Amy M. Burns

Elementary Music Technology and Integration

Amy M. Burns has taught PreK-grade 4 general music for 20 years at Far Hills Country Day School. She has authored 3 books on how to integrate tech into the elementary music classroom. She has presented many sessions on the topic, including 2 keynote addresses in TX and AU. She is the recipient of the TI:ME Teacher of the Year, NJ Master Music Teacher, & Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Awards.



This page is a portion from the section titled “Apps! Apps! Apps!” which can be found in my free ibook, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads. Please download it today! This page will get you started. The ibook is more thorough and will assist you with using the apps.

These are apps that I have explored and how I will use or have used them in my PreK-3 general music classroom and/or 5th grade instrument class. (Updated 2/1/16)

NoteThese apps can be categorized differently and can be in multiple categories.

NoteMany of the free apps have in-app purchases. 

**Denotes Amy’s and/or her students’ favorite apps

If I Had to Categorize the Apps...

Creating Music Apps (non-notation): 

AutoRap, BeatBots, Beatwave, Do Re Mi 1-2-3, Doodle Sounds-Paper Piano, Dropophone, Finger Stomp, GarageBand, GrooveMaker, iAmBeatBox, iAmGuitar, Incredibox, Korg iKaossilator, LaDiDa, Loopseque Kids, MadPad HD, Melodica, Melody, Creating Music, Moozart, Monster Chorus, Monster Music Pro, Monkey Drum, Mozart Interactive, Music4Kids, O-Generator Acoustic Music Maker, otoiro, Pitch Painter, Sketch a Song, Simon Cat, Singing Fingers, Seuss Band, Simple Solfege, Singing Fingers, Songify, SoundBrush, Soundrop, Soundtrap, Spiraphone, Star Composer, Tap and Sing Storybots, Toca Band, TuneTrain, Vidrhythm, 

Some Examples:

**Do Re Mi 1-2-3 - Fun, musical ear training games using solfege that challenge your children’s minds as they laugh, create, and play with moo-sical cows, boat-rowing pandas, and twinkling stars. Price: Free (Lite) - $2.99

Uses: Ear training and encouraging singing with solfege. You can also have the students create solfege warmups by selecting animals to sing a solfege pattern and the students sing back the pattern. 

Doodle Sounds Paper Piano - Express your Doodle talent with piano, drums, saxophone, ethnic drums, accordion, bells, xylophone, and electric guitar. Record your music and replay with different musical instruments. Price: Free

Uses: The note names are in the colors of boomwhackers. This would be a good visual for boomwhackers.

**GarageBand - Virtual instruments, smart instruments, and recording studio all in one. This app can do so much! Price: Free (complete collection of GarageBand instruments and sounds in-app purchase Price: $4.99)

Uses: Used as a recording device and/or as a creating music device by teacher and students.

**Incredibox - The popular website is now an app that you can use to have your students create music! Price $3.99

MadPad HD - Remix your life with MadPad! Turn everyday sights and sounds like your car, an empty soda can, or your friends into the ultimate percussive instrument. Who would have thought everyday life could be so musical? MadPad also features hip-hop duo Chiddy Bang’s sets! Price: $2.99

Uses: Corresponds greatly with a unit in creativity or a unit about STOMP!

**Monkey Drum - Create real music just by drawing and watch as the creatures play your creation. Get creative and re-mix your songs with different instruments, or accessorize your characters with a hat and sunglasses. Use Heart Coins to unlock new instruments and other fun items. Price: Free

Uses: You can create an ostinato for the students to perform along and you can have young students play the rhythms of their names and have the monkey or another animal perform it back to them.

Mozart Interactive - From the makers of The House on Melody Street, the characters are back to help you re-orchestrate a famous Mozart piece. Price: Free

Uses: Here is a way to approach the new standards that have your young students making choices. This app can guide them through a variety of orchestration choices.

Pitch Painter by Morton Subotnick - Pitch Painter is a musical finger painting app that is simple yet surprisingly sophisticated. While engaged in creative musical play, the child will be introduced to a variety of musical instrumental sounds and authentic scale tunings from four regions of the world. Price: $3.99

Uses: Great app for young students to “draw” melodies.

