Tenuto application logo

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.

Tenuto App Description & Overview

The applications Tenuto was published in the category Music on 2011-08-30 and was developed by musictheory.net. The file size is 12.66 MB. The current version is 4.0.2 and works well on 9.2 and high ios versions.

• Fixes a crash in Scale Identification and Scale Construction when using multiple clefs.
• Fixes a drawing issue in Scale Identification and Scale Construction when using the Grand Staff.

Version 4.0:
• Adds Scale Identification, Scale Construction, Keyboard Scale Identification, and Fretboard Scale Identification exercises.
• Adds the Scale Calculator.
• Adds full support for iPhone X.
• Adds mode options to the "Scales" customization in Key Signature Identification and Key Signature Construction.
• Adds "Leniency" to all construction exercises. When the ‹Lenient› or ‹Naturals Only› options are used, exercises will accept unneeded or duplicated accidentals rather than marking them as incorrect.
• Improves the user interface when invalid customizations are selected. Tenuto will now try to explain which customizations are conflicting and how to resolve the conflict.
• Improves the user interface for choosing "Key Signatures", "Notes", and "Intervals" customizations.
• Adds ‹Markers› option to the "Labels" customization in Fretboard Chord Identification. This identifies each marker as the root, third, or fifth of the chord.
• Lengthens the decay time of sounds in the ear training exercises.
• Fixes compatibility issues with iOS 11.

Tenuto App Tips, Tricks and Rules

Tenuto Reviews


add this plz!  2017amo  5 star

Amazing app. has helped me so much on so many things. i would love to see a symbol identifier added to it also. like a section the teaches what these symbols mean or musical terms (#, flat) or like ds alcoda


Excellent!!!  Galé974  5 star

Excellente application. Progrès garanti avec de l’entraînement quotidien.


Nothing better for music theory  Chirobio  5 star

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


Very Cool  hs5vTqhO7P  5 star

I use this app daily due to its ease of use and variety of ear training programs. Can just whip it out whenever a moment and work on my ear on the go. Would love to see an exercise on recognizing chord patterns, similar to tonedear.com!


Struggling With Music? This will help.  :Amy:  5 star

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!

Big Henry

Amazing App  Big Henry  5 star

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 :)


Exactly what I needed  iAmTheWhale  5 star

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


Great for all levels  CollegeProfLL  5 star

I've taught college-level Music Theory (several levels of proficiency from beginner to advanced) for years, including Ear-Training, etc., and this is a wonderful app for my students for all types of practice, including the advanced levels. One of my favorite things is the Customize feature: you can choose even fairly "obscure" elements such as Tenor Clef and "accidentals of doom" as well as all types of Scale, Chord and Interval Ear-Training (incl. Modes and various 7th chords) which typically are left off the less professional teaching aids. (MusicTheory.net is a great online resource, also). Both thumbs up!


Couldn't ask for more from a music theory app.  SETBoyDG  5 star

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


An Absolute Essential  Sinth64  5 star

Tenuto is literally one of the best apps on the App Store. If you are looking to hone your music theory related skills through many different customizable exercises, use this app. It's been a staple of my iPhone for several years. musictheory.net is the leading authority in this field. Thank you for making, improving, and maintaining this indispensable tool.

Tez from Oz

Very good  Tez from Oz  5 star

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.


Handy if you're on the go  WhoAreYou94  3 star

This app offers some great "on the go" aural practice, however it would be great if there was more expansion to exercises like chords, allowing not only the playback of inversions but selecting the correct inversion of the chord as well


Move the play button  CammoCablamo  4 star

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.


Helpful  Megaji  5 star

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


Really good, but...  AuralSex6969  4 star

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!


Good app for your reading skillz..  Regotron  5 star

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


Great app!  chappodigga  5 star

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.


Helping me reach my solfege goals.  Ollieusername  5 star

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.

Musical Student

More improvements for aural  Musical Student  4 star

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

steve's review

Fantastic Theory App.  steve's review  5 star

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  CatSVK  5 star

Good app that helps you with your hearing and music theory.

TeSs music lover for life!!

It's pretty awesome. I'm not gonna lie...  TeSs music lover for life!!  5 star

Tenuto has been instrumental (ba-dum-tsch) to my theory training, and it seems to have every possible customization so that I can target and overcome my weaknesses. The one thing I really wish Tenuto had and that I would use the most if it did is practice with harmonic (chord) progressions!! Update with chord progressions Tenuto please!!!


Great app love it just 1 thing or more  Brycez01  5 star

Hi developers I love this app I use it every day and it helps tremendously in my piano lesson without this app I wouldn't be great at reading music but there's stuff you could do to improve your app for instance you could instead of telling me wrong when it says c flat and I answer it b that is right also you could give us piano exercises like giving us notes to play on a real piano and give us feedback after thank you I see good thing in this apps future


Great, but maybe add a few things?  Megan.Spencer85  5 star

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.


Phenomenal app  hmtip  5 star

If you are serious at all about furthering your musical education, this app is a must. Easily organized and incredibly useful.

Single Shot

Great for Fretboard Note id  Single Shot  5 star

Used the online version for a while. Liked the challenge on fretboard note identification so decided to buy app. Has really been a help. Lately I've been using the interval section to help strengthen my knowledge in that area.


Finally got the motivation to learn music theory  Praise_the_sun!  5 star

This app has finally made learning music theory easy enough for me to be consistent and make progress. I am so grateful for it! The app is fluid and intuitive as well as feature rich. It is obvious that the developer(s) put a lot of thought and effort into it.


All you need  468902916174050  5 star

I recommend this to all of my music students. You must download this...it's very user friendly and has any exercise you would ever need. I always pull it out if I'm just sitting around and it keeps that theory muscle strong.


Addictive  okidokitoo  4 star

I love this app - very addictive and effective in helping you impress ve ears and eyes. Wish there would an alto sax fingering exercise though.


Great tool!  Jazzman102737  5 star

Perfect Aural skill builder. Love this app.

Tenuto Comments

Tenuto Music Download