Apps for Getting Sheet Music Onto Your iPad.

ScannerPro Small IconScannerPro – $2.99 

DropBox Small IconDropBox – Free

Sitting in my Community Band rehearsal tonight we were sight-reading through all of our pieces for the upcoming Christmas Concert. That meant I actually had to use paper music…. gasp….! Of course there was one piece of music that there wasn’t enough copies of the music so I whipped out my iPhone and in a matter of two minutes had scanned it using Scanner Pro. By using that app I was able to most importantly take a great shot of the music that was in focus. The app says “hold still to take a photo” once you tap the button. Then it will sense when you are holding still and then quickly snap the picture. I have not had a pic that is out of focus with this app. Then I uploaded the PDF to DropBox and then opened it in ForScore. In ForScore the first thing I did was to tag and rename the PDF. All of this took about 4 minutes and I was ready to play the first note with the rest of the band.

Here is a screenshot of two pieces. One I scanned with a professional copier/scanner made by Kinolta and the other is what I did with my iPhone/iPad. The only way I can tell the difference is by looking at the file size – I have yet to find another way to get the quality AND small file size the Kinolta gives me. See if you can tell the difference….

ScannerPro Comparison

Fantastical is on Sale!

Fantastical Small IconFantastical for the iPad is 20% off currently making it the best $7.99 you will spend on an app this week!

unless of course you buy….

Fantastical Small IconFantastical for the iPhone which is 40% off at $2.99!

I’ve have written about Fantastical before and every time I use that “other” calendar app and then switch back to Fantastical I am again in awe of the design, the ease of use, and the quickness with which I can access my calendar!

Password Manager – You have one right? This one is free today!

1Key Pro Small Icon1Key Pro – Secure Password Manager by Appxy is free today.

I sure hope you all have one of these apps! If not, now’s the day to grab one for free! This is not the one I have been using but it sure beats using the notepad!

I’ve used OneSafe Mac Small IconOneSafe for quite awhile now and can not imagine living without it! In fact, I had to look up my password for THIS blog TONIGHT just so I could bring you the exciting news of a free app!

Essential iPad App for Music Teachers Who Record

FinalTouch_MaximizerIf you are a music teacher then you are always recordings yourself and your students! Right? I sure hope so! Especially these days when there are a zillion nifty ways to do that so easily!

I’ve mentioned before, and I will continue to mention, that if you really want your recordings to sound the best that we mere, mortal teachers can come up with then you should hire professionals to stand in for your students – wait…. no… that’s not the idea here….

Seriously though, if you have a recording that you want to enhance then you really need to run it through a mastering app – even if you don’t have a clue as to what that means! Currently I sure hope you have all entered the contest for Igor’s apps over at the Music App Blog (If you haven’t then scroll down to my previous post and enter NOW!)


Since only a few of us can win I should let you know that Final Touch Small IconFinal Touch by Positive Grid is on a 50% sale for $9.99? Yes, it’s that good. Listen to the example below of the difference these apps can make! Every recording I make, that we don’t immediately listen to in rehearsal, gets run through either Audio Mastering or Final Touch. It’s fast and effective!

A Music App GiveAway You Don’t Want to Miss! – All Music Teachers Should Enter!

Igor Vasiliev giveaway – bumper giveaway for all Igor’s audio effects apps

There…. that was the link you really need to follow to go enter yourself into the giveaway at the Music App Blog for Igor’s music apps. Igor has an entire suite of apps for musicians, teachers, students and people who just plain want to make music using iPad. I have written about these apps before and use several of them almost every time I want to put a recording of one of my musical ensembles on the web, be it just for their evaluation or as a recording parents can download and keep forever.

The Apps I own and use:

Audio Mastering Small IconAudio Mastering app is at the top of my “must have apps” for music teachers when they are working with recordings from their ensembles, soloists, rehearsals, and performances. It is so fast and easy these days to record a rehearsal of an ensemble and then put it out there for students to evaluate themselves with. Using Audio Mastering is a quick and effective way to get every possible drop of great sound from those recordings. Even without any idea of what you are doing or any professional training on what’s going on in the background with this app it is easy to make a recording that is obviously better sounding than what you started with!

AltiSpace Small IconAltiSpace – Convolution Reverb gives you the sounds of famous reverb equipment right inside of your iPad. This app supports Inter-App Audio and also Audiobus. Really helps to give your recordings that extra touch of reverb when recording or after recording.

The two apps I don’t own but are high on my “Wish List”:

Master Record Small IconMaster Record app allows you to record from any external audio source into you iPad and then edit parts of the track, cut, copy, fade-in, fade-out and apply effects that give your music warmth and natural sounding quality.

Master FX Small IconMaster FX is a multipurpose effects processor providing a wide range of high-quality and creative effects options for audio processing. This app supports Audiobus 2.x in the Input, Effect and Output slots, which makes it a stellar app to use in conjunction with other apps during your times of creative music making!

App Smashing For Music Teachers

So Band Directors need to wear many, many, many hats. It’s is so hard to stay organized and to communicate with everybody in a timely manner. Using iPad and iPhone really aid in this craziness! Using several apps together can also help.

It’s time to wrap up marching season here and part of that was taking pictures so we could cherish those times for ever more? How is the best way to let parents see the wonderful pictures our local photographers took of all of the sections so that they can decide if they want to order a copy? Plus how do I then communicate with the photographers how many of which section when they are not music people and don’t want to take a chance that they understand which section is which.

Bubble Frame Small IconWell I used Bubble Frame first. A nifty little app that costs $1.99 and is actually just an iPhone app but works fine on my iPad. In that app I found a layout that let me insert a copy of each section.

Blogsy Small IconThen I used Blogsy to write a post to the Band Blog so the parents could see the pictures and send money to school. Blogsy is my go to app for posting to WordPress while on my iPad.

PDF Expert5 Small IconOf course I had to use PDF Expert in the mix of daily organization. PDF Expert was used to import a roster of the students that I allowed me to keep track of who ordered a picture and what size they wanted. By the way, if you haven’t bought this app you really need to take a look at the Ultimate Productivity Bundle from Readdle has put together that has four of their apps for an amazing price!

Skitch Small IconThe final step was to annotate the picture created in Bubble Frame with directions for the photographers. The easiest way to annotate that was in Skitch. I could have used PDF Expert but it’s just so darn fast and easy to drop in text and arrows in Skitch that I always use it for simple and straight forward projects that need very clear and simple annotation.

Here is the picture I sent to the photography place. Leave a comment below of how you have used multiple apps together to help you stay organized.

Free Music Theory App for Music Teachers

Free for a day…. This is made for iPhone but works on iPad and is amazingly useful for music teachers who teach scales, key signatures and intervals! Get it now….

Circle of 5ths app – free for today




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