Simon’s Cat in “Purrfect Pitch” - The creative mode allows you to compose your own tunes, save them, and then watch as Simon's Cat sings them back. The game mode sees you taking on Simon's Cat, as he tests your ability to follow his lead in a series of increasingly difficult musical challenges. Price: Free

Uses: You record familiar melodies and have Simon “sing” them as the students guess the titles of the melodies. You can also have the students perform the challenge, which is similar to the Simon game, but using piano keys.

Singing Fingers - Singing Fingers lets you finger paint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again. Price: $.99

Uses: Have the students sing and create harmonies.

Sketch A Song Kids - Create your own music with Sketch-a-Song! Our colorful intuitive interface makes it fun and easy for anyone to make music in seconds. Price: Free

Uses: A great way to begin “drawing” or “coloring” a song. It also is a good way to reinforce instrument families through composition. While students are learning about the instrument families, use this app to have them create music with those instrumental families because they can effectively sketch the music onto the page, like coloring with crayons.

**Songify - Songify immediately turns speech into music. Price: $2.99

Uses: Students compose lyrics to a melody, or write short poems, and record them into Songify. Post these musical creations on the music website or burn them onto CD.

Soundtrap - It is basically GarageBand online that is HTML5 so that you can access it from any platform on a computer and a mobile device. It also has collaboration capabilities, depending on how strong your network is. As stated by Mic Wright of, Soundtrap is “the lovechild of GarageBand and Google Docs. The free version has 480 free loops, 125 instruments, and you can create five projects. There is also the pro version where you can subscribe for $3.99-$4.99 a month and you have access to 930 loops and 133 instruments, and can create 50 projects. Finally, the pro version from $7.99-$9.99 a month gives you access to 1290 loops and 152 instruments, unlimited projects, and time restore.

**Tap and Sing by StoryBots - Tap & Sing lets kids tap their way to an understanding of concepts like notes, chords and melodies, all while having fun! Price: Free (there is also the holiday version of this app) No longer available in the US iTunes store; however, the holiday version is still available in the US iTunes store.

Uses: I like to have the storybots sing solfege and the students create or play familiar songs with the solfege syllables and pitches.

TuneTrain - TuneTrain is a music creation app, where kids can quickly create and edit melodies through a fun line-drawing mechanic. Price: Free

Uses: Young students can create a melody together and the teacher can reinforce lines and skips.

Displays Music: 

A.P.S. MusicMaster, Avid Scorch, Finale SongBook, for Score, Musicnotes Sheet Music Viewer,  Notate Me, Notate Me Now, ScoreCloud Express, Symphony, Symphony Pro, Tonara, 

Some Examples:

**A.P.S. MusicMaster - “All in one” app including a tuner, metronome, pdf viewer, recorder, and timer/stopwatch. An app for a music educator created by a music educator.  Price: $4.99 at and $1.99 at

Uses: The fingering charts are essential for my instrument class. The recorder is excellent for the numerous times I record my students singing solos, rounds, duets, performing on their instruments, performing in Orff ensembles, and preparing music for concerts. The pdf reader lets me display numerous scores and charts

Ear training: 

Blob Chorus, Do Re Mi 1-2-3, Ear Worthy, goodEar Scales, Master in a Minute, MelodyMelody, Monkey Tunes Simon Says - Lite, Music Theory for Beginners, My Note Games, Rhythm Note Lite - Ear Trainer, Simon Cat, Seuss Band, SimpleSolfege, Tap and Sing Storybots, Virtual Erhu

Some Examples:

**Blob Chorus Ear Training - This educational game is already used in thousands of schools to introduce children to pitch and improve their musical ear for notes. 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.  Price: .99

Uses - Ear training. This app can be difficult with elementary if you use more than three blobs because the blobs sing chromatically often. In addition, it would be beneficial if the “King Blob” sang his pitch first instead of last.

Melodic Circles - This a musical Simon Says. The app tests the students on melodic patterns. If the student gets it wrong, the app plays it again until the students gets it right. Price: Free No longer available in the US iTunes store. 

MelodyMelody - Tap on a tile to hear its melody. Then the tile will turn light green. Next, search the same melody and tap on it, and then its melody plays. Remember where you heard a certain melody. If the melodies match, then the tiles turn yellow and show its musical score. If the melodies do not match, then the tile turn red, and add 1 to mistake counter. It is listening concentration. Price: $1.99

**My Note Games - This app assists in teaching and assessing identifying notes and solfege syllables. Price: Free 

Uses: This is a great app for piano teachers to have students practice note reading at home. In the classroom, this is a wonderful way to assess singing (the app will listen to you sing the notes and assess your pitch), note reading, and using solfege symbols.   

