iPads in the Elementary Music Room: Notation, Ear Training, Recorders and Keyboards Apps

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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 Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 1.20.56 AMiPhone 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 Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 1.21.24 AMPhotoscore, 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 woScreen Shot 2014-07-18 at 1.21.10 AMrk 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! 




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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