Music Apps

There’s an App for That!

Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Guitar amp, Audio Recorder for voice… 
Create your own musical journeys from street layouts. Fun and creative app!
Similar to Garage band, but allows you to import Midi files. Lite version is free.
My favorite notation app. You can pick from instrument categories: strings, woodwind, brass, keyboard, guitar, percussion and vocals. (Some instruments cost extra)
Basic composition app

Composers/Music History
Interactive learning family of instruments. (Piano is in the string room in this app) Lite version includes 1 room.
Interactive story of the Carnival of the Animals
An interactive music app where students can learn more about instruments, composers, classical music, etc.
Learn about the different instruments and their families
Practice your conducting skills with this app!
Includes games and activities
Learn all about the orchestra. Includes quizzes and Games

Early Childhood and Pre-Reading
Scales and pitch recognition using solfege. Lite version free.
Keyboard Geography Tetris style
Play songs and record performances.
Based off of the Kinderbach program these are video lessons and games that can be supplemented for the beginner student. First two lessons and first game are free. (Lessons can be purchased individually, by level or the complete school version with all levels) (Tip: Many times the classroom version is discounted up to half off. Like their FB page to stay updated)
Music for Little Mozarts- based on the MLM series. Great for young kids. Reviews concepts such as high/low, up/down, loud, soft
Fun making music with different instruments and patterns
Keyboard Geography
Notes, rhythm and pitch. Listen to notes, copy patterns and learn to recognize pitches; Learn about rhythm, short and long notes; Play with a drum, cymbals, triangle, maracas or egg shaker; Learn to read music and create songs by moving notes on a staff
Tap the bunnies to the beat.

Ear Training
Aural Book for ABRSM (Be sure to download all 8 levels!)
Real time analysis of singing pitches and volume, clapping rhythm and intensity with comments offered simultaneously. Over 200 aural test questions including echo singing, clapping, listening, etc.
Ear Training with the blobs! (Silly game kids might enjoy)
Ear training with solfege!
Intervals, chords, scales, relative pitch.  (Lite version is free)
Save the town from the spaceship by correctly identify notes in the Major scale.
Ear Training with Chords
Ear Training with Intervals
Ear Training with Melodies
Ear Training with Scales
This app is a compilation of Chords, Intervals, Melodies and Scales in one app (versus individually above)
Ear/Note dictation game.
Ear Training matching game
Ear Training tool
Melodic and Relative pitch trainer (lite version is free)
Call and response with Intervals, melodies and chords
Has a Listening game and a Play for Two which is a unique feature where two players can play a listening game with eachother
Lite version is free
Same/Different, small intervals
See above, plus larger intervals

Fun Tools
A free whiteboard app

The possibility is endless for you and your students with this interactive whiteboard app.
Create your own musical journeys from street layouts. Fun and creative app!
Fun tools to use for students to practice a section more then once, adding parts to the potato guy.
Interactive whiteboard that also records your voice. Upload to online community or share privately
Good tool for group lessons or camp settings.  You can set it from as low as 2 players up to 30 players.  You can even use it as a number generator (up to 30).
A fun tool you can use to create composition/improvisation ideas.
A tool to inspire composition ideas

Free up to 2GB. Allows you to share files between computers/iPhone/iPad and/or share publicly.
If you have a Mac, you may already be familiar with iMovie. Create movie trailers and more from your video and picture stills.
An app that allows you to view FLASH! (Audio could be slightly delayed.)

Piano Synth and more!
Compose music with lights and sounds
Blow into your iPhone/iTouch to make the sound
Flashcards that has pictures of music instruments with their sounds and the instrument name.

Metronomes and Tuners

A metronome that counts for you!
Lite version is free. Pendulum metronome
Besides tempo, can change accents subdivisions, meter, sound, has tap tempo
Chromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe using the built in mic. (Lite version is free)

Basic metronome; Manual and Tap (free)
Advanced metronome. Can even set it to stop after a certain number of bars.
Teacher mode is what sets this app apart. Gives scores based on rhythm accuracy.

Music Slow downer app
Can slow down audio files without changing pitch. Lite version is free.
Based on the software.  Allows students to play along with accompaniment midi files. Will even turn your pages intelligently.
Can slow down audio files without changing pitch
Backup MIDI or style data on the digital musical instrument to the app, or restore data to the instrument from the app.

Music Reader and Music Downloads

Includes free public domain music.  Scan YOUR own pdf files and download from IMSLP- the free public domain music library right from within the app. Allows you to highlight, type notes, etc. Compatible with AirTurn and PageFlip pedals.
Included app on the ipad and iPhone.  Can download your own pdf files and download them in iBooks to view.
Search, Play, Listen and Print over 200,000 public domain classical scores. Works with Bluetooth pedals.
Play your favorite pop songs and more with hands free page turns accompanied by backing tracks and vocals.  App is FREE, but each song is $3.99.
Music readers- browse, purchase, view
Turn the page with the turn of your head!
Classical music +score
Comes with two free pieces of music, additional are $3.00 each.