Rhythm in Reach - RhythmInReach is an educational music game designed to improve the rhythm reading skills of students. Developed by professional music educators, it can be used as a great tool by students and teachers to reinforce a musical curriculum.Price: $1.99 - find it in the iPhone apps.

Uses: Test rhythms for older elementary students.

Fingering Charts: 

A.P.S. MusicMaster, JoyTunes Recorder Master, Learn and Play Recorder,  PlayAlong Recorder. Recorder + Lite

Interactive Music Stories: 

A Jazzy Day, Barnyard Bluegrass Lite, BrainPOP Jr, Carnival of the Animals, Duck Duck Moose Apps (Itsy Bitsy Spider, Old MacDonald, and The Wheels on the Bus), The Rainforest Musical Kakamega, Melody Street, Mozart Interactive, Rain Rain Story App, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Some Examples:

Carnival of the Animals - Naxos presents a thoroughly entertaining and interactive musical app for children based on Camille Saint-Saëns’s ever-popular ‘Carnival of the Animals’. Price: $4.99

Uses: Great interactive book to use in the classroom projected onto a screen.

**The Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals - page after page, you will discover Saint-Saens’s musical universe with various games and activities, and more than 20 minutes of film extracts starring the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, directed by the maestro Myung-Whun Chung. Price: $3.99

Uses: This app is excellent and beautiful! I would use this with one iPad displayed onto a screen to reinforce and enhance a lesson about the instruments of the orchestra or a lesson on The Carnival of the Animals.

Melody Street - “The House On Melody Street” interactive eBook tells the heartwarming story of the instruments of the orchestra learning to live in harmony. Price: Free

Uses: Project onto screen and read to the class.

**Old MacDonald by Duck Duck Moose - A traditional favorite where your students can sing along, record your students singing, perform in a variety of languages, and listen to the song on a variety of instruments. Price: Free

Uses: Have the students listen to this song in a variety of languages.

**Rain Rain Story App - The Rain Rain Story App is more than a read along story. Children ages 1-8 will not only listen to the story. They will sing along with the Rain Rain song. They will learn a rain poem and will be able to create sound effects to play with the poem. Children will be able to play rhythm instruments - a triangle, drum, claves and rhythm sticks. Children will develop listening skills by playing the patterns game. They will be able to play a xylophone, and learn to play the Rain Rain song on it. Price: $1.99

Uses: Project this app onto a screen and play along with percussion instruments and virtual and acoustic xylophones.

Internet Browsers: 

Google Chrome, Safari, Photon Flash Player EDU, Puffin Web Browser

Some Examples:

**Photon Flash Player for the iPad (there is also an EDU version) - Would you like to use or on your iPad? Well, now you can! Price: $4.99

Puffin Web Browser does the same thing, but is free!

Uses: Many of the flash-based websites can be used with this app. My students used in small groups to create a “respect” rap on their iPads. I would purchase the edu version of this app. However, now there is an incredibox app!


A.P.S. MusicMaster, GarageBand, iBeat, Loopy, HD,  Tap Metronome

Some Examples:

Tap Metronome - Tap Metronome is a simple metronome for those who want quick access to a reliable metronome.  Price: Free

Notation Apps: 

Cadenza Lite, Noteflight (HTML 5), NotateMe, NotateMe Now, Notion, ScoreCloud Express, Symphony, Symphony Pro, YouCompose

Some Examples:

Noteflight - You can now use Noteflight on tablets and smart phones.  You don’t need to install an app: just log in using any web browser (

Uses: Have students create compositions with teacher-directed guidelines.

