Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox

Stephen Wilcox received a B.M. in instrumental performance (tuba) and a B.M. in music theory from West Chester University, a M.M. in Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he has been creating online music theory courses for Rutgers University and working as an instructional designer at UC Berkeley.

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Intonation Apps – InTune & Intonatio

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It’s Tuesday, and we have not done this in a while, so let’s get to it.

Today MusicToolbox will looking at two supporting and complementary intonation training apps, InTune & Intonatio. The first app we will look at is InTune by Wittenberg University. InTune is a great puzzler of an app, that teases and tests your ear with ever slimming fractions of semitones. Delightful simple, and mildly addicting, this little app will find a place in all musicians training regime… Oh and it’s free. Second we will demo, Daniel Portillo’s Intonatio. Intonatio covers some of the same ground but with a different set of sounds and activities. “How many semitone sliming apps does one need?” Well watch the vid!

Music Toolbox demos both InTune & Intonatio below.

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  • FREE APP!
  • Progressive difficulty (i.e. suited for beginners and experts)
  • Simple sine waves sound set makes pitch distinctions stand out starkly
  • Multiple pitch modes allows learners to test their ears in multiple registers
  • Elegantly user interface and game play
  • Attractive graphic elements and styling
  • Integration of social media, email and the iOS Game Center allows for the sharing of scores with faculty, fellow students or friends/rivals.

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  • No ability to play sounds more than once. This is a big issue as the difficulty increases.
  • Simple sine wave sound set makes the experience somewhat artificial

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  • Progressive difficulty (i.e. suited for beginners and experts)
  • Multiple modes of play put the intonation training experience in several “real world” contexts. (solo, unison and solo with chordal accompaniment)
  • Digitally sampled sound set includes realistic auditory elements (i.e. timbre, vibrato, and the harmonic series)

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  • In the game section, there is no ability to replay an sounds until after a question has been attempted.
  • Non-intuitive user interface
  • It is not always clear how the sections of the app relate, as such it’s learning pathways are a little muddled.

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By | 2015-03-27T23:58:54+00:00 February 10th, 2015|

About the Author:

Composer, Music Educator and Instructional Designer, Stephen Wilcox received a B.M. in instrumental performance (tuba) and a B.M. in music theory from West Chester University, a M.M. in Composition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Ph.D. in Composition at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he has been creating online music theory courses for Rutgers University and working as an instructional designer at UC Berkeley.

One Comment

  1. Robin February 16, 2015 at 11:34 AM - Reply

    Good stuff!

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