Tech Tuesday: Isle of Tune app and giveaway!

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Every once in a while I run across an app that is so exciting because it is so out of the box! Isle of Tune takes composition and creativity to a whole new level.

Designed by Jim Hall, the iPad app is based off of the isle of tune game online where you can build a “musical” city. You start out by creating streets which ultimately serve as your “staff”. The cars will eventually drive to to play the music. In addition, you can move the direction you want the cars to “play” in. (Think repeats, coda’s, etc…) You can add up to 8 cars, setting each one at a different tempo if desired. You can even add in road delays (ie: rhythm values) before a car begins to drive. Street lamps and houses create rhythm “drum kit” style sounds and the trees and pot of flowers create the keyboard pitches. When you hover over these items you will find that you can change the rhythm or note pitch and actually create a fun composition.

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To get a real good feel of what it is here is a quick demo of what it does and how to create!

One of the best parts of this app is being able to see and listen to what others have created and share your creation as well. Some people did original compositions, others made an isle of tune from a popular piece or a fun spin off on twinkle twinkle little star, etc. The beauty of this app is the creative possibilities are absolutely endless!  Here are a couple YouTube examples of some awesome creations!

Michael Jackson’s Beat It-

Clocks by ColdPlay-

I don’t know about you, but my students will love this. So much so that I’m not sure they will want to go home after experiencing what they can create with Isle of Tune!

The Isle of Tune is now universal which means it is compatible with the iPhone, iPod and iPad and is amazingly only $1.99! Even better- Jim has graciously offered to give away 7 promo codes! Whoohoo!!!

To enter just leave a comment below. Deadline to enter is by this Friday (my birthday!), July 19th 10:00pm (mountain time).  (*Winner MUST respond within 72 hours of announcement or another winner will be chosen*) The winner will be announced on this blog and on the FPSResources Facebook page by Saturday, July 20th. Be sure you subscribe to the blog and like FPSResources on the Facebook page so you don’t miss out seeing if you are a winner!

Disclaimer:  I received this app in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions I have expressed are my own. 


  1. Karen Cox

    This looks like fun! I’d love to try it!

  2. Kitty

    Wow, this sounds like a great way for students to really be creative.

  3. Anne

    Would love to try it!

  4. Dianne Chrestopoulos

    Ooh this looks like so much fun! I am looking for something a small group 3-4 kids can work cooperatively on in centers. I hope I win!

  5. Claire Westlake

    How creative! My students will LOVE this!

  6. Joan

    I would love to win the Isle of Tune for my iPad. Thank you.

  7. Melissa Q.

    Great review, I bet my students would love to try Isle of Tune on my iPad!

  8. Susanne

    This sounds really fun.. I have plenty of students who would enjoy this one…and I bet I will want to play it after they leave!

  9. Janice Holladay

    Too much fun!!

  10. Kelly Koch

    There are so few good composing apps out there! Thank you for developing one that will also engage the “minecraft” excitement of my students. Can’t wait to try it!

  11. Leia

    Wow! I love innovative apps like these. Please enter me in the giveaway!

  12. Faye Smith

    Awesome app! and…. Happy Birthday.

  13. Joy Morin

    This looks like a really cool app, Jennifer! And Happy Birthday!

  14. Diane conway

    Looks like something every student will want to use!

  15. Marilyn Henry

    Sounds interesting…..maybe a touch of Sim City that was popular years ago?

  16. shellyl

    Pick me! Pick me!!

  17. mycgrimsby

    This looks like a great app! Happy birthday!

  18. Anna Fagan

    Wow — don’t know of any other app even remotely like this. It does remind me a bit of Sebelius’ “Groovy” software, which sadly doesn’t run on any of the latest Windows Operating Systems. So … I would LOVE to have this! Would fit in well as another goal for this year’s Studio Incentive program!

  19. Darlene Irwin

    What a great idea….thanks for posting:-)

  20. Saundra

    First of all wishing you a Happy Birthday! This looks really fun! My students will love it … as will I.

  21. Rebecca

    This looks awesome for my more visual students, and creative all-around!

  22. Karen

    Would love this app for my students

  23. Terri Rasor

    would love it!

  24. Jeannie Myers

    Sounds like a great app for students

  25. Lynnette

    Happy birthday! I’d love to try out this app in my studio!

  26. Juliet

    Great idea. Think my teenage boys will love it,


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