iOS Music Apps

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Business

Bob ClassAn all-in-one productivity app for instructors.
  
Clavier CompanionClavier Companion has gone digital. Now read your favorite magazine from your digital device.
  
EducreationsAnnotate, animate and narrate on interactive whiteboard.
  
EvernoteOrganizational app. Take notes, photos, lists, scan, record…
  
Explain EverythingInteractive whiteboard- create, rotate, record and more!
  
FileAppThis is my favorite app to send zip files to when downloading from my iPad. Reads PDF, Office, plays multi-media contents.
  
Invoice2goOver 20 built in invoice styles. Send as PDF’s from your device; can add PayPal buttons. (Lite version is free but only lets you work with three invoices at a time.)
  
KeynoteMacs version of PowerPoint.
  
Moosic StudioStudio manager app. Student logs, calendar, invoicing and more!
  
Music Teachers HelperIf you subscribe to MTH you can now log in and do your business via your iPhone or iPad!
  
NotabilityWrite in PDF’s and more!
  
PagesWord Processing App
  
Piano Bench MagazineAn awesome piano teacher magazine you can read from your iPad and iPhone!
  
PDF ExpertReads, annotates, mark up and edits PDF documents.
  
SkitchMark up, annotate, share and capture
  
TurboScan or TinyScan Pro or Scanner ProScan and email jpg or pdf files. Easy!
  
Week CalendarLet’s you color code events.

 

Composition/Improvisation

ChordbotSongwriting tool creating chord progressions. Lite version free
  
FiddlewaxVocal harmony generator, effects processor and looper rolled into one.
  
GarageBandKeyboard, Bass, Drums, Guitar amp, Audio Recorder for voice…
  
Har*mo*nyPuzzle game blending color block palettes together in harmony
  
HarmonyWizAdvanced harmonic generator where you can “paint” your music in or play from a keyboard.
  
I Am ComposerSing to compose your music melody. Keep in mind it’s free…
  
Isle of Tune MobileCreate your own musical journeys from street layouts. Fun and creative app!
  
MozarterEnables you to play and create music.
  
MusicStudioSimilar to Garage band, but allows you to import Midi files. Lite version is free.
  
NodeBeatCreate music or listen to NodeBeat generate it’s own.
  
NotateMeEnter music notation with your finger or stylus! Also a great way to review how to correctly notate stems, etc… there is a PhotoScore in app purchase add on where you can take photos of printed music and edit them within NotateMe.
  
NotionMy favorite notation app. You can pick from instrument categories: strings, woodwind, brass, keyboard, guitar, percussion and vocals. (Some instruments cost extra)
  
PolyphonicCreate music with colored squares representing different sounds.
  
Scorio Music NotatorBasic composition app
  
Story DiceUse this app to create a musical story on the piano.
  
Symphony ProCompose orchestrations, lead sheets, chord charts and guitar tabs.
  
SuggesterChord Progression tool and musical scale reference
  
TuneTrainMusic creation app. Students can create and edit melodies in a fun line drawing mechanic. Great example to use when learning about pitches, high/lows…

 

Composers/Music History

4 Music RoomsInteractive learning family of instruments. (Piano is in the string room in this app) Lite version includes 1 room.
  
Carnival of the Animals or Carnival of the Animals by NaxosInteractive story of the Carnival of the Animals
  
Classical Kids

Classical Kids Teacher Edition

45 min. fully illustrated musical stories (in purchase apps) *Teacher edition includes all videos plus teachers notes (30+pages) on how to incorporate them into a curriculum.
  
Kinito Music PuzzleMusic puzzle improving ear training. 40 masterpieces of classical music.
  
MSO LearnInteractive audio-visual exploration of the orchestra.
  
My First Classical Music App HDAn interactive music app where students can learn more about instruments, composers, classical music, etc.
  
My Musical FriendsLearn about the different instruments and their families
  
SymphonicaPractice your conducting skills with this app!
  
The Great ComposersDetailed guide to the lives and works of 227 composers from Medieval to 21st Century.
  
The OrchestraReal time selection of multiple video and audio tracks, along with an automatically synchronized score and note by note visualization of each piece played.
  
The Saint-Saens Carnival of the AnimalsIncludes games and activities
  
Young Person’s Guide to the OrchestraLearn all about the orchestra. Includes quizzes and Games

 

Early Childhood and Pre-Reading

A Fine MusicianA musical themed eBook students will enjoy.
  
DoReMi 1-2-3Scales and pitch recognition using solfege. Lite version free.
Falling KeysKeyboard Geography Tetris style
  
Jelly Bean TunesPlay songs and record performances.
  
Little FoxA sing along songbook with over 100 interactive elements.
  
MoozartCreate music with barn animals.
  
Music4KidsTouch the screen to create and play notes, move them around to make up your own tunes.
  
Musical PaintPaint musical tones with pictures
  
Musical Paint for KidsPaint musical pictures
  
Music for Little MozartsMusic for Little Mozarts- based on the MLM series. Great for young kids. Reviews concepts such as high/low, up/down, loud, soft
  
Music Learning LabLearn fundamental principles of music through lesson, games and creative composition. 5 first lessons free.
  
