While I would like to think that my students will do just as they are told and follow all the iPad Rules, there are extra precautions teachers can take to make sure students stay on task when they are using the iPad at lessons. Some of them you may be aware of, some might just make your day! Passcode I have a couple iPads (okay 3…). One is for my use only and the other 2 are available for students. For my personal iPad I don’t want my students going into it without permission. So I have set up an […]
If you missed this post a couple days ago, you may have missed that The Most Addicting Sheep Game is BACK in action! Now if you don’t have this game yet, you may be asking yourself… What’s the BIG DEAL Anyway? Well… Simply put, there is a reason why the word “addicting” is part of the title! True to video game format, players will need to play it over and over and over again in order to progress levels. But the cool thing is they WANT to! So What Does This Game Have To Do With MUSIC? While the original idea […]
Great news iOS lovers! The Most Addicting Sheep Game is BACK!!! This morning I woke up to a message in my inbox from Justin Southey, developer of the Most Addicting Sheep Game that the game was back. Justin was able to re-code the game which will make it easier for him to keep up with future support and updates. Keeping up is not cheap which is why the game took a backslide. But now with the new re-code it will make life a lot easier and that makes music teachers and students around the world VERY happy! Justin, a […]
Starting this Thursday, 12 noon EDT, each (non-holiday) week, Nathan Smith will be holding a more “casual” webinar where teachers can ask questions about Wolfie and discuss ideas with one another. It’s a great way for teachers who are new to Wolfie or never heard of it to ask questions, listen to others, and such. And for those who are familiar, can help answer questions, give advice, tips what has worked in their studio and more. To register click here. And to stay up to date on future webinars and such, like their Facebook page here.
I’m super excited to share that PDF Expert is FREE right now but just for this week so GRAB IT NOW!!! It is usually $9.99! This is my favorite iOS app where I download these iPad assignment logs… Just download on an app like PDF Expert and it allows you to write on PDF files. (There are other apps that do this as well, but I like this one for my students to use) I copy the assignment log file with as many students as I have then add their name as the file name. First thing students do (depending on the app) […]
Nathan Smith with Wolfie Piano is holding a free webinar, “How Wolfie Can Help Students Prepare for a Recital or Other Performane.” The webinar will be held this Thursday, November 12th 12pm EDT. If you can’t attend live, you will want to register anyway so you are notified of the replay. Click here to register. Not familiar with Wolfie Piano? Wolfie Piano a piano practice aid for students. Developed by the Tonora team, it is available in the app store. You can find my full review of Wolfie Piano here.
Never oh never have I laughed so much when reading a guidebook. From the very beginning, to the very end, Becki Laurent will keep you smiling and laughing as she shares the ins and outs of Piano Maestro with “The Insider’s Guide to JoyTune’s Piano Maestro.” Becki doesn’t miss a beat in this guide. Whether you are new to Piano Maestro or a Novice, this guide is great to have on hand so when something happens that you are unsure what to do (chances it will be something technical technical), the answer is most likely in this book at just […]
I consider myself to be a lucky teacher and had the opportunity to beta test a fun rhythm app called Rhythm Swing. Rhythm Swing is created by Luke Bartolomeo who created Flashnote Derby. And like Flashnote Derby, Rhythm Swing is a must have in the studio. Students really get into the monkey beating the crocodile by tapping rhythms correctly. But don’t take my word for it. Here is a short video I took of one of my students playing Rhythm Swing. Trust me, you will want to watch until the end! 😉 Currently Rhythm Swing covers: Quarter Notes and Rests […]
I finally had a chance to explore the Wolfie app created by the Tonora team. I first saw this app in action at MTNA conference but must confess that I didn’t look at it very closely. The official name of the app is “Piano Practice with Wolfie”. Wolfie encourages students to use this app to help aid them in their practice. And here is how it does… The Magic Cursor: The Magic cursor follows students as they play, which is great because it not only keeps you on track but it even turns the page for you when it’s time. Now I tried this […]
Did you hear? Becki Laurent, JoyTunes guru and FANatic, fabulous teacher, blogger, and now author has written a book to help guide us all through the ins and outs of Piano Maestro. Hot off the press, “The Insider’s Guide to JoyTune’s Piano Maestro.” I will be reading my copy soon but wanted to let everyone know about it first. You know it’s not going to be a “dry” guide when you read this description of the book, “The Insider’s Guide to JoyTunes’ Piano Maestro is your definitive go to tech manual. Taking you from login to log out you’ll get all the the details. […]