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Most used iPad apps

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Conversation in the past few Idea Exchanges has wandered to how music teachers are using the iPad in their teaching.  I thought it would be useful to share what iPad apps I use on a daily basis. Hopefully people will also contribute what they use (and how they use it) in the comments section below.

Every time I tell myself "there can't possibly be another application I haven't heard about," somebody inevitably shows me something useful that I missed. Below are the apps that I find myself using the most. All apps are free. Post the apps you find best for music teaching in the comments section below.

 AppTeaching SituationUse
CameraIndividual InstructionBoth video and stills during  lessons
EvernoteCommunity Partnerships/Individual InstructionPartnerships: I use this to walk around with my lesson plans. Individual lessons, I use it like an electronic piece of paper.(more on that later)


Pro Metronome


Community Partnerships/Individual InstructionYou can easily change the accent pattern with this app
MetroTimerCommunity Partnerships/Individual InstructionHas a timer built in, so you can time technique exercises



Community Partnerships/Individual InstructionStopwatch and timer feature. For timing group activities or timing technique exercises in lessons
n-Track TunerCommunity PartnershipsTuning guitars, shows spectrum and exact frequency
Timbre Type in a zip code and it displays all live music for that area
GoodNotesIndividual InstructionHandwriting app with staff paper, zooms in which is helpful and has a wrist guard
30/30Community Partnerships/Individual InstructionTimer app. Allows you to make a timed task list. Good for modeling practice behavior in lessons and keeping group work on task




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