Apps

Apps

ABCs of Mobile Devices (4 pages)

Presented at the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association Conference

Halifax, Nova Scotia, July, 2013

By  Dr. Julia Brook & Dr. Joseph Ferretti

Many teachers are familiar enough with computers to use some favourite websites.  However, apps on mobile devices can be even more convenient and readily accessible for teachers and students. They can be used easily during lessons. Below are some key terms associated with mobile devices. We’ve also listed some apps that we think you and your students would enjoy using.  

 

What Can You Do On A Mobile Device? 

Smartphones: Talk, text, browse the Internet, use email, take or view photos or videos, read books, and use apps. You need a phone plan to talk and/or text and a data plan to email, browse the Internet and download apps.  You can also use a wireless network (just as you do on a computer) to access the Internet, which does not affect your data plan.

Tablets: Browse the Internet, use email, take or view photos or videos, read books, and use apps. You need a wireless connection to access the Internet on your tablet. Some tablets can be used as a phone. You can insert a SIM card and buy a data plan in order to use the 3G/4G network.  

 *Many apps don’t require Internet connection for use (you just need to be on the Internet to buy them). Some apps link you directly to a particular website (e.g., Gmail, Facebook)

 

What’s an Operating System? 

iOS: the operating system for Apple products (e.g., iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)  touch)

 

Android: a type of operating system that runs on many smartphones and tablets (e.g., Samsung, HTC, Nokia, etc.). Google developed the Android operating system. 

 

BlackBerry: a brand of smartphone that has its own operating system (BlackBerry phone or Playbook). BlackBerry (formally RIM) develops BlackBerry products.

 

What are Apps?

1.    An app or application is a program or piece of software that performs a certain task. 

2.    Each operating system has its own set of apps, and apps can’t cross operating systems.  

3.    Not everything that works on a computer can work on a mobile device (e.g., especially products that use Flash).

4.    Apps are free or cost a nominal amount.

 

How Do You Buy Apps? 

1.    Buy apps for your iPad/iPhone at Apple’s App Store

       a. You need to set up an account at the App Store (even free apps).

        b. You pay for the apps using your credit card or iTunes gift card.

2.    Buy apps for your Android device at the Google Play Store

       a. You need to set up a Google Wallet Account.

       b. You pay for the apps using your credit card (which is stored in Google Wallet).

3.    Buy apps for your Blackberry at BlackBerry ® World ™

 

Incorporating Mobile Devices in Your Teaching

Using your students’ devices

1.    Ask students to pull out their device (we know it’s probably hiding in their pocket/bag) to use in their lesson.

2.    Record a piece using their device and listen to it together, using the camera or recording app.

3.    Use the memo tool as a dictation book.

4.    Ask students to download a metronome app.

5.    Ask students to download one of the theory apps to reinforce a theory concept.

6.    Ask students to download one of the score readers and find a piece they would like to learn.

7.    Ask students to use one of the ear training apps for their home practice.

8.    Record a demonstration of something that you would like the students to bring home with them for the week.

 

Using your devices

1.    Download a sight-­‐reading app to use in your lesson.

2.    Download a recorder to record your students’ playing.

3.    Use the video camera function to occasionally record your students’ playing.

4.    Export the recordings to the students for their records.

5.    Ask students to purchase an SD card (to use on an Android device) to save their recordings.

6.    Pull up your students’ exam reports and review them with your students. 

 

Selected Apple (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) Apps

App  

What it Does

Price  

Pre-­‐loaded devices on your iPad

Memos  

This feature lets you write notes.    

n/a

Camera  

This feature lets you take photos or shoot videos.    

n/a

Internet Browser

This feature lets you go on the Internet to visit websites.

n/a

Score Reader

PiaScore      

Reads scores; lets you write on the    score,    has a keyboard for reference, recorder, tuner, link to YouTube, gesture page turning.    

$2.99

forScore  

Reads scores, lets you write on the score, rearrange pages, metronome, hand-­‐swipe page turning, pitch pipe, memo page.

$6.99

The Gig Easy  

Reads scores, lets you write on the score, rearrange pages, metronome, hand-­‐swipe page turning, pitch pipe.  

$3.99

Composition/ Improvisation

SoundMakers

Created by Soundstreams Canada: create using recorded excerpts from orchestral works by Canadian composers.

Free

Singing Fingers  

Run your finger over the screen to record the sounds that you are making. Colors are determined by pitch.

Free

Musyc  

Each shape has its own sound. Draw lines and place shapes on these lines to create a piece.

Free

Notion  

Create or import scores, edit scores, play scores.

$14.99

Garage Band

Create tracks of your music.  Select from variety of instruments, play the song, create several tracks.

$4.99

Sight Reading

SightRead4Piano by Wessar    

    

Provides excerpts for every ABRSM grade level. Built-­‐in metronome, measures gradually disappear.

Free lite version, upgrade $

Ear Training

Karajan

Provides exercises asking you to identify intervals, chords, scales, pitches, tempi or key signatures. Score and instrument display. Piano, organ, nylon and acoustic guitar sounds available.

$9.99

Do Re Mi Ear

Training

Identify notes and short melodies using sol-­‐fa syllables. Guitar or piano sounds available, shows progress over various time frames.

$6.99

Aural

(ABRSM)

An individual module is available for each of the ABRSM grades. Includes clap back, echo sing melodies, questions about dynamic and tempi changes for any of the excerpts. Record your own examples.

Free

Theory

Music Theory

Series of flash cards including music symbols, scale degrees, key signatures, chords.

$2.99

Iharmony

Lists various scales, chords, and harmonies, providing note names and sounds.

$0.99

Mynotegame

Write short melodies, tap buttons to name notes, play notes on your instrument.

Free

History

Young Genius

Sound bites of instrument sounds and clips from pieces by famous composers. Information and game phases.

Free

Metronome

Super metronome

Adjust tempi.

Free

Metronome light

Adjust tempi.

Free

Tuner

ProTuner

Allows tuning via a built-­‐in mic and a note-­‐wheel interface in an iPhone or iPad, etc.

Free

Recorder

Audio Rec

Audio recorder can not only record and edit recordings, but can export to sound cloud. Download and save tracks.

$1.99

 

Selected Android Apps       

 

App  

What it Does    

Price  

Pre-­‐loaded Devices on your Android device

Music Player

    

Import and play your music.

n/a

Camera

    

This feature lets you take photos or shoot videos.

n/a

Internet Browser

Let’s you surf the Internet.

n/a

Composition/ Improvisation

EZ Beat Maker

Layer the sounds to create some beats.

$1.02

Musicnotes

Displays music and lets you annotate your music using pens and highlighters.

free

Mobilesheet

Score reader with ability to annotate

$8.99

Theory

Circle of 5th/II V I    

Quizzes on the circle of fifths.    

$1.02

Red the Music Reader    

Note reading skills game.    

$1.03

Ear Training

Ear Training 3

Identify intervals, chords, chord progressions.

free

Aural book for

ABRSM

Provides excerpts for every ABRSM grade level. Built-­‐in metronome, measures gradually disappear.

free

Metronome

Metronome Beats

Set your tempi, or tap your tempo and let the

metronome find the tempo.

free

Sight Reading

Music Sight Reading

Note reading flash cards and quizzes.

free

Music Tutor Sight

Read

Identify notes and key signatures.

$2.39

Music Tutor Fret

Master

Identify notes on a fret.

$1.98

History

Classical Music 2

Excerpts from pieces by famous composers.

free

Tuner

Pitch lab guitar tuner

Tuner.

free

Recorder

Digital Audio

Recorder

Recorder: you can organize your recordings into folders.

$3.99