NotateMe - This app will take your written notation and turn it into a printed version that can play back. It can also take a picture of a one-line music arrangement (like an easy band arrangement) and scan the music into the app. Price: **Lite Version Free ( or $39.99 for the full version (

Notion - Notion, is a notation editor and playback tool for your iPad, giving you the convenience of an easy-to-use music creation tool right at your fingertips. Price: $14.99

**ScoreCloud Express - With this amazing app, your students can sing into it and it will attempt to notate what they sing. our students can also play an instrument (do not use vibrato) and it will attempt to notate what they play. This app is also a part of the ScoreCloud notation program that is free for your computer at You do need to create a free account so that you can save items in the cloud. Price: $2.99

Uses: Have your students sing a simple phrase into the app. Then, open ScoreCloud and see the music appear in the software, or you can email it to yourself and download it as a midi or mp3 file that the students then use to compose more to their melody or add an accompaniment track using GarageBand.

Symphony - Symphony is a multi-track music notation editor that allows you to compose and playback songs from wherever you are. You can easily import in any MIDI file, open an existing composition, or start from scratch. Once you are done working on a piece, you can export it and continue working on it in whichever program you like.Price: $4.99- found in the iPhone apps - 

Uses: I find this particular app very user-friendly for young elementary students to compose on a tablet. It has guidelines set up within the app that make the students feel successful when composing.

Symphony Pro - Symphony Pro is a complete music notation editor that allows you to quickly write and playback music wherever you and your iPad go. This is an iPhone app that can be used on an iPad. Price $9.99

Orchestra Apps: 

ABC Music, Beethoven 9, BrainPOP Jr, Carnival of the Animals, Melody Street, Mini Adventures-Music, Mozart Interactive, MSO Learn, Music Learning Lab, My First Orchestra App, Orchestra, Red Hot + Bach, The Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, Sounds of the Orchestra, WI Orchestra, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Some Examples:

ABC Music - Students can explore a world of pianos, violins, maracas & more through beautiful pictures, lively videos, and interactive scenes. Price: $2.99

Uses: Great app to reinforce instruments and the alphabet.

My First Orchestra - In this app, a little green creature called Tormod guides you through the orchestra. He is a troll who has come from the top of a mountain in Norway to find out about music. The students are to help him home while learning about the orchestra. Every instrument has its own page, with a young performer playing a solo. Tormod will show you all these, and sometimes he might even try the instruments himself.Tap any words or pictures and hear the text narrated, extracts of music, animations and sound effects. Price: $4.99

Uses: A nice way to introduce the orchestra to PreK and K projected onto a big screen.

**The Orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the world-renowned Philharmonia performing extended extracts from eight works representing three centuries of symphonic music. The app allows real-time selection of multiple video and audio tracks, along with an automatically synchronized score and dynamic graphical note-by-note visualization of each piece as it is played. Price: $13.99

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra - Here is a fun and creative way to introduce young people to the joys of the orchestra and the thrill of music-making. This app is aimed at 7–11 year olds but will be enjoyed by much younger children. It is also a great resource for the classroom. At the heart of the app is a new, complete recording of Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra conducted by Sir Mark Elder. The games and quizzes are an engaging way of becoming familiar with the music while learning about the instruments, musical terms and composition. Price: Free

Uses: The quizzes work well with elementary students. Quiz them on the sounds of the instruments or the instrumental families in a one iPad to aiPad classroom.

Piano Apps: 

Etude (Steinway Etude), JoyTunes ( has great apps for piano like Piano Maestro and Dust Buster), Magic Piano, Music for Little Mozarts, PianoBot Lite, Piano by Better Day Wireless, Piano Free with Songs, Pluto Piano

PreK Music Apps: 

BabyMusician, Barnyard Bluegrass Lite, BrainPOP Jr, Carnival of the Animals, Doodle Sounds-Paper Piano, Itsy Bitsy Spider, Melody Street,  Little Fox Music Box, Mixeroo, Monkey Drum, Moozart, Music Box, Music for Little Mozarts, My First Orchestra, Old MacDonald, Spanish Jukebox for kids, Toca Band, Wheels on the Bus

Some Examples:

BabyMusician - Baby Musician allows your young students to play as the conductor of an ensemble of animal musicians. Clicking on the musician's flash card will show your students the instrument's name and how it is spelled. Price .99

Uses: This app integrates letters and spelling into music class, along with instruments and their sounds.

**Itsy Bitsy Spider by Duck Duck Moose - A traditional favorite where your students can sing along, you can record your students singing, or you can change the musical instrument. Price: Free

Uses: Have the students record themselves singing the song.

