The Piano Bench Mag (iOS App) is an easy-to-read app that offers practical ideas for piano teachers that would like to integrate iPad technology or online teaching into their music lessons. The app also provides tips for teachers who could use some help understanding the technology.

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App Description
The Piano Bench Mag recommended for piano instructors that are looking for exciting new resources and ideas that inspire them to make their lessons more engaging, relevant and profitable. Each issue includes:

1) App reviews, games and activities or how-tos to enhance your lessons and simplify your life;
2) Inspiring stories about piano teachers and the resources they have created;
3) Thought provoking articles about the issues that face today’s piano teacher and more!

Visit the Apple App Store | The Piano Bench Mag

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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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Meet Beethoven | App for iPad

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MMF! Piano Primer Book | App for iPad

 

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 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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Flash Frog™ | Free Printable Music Flashcards for Beginners
Free Music Memory Game | Treble Clef Note Names
Pirate Quest | Basic Music Terms Game (Free, Printable)
Music for Little Mozarts | iPad App Review
Carnegie Hall Park (Matchbox Parking) | Music Theory Board Game

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Meet Beethoven | App for iPad

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MMF! Piano Primer Book | App for iPad

 

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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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Level 1/Easy Piano Solos
Level 3/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 4/ Intermediate Piano Solos
Level 5/ Intermediate Piano Solos

I have been trying iPad apps out with my music students recently. It’s sometimes a challenge to find a good app, though when you do the rewards are great!

Here’s why an iPad is worth the investment:

Inexpensive Apps – After the initial expense of the iPad, you can download many apps for just a few dollars. Sometimes FREE!

Tax Deductible –  That right! It’s a business tool, so it’s a tax deduction.

Video Recording – A quick recording of a student performance can provide useful and immediate feedback.

Incentive – Students that know that the will be rewarded at the end of the lesson with an iPad Music Theory game may tend to work harder during their lesson.

They’re Fun!

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