Password Manager for FREE! Get one!

I don’t care which app you use but you REALLy need an app to keep track of your passwords! I don’t mean the notes app either! 

Password ManagaerPassword Manager PRO is free today with so if you haven’t started using an app for this today is your lucky day! Go try this one out. 


Get iMaschine for Free!

What an awesome deal for those of you who want to get immersed with todays music tech apps!


If you don’t have iMaschine you may be able to get it for free – try this….

“Apple is running a promotion. You need to do this on an iPhone or iPod (but of course you can install it on an iPad once you have download the app to your phone) You need the Apple Store app Go to the “Stores” tab and you should see the promo. Works in the US and some other countries, but maybe not everywhere.”



Notes Plus app on Big Sale!

Notes Plus Small IconNotes Plus (currently 0.99 cents!) is one of those apps that i always re-install every time I purchase a new iPad or do a clean restore on one.

The handwriting is just beautiful, you can record audio, annotate PDF’s and the app has intelligent shape recognition. In fact, it even has handwriting recognition if you spring for the in-app-purchase.


Fantastical for Mac on Sale 50% off

Fantastical Large IconDid you know that the Mac app for Fantastical is currently on a 50% sale for $9.99?

Awesome way of handling your calendars! There is an app that lives in your menu bar and you access all your calendar info from there. It is fast! Fast because it is right there all the time, fast because you add events using natural language input and fast because you are not waiting for an app to open up to see what you have going on!


Notability Note Taking App for iOS and Now For the Mac!

I love being able to grab my device and get stuff done. I don’t like having to grab a specific device though. I want to use whichever device is with me at any given time, be it my iPhone when I am out and about or my iPad or if I am sitting at my desk my computer. That means that I’ve got to have apps that work across all devices and seamlessly syncs across all devices WTHOUT ME HAVING TO THINK ABOUT IT!

Notability has now entered that realm of amazingness! I’ve been using the Notability app on my iOS devices for several years now and love the functions available there. It is the app I use when taking notes with students on the big screen in class, it is the app I use when working on worksheets in class on the big screen and it is the app I use to keep track of each classes music theory progress through out the year.

Now GingerLabs has also released Notability for the Mac, just in time for school!

Notability Mac Small Iconthe Mac App is $9.99

Notability iOS Small Iconthe iOS App is currently $2.99 which is 40% off!

iBooks for Music Educators with iPad/s

Help_I_am_an_elementary_music_teacher_with_one_or_more_iPads2.225x225-75The newest book I would suggest is actually free and is titled, “Help! I am an elementary music teacher with one or more iPads!” by Amy Burns

This a free resource book that provides elementary music educators with lessons and resources about numerous apps for classrooms with one iPad, a few iPads, or 1:1 iPad music classroom. The book includes lesson plans, video demonstrations of the apps mentioned and lots of ideas and information about how to incorporate iPads into Elementary Music Education.

Amy has a blog you should all be following by the way in your RSS feeds at –


iPads in Music Ed BookAnother great iBook is by Dr. Christopher J. Russell titled “iPads In Music Education“. This book was released in August 2013 and then updated last in December 2013. In his book Chris shares his wealth of knowledge about using iPads in all levels of music ed. He covers apps lists and even hardware like the Zivix JamStix. Assessment, video conferencing, classroom management, 1:1 settings and the latest iPads and iOS7 are all covered.



Practical TechChris has another book that is titled “Practical Technology for Music Education“. In this book other tech is covered besides focusing on just iPads, so you Android and Chrome Book users will be happy as well! Chris has spent many years teaching with technology in the music classroom.

In this book Chris takes you through things like the theories of tech integration, different levels of tech in music ed, different types of tech, like iPads, whiteboards, desktops and chrome books. SmartMusic, MIDI Labs, iBands, phones, the cloud, and app lists are all talked about and discussed. In fact he even gets into iBooks Authoring software, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Music Standards are all part of the fun as well. Of course I think one of the important chapters is the fact that he talks about blogging and why he (and YOU) should be blogging.

Chris also has a blog that all iPad toting Music Educators should be following –


Recorder InteractiveThis next book is for anyone teaching recorders to kids, or trying to learn themselves for that matter. I really wish I was teaching recorders in the classroom just so I could use this book! The book is titled “Recorder Interactive: A Magical Method” and is written by Joanna Sisk-Purvis. A wonderful book full of multimedia that will capture and hold the attention of even the squirrelist  kids in your class. 

The book starts at from the very beginning and covers over an octave of notes, basic playing techniques while including 30 songs, play-along tracks, interactive quizzes, pop-overs and ear training challenges.

