Two High-Quality iPad Theory Apps

This post highlights two of my current favorite apps that teach music theory (at various levels). I’m sure there will be more to come in the future but for now, let’s have a look at the Waay app and The Royal Conservatory’s Theory apps.



Waay is an app available on iOS that teaches music theory via two courses: melodies (free), and chords ($4.99). Each course is comprised of 8 videos and interactive practice exercises. Even more specifically, the app states that its intention is to teach “songwriting.”

My recommendation is that this app is best suited for high school or adult students. While the app states that it is great for beginners, the videos and concepts move very, very quickly. Students will do best if they’re already familiar with the concepts presented in the app.


Corresponding Music Lab Sheet

This app does not allow students to log in to track progress, so I have students use a music lab sheet.

The way the courses are set up, it works well to assign an entire course rather than individual videos and exercises. To assign a course, simply place a checkmark in the box next to “assigned.”

This download is two pages long – one page for each course.

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The Royal Conservatory (RCM) Theory Apps

The Royal Conservatory has a series of theory apps available on iOS that correlate to their Celebrate Theory books. These five apps are very high quality, top-notch apps with beautiful, appealing graphics and interface.

There are five levels: Prep, 1, 2, 3, and 4. While these apps correlate to the RCM program, you do not necessarily have to use the theory books to use the apps.

At the time of this post, you can get a free version of each level with limited access. For full access, you can either purchase individual levels ($1.99 each) or the all-access pass which includes Prep – Level 4 ($6.99)

In order to use this app for music labs, you will need to purchase the all-access pass.



The PREP-level includes five different categories: (1) pitch & notation  (2) rhythm & meter (3) scales (4) chords (5) terms & signs.

Levels 1 – 4 each include eight different categories: (1) pitch & notation  (2) rhythm & meter (3) scales (4) intervals (5) chords (6) music history (7) terms & signs (8) melody & composition.

For more specific information on what is included in each level, visit this link on the RCM website. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find a button/link called “Theory Apps Learning Objectives.”

If you click on that link, it will download a PDF that includes a more specific breakdown of each category. (Instructions based on RCM’s website layout July 2019.)


Corresponding Music Lab Sheet

Like many apps out there, students cannot sign in to track their progress, so I have my students track their progress is by filling out their music lab sheet.

While I recommend that you wait to assign the entire app/level at once rather than individual categories within the app, the music lab sheet allows you to assign individual categories by checking the “assigned” box.

Add this lab to your cart now, or find it (along with other music labs in the shop).

Each download includes two to three lab pages. You can purchase each level separately or as a bundle.


Level – Prep


Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4


Bundle (Prep – 4)



If you’re curious for even more details on how I run my music labs, I’ve created a 15-page eBook that is chock full of all kinds of “pro tips.”

We’ll talk about how I schedule, set-up, and organize labs. (You all know “organizing” is my favorite topic! 🙂 )

Laid out in an easy to read and understand format, this book will answer all your questions regarding music lab time!


Give Me More!

Would you like to learn more in-depth details on the programs that I have created labs for?

Check out these posts:

1) My Favorite Computer-Based Program for Music Lab Time

2) More Than 100 Videos for Your Music Lab

3) Finally! A Music Lab/Assignment Sheet for Piano Explorer Magazine

4) Favorite iPad Apps for Music Lab


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