Posted on July 19th, 2011 in iPads, Music Tech Tips.
Back in April, I was lucky enough to get my first iPad. I’ve had an iPhone for a couple of years now, but the iPad – with its large screen – really opens up possibilities for use in the classroom.
I soon discovered there are lots of music apps (of varying quality) and I’m still testing many out to create my list of favourites. I lean towards the apps that are more than novelty value: ones that will have longevity, that can be incorporated into existing learning and performance activities.
In the meantime, I’ve been keeping up with a raft of iPad/iPhone blog posts written by music educators around the world as well as exploring websites that focus on the use of iPads in general education. I thought I’d share some of the best ones here:
Joanna’s Music Blog
Joanna Sisk-Purvis first wrote about her experience with her iPad back in 2010 in her post titled Music Education and My iPad
. She has since gone on to write a further 8 posts – her iPad App Mega List – which offer an thorough run-down on the music and non-music apps she uses:
Part 1: Productivity Apps
Part 2: General Apps for Teaching
Part 3: General Music Apps
Part 4: Music Production Apps
Part 5: Musical Instrument Apps
Part 6: Non-Music Specific Educational Apps
Part 7: Non-Music Creative Apps, Social Media and Readers
Part 8: Miscellaneous Apps
James Frankel, Soundtree
Soon after the first iPad was released, James Frankel (Managing Director of Soundtree) imagined a music education future with iPad/tablet devices in his article iPads in the Music Classroom. More recently, he published a list of apps suitable for music education, sorted by category:
Making Music With iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches
My friend Samuel Wright – an educator based in New South Wales – is very active on his own blog and has written a series of posts about iPads in music education, including these ones:
iPad Apps for Orff Lessons
iPads as Wireless MIDI Controllers
iPad and Classroom Aspirations
iPad Music Applications
Victorian Government – iPads For Learning
The Victorian Education Department is currently running an iPads in schools trial with selected schools in Victoria, Australia. They have a useful website that offers tips for iPad use in the classroom. The site includes a list of educational apps (paid and free) and two online digital books (which are also downloadable):
Classroom Ideas for Learning With The iPad
21 Steps for iPad 1-1 Success
iPad Music Ed
Paul Shimmons has a blog titled iPad and Technology in Music Education
and posts frequently about apps and tips for using the iPad. His collection of articles about apps for the iPad
can be found here. I also encourage you to explore the other articles on his website.
Things To Come
In March 2011, Brandt Schneider wrote about his Top Thirteen Free iPad Apps for the Music Class
on his Things to Come blog
. More recently he has written about the most frequently-used apps during his first year of iPad use in music education in the article iPad Apps for the Music Class
iPad Music Education Project
Although it doesn’t seem to be have updated for some time, the iPad in Music Education Project
site is still a useful resource for music educators wanting to explore the use of iPads in the classroom.
Dr Joe Pisano is a music educator who has decided to delve into the world of app development with his involvement in the creation of the APS Music Master Pro – an all-in-one tool for musicians. The app is a tuner, pitch pipe, circle of 5ths, recorder, notepad, calendar, fingering chart resource, music dictionary and more rolled into one app. You can watch an overview video for the app here
.[Update: you can also visit the A.P.S. MusicMaster Pro website
for more info]
Technology in Music Education
On Christopher Russell’s Technology in Music Education blog
has featured a Comparison of 5 iPad Sheet Music Readers
and an interesting iPads FAQ section
as well as a number of other iPad and iPhone/iTouch-related articles.
And as for my own favourite apps? Well, you’ll have to wait for those.
Perhaps you have some of your own favourite iPad or iPhone apps you’d like to share? Post a comment below – I’d love to know which ones you’re using and how you’re integrating them into your teaching.
Step-by-step iPad projects: ebook coming soon!