The Apps I most frequently use in classJune 15th 2017
Welcome to ELM Music Teaching Blog. I have been using my iPad a lot in lessons and I thought it might be useful and helpful for teachers, if I made a list of the apps I use most frequently in class. I find these apps are a great tool to help motivate, educate and entertain students during lessons. I have made a list of my top 10 and split them into lists for convenience.
NOTE READING APPS
Note Rush. This is probably the most frequently used app on my iPad as my students love it. It is a fun game for practicing note reading. The app uses the microphone to listen as you play each note like you would with flashcards, only these flashcards check that you're playing the right note before moving on. There are lots of themes to choose from, which update regularly. It is a must have for note reading!
Staff Wars. I find this app great when introducing note reading using rhymes for treble and bass clef. You can choose which clef and notes to be asked. The speed of the notes increase as you move up levels with tense and exciting music in the background. It is a great way to reinforce note reading.
Flashnote Derby. Another favourite! Flashnote Derby is a fun and challenging game for improving note reading. Students must identify notes correctly which will nudge them in front of their opponent. The crowd cheers you on in your quest for perfect sight reading.
Rhythm Swing. This app comes from the creator of Flashnote Derby and can be bought in a bundle on the app store. It is a fun and exciting rhythm game with sections for learning note values, practicing them in time with music and then onto a game with the monkey. There is a hungry alligator waiting to eat him if you lose three lives! My students love this app and it’s a great wait to encourage exact rhythm reading.
Monkey Drum. This is the app I use most frequently with my younger beginners. You tap the rhythm on the monkeys drum and then he will repeat it to you. My students and I will compose rhythms, write them out and then they tap on the drum. It is a great way to encourage composition and literacy.
AuralBook. This is a fantastic app for aural training. There are different categories to choose from and very precise instructions to complete each question. The app uses the microphone to record your clap back and rates you on your response. There are different versions of AuralBook depending on which exam board you use. There are ABRSM and RCM exam specific apps which is great as it enables your students to do Aural Training at home on their iPad.
Blob Chorus. This is a great app for improving pitch and note recognition from a sequence. Each of the blobs in the chorus sing a note then king blob sings his note. The aim of the game is to identify the blob that sang the same note as king blob. This is a little trickier than it sounds and always involves lots of laughter! It is a fun way to introduce active listening, ear training and intervals.
Monsters. This is a great app for the younger ones. The little monsters sing and you tap them. Students can compose their own songs (which I encourage a lot!) or they can unlock songs preloaded on the app eg: Twinkle Twinkle. The app will direct the students which monster to tap in order to play the song. This is good for beginner students who may be a little shy!
Teach Musical Instruments. I had been on the hunt for a musical instrument identification app for a long time and stumbled upon this gem! The app has a play section, so the student can learn what the instruments looks and sounds like. Then there is a quiz which plays audio of the instrument and the student must identify it. There are orchestral instruments as well as world instruments included which is great as some students may never have seen or heard of them before.
NicoNotes Composer. This is a very interactive app for the younger student to introduce them to composition. The student can choose the instrument and stave (treble or bass) before they begin. The notes are little birds which they put onto the stave. They can then save and listen back to their composition. It’s a great way to encourage and motivate a student who is a little bit weary of composing on their own.