Guess what… Joanna has a blog you should follow too if you are a music educator –

Essential ElementsOf course I would be very remiss if I did not mention that the Essential Elements Book 1 has an iBook version that proves an amazing tool to use in band class. Of course students with iPads should also use this version of the book instead of, or in addition to, the printed version.

Even though I use SmartMusic with the Essential Elements Book built into that, I still use the iBooks version. In fact I have the conductors book and several of the students books scanned and in UnRealBook as well. I use UnRealBook because it allows me to have an index easily and quickly created so that I can find any page or any song with just a few taps of the screen – unlike ForScore which takes mush more set up to work with a book like this. THANK YOU ARON for giving us that capability!

Interactive ListeningThe last iBook today is an amazing approach to music history/listening. If I would have had this book while still in school it would have changed my entire approach to listening and music! Peter Carney and Brian Felix have written “Interactive Listening: A New Approach to Music

This book takes the reader on a totally engrossing, multimedia journey through the history, science and diverse languages of music. The book takes you from Tibetan Monks, a dixieland parade, and even DubStep, crossing 35,000 years and every continent. Discussing great topics such as why music has been written in caves, ships, and cathedrals. This is a book for the eyes, ears and mind – delighting you with tons of videos, sound and pictures. Beethoven, Miles, The Beatles…. they are all covered.

Apps for Marching Band Directors

What apps did you use during Band Camp? If you used another app during Marching Season leave me a comment below – I would love to check it out and add it to this list!

Here is what was on my home screen for easy one touch access all week.

ForScore Small IconForScore – These are the apps that hold all of my music for all of my groups that I teach – parts, scores, marching, pep band, songs for church, songs for anything!

UnRealBook Small IconUnRealBook – These are the apps that hold all of my music for all of my groups that I teach – parts, scores, marching, pep band, songs for church, songs for anything! UnRealBook has the advantage of sharing entire set lists with other people easier than ForScore. UnRealBook also lets me set up an entire index for books like Essential Elements so that I can quickly jump to a specific song/page in the book – this is way easier than setting up bookmarks in ForScore.

Avid Scorch Small IconAvid Scorch – It takes a bit of work to get all of my music into Sibelius but once I do then I am able to access any part I want with the tap of a button! Even easier than setting up all the parts in ForScore or UnRealBook.

DrillBook Next Small IconDrillBookNext – My newest app that has become one of those apps I will use constantly all season long! I will never again teach marching drill without using this app!

Remind Small IconRemind Safe Classroom Communication – THE tool to use for communicating with parents and students with mass texts. So easy for them to sign up and they love getting the Reminders from me about times, uniforms, place to be, things to bring and upcoming dates. Easy way to send out changes to schedules because of rain issues for instance or time changes for arriving back at the school on the bus.

AnyTune Icon SmallAnyTune Pro+ – If we are not actually playing our instruments while learning the drill then we are using this app. It is THE reason we are able to get so much learned in such a little amount of time! With this app we can set up bookmarks for each set, change the tempo, and then jump directly to any specific spot in the recording. If we want we can even loop back and forth between two spots.

Click Designer Small IconClick Designer – Great metronome app to that allows you to set up your entire song set by set if needed, then you will have a click track that is automated. So cool for marching bands and concert bands where the tempo does not stay the same for the entire piece.

TonalEnergy Small IconTE Tuner – My tuner of choice

FileMakerGo Small IconFileMaker Go13 – Amazing way to keep track of my students records, instrument inventory, uniforms lists and so on. You will need the desktop app to really make full use of this app though! You could simply use some of the builtin starter solutions but to customize it for you and your exact needs the desktop app is needed.

DropBox Small IconDropBox – My Cloud for all of my active music and documents like camp contract, camp rosters and students medical forms

PDF Expert5 Small IconPDF Expert – My go to app for annotating any PDF/Document that needs it. Has some cool options for when I am using AirPlay to display documents on the big screen for the entire class to see.

Documents Small IconDocuments – I use this access all my documents that I keep on my iPad. More importantly I also use this to access all of my cloud services from within one app – DropBox, Box, Google Drive and the list goes on.

Calendars 5Calendars 5 – I’ve covered this before – great calendar app with natural language input and awesome UI

GoodTask Small IconGoodTask – The best To-Do list I have found! I love this one because it really helps me be able to setup yearly To-Do lists  but not have to see those tasks that are months away. I still use Siri and Apple’s Reminders app but only to create tasks – It is very distracting with most of these apps to see a task that isn’t due for weeks or even months or even a year away! I don’t want to see it until it’s time to deal with it!

tweetbot3 iphoneTweetbot – The app I use for Twitter. I do have to admit that I am liking the newest version of the official Twitter app though.

Facebook – Yes, I use social media for my high school kids and parents – they are ALL on there. This means that they don’t have to open another app and look in a different place than where they already are! I do have separate accounts for my personal and my work though.


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