Apps for Music
Rory's Story Cubes is a virtual set of decision making dice. Great for idea generation and creative writing.
Garageband has earned its excellent reputation justly. so many ways to explore, devise and perform music. Absolutely essential.
Endorsed by such legendary guitarists as Slash, this isn't cheap but is nonetheless far cheaper than buying the stacks of amps and effect equipment for real.
Another awesome app from Touch Press. Immerse students in 8 classical performances and pick the orchestra apart in real time through multiple audio and video tracks. Remarkable.
MUSIC THEORY FOR BEGINNERS
Interactive lessons and quizzes to introduce would-be musicians to basic musical theory such as notation and harmony. Colourful and fun, its a great choice for younger learners.
RIGHT NOTE EAR TRAINER
There are many "ear trainer" apps available to help learn intervals but this one has the edge since it features microphone recognition.
"Remix your life" by recording short video clips into the MadPad sequencer then record tracks using your sounds. It's hard to put into words just how much fun this is!
Essentially a bridging app that allows you to connect up other musical apps for collaboration. Dozens of apps supported including the recently added Garageband.
Probably the best sheet music reader on the iPad. Import pdf files from the web or sketch out your own using freehand or a clever set of stamping tools.
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NB: not all apps are available in all regions
Touch screen Glockenspiel, Kalimba, Xylophone, Vibraphone and Marimba. Presented nicely and accurate in their responsiveness.
An interesting concept here as this app rearranges the keyboard layout of the piano to simplify its use for non-musicians. Good for introducing concepts like keys and chords.
A dictionary of over 500 musical terms that includes search and bookmark features. A cheap and useful resource.
The app version of the famed Reactable tangible sound table instrument (used by musicians like Bjork and found in several science museums around the world.) Weird but wonderful.
A new way to encourage practise of core scales. Provides challenges and awrads to motivate musicians. Great for those students that take solo music lessons.
Chromatic tuner and pitch pipe app that can be used with guitars, violins, piano and many more. Another helpful everyday app for the music teacher.
Alter pitch and harmony on vocals using a simple touch screen interface. It has a good range of effects available including four different harmony types. Collaboration is also possible via Soundcloud.
There's a wide range of musical apps aimed at the very young. Like many other apps, Pianoball is a simplified piano. Unlike many others, it is vibrant and instantly engaging. Also teaches colours!
Garageband not professional enough for your needs? Try Beatmaker and build a virtual studio right on your iPad. Connects to MIDI instruments. Be warned though - it's quite advanced so not one for beginners!
BEETHOVEN'S 9TH SYMPHONY
Yet more brilliance from the guys at Touch Press. Experience this legendary symphony like never before. Oustanding volume of content with four recordings, interviews, videos and lots more.
Great iPad metronome app with 14 sound sets and 35 different time signatures. Another nice touch is the ability to store setlists.
Well-made guitar tab writer that includes access to a huge database of tab too. Also features audio playback of your tab using electric, acoustic and bass samples.