Music Technology At Home

Technology has progressed so much in the last couple years, and music education has greatly benefited from it. Though there are many pros and cons to utilizing technology in the modern world, I feel it is important and fun to use apps as a teaching tool that the students can try in class, but utilize at home. Not only are apps and web-based tools an inexpensive way to stay on the cutting edge of education, but they also develop a student's ability to responsibly use technology. These apps are available to download in any app store platform.

 

Incredibox  (App 3.99 or Web-Based)

Mr. S says:

         Really cool and fun way to begin composing through beat-boxing. Drag and drop the different symbols, accessories, or effects to create compositions by layers. Make the right combination and unlock advanced controls. You can record, rate, and share your mix.

 

Google Chrome Music Lab (Free, web-based)

Mr. S says:

         In honor of National Music in Schools Month (March) Google created some neat experiments that allow you to manipulate different elements of music. Click each square to try something different. 

 

Staff Wars

(Free but app version cost money)

Staff Wars

         

Atplaymusic Recorder Free 

(Free download, with option to purchase full app for $3.99)

Grades 3, 4, & 5

Mr. S says:

         Fun an interactive app for beginning and progressing on recorder. Students can create an avitar that they can customize as they progress. There are many play-a-long lessons, puzzles, games, and the best part is the iPad's microphone picks up the sound of the recorder and can assess pitch and rhythm. My favorite activities that utilize this feature are the "Spin the Pinwheel" which demonstrates the correct amount of air to breath into the recorder, and the "Fill the cups" game for breath duration.

 

 Dust Buster 2

(Free Download with optional purchases)

Grades 1-5

Mr. S says:

         Dust Buster 2 is an app for beginning piano performance. It turns the iPad into a virtual keyboard / piano and through an old lady removing pesky dust mites teaches you the notes for fun songs. It has multiple play-along tracks and with each correct performance you unlock more difficult songs. I like that you have the ability to practice each song multiple times before taking the performance test.  

Tune Pad

(Free Download)

Grades 1-5

Mr. S says:

          Cool app, lets you compose music visually. You can manipulate the pitch by highlighting different squares. High squares are higher pitches, lower squares are lower pitches.

 

Garageband 

( $4.99 )

All ages

Mr. S says:

         The best music app for the ipad. Very expansive and well worth the 5 bucks. You can compose all different kinds of music by performing on digital instruments or selecting from a loop library. You can also record live audio / sounds. The sampler instrument is very fun, just ask our 5th graders. 

 

Toca Band

(Free Download with optional purchases)

All Ages

Mr. S says:

         Fun free app. It allows you to create a various songs using little characters that each do something musically different. Layer the characters by the stage you drag and drop them on to create a song. Drag a character to the solo star and have them perform by touching and sliding on the screen.

 

Monkey Drum

(Free Download with optional purchases)

All Ages

Mr. S says:

         Simple app geared toward younger students. Monkey see monkey do!