain number of notes, chords, intervals, etc., within a certain number of seconds. Also instead of just having the timer I think there should be the option of a time limit. These things would improve it, but what is here is definitely worth $4!!

- Incredibly useful

This app is the best ear training tool I've come across after a good amount of searching. What makes it so great is that you can customize the skill challenges in so many different parameters. You can focus down to distinguishing between just two intervals or find weaknesses by testing the entire range. You can have it play intervals harmonically or melodically. The combinations are unlimited. Love this. Making all students download and practice. They'll all be better musicians for it.

- Great For Training but could be better

I'm an audio engineer brushing up on training my musical ear and knowledge. This is really nitpicky but I listen to the ear training exercises with Sennheiser HD 380s and the samples are low quality and could be fixed my putting a simple high pass filter on them (some basic EQ). I think that it would be very beneficial to have an exercise where you have to click or select all of the notes within a single key such as asking Q: D Dorian A: D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D A cool format is have the prompted scale above in your "question section" with a corresponding scale below without any accidentals (no key signature I would assume for this exercise) and below list the musical alphabet (linear with the root starting on the left) with #s above each letter and bs below each letter (once an accidental is clicked the corresponding staff above places the accidental in the scale so to have a visual representation) the student would have to correct the scale by adding missing accidentals.

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Tenuto (Version 4.1.2) Install & Download

The applications Tenuto was published in the category Music on 2011-08-30 and was developed by musictheory.net [Developer ID: 459313479]. This application file size is 12.57 MB. Tenuto - Music app posted on 2019-01-16 current version is 4.1.2 and works well on IOS 9.3 and high versions. Google Play ID: net.musictheory.Tenuto

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