Wheels on the Bus by Duck Duck Moose - A traditional favorite where your students can sing along, record your students singing, and listen to the song on a variety of instruments. Price: Free

Uses: Have the students listen to this song in a variety of instruments or record your students singing the song.

Recorder (instrument) Apps: 

AtPlayMusic Recorder, JoyTunes Recorder Master, Learn and Play Recorder, PlayAlong Recorder, Recorder+ Lite, RecorderPad

Some Examples:

Learn and Play Recorder - This app is based on the Recorder Resource Kit byDenise Gagné. Learn and Play Recorder teaches beginners about the recorder, how to read music and how to play the soprano recorder. The app includes 38 songs from Just B to Camptown Races, all with a full performance track to play along with! Price: $3.99 (there is a lite version-not in US iTunes store-as well and a Learn and Play Recorder 2)

Uses: Another great assessment tool for students learning the recorder, especially if you are using Denise’s series.

**JoyTunes Recorder Master - Learn to play the recorder in a fun and addictive way. Play notes on the recorder to avoid obstacles, collect bonuses and scare away evil birds, on your way to become a “Recorder Master”. Become an expert in playing songs while working on rhythm, correct and stable tone production, ear training, fingering technique and more! PriceFree for teachers -Currently not working in iOS8 but you can use their website version at:

Uses: Great assessment tool for students learning the recorder. Plus, check out their wonderful keyboard app: Piano Maestro and Dust Buster

Recording Apps: 

A.P.S. MusicMaster, DigiDrummer, Everyday Looper, GarageBand, iTalk, Loopy HD, Voice Recorder Free, WavePad

Some Examples:

**Loopy HD - This is the app that Jimmy Fallon and Billy Joel used on the Tonight Show. Create music with Loopy HD by layering looped recordings of singing, beatboxing, or playing an instrument with a savvy, sophisticated, tactile new looper that totally reinvents the formula. Price: $3.99

Uses: This is another great looping app that can assist your students when performing ostinati or creating music with beatboxing loops. You will need to experiment with it before using it with your students.

WavePad Free Audio Editor - A free sound editor for recording, editing, adding effects, and sending audio, Pocket WavePad allows you to record voice or music, then edit the recording and add effects to achieve high quality audio recordings. Price: Free

Uses: Record your students’ compositions, songs, improvisations, and more.

Rhythm and/or Note Drills/Games: 

Bass Cat, Carl Crazy Piano!, Dolce Music Flash Cards, DooDah, Flashnote Derby, Master in a Minute, Monkey Drum, Music Notes, My Note Games, My Little Rhythm, Music4Kids, Music Theory for Beginners, Music Tutor, Name The Note, Note Name Match Game, Note Perfect, Note Squish, Notes for Little Composers, Noteworks, Rainbow Notes, Rhythm Cat, Rhythm Dictation, Rhythm Expert, Rhythm in Reach, Rhythm Repeat, Staff Wars, Treble Clef Kids

Some Examples:

**DooDah - An app where you place the note on the staff. If you double-click the note, it twirls around and giggles. Price: Free (Currently not available in the US iTunes Store)

Uses: This is a teacher-guided app for young students. You can use this with a one iPad classroom and have the students name the notes on the screen or match the pitch of the note. 

**Flashnote Derby - Flashnote Derby is a fun way for kids to learn and practice identifying music notes by name. Price: $4.99

Uses: Great way to assess students on note reading skills.

    Freddie the Frog - This lite version correlates with the Freddie the Frog series. In the paid version, there are more features and games. I like the rhythm stick game in the paid version. Price: $1.99

Music Theory for Beginners - Use the settings to unlock all of the lessons, especially if you are going to this on one iPad projected onto a screen. Lessons and quizzes involve note names, keys on piano, playing rhythms, ear training, key signatures, adding rhythms (math), notes on the staffs, and scales. Price: $3.99

Uses: You can use this app to teach or assess students’ abilities to read and name notes, rhythms, key signatures, perform rhythm patterns, perform notes on the piano, use rhythms to correlate with math skills, and more.

Note Name Match Game - This is a note naming match game where you click on two cards and match the note with its name. Price: $1.99

Uses: You can use this with one iPad in the classroom, passing around the iPad, or you could create two teams. You can also use this app in small groups with a few iPads orclassroom.

