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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 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!
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