So we (music teachers) want to start making class more fun for our students and start living in the 21st century, right? What are the best ways that we can do this? How can we start integrating technology into our curriculum to not only make our student’s lives more fun, but also our lives as educators that much easier? Here are the five apps you, as a music teacher, need to know!
This free mobile app brings BOSS’s industry-leading tuning technology right to our phones. The mic can check pitch and accuracy to help us tune our instruments and practice singing. This easily allows students to have access to the materials they need to get started in their lessons, not only in the classroom, but also at home.
This free app helps our students keep rhythm through the standard sound system, vibration offers, and even light. It creates easy access to metronome basics. An additional payment of $2.99 gives access to polyrhythms, playlist creation, and practice modes where you can increase beats per minute at customizable settings. This app takes the traditional metronome to an out-of-this world level.
The latest app in music education. It’s becoming more and more difficult to get younger students to care about reading music notation and older students find it hard with little time that they have. This app provides an easy way to learn sight reading and tone reading through an interactive and engaging format. Incorporating levels that learn how the student learns and tests them on the material until they get it right. ScoreSkills allows an individual to be able to pull their phone out of their pocket at anytime and learn music on the go.
With this free app, you can load a song onto your phone and change the key, mute instruments, change the speed, and view the track’s chord; makes learning and practicing at home unbelievably easy. For a $9.99 yearly subscription, you can even edit chords and upload longer audio clips.
This app is most helpful for teachers. Seesaw allows teachers to create interactive activities that students can complete and add to their own digital portfolio. Their parents can view everything from home, and teachers have an easy way to organize material and assess more efficiently. The classroom customizable service allows for teachers to take control of their classes and manage their own time in an innovative 21st century way.