Back in August 2019, I introduced you to two of my favorite high-quality music theory apps for the iPad.
One of those, Waay, has added two new courses.
In this post, I’ll share a little about the new courses and introduce you to the updated music lab tracking sheet available in the Piano Pantry Shop that’s designed to go along with the app.
As an extra bonus, thanks to Waay’s founder and developer, Alex Andrews, I have FIVE promo codes to give away for the new courses!
About the Waay App
Waay is an app available on iOS that teaches music theory via four courses:
- [Chord] Progressions I *NEW*
- [Chord] Progressions II *NEW*
The initial app fee is $5.99 and includes the first two courses. Progressions I and II are bundled as an in-app purchase for $4.99.
Each course is comprised of short videos and interactive practice exercises. Even more specifically, the app states that its intention is to teach “songwriting.”
While the app states that it is great for beginners, the videos and concepts move very, very quickly. My recommendation is that this app is actually best suited for late intermediate / early advanced high school students.
(My impression is that the app is developed with the amateur adult musician in mind who is a “beginner” to music theory/songwriting concepts. It’s definitely not geared toward student-age beginner music students.)
Students will do best if they’re already familiar with the concepts presented in the app. The courses build on each other and progress in difficulty. Students assigned the first course should already be familiar with major and minor scale patterns in all keys.
The final two “progressions” courses are focused on teaching students how to use “tricks” to identify chords that fit together and identify the keys those progressions may be coming from. These are fairly challenging courses. Students assigned these courses should already have a strong understanding of chords built on scales degrees in all the major and minor keys.
Updates to the Music Lab Tracking Sheet
This is an app I use during my music lab time with my more advanced students (as stated above). Unfortunately, like many apps, it does not allow students to log in to track progress, so I have students use a tracking sheet.
I’ve updated the original tracking sheet that was published back in August 2019 when it only had two courses: Melodies, and Chords. Please note that if you purchased this lab sheet prior to 1/20/2021, you have already been emailed an updated version.
This new sheet now includes the two new courses (Progressions I and II) and is now four pages long rather than two (one page per course). I’ve also improved the student directions and tweaked the details listed under “what’s covered.”
Rather than simply listing the description that was in the app, there are more specific descriptions as well as example questions from the exercises to help teachers have a better idea of exactly what’s covered in that section.
Using a tracking sheet is also useful because each course can take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to complete depending on how many times they repeat exercises for practice.
Having students checkmark which parts of the course they have completed will help keep track of where they are in the course so they can pick up where they left off the next week.
Add it to your cart now, or find it (along with other music labs in the shop).
Thanks to Alex Andrews, founder, and developer of the Waay app, I have FIVE promo codes to give away.
Please note that these codes are good for the new Progressions I and II courses. In order to unlock these courses, you much first purchase the app ($5.99) which includes the first two courses (Melodies and Chords).
The codes will expire 30 days from today.
This giveaway ends Wednesday, January 27 @ 11:30pm EST.
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