Be a User – Embrace new Tech! Discover the Joys Waiting For YOU!

Progress and improvements in capabilities are expected in technology. In fact, I’ve told my own kids – “Buy the best tech you can afford/need at the best price you can find then don’t look back!” Soon a newer and shinier and faster and more capable thing will appear. It is the way it is. Once you do make the decision to make a tech purchase though … Continue reading Be a User – Embrace new Tech! Discover the Joys Waiting For YOU!

MusicJot – a Handwritten Music Notation on iPad

In January 2017 the Music Notation iOS app world grew. MusicJot by Mona Lisa Sound was one of those apps that actually has been released that works well. In January I did discover that there is another Music notation app being developed as well but that app is still in beta. I do find it very interesting that both of these music notation apps focus on … Continue reading MusicJot – a Handwritten Music Notation on iPad

Music Study Apps Part 1- notetracks

When we as musicians sit down to figure out and to study a piece of music there has usually been a bunch of paper, pencil and clicking going on. You hit play and start writing down which section is which, taking notes on where the main theme starts, when the chorus comes in, where to start adding, drums, strings, backup vocal….. and the list goes on … Continue reading Music Study Apps Part 1- notetracks

Using An RSS News Reader and Blogs To Give Students Feedback on Assignments

  I have to say that one of the most used apps on my iPad is my RSS news feed app. It is through my RSS news feeds that I can follow an absurd number of websites, blogs, news updates and almost anything on the web that I am interested in. I used to go visit a small handful of sites every day hoping for … Continue reading Using An RSS News Reader and Blogs To Give Students Feedback on Assignments

Save Time In Front Of Class With LaunchCenter Pro for iPad

Teachers all understand the importance of saving even a few keystrokes, a few seconds, in front of a class of middle students! The more that technology takes a back seat in a lesson plan the better off we all are. If the tech isn't bringing attention to itself but the students learning is front and center then the tech is in the right place. That … Continue reading Save Time In Front Of Class With LaunchCenter Pro for iPad

Essential iPad Apps For Marching Band Directors (during the prep for marching season)

Are you a Marching Band Director with an iPad? Well then you are probably working through much of the same preparation as I am. How does my iPad help me in all of this craziness? DRILL PREP: In the prep of the drill I have my iPad on the entire time even though I am writing drill in Pyware 3D. On the iPad I use UnRealBook … Continue reading Essential iPad Apps For Marching Band Directors (during the prep for marching season)

iPad’s in the Music Classroom – What do I do with a classroom set? (UPDATED – 6-28-14)

A reader asked an excellent question, “I am just wondering though, how do you utilize student iPads in the band rehearsal? I have a set of 30 iPads to use with my students, yet I find it difficult to find a meaningful way to use them other than as metronome, tuners or formative feedback using the Socrative app.” I thought it might be good to … Continue reading iPad’s in the Music Classroom – What do I do with a classroom set? (UPDATED – 6-28-14)

iPad App for Guitar Lessons (Teacher and Student BOTH Should Have This!)

One of the reasons I bought an iPad was to keep myself organized as a teacher. It is easy to see the possibilities of using the iPad to keep all that stuff in one spot! Of course finding apps that harness those possibilities is a bit different. Just today I went searching for a document that my principal sent me and I then proceeded to … Continue reading iPad App for Guitar Lessons (Teacher and Student BOTH Should Have This!)