• Mimi Rinaldi

iOS Apps for Virtual Learning

I use a lot of apps for private lessons AND group classes! Before we went remote, I used the Super Metronome, Loopy, Singing Fingers, Tenuto, Flat, and a chromatic tuner every day; I still use these apps in my online learning. I use Zoom as my digital platform and the screen share feature is used about 1/3 of the time. Depending on the age, I use Staff Wars and Tenuto for note identification; I use Singing Fingers and Flat for composition exercises. SoundForest and PaintMusic are new to me, they are visual-composition themed apps. Attached is a screenshot of the iPad I use for these lessons.

Here is an annotated list of online links that are also SUPER useful for virtual learning:

(hyperlinks included!)

  1. The Chrome Music Lab is a 'website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.' The applications include Song Maker, Melody Maker, and Piano Roll. 'You can play with these experiments across devices – phones, tablets, laptops – just by opening the site on a web browser such as Chrome.'

  2. Beth's Notes is a Music Education Blog I have been referencing for years. Whether you just can't find the right melody or need lesson ideas for a specific age group, Beth's Notes has resources to spare! There is Rhythmic Content, Melodic Content, Orff Arrangements, Recorder Assessments, and more.

  3. Noteflight is an online cloud-based notation editor that is user friendly, customizable, and readily available for you to create, teach, share, sell, and purchase sheet music.

  4. MusicTheory.net has extensive free online content available through the website and 2 iOS apps (Theory Lessons and Tenuto). The website includes lessons, exercises, and tools available for users. I find the exercises very affective for my older students who are kind of over the staff wars and the other 'kiddie' games. The 'customize this exercise' feature is PERFECT for scaffolding an idea or adding 'levels' to a lesson.

  5. Ukulele Go! is my FAVORITE ukulele instructions. There are lessons, tabs, ebooks, courses, and even a resources tab of their own including the Ukulele Chord Progression Tool. I use the progression took to practice myself!

  6. EarMaster provides an interval song chart generator that has so many song references for each melodic interval, perfect for a new student that has not yet revealed all of their music tastes! This is a great opportunity for you to discover more of their music taste.

  7. Decolonizing the Music Room is a very important resource that I just heard about today. Decolonizing the Music Room is 'helping music educators develop critical practices through research, training and discourse to build a more equitable future.' The Songs and Stories posts are eye-opening for an educator such as myself who wants to be inclusive to all of their students. The resources list is extensive, I encourage you to bookmark this website! Their mission is as follows:

"Decolonizing the Music Room is a nonprofit organization using research, training, and discourse to help music educators develop critical practices and center the voices, knowledge, and experiences of BBIP (Black, Brown, and Indigenous People) in order to challenge the historical dominance of Western European and white American music, narratives, and practices.We at DTMR aim to disrupt the minimization and erasure of non-dominant cultures and identities in the field of music education to build a more equitable future through our work."

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