Note Reading
Bass clef recognition
Notes or solfege
Note and pitch recognition
Horse Race Derby style note drill game.  Can customize what notes to drill.
Space arcade style game, can have up to 3 notes at the same time.
Note drills in flashcard style.  Can customize what notes to drill.  Hot Potato game is a favorite!
Another flashcard app for beginners, includes solfege
Drills notes and chords
LOVE! Drill notes by playing the note shown on your acoustic piano! Currently saves for up to 7 students.
Notes, Rhythms, Intervals and Symbols
Fun note drills.  This game reminds me of the gopher game at the arcade where you try to hit the hammer with the gopher before it goes down.  The only thing I would like to see with this one is to have both treble and bass clef note drilling at the same time.
Help Hungry Munchy catch each note as quickly as possible. Totally customizable AND I LOVE that you can add unlimited players keeping track of their progress. I wish all apps would do this!
Cute, can customize notes to drill

Note flash cards with interactive piano keyboard
Choose the right answer in a multiple choice format.
Identify notes names, reading staff line notation, rhythm, hand-eye coordination, etc.
Note and pitch recognition
Starts with one note and adds notes as you advance. Help Princess piano dance her way back to the cloud kingdom to rescue her family. Great for those little princesses in your studio!
Think Guitar Hero meets Piano…
Treble clef recognition
Note (including chromatic) recognition

Practice journal with metronome
MIDI compatible app to record manage, archive and share your recordings.

AuralBook for ABRSM  (This is also under ear training. Be sure to download all 8 levels!)
Real time analysis of singing pitches and volume, clapping rhythm and intensity with comments offered simultaneously. Over 200 aural test questions including echo singing, clapping, listening, etc.
Everything in this game moves rhythmically. Tap the beat to sneak and solve puzzles
Clap rhythms you can echo
Drag rhythm on staff, if note values match within time signature it will play.
Similar game format to Guitar Hero but with fun Dr. Suess songs and creative instruments.
A “copy cat” rhythm game
Copycat game; lite version is free.
Rhythms up to sixteenth and triplets.
Rhythm exercises with soundtrack background. Lite version is free.
Rhythm exercises
Rhythm exercises
“Simon” type game, lite version is free
(Shows up as ReadRhythm after downloading) Tons of exercises! 7 difficulty levels for 4/4, 4 levels for the 6/8 random generator and 3 levels for swing eighths. I even have used this app during interviews for transfer students.
Rhythm drills (free)
Keep Gina “happy” by playing hand clapping games (can get tricky)
Similar game to Dance Dance Revolution, players tap in rhythm with popular tunes.
Run, jump, roll to the beat- very fun!
Learn, practice and perform basic rhythm patterns with above plus triplets
Learn, practice and perform basic rhythm patterns through sixteenth notes, triplets.


Fun Sight-reading app similar to Piano Wizard (or Guitar Hero). Students can play on the iPad or on the “real” piano.
Created by makers of Piano DustBuster (JoyTunes) with pieces from different countries
Created by JoyTunes, includes the grand staff
Another practice note drill app for the iPad.  What I like about this one is the student is drilling their notes to a steady metronome beat.
Sight-reading trainer, includes 20 student profiles to set up.
Midi keyboard support
You see the score and the upcoming notes are highlighted for you to play on the built-in piano.
Starts with one note and adds notes as you advance. Help Princess piano dance her way back to the cloud kingdom to rescue her family. Great for those little princesses in your studio!
Comes with a few free pieces, but then you have to purchase if you want more.

Keeps track of users progress and scores, motivating, interactive with piano (using iPad mic)
From the makers of SightRead Plus!
Notes will go across the page and students are asked to find a particular note or series of notes in a timed setting.

Flashcard style drilling symbols, key signatures, treble and bass clef
Great Music dictionary
Plays and gives notes to scales, chords, and harmonies; including modes. (Free version available)
Interval recognition
Space invasion game drilling inversions.
Play, view and challenge jazz scales  (lite- free)

This app is jammed pack and well worth the price.  First you choose game mode.  Lesson or Quiz. There are 22 lessons, 5 tutorials and 5 tests that cover all the major theory topics: staff, note names, treble and bass clef, rhythm, time signatures, intervals, expression, slurs and ties, pickups and repeats, scales, accidentals, syncopation, tempo and more!
Covers Notes, Key Signatures, Intervals, Chords, Scales. In addition to Ear Training with Tempos, Intervals, Chords and Scales
Theory exercises and drills.
Helps piano students to practice the fingering of diatonic and arpeggios scales for all keys in the circle of fifths.
Interactive scale exercises up to grade 3
Interactive scale exercises up to grade 8 (lite- free)
Information on every type of scale and mode you can think of!
Interactive tutorials and practice
Staff based exercises (notes, key signatures, intervals, chords), Keyboard based exercises (identification, interval, chord), Fret board based, Ear Training (interval, scale chord), Calculators (accidental, interval, chord, analysis, matrix)
This is a series of apps: Deluxe, Treble and Bass,  Intervals and Ear Training, Rhythm, Triads, Keys and Scales.

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Wireless keyboard/case
Page Turn Pedal
Allows you to print to your printer from your iPad. (This is program you download on your Mac computer)
Updated 09/10/13

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