Nin-Genius is on Sale! Anyone who teaches Band/Orchestra/Piano should own this app!

NinGenius Main Screen.pngI can not say enough about how amazing this app is in the classroom! I have all my students using this app to show growth and understanding of fingerings on their instruments as well as note names! There is even a rhythm mode now! I wasn’t so sure about the usefulness of the rhythm mode but after I tried testing myself I soon came to realize that even my high school kids needed to be using this!

Now – before we get too far in I do feel I need to warn you that there are three versions of the app.

NinGenius ClassNin-Genius Music: Class Games – $7.99 currently (and worth every cent of the full price)

NinGenius Music StudioNin-Genius Music: Studio Games – $4.99 (For a trumpet teacher who only needs to test trumpets for instance. Studio Games version now allows 3 instruments upon startup, with additional instruments available for $0.99)

NinGenius 4 Kids.pngNin-Genius Music: Games 4 Kids – $0.99 – This is what your students would buy.

As the demands on us teachers grow to collect data these apps are in-despinsible! The Instructor mode in this app allows me to go in, view my students scores, look at their history and even better email myself a spreadsheet of that information!

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As for the students? They do not look at this as taking a test – it is a game for them! They love playing it and seeing how fast they can progress through all the different levels of belts. Plus, with three iPads being passed around the room I can make it through an entire class of testing in less than 50 minutes. If you have ever tried testing in a band room with 50 students sitting there you instantly know how painful it can get when one kid is playing a test and 49 others are sitting there waiting! Using Nin-Genius means every kid is either testing or rehearsing. Instant win!

There are 18 instruments provided in Nin-Genius. Plus each person can choose to test on note names, fingerings and now even rhythms.

If you are a music teacher and do NOT own this game now is the time to act!

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Cloud Outliner Pro – 60% off

Well this is a welcome addition to staying organized –

Cloud Outliner for Mac.png$3.99 – Cloud Outliner Pro for Mac

Cloud Outliner Pro Icon.png$0.99 – Cloud Outliner Pro for iPad

Cloud Outliner Pro Icon.png$0.99 – Cloud Outliner Pro for iPhone

Let’s make outlines and stay organized! I love it when you can use an app on all your devices AND they all stay in Sync!

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Time to Gobble Some App Sales Up! Great Deals to be Had This Weekend!

Well if you Americans are done eating that turkey then it’s time to grab some pie! THEN you really need to grab some of these app deals for musicians!

If you are a music educator these apps are the top of my list for being the most useful to teachers. If you are not a teacher but are a musician these apps would STILL top my list as being the most useful for creating music! There are a bunch of other apps on sale but like I said…. these top my list as being apps you should be using!

My top pick is actually NOT an app on sale for iPad but instead for your computer – If you do not have Notion yet then this is the time to grab it! If you have Notion but have NOT updated then this is the time to do it! 50% OFF

OK… on to iPad/iPhone apps….

Cubasis LogoCubasis – 50% off at $24.,99. If you don’t have an app to do multi track recording then these first two apps are the way to go, especially at these prices! PLUS Cubasis just had an awesome update giving us even more power but more about that in another post!

Auria LogoAuria Pro – 50% off at $24.99 

Auria LogoAuria LE – $11.99 – The limited version of Auria Pro but still worth every cent!

AUM MixerAUM – Audio Mixer – $15.99 (down from $18.99) This outstanding app is THE way to integrate multiple apps and mix them all together on iOS

Audio ShareAudio Share – $2.99 – Use this app as the way to share all your audio recordings between your apps. You can also edit your audio recordings inside of this app as well. Record, edit, convert, trim, normalize, convert… it’s all there.

impaktor-iconImpaktor – The Drum Synthesizer – $2.99  – Without a doubt one of the most fun drum apps ever made! Simply put on your headphones, open the app, turn up the volume and let your inner drummer go to town on whatever playing surfaces you may be near! Drum on the table, your cup, your friends head – it will all make for some interesting beats!

OnSong SmallOnSong – $19.99 (from $24.99) – If you perform from chord charts then this is THE app that you should be using!


Now if you are looking for some apps to create music with – you know like a drum beat, a synthesizer app, apps that are effects for using inside of Cubasis/Auria/AUM…. here is my list of the best that are on sale:

Beat Maker 3 IconBeatMaker 3 – $19.99 (50% off!) – oh wow is this a big one! Just a remarkable workflow that makes full use of the touch interface. Be prepared though to either buy some of their sound packs or import your own samples.

Fugue MachineFugue Machine – $4.99 (50% off!) – Four independent playheads – what fun!

dot melody small iconDot Melody – 60% off – Easy to create music without the need to understand music theory and how to play a piano!

LorentzLorentz Synthesizer – $5.99 (down from $7.99) – Synth app

RedshrikeRedShrike Synthesizer – $5.99 (down from $7.99) – Synth app

dm2-iconDM2 – $1.99 (from $4.99) – Drums

Elastic Drums LargeElastic Drums – $3.99 (from $8.99) – Amazing Drum Synth

Poseidon SynthPoseidon Synth – $9.99 (from $11.99)

AddictiveSynthAddictive Synth – $4.99 (from $6.99)

Sensual Sax Icon Sensual Sax $2.99 (from $4.99) – Because this is an amazing sounding sax.

Orsilus IconOrsilus – $3.99 (from $7.99) – Another great DAW with a refreshing take on the interface!

IKMultiMedia has some nice deals on their collection of apps as well. These are amazing sounding apps with solid user interfaces. Nothing weird or unexpected here – just great sound at an amazing price!

