iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Apps used by Elementary Music Teachers

Today, the elementary music educators in my class ended the course by teaching a lesson that utilized the iPad. These lessons were wonderful! They were planned and taught well. I was very proud of all of their diligent work.

Here are the apps that were used in the lessons today:

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.00.41 PMRatatap Drums – This app was used in two lessons so the students could perform and record their guided rhythm patterns. Price: Free


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Tap & Sing Storybots – This app was used to warm up students on solfege and to create vocal patterns using solfege. This app was a big hit with the class this week. The music educators knew that this app would be loved by their students. Price: Free

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.07.02 PMBlob Chorus – This was used as an ear training assessment in the lesson performed today. We loved this app, however, we wished that the King Blob would sing before the other pitches instead of afterward. Price: Free


Screen ChompScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.11.00 PM – This app was used for students recording their writing and performing of rhythm patterns. PriceFree



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Loopy HD – This app was used to record a song that contained an ostinato and three additional parts. One needs to get used to this app as it is not self-intuitive. However, once you get used to it, you realize the potential to use this app to create loops, record parts of songs, teach harmony, and more. Price: $3.99

GarageBandScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.23.23 PM – GarageBand, as Dr. Watson has stated in his courses, can do it all. This was was used to create a song together and it involved loops, an audio recording, and critical listening skills. Price: Free


Staff WarsScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.27.32 PM and Flashnote Derby – These apps were used for note reading assessments. Some new items I found out about Flashnote Derby were: 1) You can email the preset game to the parents 2) You can end the game early
by tapping and holding down your finger on the screen. Prices: .99 for Staff Wars and $2.99 for Flashnote Derby.Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.28.40 PM



More apps were used such as Explain Everything for screen recording, ikoto for a Japanese unit, SoundBrush to create singing warmups, Sticky to create a student presentation, and Too Noisy, which is a decibel meter. Too Noisy shows when your students are performing too loud because when the meter goes too far to the left, the little smiley face begins to cry. It is a great visual to remind your students to perform at a good level. Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 11.31.23 PM

Most of these apps are featured in my free ibook that is coming out soon: Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads!



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Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com