iLearn, iPractice, iPlay ~ by: Melanie Hill

posted Oct 20, 2013, 12:57 AM by   [ updated Oct 20, 2013, 12:58 AM ]
I’m a reluctant iPad fan when it comes to my kids and technology. Yes, it’s true. I much prefer traditional play to screen time any day. I’m sure you would agree. But the fact remains that there are some incredible apps available for your ipad, ipod, or tablet. And the music world is filling up with quality apps that are musically challenging AND fun. Here are a few apps that we are or will be using in the music classroom and that I recommend for home use as well. Now practice can be fun!

1. Flashnote Derby(0.99¢):This is a great app to identify notes on the staff!Each race is a timed test in which the student identifies different notes in order to urge their horse and jockey on towards the finish line. Answering quickly and correctly will cause their horse to gain ground, while incorrect answers will cause it to fall behind. At the end of each race, students can review the notes they missed and see the correct answers. It’s wonderful in the music classroom because I can customize which notes to identify when the student races!

2. WIldChords($9.99):I know, the price seems a little hefty,but we will be using this app in the music classroom, and I’m sure it would be hugely beneficial at home as well. WildChords teaches you the most popular chords, and also includes melody and scale exercises for lead guitar playing. The game is played with a real guitar (acoustic or electric), and requires no additional equipment to be played. The iPad recognizes each chord and note you play, and tells you whether you're playing right or wrong. Rescue animals (think a modern Pied Piper) while you practice. This is great fun and teaches guitar basics well- a wonderful app for students to demonstrate self-directed learning (ESLR points!)

3. JoyTunesRecorderMaster($1.99):This app will teach your child the basics of playing the instrument without them realizing they're learning. It's cleverly designed so that the games are played by actually playing the recorder. Pure genius. Play notes on the recorder to avoid obstacles, collect bonuses and scare away evil birds- it makes the recorder fun to play and learn. I just introduced the recorders with Grades 3 / 4 and this app will be lots of fun!

4. PianoMania(Free!):Though this app doesn't teach you to read actual music,it is a super-fun introduction to playing the piano and gives a familiarity with following the music on the staff as you play.