**Note Squish - Learn to read music the fun way with Note Squish. This simple game will teach you the names of the notes on the treble, bass, and C-clef.  Price: .99

Uses: You can customize this game to your curriculum. If your students are studying a pentatonic C Scale, you can customize this game accordingly. One of my students’ favorite apps. Look for it as an iPhone app. It is currently no longer offered in the US iTunes store. Try Note Name Smash for .99 instead. 

**StaffWars - Finally! popular note reading game comes to life with this new app. Price: .99

**StaffWars Live - Finally! popular note reading game where you can play your instrument to name the notes comes to life with this new app. Price: .99

Uses: Assess your students’ rhythm reading and performing skills.

Student Assessment Apps with Writing (rhythms, musical vocab, etc):

Doodle Buddy, Educreations, Explain Everything, ScreenChomp, ShowMe

Some Examples:

Educreations Interactive Whiteboard - Educreations turns your iPad into a recordable whiteboard. Create, record, and share your lessons with your students.Price: Free

Uses: Record your lessons for your students and share it on their or your website through embedding them. You cannot export to the camera roll unless you upgrade to their subscription of $8.95 a month. 

**Explain Everything Classic - Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. Price: $7.99

Uses: Assessment and recording students’ works. Share the works through email or social networks or export to the camera roll. 

Explain Everything™ - Explain Everything™ brings together an interactive screencasting whiteboard, real-time local collaboration, and a content discovery portal and community for iPad. Price: Subscription

Students play with the music/mix the volume in music/slow down music: 

Amazing Slow Downer Lite, Anytune, BabyMusician, Mixeroo, 

Some Examples:

Amazing Slow Downer Lite - Slow the song down, speed the song up, and change the key. This all can be done with this app. Since it is the lite version, it will only play the first 1/4 of the song. The full version is $14.99. Price: Free

Teacher Tools: 

Acapella from PicPlayPost, Amazing Slow Downer Lite, Anytune - Slow down music, **A.P.S. MusicMasterAurasma, Bitsboard, **Book Creator, BrainPOP Jr, Class Dojo, Decide Now!, Doceri Remote, **Doo-dah, Doodle Sounds-Paper Piano, Dolce Music Flashcards, Dropbox, Educreations, Evernote, **Explain Everything, **Freeze Dance, G Drive, GarageBand, goodEar Scales, Google Chrome, **Google Drive, Google Earth, iCardsort, **iDoceo, Interval Timer-Seconds, Korg iKaossilator, Martin Luther King Jr’s Speech, Music Learning Lab, Music Resources, NotateMe, NotateMe Now, Notebook, Otoiro, Paperport Notes, **Photon Flash Player EDU, **, Planbook Touch, Puffin Web Browser, Safari, **ScoreCloud, Screen Chomp, Seesaw, ShowMe, Sing-in-Tuna, **Socrative, Soundtrap, Spanish Jukebox for kids, Splashtop Personal Remote Desktop, Stop Dancing, Symphony, Tiny Tap, Touchcast, UploadCam, You can handle them all, Youtube, Zondle

Some Examples:


Acapella from Pic Play Post - This app provides a simple way to create the multi-view acapella videos.

AppZapp - Discover apps that have gone on sale. Occasionally they have music apps that appear. Currently, Apps Gone Free and Apps for Sale were the apps that could do this, but it is no longer available in the US iTunes app store. Price: Free

Aurasma - The aurasma app makes your bulletin boards or websites come to life.Price: Free

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**Freeze Dance - Freeze Dance/Musical Chairs takes some classic children's games into the digital realm. This app takes any song on your iPhone or iPod Touch and turns it into a game by stopping and starting the music at random intervals. Price: .99 (you will find this in the iPhone appsNo longer available in the US iTunes Store. Here is another app that does the same thing for .99.

Stop Dancing

Uses: Have the app control the music so you can watch and assess the students. Works best on an iPod Touch or iPhone screen.

G Drive - With the help of GDrive, you're able to read your documents, view photos, watch videos and manage your files stored on Google Drive. It's simple, fast and free without ads. Price: Free

Uses: Can’t play your audio files from your Google Drive app on the iPad? No problem. Download G Drive, let it access your Google Drive, and voila! You can now play all of your audio files stored in your Google Drive on your iPad.

