About 4 months ago I bought an iPad2 for my studio. I absolutely LOVE it! I downloaded all my pdf sheet music onto it. And have enjoyed many different music apps with my students. I don’t give my students the iPad to use on their own. Instead we may take a few minutes to play a short game or use a fun tool during the lesson. Here are the apps that I have on my iPad, many of which are also compatible with my iPhone.
-Home Concert Xtreme- allows students to play along with midi files
-Music FlashClass- Note drills in flashcard style. Can customize what notes to drill. Hot Potato game is a favorite!
-GarageBand- Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Guitar amp, Audio Recorder for voice…
-ReadRhythm- Rhythm drills
-Music for Little Mozarts- my younger students LOVE this app!
-Note Squish- Fun note drills. Reminds me of that gopher game at the video arcade where you try to hit the hammer with the gopher before it goes down. The only thing I wish you could do with this one is have both treble and bass clef note drilling at the same time.
-Flashnote- Horse Derby style note drill game. Can customize what notes to drill.
-PianoBird- Cute, can customize notes to drill
-Play it Yourself (PIY 4 HD)- I haven’t used this one yet.
-Music Notator- a basic composition app
-Slow Notes- Can slow down audio files
-Metronome apps (I have 3 different one’s, don’t ask why- lol)
-JustPractice- a convenient app for keeping track of practicing
-Musicnotes- sheet music viewer
-Teacher Diary Free- I haven’t used this as I subscribe to Music Teachers helper, but it is an app where you can keep track of your scheduling
-iSpud Free- a fun way for students to play a section more then once adding to the potato guy
-My First Classical Music- an interactive music app where students can learn more about instruments, composers, classical music, etc.
-Music Theory Pro- an app that drills notes names, key signatures, intervals, chords and ear training
-iSwift- an app that allows you to view flash!
-DoodleBuddy- a free whiteboard app
-Whiteboard- another whiteboard app (see below what I use the whiteboard apps for)
One of my favorite resources for my iPad is Anne Crosby’s (Piano Discoveries) and Wendy Chan’s music backgrounds that you can download onto the Whiteboard or the free DoodleBuddy app. These music backgrounds are a wonderful tool to use in the lesson!
For Anne Crosby Gaudet’s backgrounds go to: http://pianodiscoveries.ca/teaching-aids-ipad.html
Wendy Chan’s backgrounds go to: http://pianoescapades.blogspot.com
I also use YouTube and iTunes on my iPad. I log into Music Teachers Helper on my Ipad. You can now do MusicLearningCommunity games via the iSwift! I now am also able to check students scores on my iPad.
Teachers, Anna Fagan and Priscilla Heffield shared a great printout that they put together for a music teachers presentation they did in Florida. The printout lists apps, descriptions and prices. Most of them I had, but there were some I didn’t. I noticed that some of the prices are now out of date, which really stinks when you go look it up and it’s more. So one thing I learned, if you think you are interested in the app, go ahead and get it then because the price could go up. (For example, I remember when My First Classical Music app came out. It was around $2.99. Now it’s $4.99. But I would say that it’s still worth that price) Anna gave me permission to share their handout to you. You can view it here: App Handout. Thanks Anna and Priscilla!
Do you have an iPad or something similar? What are some of your favorite apps or tools that you like to use with your students?