ipad music apps education

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DrumJam, a whole new world of serious percussive fun, has been released! Plus it is on 50% sale for a little while so get it now. This is from the same people who brought us the ThumbJam App.I’ve been seeing this app around YouTube and in blogs I read – It looks like a load of fun. It is currently downloading right now so I will write more later but I thought you all might be interested in a little distraction during these first few days of school for many of us.By the way it is taking a while to download so either this is a big download or Apple is getting slammed on this particular app. It is a universal app.I’ve never liked keeping a Diary, I really hated keeping a Journal while in college and I’ve never been good about keeping track of events in school that I might need notes on later. Now that I am older though I wish I would have actually kept that journal from my college days – the one with where I’d traveled to, places I ‘d visited and my thoughts on my life then. I think it might be a good idea to keep notes on interactions with students/parents throughout the school year. How is a good way to do this though? How do I keep my professional life separate from my personal life without driving myself crazy.I want to list a few apps that are possible solutions to this… I also want to list some differences between all of these that I have found.EveryDay.me is a new iPhone app/website that has decided to throw it’s hat into a very crowded sea of possibilities. This app is meant to be just for you. It’s a personal app allowing you to write about your day, let’s you keep photos, videos, and even those little face’s saying you were happy or sad or whatever. All of this is only for you. It is all a private record of your life experiences. Right now users can link Facebook/Instagram and Twitter to their timelines. Posts to those services will be automatically pulled into your EverydayMe. You can also email a post to EverydayMe – use the same email account as your EverydayMe account and send an email to post@everyday.me which can be useful if your iPhone is not useable at the moment.

I had the opportunity to present three sessions on the iPad at the PCAE Music Education Technology Workshop today. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail (address is on the right hand side of the blog)The third presentation was a how-to, based around three apps (forScore, Noteshelf, and Keynote). forScore is representative of all the PDF music readers and has the most features (followed closely by unrealBook). Noteshelf is the best handwriting app for musicians (built-in staff paper templates). Keynote is a wonderful presentation application with only two areas of weakness: there is no way to write on slides as you present, and you cannot embed audio).

Buyer Beware! Disp Recorder App!
A few months ago, an app sneaked into the App Store that allowed you to record the screen for screen casting. It was a copy of a Jailbroken App (which is still available, but I don’t choose to Jailbreak), and Apple quickly removed this app from the App Store (theoretically, someone could record your use of your device, and then use that for a bad end). I used the app for yesterday’s video about Refection.
Yesterday another Display Recorder app showed up on App Store, called Disp Recorder. It has the same icon as the previous Display Recorder, costs $9.99, and only records video or takes pictures. In other words, it only does with other core functions of an iOS device already do, with the false impression that it “records your display.”
I’ve written to Apple and have asked for the app to be removed, as it is trying to profit from confused customers.
As always, be careful when you are app shopping. With so many apps (over 600,000), it’s easy for Apple to make mistakes and for some clunkers (and impostors) to make it into the App Store.
And just think-Apple tries to keep a walled garden. What is it like if your primary device is managed by Google and is “open”?

Right Note Ear Trainer (iPad App)
For some time, I have had a complementary copy of Right Note, an ear trainer for the iPad, installed on my device. With parenting a four-year and an infant-not to mention getting things ready for the next school year and preparing iPad presentations-I haven’t had time to adequately work with this app until now.As a musician and music educator, my least developed musical skill is ear training. I can sight read with a great deal of confidence, but hearing notes and dictating those notes is a less developed skill set. I don’t think I am alone in this-ear training is a class you take in college as a music major, survive, and never revisit again. With all of my work with digital music over the years, my ears have become more proficient (I can easily pick out a wrong note in a Finale arrangement), but I still can’t dictate what I hear with ease. I’ve even sat through workshops where professors have taught how to develop perfect pitch, “seeing” each note on a keyboard. I just don’t seem to be able to make that leap.Right Note might be an answer to building those skills. Right Note gives you the ability to train your ear with intervals, intervals in context, pitch, or melody-and it can do so using either the app’s graphic user interface (usually a piano, sometimes large buttons) or, when appropriate, the iPad’s microphone. There are setting to change both the intonation of the app, as well as to display note names in American or European formats.You might think that anyone with a basic music education would be able to understand these items, as most Americans receive training in music education through elementary school. As a high school teacher, I can attest that the lessons students learn in those formative years are not sticking-nor should they-as we simply don’t reinforce them in the process. As students enter secondary music education, music becomes performance based, and we often don’t allow ourselves the time to return to those key concepts of music theory. So, in short, the average musician who can’t read music won’t have the basic vocabulary for this app, either. I would strongly suggest using a music theory app to learn those skills in addition to using this app for ear training.
From a pedagogical perspective, the app doesn’t make the leap back to putting notes you hear onto a musical staff..you are left to make that connection on your own.The developer clearly supports the app (last updated 7/12/12). Right Note is straight forwards, comes with excellent “help” resources, and if you are trying to develop your ear, it might be a great investment for you. There is a free “Lite” version of the app if you would like to try the app before you buy it.

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