Developer: Weezic
Price: Free
Version: 1.1
App Reviewed on: iPad 3

iPad Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Weezic Augmented Sheet Music is a fantastic app for music teachers and students. It is not only a sheet music app, but also a very useful practice tool for both instrumentalists and vocalists. While still in its early stages, there are very few pieces of music to choose from at this time. However, it is still a great way for music students to practice their instrument.

Currently, there are fourteen instruments and pieces to choose from. The developer promises more to come, but the pieces chosen are significant works, providing plenty of content to start off with.

Once a piece is chosen, the sheet music is presented, along with several options. At the very minimum, the piece can be played simply by looking at the music and sliding across the screen to turn the page. However, the main features of the app are the accompaniment and assessment options. Musicians can choose to have the orchestra accompany them while they play. They can also change tempos, keys, and volume levels.

The assessment feature is the real meat of the app. After hitting the play button, the app will hear every note the musician plays and highlight them with a green, yellow, or red color. There is no explanation as to what these colors mean, but one may assume that green means the note was correctly played, while red means it was played incorrectly. A yellow note may indicate that it was not played at the correct time or was slightly sharp or flat in pitch.

As the musician plays, the assessment is shown at the bottom of the screen. The statistics show how many notes have been played and what percentage of them were correct and incorrect. Additionally, the combo number shows how many correct notes were played in a row.

While the assessment feature is excellent, there are a few things to improve upon. For one, there should be a way to email the assessment results to a teacher. Maybe there could be a way to record session results as well. There should also be a clear explanation of why a note was played incorrectly. Was it because it was out of tune? Or, was it played out of rhythm? This would give a music student useful feedback for the next practice session.

Overall, Weezic is a very useful app for musicians of all ages. Students have the option to slow down sections of the music, loop them, and listen to the computer play them as they should be played. These are fantastic practice tools that will help students improve their playing ability and become better musicians. I strongly recommend checking this one out.

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