Today’s class focused on apps that enhanced notation, ear training, recorders, and keyboards. The notation apps are beginning to take off on mobile devices and we explored three of them:
- Symphony: We started off with exploring the Symphony App, which is an iPhone app for $4.99. The reason I chose this app instead of Symphony Pro (which is also a great app) because Symphony is watered-down enough to assist younger elementary with composition. The app allows them to easily choose notes and rhythms to compose. It is self-intuitive for them and works well for guided composition.
- NotateMe Now: I showed the free app as well as the $39.99 NotateMe version. One aspect that I like a lot about this app is the Photoscore option. With Photoscore, you can take a picture of a score (one staff with the free version and more staves with the full version with, I believe, an in-app purchase) and NotateMe Now will place that staff on the page for you to edit, arrange, adapt, etc.
- Noteflight: http://www.noteflight.com is a free app that can be upgraded for better features for educators. This website is also HTML5 and can work on iPads, though I like it on the desktop/laptop because the iPad version requires them to use the on-screen keyboard to make them compose. This free app/website allows students to easily compose through guided composition.
As far as ear training, recorders, and keyboards, we explored Do-Re-Mi-123 (a big hit), Blob Chorus (we wished the King Blob would sing first), Joytunes Recorder (always a hit), Learn and Play Recorder (good app), Dust Buster (fun piano app to reinforce practicing), and Piano Maestro (nice app to assist with a piano curriculum).
All 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!