I love my iPhone and iPad, a little too much you could say. I’m a wee bit addicted, and I just love keeping track of everything in my life on my phone. I track my steps, my food, my goals, my journal, my finances, my to do list, everything on my phone, even my practicing.
Technology, when used very intentionally, can be so helpful and motivating to young students. That’s why I wanted to share my very favorite apps with you today, so you can try some with your kiddos and see what works.
My Favorite Music Education Apps for Helping Kids Practice…
1. TimeTag. This one isn’t necessarily fun (unless you love tracking stuff like I do), but I love to use TimeTag to track my practicing. Every piece, scale, or etude gets a tag (with its own color!) and then I can track how much time I spent on all of my different repertoire. It’s essentially a souped up timer app. I’ve been using it for years.
2. Piano Maestro. This note-reading app is so much fun. My students love it. It’s meant for piano, but you can totally use it for violin! (It’s awesome.)
3. SmartScales. This app plays backing tracks for your scales that are just so much fun. It’s much more entertaining to play your scale with a backtrack than with a metronome, and you can tune to the harmonies underneath. Win-win.
4. ABRSM Speedshifter. This app takes any music track stored on your device and then you can manipulate the speed without changing the pitch. This is great for helping your students play with the Suzuki recordings that are a little too fast for them.
5. Cadenza. This app plays the accompaniments to many classical and popular pieces (including a bunch from the Suzuki repertoire.) It actually follows along with your tempos. Pretty sweet.
Of course, this is just a drop in the bucket. There are so many amazing music education apps available now. What are your favorites apps for helping students practice?
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