Mozart is a fantastic game that can help anybody improve their music reading skills. When a new session begins notes start streaming from the right side of the screen. These notes have to be named in the order of their appearance with the current input instrument (i.e. piano). If a note gets too close to the clef on the left side of the screen it disappears in a cloud of vapor and you lose a life. The further the game progresses the more notes appear and their range will widen to potentially include many ledger lines above and below the staff. Once you deplete all your lives the game is over.
Mozart 2 Pro is a complete rewrite of the venerable Mozart game and offers tons of new features and improvements. The biggest change is in the game logic itself with the addition of half and quarter notes which are introduced in realistic time-based subdivisions. And ranges are now announced in music notation at the beginning of each new round and reflected in the instrument's scale highlights. Using the piano instrument for example you will see level 1 announced as ranging from middle C to G4 in music notation with 5 gum drops on the keyboard indicating where those notes are.
Other new features are also great learning aids. Like the instrument note preview which is available between games. Clicking a key or fret on any of the instruments now shows that note in music notation. Great for looking up notes one might have trouble with. Another new feature is called missed note highlighting and animates the instrument gum drops of notes one didn't get to in time. And then there is - drum roll - do over. Brand-new in Mozart 2 Pro it quickly became a favorite with our testers. As the name implies one gets to replay the entire game exactly like the first time around with bonuses, bombs and everything.
We also added instruments for the entire classical string family as well as the banjo. There are new inline fret indicators, octave indicators and smoother animations. Instrument scale indicators are now configurable and for those who want to have some fun we added lots of assignable sounds - 128 in the iOS version and near twice that on Mac OS. Now you can play steel drums with the guitar instrument. Speaking of fun, we also added 2 new game characters. Double-time and another favorite amongst our testers - Detonators.
Mozart 2 Pro has a lot to offer and is a lot of fun. And it is not only for beginners or music students. All string instruments support scordatura and the piano offers 5 clef selections including grand staff. If you want you can practice the alto clef on the violin or the bass clef on the guitar. Designed for the beginning musician as well as the student or professional, Mozart is an excellent tool towards better reading in 12 minor and major keys, practicing Solfege, unfamiliar keys, clefs or just to have fun while learning. In this guide we will go over all of the many features this application offers. It is organized in sequential order, so you are best of starting at the beginning.
Note: While Mozart 2 Pro is nearly feature identical between Mac OS and iOS versions there are some interface differences. We have marked several pages of this documentation accordingly.
Let's start with a brief look at the history of the Mozart music reading game.
Mozart for Palm OS (2008)
Mozart for iOS (2015)
Mozart has been around since 2002 and was originally written for Palm OS (see the image above). It was first ported to iOS in 2007 for the iPhone. Mozart HD for iPad was released a couple of years later and a Mac OS version called Mozart ME (Mac Edition) was released 2011. Over the years the program has been upgraded numerous times with new features and device support.
Mozart 2 - the Pro version as well as all instrument specific versions - represent the biggest rewrite since the original port to iOS. There are so many features and options now that a centralized help document has become necessary. So please bear with us over the next couple of weeks while we keep adding chapters to this documentation.
Fun fact: The mask appearing on the icon for the Mozart app is an allusion to the mask Don Giovanni wears when pursued by Donna Anna.