A new iPad app from MakingMusicFun.net just hit the Apple app store – Meet Beethoven. The app is colorful, well planned and looks to be loads of fun for your kids. I’ve included the description below. If you’re interested in downloading the app, just click on the image or the link below to head to the Apple app store.

Get Meet Beethoven iPad App

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Description
“Meet Beethoven” from MakingMusicFun.net, is an elementary music education resource designed to send your child’s excitement about music and learning into overdrive! Right from the beginning, “MB” draws kids in with vibrant images and content that they’ll be excited to share with family and friends. Then, “MB” turns your kids into active learners, starting with an interactive game that drills the keywords they read in the introductory materials. At the core of the app, “MB” provides for a hand-on music making experience, by providing sheet music with interactive music learning tools for a variety of music instruments. In classic MakingMusicFun.net style, “MB” wraps things up with a wacky quiz called, “Pizza for Beethoven”. Answer enough questions correctly, and Beethoven gets a pizza for dinner. Miss too many questions, and Beethoven goes to bed hungry.

APP FEATURES
Biography
Photo Gallery
Timeline
Double Puzzle Word Scramble
Pizza for Beethoven Quiz (Cute, an awesome wrap-up for everything kids learn about in in the app.)

SHEET MUSIC INCLUDED
Ode to Joy (For Easy Piano, Recorder, Band and Orchestra Instruments)
Beethoven’s Fifth (For Easy Piano)
Fur Elise (For Piano)

Pieces that are familiar with kids are often the most popular. They love them, so they practice them. Do You Know the Muffin Man? is a classic English rhyme that has made it’s way into the subculture of kids everywhere.

Interested in sharing this piano arrangement of this class rhyme? Just click and print!

Free Sheet Music

Download Do You Know the Muffin Man?

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Here’s a jazzy piece for easy/intermediate piano students. It’s a great opportunity to practice the swing style, and the perfect addition to lesson curriculum for 3rd-5th year students.

Free Sheet Music
Alexander’s Ragtime Band for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo

 

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Here’s a piece for easy/intermediate piano students. Interested in reading a little about the piece? I’ve included an excerpt from Wikipedia below, and a link so you can read more on the site.

Free Sheet Music
Romeo and Juliet (Love Theme) by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo

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About Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet is an orchestral work composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It is styled an Overture-Fantasy, and is based on Shakespeare’s play of the same name. Like other composers such as Berlioz and Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky was deeply inspired by Shakespeare and wrote works based on The Tempest and Hamlet as well… Read more on Wikipedia.org

Here’s a fun and jazzy song for intermediate piano students. It’s easy to play, and a great choice to introduce students to swing eighth notes.

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Free Sheet Music

Erie Canal for Easy Piano Solo

 

About the Erie Canal
The Erie Canal, in New York state, extends from the Hudson River to Lake Erie, connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean.

Lyrics
I’ve got a mule,
Her name is Sal,
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.
She’s a good old worker
And a good old pal,
Fifteen years on the Erie Canal.
We’ve hauled some barges in our day
Filled with lumber, coal and hay
And ev’ry inch of the way I know
From Albany to Buffalo.

Low Bridge, ev’rybody down,
For it’s Low Bridge,
We’re coming to a town!
You can always tell your neighbor,
You can always tell your pal,
If you’ve ever navigated
On the Erie Canal.
Low Bridge, ev’rybody down,
For it’s Low Bridge,
We’re coming to a town!
You can always tell your neighbor,
You can always tell your pal,
If you’ve ever navigated
On the Erie Canal.

Looking for an app to drill basic theory skills? This iPad app from Alfred Music is a great pick for beginning students.

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Download Music for Little Mozarts App

Review

The app provides drill and practice activities for:

  • Distinguishing between High and Low Sounds
  • Melodic Direction (Up or Down)
  • Rhythmic Identification (Simple Rhythms)
  • Notes Naming Skill Development

Other notable features for this app include a point system rewards students for correct answers, and cute watercolor animals that are sure to be a hit with kids. It would be nice to see app developed that meet the growing needs of students as they progress through the Alfred series piano books.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Treble Clef Kids | Download on Apple App Store

Looking for a fun way to drill note names and keyboard key names? Treble Clef kids has been a go-to solution for my students, and may be just what the doctor ordered for you and your students.

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Download Treble Clef Kids | iPad App

Review

While the graphics fall a bit short, the value of the the drill and practice activities are worth the price of the app. The cheering and the funny sounds for wrong answers add an element of fun. It would also be nice to see a  scoring system added to engage the kids a bit more.

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More Recommended Apps

MMF! Piano Primer App | Download on Apple App Store
Music for Little Mozarts | Download on Apple App Store

Dance of the Cygnets is a dance movement from Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake. The dance is from the ballet’s second act. The French translation of the original title means “Dance of the Little Swans.”

If you enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky, and have been playing the piano for a few years, this arrangement of this piece from Swan Lake will present a wonderful challenge.

Download Dance of the Cygnets by Tchaikovsky | Free Sheet Music for Piano

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Are you interested in learning how to play chords, or someday play in a band. This free printable piano chord chart help get you started. It introduces you to 28 of the most popular piano chords, and will get you playing your favorite songs in no time.

Download Free Piano Chord Chart for Beginners

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Also includes info about the basic elements of chords, inverting chords to make them easier to play, and how to make a basic chord based accompaniment.

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Browse other “The Piano Student” free sheet music posts:

All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Free eBook
Composing with Kids | Free Piano Lesson eBook
Level 1/Easy Piano Solos
Level 3/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 4/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 5/ Intermediate Piano Solos

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Do your kids say stuff like, “How does it go?” or “What’s the name of this note?” The MMF Piano Primer app is an interactive app for the iPad that provides the answers to the questions your kids ask most when they’re practicing piano. Because it provides these answers their time spent is much more productive.

Download MMF Piano Primer on the Apple App Store

 

Features

Right Hand Focus – The MMF! All-in-One Primer begins with only one note in the right hand, and expands from there. By doing so, students will be confident in their abilities every step of the way.

Limited Left Hand Chords – When students are ready, MMF! All-in-One Primer introduces limited chord combinations in the right hand, and continues drilling for success.

Limited Dynamics – Dynamics are limited to just two – mp and mf.

Limited Rhythms – With rhythm being the most challenging musical element to master, MMF! All-in-One Primer limits the number of rhythmical symbols introduced to students. With only three rhythms and two rests to master (Whole Note, Half Note, Quarter Note, Whole Rest, and Quarter Rest) students are assured a successful and rewarding experience.

Useful Interactive Tools – Students get interactive tools that provide them with the answers they need to help them practive effectively, including mp3 recordings of their piece and a note name keyboard chart.

Download MMF Piano Primer on the Apple App Store

 

Review

I really like this app. At first glace the graphics for this app really stand out. Digging in, features that I have enjoyed when teaching my students include the well written collection of songs that are introduced at just the right speed. The interactive features, including the mp3 recordings of the pieces and the drop down keyboard/note name chart, are where this app really shows its value. Kids get the questions answered that they ask most often, like, “How does it go.” If I were to change anything, it would be to add a moving cursor, so students can see where they are during playback.

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Browse other “The Piano Student” free sheet music posts:

All-In-One Piano Book for Beginners | Free eBook
Composing with Kids | Free Piano Lesson eBook
Level 1/Easy Piano Solos
Level 3/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 4/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 5/ Intermediate Piano Solos

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