**Google Drive and Dropbox - With all of the apps that you could use in your classroom, how do you organize your and your students’s works? The two most effective ways to do this are to create free accounts with Google Drive and Dropbox. Once you create those two accounts, download the free apps for Google Drive and Dropbox. You will now be able to move files from your computer to your iPad by placing them in your Google Drive and/or your Dropbox. In addition, man of these apps mentioned in this book allow you to export and/or share your or your students’ works through Dropbox and/or Google Drive. Price: Free

Google Earth - Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger with Google Earth for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. Visit the Earth Gallery to find exciting maps such as real-time earthquakes, planes in flight, hiking trails, city tours, and more. Price: Free

Uses: Locate where you are and then the country you are studying to show the students how far away the music originated from where they are.

**iDoceo - iDoceo is your powerful and easy-to-use grade book, assessment tool, attendance book, and more for the iPad. Its spreadsheet engine will calculate averages in real time as you put information in. No internet connection is required to use it. Price: $11.99

Uses: Grading, assessments, record your students, seating charts, attendance, and so much more!

** - For $12 a year, you can use the website,, to create your own customized schedule and organize your lesson plans. Price of app: Free

Seesaw - The Learning Journal - A new way for your students to create digital portfolios through writing and video examples that can easily be shared with the parents through the app. Price: Free

**Socrative - A teacher can create a free account at to create quizzes and assessments, and use the apps Socrative Teacher and Socrative Student to turn aiPad classroom into“clicker” or assessment tools. Price: Free

UploadCam - Photos that you take with this app on your mobile device, automatically save to your Google Drive or Dropbox. Price: Free

Uses: This app saves you a lot of space on your mobile device because it automatically saves your photo to the cloud.

You Can Handle Them All - Based on our best-selling book, You Can Handle Them All, this is the perfect app for any educator or parent who’s struggling to manage a student’s or child’s inappropriate behavior! Categorized by the 4 primary causes of student misbehavior, this app: Clearly describes 124 different student behaviors you may encounter; identifies the primary cause of each behavior; offers a number of quick actions you can take to manage each student behavior; reveals the common mistakes teachers often make when trying to correct behaviors; and cross references related behaviors. Price $9.99


**A.P.S. MusicMaster, n-Track Tuner


n-Track Tuner - Tune your guitar, bass or other instrument with n-Track Tuner. Just put your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad next to your instrument and play each string, the tuner will automatically recognize the note you're playing and tell you wether you need to lower (green bar) or increase (red bar) the string's pitch. Price: Free

Video Creation Apps: 

**Chatterpix, **Explain Everything, iMovie, Lego Movie Maker, Sock Puppets, Tellagami, Touchcast, Vidrhyth,

Some Examples:

ChatterPix Kids - This app is cery intuitive as my PreK daughter has made several videos with this app. You take a picture, choose what in the picture will "sing", record your voice singing, and then choose filters and stickers to add to your video. You can then save it to the gallery and export it to your camera roll. Price: Free

Uses: This app could be a great tool to make a composer come to life. If your students are studying a composer, have them take a picture of that composer and record themselves talking as the composer.

Sock Puppets - Sock Puppets lets you create your own lip-synched videos and share them on Facebook and YouTube. Add puppets, props, scenery, and backgrounds and start creating. Hit the record button and the puppets automatically lip-synch to your voice. Price: Free 

Uses: This app could be used in a one iPad classroom projected onto a screen. You can have conversational solfege with the sock puppets and record them singing short phrases (under 30 seconds) and turn it into a movie. I would definitely suggest purchasing for .99 the opportunity to save it to the photo library for easier exporting options.

Tellagami - Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. A Gami can be an exciting tweet or status update. It can be a fun way to tell a story. It can be a thank you message or a vacation postcard. It can be a birthday greeting, party invite or cool way to share photos. The possibilities are endless! Price: Free

Uses: If you have shy students who you have troubling assessing, you can have them create an avatar in tellagami so that they can record themselves singing the assessment in a fun environment. If you have aclassroom, you can assess all of them this way.

