So this is my 3rd year using iPads in my music classroom. When I moved to Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy to open the school in 2012, I piloted a 16-iPad lab as a part of a music technology pilot. Since Clark Creek is a STEM Academy, this was a perfect pairing of the Arts and STEM. It was a truly trial-by-fire kind of experience and I learned a lot as I made mistakes and explored this new realm in music technology. Unfortunately, I was super busy those first 2 years (as my children we super young - when I started at Clark Creek in 2012 my son was 5 months old and my daughter was 2), and needless to say, I had very little time to blog about the entire experience. I regret this and I wish I could go back in time and write along the way.
One post that I have been meaning to write for these 2 (almost 3…yikes!) years is a review of my favorite apps. Shelley Tomich over at PitchHill.com is doing a Tech Talk Tuesday and encourages other music teachers to also blog about something techy. Here's my chance! Thanks Shelley for getting me writing again! She is also is a mom of little kids so we're in the same busy boat…however, I think she is able to find more hours in the day than me!! Good going, Shelley!
So here goes my top 5 Favorite iPad Apps for Music Class
Meet the Orchestra $1.99
Monster Chorus FREE!!
Tune Train FREE!!
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra FREE!!
I am amazed that this app is free. It is so high-quality that I can't believe you don't have to pay for it! I love using YPG by Britten to teach about the orchestra. The music is great listening and this app makes the piece fun and exciting. There are many components to this app. You can listen to the piece enhanced with video footage of the orchestra performing and/or the score notation. There is a listening quiz and a game to organize and arrange your own fugue. There is a very thorough and interactive biography of Benjamin Britten that is truly enjoyable. I used this app almost exclusively last year to teach the orchestra. I have a lesson plan and complete review in the works. Stay tuned for more here….
What is best about these 5 apps is that 80% of them are FREE!!! And only 1 costs money at $1.99. I highly recommend all 5 of these apps. Please contact me with any questions you have about how I teach with iPads. I plan to blog more about my approach and technique over the next few months! Thanks for reading and thanks again to Shelley for the linky party!