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Incredible Music Teaching Apps for Ipad

Jeremy Hanson recently shared some apps that he uses while teaching piano. Click on the image below to view the pdf where you can click on each of the links to learn more. 

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Tech in the Practice Room: Five iPhone/iPad Apps to Optimize Students’ Practice Time

By Guest Author:  Dr. Joel Salvo, Prof. of Cello - St. Cloud State University

During my days as a student, settling into a practice room was akin to setting up camp.  After unpacking my cello, I would empty a tote bag with my tuner, an oversized metronome, some recording gear, and a handful o…

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Incredible Music Teaching Apps for iPad

by Jeremy Hanson Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

Here are some apps for iPad that I use when teaching. If it is too small to read, click on the icon. You can also download the pdf here

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Using GarageBand on iPad

by Josh Osborne Osborne.Josh@MacPhail.org

GarageBand would be the one app on my iPad that I use every single day. It's changed my teaching because now I have a live, changeable accompanist in my work bag. I use the "Smart Instrument" options (there's Smart Drums, Piano, Guitar, Bass, and Strings) a…

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Your new best friend

by David Birrow  Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

This one goes out to all those faculty with new iPads (and anybody else with an iPad for that matter).

Here are some things you might do right away:

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App Review: Flashnote Derby

by Jeremy Hanson Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

Flashnote Derby is a fun, useful, and versatile note reading app (kudos to Marianne Bryan for introducing it to me!).  After selecting which notes to include (any number of notes from Low C to High C), students begin the race. 

Individual notes are s…

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iPad, How I Love Thee: An Alphabet of Delights for the Itinerant MacPhail Teaching Artist

by Emily Greenleaf Greenleaf.Emily@MacPhail.org

Are you thinking of requesting an iPad for using in your MacPhail teaching? Here’s a list of ideas:

A     is for Amplification. Suppose it’s April Fool’s day, and you want to play Haydn’s Surprise Symphony for your students. With nothing …

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I <3 my iPad

By Cathy Smetana Smetana.Cathy@MacPhail.org

Yes, it’s true.  I LOVE my iPad.

OK, it isn’t really mine—it’s MacPhail’s, and they are letting me use it as part of a school-wide technology initiative.  I got my hands on it right before Christmas, and have hardly set it down since then.  Here is…

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Turn your iDevice into a PDF Scanner!

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

In my quest to ditch paper in as many areas of my life as possible, I've become a daily (sometimes hourly!) user of TurboScan, an app that (for $1.99) has turned my iPhone into an excellent scanner. The app uses the iPhone's onboard camera to capture the …

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iPad as All Around Music Learning Tool

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Walk around MacPhail on any lesson day and it's hard to miss: iPads are everywhere. The halls are lined with kids and adults alike, all engrossed in their own private little worlds: playing games, reading, surfing the web, studying.

Spend any time follow…

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Things Technology has Fixed in my Teaching Part 2

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

The second in a series showing HOW exactly technology has improved the quality of teaching or music therapy.i.e. Problems and solutions. No how-to's, just what impact is seen with students and clients

I'll only use technology for two reasons:

  1. It solves …

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Friday Roundup

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Here are some things that cropped up this week (in no particular order):

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Interesting Educational Stuff

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

There were two big announcements by MOOCs this week. edX announced it was adding six international universities to its roster of reputable universities. Coursera.org countered by announcing the addition of twenty-nine new universities to its roster includi…

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Adding PDF's to ForScore

by Josh Osborne Osborne.Josh@MacPhail.org

Scan paper sheet music:

  • This can be done on the MacPhail's copy machines
  • Or on your home scanner!

The scanned music will appear as a PDF on your computer once it is scanned.

To add PDF's to ForScore:

  1. Connect iPad to computer
  2. Open iTunes and c…

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by Troy Strand Strand.Troy@MacPhail.org

I have put together a screencast of how to use Numbers, a fantastic data management app for iPad.  It costs $19.99 and is worth every penny.  I use it to reduce my administrative headache by keeping track of things like grades, attendance, and behavior.


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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 …

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iMovie Tutorial

by Amanda Underwood Underwood.Amanda@MacPhail.org

Here is a video about using the iMovie app on iPhone or iPad.

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Progressions App: Transpose Chord Charts at the Push of a Button

by Kim Bahmer  Bahmer.Kim@MacPhail.org

The Progressions app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad allows you to submit chord charts and transpose them in seconds. I have no trouble finding songs for my elementary music classes, but they’re generally not in the key I would like. The Progressions app will…

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The Orchestra … why yes, there’s an app for that too!

by Jon Iverson Iverson.Jon@macphail.org

I wanted to blog about a very exciting new app for iPad and iPad Mini in the Apple AppStore that I want to share with everyone. It’s simply called, “The Orchestra” and was just released this past week.

The Orchestra app is hands down one of the most…

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Fantastic Tuner App: TuneUp

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

From Planet Waves (d'Addario), TuneUp is a fantastic basic tuner app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It's highly sensitive, and has no difficulty registering low frequencies (much appreciated by my cello students who often struggle with tuners for th…

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