SampleTankSampleTank – $9.99

iGrand icon smalliGrand – $9.99

iLectric icon smalliLectric – $9.99

Of course Korg had to get in on the app sales as well. They did time this very nicely with a nice little update to their Korg Gadget that now includes several new IAP purchases to give you new modules to play with. Lisbon does sound amazing! Those IAP’s are on sale as well so act now!

Korg Gadget Small IconKorg Gadget $19.99 (50% off)- Korgs version of a DAW. Comes with great sounds already available but as you buy some of their other apps then those apps become available inside of Gadget as well as being stand alone apps!

All the IAP’s are on a 30%-33% sale currently as well!


Sonic LogicSonic Logic is $4.99 – great interface builder to allow you to control other apps and hardware/software on your laptop

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Talking about alternative playing interface –

Clawtar IconClawtar Adaptive MIDI Controller for $2.99 has to be one of my favorite

Last but not least here is an amazing synth app from Bleep Street called

Zeeon Synth.pngZeeon Synth – $4.99


MET Podcast Episode #12 with Dan Scott (Orchestra Teacher from MI) is now up!

Well this will make for some great podcast listening today and this weekend! For those of us who are in the US we can load this up while standing in those atrocious lines at the Black Friday Sales!

In this episode, Chris and I visit with Dan Scott, an Orchestra teacher in Jenison, Michigan.  Dan works at (and has been a key cotributor) to a very large and successful orchestra program (and music program) in Southern Michigan.  Dan uses technology in his teaching, and has ben active in MASTA and has a masters degree in educational technology.  Dan has also presented sessions on technology including “50 Ways to Integrate Technology in Your Music Program,” and he has graciously provided a link to the notes from that session – for the link to those notes visit the Podcast Ep #12 – Show Notes Page Here

Here is the link to our Podcast if you not listening through iTunes or some other Podcast app –

iTunes Link –

Updated GarageBand and Moog App Sales

Just in case you haven’t heard GarageBand for iOS had some very nice updates this week.

GarageBand for iOS

  • New Smart Drummers
  • New Sound Library/Pack Feature
  • New sounds from China and Japan
  • A new Beat Sequencer ( how has this NOT been a part of GarageBand up until now?)
  • More loops and grooves
  • Support for the new iOS11 file manager and browser
  • A new audio units view that supports full screen viewing of the AU being used – this is just superb!
  • And of course…. just like a zillion other interface has been updated for the new iPhone X. 

There are some other nice tweaks and such. Read them all on the App Store. 

I had to go try out the new audio unit view along with Moog’s Model15 app. This app was also updated to take advantage of Audio Unit capabilities this past week. AND if you don’t have Model15 or Animoog for iPad or Animoog for iPhone these apps are on an amazing sale currently! These apps are very inspiring and take full advantage fo the touch interface. I also made use of the free app by Roli called Noise which is also AU compatible. 

In all I ended up with 2 Model 15 tracks, 3 Noise tracks, a beat sequencer track alongside a smart drummer track. I also used smart strings and guitar and an Erhu track as well. 

It really is great to use Audi Units because I can use multiple instances of the same app! This was not so was before. 

All in all, this update to GarageBand is just one more reason to use the app for yourself, with students and just for the fun of it! 

Please take a listen to my musical wandering below 

iPad & Technology in Music Ed makes it into a top 100 Music Ed Blogs List!

Hey will ya look at that nice shiny award!?

So the kind people at FeedSpot, which just so happens to be one of the RSS news feeds that I use, listed this blog in the Top 100 Music Education Blogs list!

If you are interested in finding the other 99 then follow this link…

iOS11 Podcast with Robby and Chris

Robby Burns has a wonderful Podcast and this past school year he was focusing on doing podcasts with his friends that related to the book he wrote, “Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers.

This time he invited Chris Russell and myself to talk about updating to iOS11. We had a great time talking together and exploring the new features that Apple has brought to us all in iOS11.

Updating to iOS11 – Robby Burns with Chris Russell and Paul Shimmons

If you have thoughts about how iOS11 is going to affect your teaching/performing/studying music please leave me a comment below!

iOS11 and High Sierra Updates for the Music Educator

So we now have both iOS11 and High Sierra available for all of us to update to! Or do we?

I keep hearing from major companies that we should all be holding off on updating our hardware to the latest software! In fact, take a look at THIS update from a software/hardware company that I just received today….

  • “Apple has announced its new macOS version, High Sierra, to be released on September 25. On October 17, Microsoft releases Fall Creators, their latest update to Windows 10.
  • From the end of October on, we shall begin testing our current line of products on both these operating systems.
  • Therefore, we strongly recommend to wait with the update to macOS High Sierra and Windows 10 Fall Creators until the entire compatibility chart for all Steinberg products has been published. This is especially important to customers relying on a trouble-free operation of our products.”

Um… the END of October you will START to test your products for compability? Seriously? The end of October? That’s a MONTH from now! Let me remind you that you manufacturers ALL have the same, or better, access to the beta software as what I do! I mean come on people – I’ve been running iOS11 since JUNE!

If you come to me and say “We’ve been testing our products since we’ve had access and we STILL are not ready to make our products compatible because we are having problems making it happen.” I’d understand THAT.

I do not in any shape or form understand what is going on when you say that you will START to test your products a full month AFTER the new operating systems have been released. 

OK – So with THAT rant over…. I will also add my word of caution to all of you eager to upgrade to the latest and greatest operating system… make sure you actually know what will work and what won’t after updating! Chris, Robby and I have a podcast recorded that discusses these issues a little bit. Of course the real reason we recorded the podcast is because we were discussing iOS11 and all that brings us! I will post a link to that podcast soon!

In the meantime… I’d love to hear if you had issues updating to iOS11 or High Sierra with any software/Apps/hardware that is Music repeated.