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Monster Chords

Monster Chords

Wave Cortex
Music education
Monster Chords is an application that teaches the guitar and ukulele.

Monster chords provides lessons and games in order to help users gradually learn to use the chosen instrument, guitar or ukulele. Users get instant feedback about the performance while playing along with playback songs. The app also has a composer feature that lets you compose your own pieces of music to play later or to share with friends and other students.

Age groups 
Middle school
High School
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Mobile iOS
Offline play 
Internet required
Educational Quality
Learning Goals

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

The solution requires active engagement to progress and promotes activating emotions such as enjoyment of learning and pride of achievement.
The solution provides high quality demonstrations, clear learning goals and direct feedback of success.
The solution provides accurately predictable learning outcomes through gamification. Users need to learn to play the chord fluently before passing each level.
The composing feature and the song sharing option bring a collaborative aspect into the learning experience.

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

Monster Chords offers high-quality demonstrations for learning chords and tuning the instrument.
Learner gets instant and clear feedback on his/her performance when playing.
The application is easy to use and is well suited also for younger players.
Playing along with a playback song makes learning chords fun and rewarding.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Learning to tune guitar and/or ukulele by ear.
Learning to play guitar and/or ukulele musically.
Learn to play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts
Learn to listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
Learn the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Soft skills learning goals

Understanding concepts of music and familiarizing with different notations
Experiencing and exploring sounds and music from different sources
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms
Using technology to express one’s emotions and experiences
Using technology as a part of explorative and creative process
Practicing fine motor skills
Practicing to use arts as a way to express
Practicing to improvise
Practicing to use imagination and to be innovative
Practicing to notice causal connections
Learning to build information on top of previously learned

The Finnish Educational Quality Certificate

Our Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology.

The method has been developed with university researchers and all evaluators are carefully selected Finnish teachers with a master's degree in education.

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