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McNally Smith Launches New iPhone App for Musicians

Want to teach yourself to read music? Play an instrument? Improve your skills as a musician? There’s an app for that. Introducing Tone Target, an interactive music game for iPhone that turns music lessons into a game-like learning experience for anyone, from beginners to seasoned musicians.

The new iPhone app Tone Target, produced by McNally Smith College of Music and developed by Audiofile Engineering, makes learning an instrument and reading music an interactive, fun experience. With hundreds of levels built for everyone from first-time novices to professional performers, and the ability for users to create new levels, Tone Target’s music library is constantly growing.

Unlike entertainment games like Guitar Hero or Rock Band, Tone Target provides an experience with real benefits for student musicians. Users get immediate feedback on their playing or singing as the game determines the accuracy of their pitch and rhythm. From scales and arpeggios to Beethoven and Strauss, Tone Target teaches musicians of all levels to improve their playing ability and accuracy.

“We hope that music educators and private lesson teachers find a valuable resource in Tone Target,” says app creator Dr. J. Anthony Allen, a member of McNally Smith’s Composition & Songwriting Faculty and leader of the school’s New Media Group. “In addition to Tone Target’s hundreds of pre-packaged levels, it can help educators better teach technique by reading pitches with complete accuracy.” The app is especially helpful for singers looking to develop better control of their voice as an instrument and an internal understanding of pitch.

Tone Target is available in the Apple App Store for 99 cents and comes with over 300 levels. Visit for more information on playing, how to download levels, how to create levels, and frequently asked questions.

NOTE: A big thanks to McNally Smith students and alumni Drew Hurst (guitar), David Sutton (violin), Rachel Chalmers (Vocals) and Hayden Finn (trumpet) for participating in this commercial.