Virtual Instrument Apps: 

AnimoogAsian Drum, **Autoharp, aXylophone, BeBot, Bongos, Congas, Cymbals, DigiDrummer, Djembe, Doodle Sounds-Paper Piano, Drum Pad, Drum Set, **Erhu, **GarageBand, Hand Drums, Harp, Holiday Bells, **Infinite Marimba, iSteelPan, iTriangle, I Play My Chinese Drum, Jug Band, Korg iKaossilator, **Metaxylo+, **Percussive, Pipa, Rain Stick, **Ratatap Drum, Scratch LP,  Tabla, ThumbJam, Ukulele, **Zampoña

Some Examples:

**Autoharp - Virtual instrument app connected into a sound system. Price: .99

Uses: I or the students can use this app to accompany. Never have to tune the virtual autoharp!

iAmUkulele - A a nice ukulele sound. Price: Free

**MetaXylo+ - This is a virtual Orff instrument (metalophone and xylophone). You can take out the bars, record an ostinato, change the keys, and use preset pentatonic scales. Price: Free (Currently no longer available in the US iTunes Store)

Uses: Use this instrument to enhance your instruments and to help a student who has fine motor issues feel successful.

**Xylophone Orff - This is a virtual Orff instrument app that sets up the instrument in pentatonic, hexatonic, and diatonic modes. You can also set the instrument up with letter names and/or solfege. It can play as an xylophone (bass, alto, and soprano) and glockenspiel (alto and soprano). Price: .99

Pipa - Virtual pipaPrice: $2.99

Uses: Great way to show the instrument when you might not have access to one.

**Ratatap Drum - The harder you hit the drums, the louder they sound. Swirl your finger around for slower or faster rolls. The drum sound varies slightly from hit to hit, just like real drums. With the fastest response time of any drum app, it feels incredibly good to play. Price: Free - $1.99

Uses: Add another instrument and depth of sound to our ensembles.

Tabla Drum - Used as a virtual instrument connected to a sound system by teacher and students. Price: Free - .99

Uses: Add another instrument and depth of sound to our ensembles.

Taiko Drums - Used as a virtual instrument connected to a sound system by teacher and students. Price: Free - .99

Uses: Add another instrument and depth of sound to our ensembles.

**(Virtual) Erhu - Used as a virtual instrument by teacher and students. Price: $2.99 - just listed as Erhu

Uses: Have the students experience this Chinese instrument as a part of the Chinese New Year or during a unit involving the study of world music.

**Zampoña - The Zampoña is a traditional Andean panpipe, commonly found in Peru, Bolivia, and other areas of Latin America. Price: Free

Uses: Students can use this as a virtual instrument in an ensemble when connected to a sound system. They just press the pipes and it produces a nice panpipe sound.

iPad Tips:

  • Close apps by double clicking the menu button, and swiping up the apps that you would like to close.. When finished, press the menu button again.
  • Show the students what to do if the apps begin to “wiggle” (press the menu button to make the wiggling stop). If not, they might delete your apps from your device.
  • To get back to the first screen quickly, press the menu button.
  • To find an app quickly, use the Spotlight tool or ask Siri.

.Guided Access Guided Access allows you to keep only one app open so the students cannot exit the app and open another one (single-app mode). It also allows you to “block” items on the screen so that the students cannot activate them (such as ads).

  • Settings>General>Accessibility>Guided Access, then switch it on.
  • Open the app you want to stay open.
  • Triple click the “Home” button to turn on Guided Access.
  • Shade out the areas you would like to block on the screen. 
  • Once you have limited the access to the app, click “Start” at the top right-corner of the screen.
  • Set a passcode.

Turn off Guided Access: Triple click the “Home” button.

  • Enter the passcode.
  • Click “End” on the top left-corner of the screen.

How to audition an app:

  • Ask yourself, “What is my music goal?”
  • Read the ratings.
  • Go to YouTube and find a video of the app in use.
  • Go to the developer’s website.
  • See if there is a “lite” or “free” version of the app for you to try out.
  • Ask a music educator at the Music Teachers Facebook Page at and join. There are over 14,000 members. Someone has probably used the app and can give you an honest review.

How to organize your apps:

  • Place your similar apps into one folder by holding down an app icon until it wiggles, and then dragging it onto another app.
  • You will now have an app folder with two apps placed into it.
  • Label the folder.

iPad Accessories

Projecting your iPad onto a screen:


Samson Expedition XP308i:  

  1. I use this system to plug the iPads into the mixer and the students play virtual instruments along with Orff ensembles. Price: around $500

Jamhub - Price: $300+


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