Modern computers with the tablet and iPhone spin offs are wonderful tools. I am always asking my private pupils to get new apps I find and some have proved to be invaluable new tools. I went through some of the best apps on my iPad and have listed them here.Most of these apps are free or a nominal amount,the exception is for Notion which is $15 and totally worth it.
Apps Which Every Young Performer Needs.
Ibeat. Electronic metronome. A must have
Cleartune. Chromatic tuner for Iphone and pad. These machines used to cost me hundreds of dollars when they were first developed. A vast improvement on the tuning fork.
Virtuoso. This is simply an electronic keyboard.
Stopwatch. It seems strange to have this among music apps but you often need to know exactly how long a piece or performance is.
Tempo Slow. Put in your accompaniment recordings which are always way too fast to start with, and slow them down to a tempo you can easily perform with. This is must. The ability to practice slowly with an accompaniment means all technical problems and ensemble problems can be worked out at a comfortable tempo. Then you can slowly speed up.
Blob Chorus I adore this one. The graphics are cute and it trains your ear to hear the subtle differences in pitch that your teacher hears and you probably don’t It is particularly good for string and trombone players to stop your teacher wincing and get your intonation correct from the start because you can hear it.
Ear Training Apps
Playnote I have talked about before. Various apps at different levels that cover most of the aural component of the AMEB practical exams. Easy to use and very accurately assesses your aural replies.
Music Intervals, This is simplest of the ear training apps and with cute graphics, therefore if you cannot easily identify intervals, it is the one to start with.
Ear Trainer Lite is what it says. Work through these exercises for those worrying ear tests.
Then when you are getting good try
Karajan Beginner More difficult than the previous exercises, but a serious app for ear training.
General educational music apps
Memodies This is an app which used to be an electronic game called Super Simon. Wonderful for all those people who have trouble remembering the end of a phrase they have to sing.
Notion. A notation app. Think of a musical equivalent of word, but a program in which you compose or write music. This complexity is why there is not a free version and it costs more than most apps.For me, it is so worthwhile.
Chord detect. This is probably of more interest to our jazz people. Play in a piece of music from youtube or your own collection of recordings, and it will tell you the chords used. Brilliant
Sound prism allows you to make compositions without knowledge of the rules of music. You can play with pure sound and save pieces you particularly like. The graphics are lovely and educationally it is an important tool. The way people understand music is by playing with sound.
Spotify and Grooveshark These will bring up not only the latest hits but almost anything that has been recorded, I use them for finding and listening to one of my loves, string quartets.
Soundhound. have a tune in your head that you do not know the name of? This app will identify any piece you can sing into the mike or play via your library.
These are just the music apps I have on my i Pad and I know there are many more useful ones I have not found. Download these and use them. Anything that makes music more understandable and enjoyable is great.