Melody StarFun making music with different instruments and patterns
  
Music KeysKeyboard Geography
  
Musical Me! HDNotes, rhythm and pitch. Listen to notes, copy patterns and learn to recognize pitches; Learn about rhythm, short and long notes; Play with a drum, cymbals, triangle, maracas or egg shaker; Learn to read music and create songs by moving notes on a staff
Piano CarnivalAn awesome app based on the Carnival of the Animals
  
Rhythm PartyTap the bunnies to the beat.
  
Dr. Seuss BandSimilar to the guitar hero concept, students will play from 5 unique horn instruments. Great for keeping the beat.
  
Whoos Making MusicGuess what instrument is playing, learn about the instruments.

 

Ear Training

Aural Book for ABRSM (Download all 8 levels!)Real time analysis of singing pitches and volume, clapping rhythm and intensity with comments offered simultaneously. Over 200 aural test questions including echo singing, clapping, listening, etc.
  
BeatTheMelodyImprove pitch and tone with over 200 famous melodies.
  
Blob ChorusEar Training with the blobs! (Silly game kids might enjoy)
  
Do Re Mi Ear TrainingEar training with solfege!
  
Ear TrainerIntervals, chords, scales, relative pitch. (Lite version is free)
  
EasyEarTrainingOver 350 articles, tutorials, videos and resources.
  
ET the Ear TrainerSave the town from the spaceship by correctly identify notes in the Major scale.
  
goodEar ChordsEar Training with Chords
  
goodEar IntervalsEar Training with Intervals
  
goodEar MelodiesEar Training with Melodies
  
goodEar ScalesEar Training with Scales
  
goodEar ProThis app is a compilation of Chords, Intervals, Melodies and Scales in one app (versus individually above)
  
Hear It Note It!Ear/Note dictation game.
  
Hit The NoteLite version free
  
iMimicSimilar to the game Simon
  
Let’s ListenBased of Edwin Gordon’s music learning theory, Let’s Listen is based on shared listening.
  
MelodyMelodyEar Training matching game
  
Musical EarsEar Training tool
  
MusicTonesRecognize different music tones.
  
Nail that NoteMelodic and Relative pitch trainer (lite version is free)
  
Pitch InvasionAliens descend on your home planet; blast them out of the sky by recognizing the chord pitch they are playing before they reach the ground. (Free version with up to 5 notes is available)
  
Play by Ear- Ear TrainingCall and response with Intervals, melodies and chords
  
  
  
Play Piano HDHas a Listening game and a Play for Two which is a unique feature where two players can play a listening game with each other
  
RelativePitchRelative pitch interval ear training. Lite version free
  
Right NoteLite version is free
  
Simon’s CatCreative mode allows you to compose your own tunes and have Simon sing them back. Game mode tests your ability to follow his lead through challenges.

 

Fun Tools

AurasmaAugmented reality app. Possibilities are up to you!
  
DecideNow!Spin the wheel app that you can customize! The possibilities are endless.
  
Delirium FreeMusic Visualizer
  
Disco FingersMake music with your fingers- literally
  
DoodleBuddy or WhiteboardA free whiteboard app
  
EduCreations

 

The possibility is endless for you and your students with this interactive whiteboard app.
  
Falling StarsMusic Visualizer
  
GlowTunesMusic visualizer combine light and sound to art
  
Isle of Tune MobileCreate your own musical journeys from street layouts. Fun and creative app!
  
PotatoMan HD; Mr. Potato Head Create and Play, Pumpkin Builder ProFun tools to use for students to practice a section more then once, adding parts to the potato guy.
  
MadPad HDMusic Remix with your sounds and video clips
  
MusicMakerPro 
  
Musical PaintMusical notes as you paint with different colors.
  
Musyc 
  
ShowMe Interactive WhiteboardInteractive whiteboard that also records your voice. Upload to online community or share privately
Simple MusicChord creation app
SingalingVocal effects app
  
Singing FingersFingerpaint with sound
  
Spin the bottle (original)Good tool for group lessons or camp settings. You can set it from as low as 2 players up to 30 players. You can even use it as a number generator (up to 30).
  
SynestheticEverything (speed, obstacles and colors) is in tune with this roller coaster of a game.
  
Toontastic Jr.A tool to inspire composition ideas
  
ToontasticA tool to inspire composition ideas
  
VisPerformerMake your music come alive! Creating graphic animation by playing your instrument.

 

Group Class

Class DoJoFun behavior management app. Students choose monster avatars. This app has web support as well.
  
NearpodEnables teachers to use their iPads to manage content on students iPads, iPhones, etc.
  
SocrativeEngage, assess and personalize your class through quizzes, quick polls, exit tickets and more.

 

Holidays

GlowTunes ChristmasDecorate your tree with music
  
Jellybean Tunes Holiday EditionJelly Bean Tunes holiday edition
  
San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker Interactive StorybookFeatures animation and fun facts about dance, music and the production.
  
The Nutcracker Musical Storybook25 animated chapters, touch various objects to hear special sounds within the chapter.

 

Internet

DropboxFree up to 2GB. Allows you to share files between computers/iPhone/iPad and/or share publicly.
  
iMovieIf you have a Mac, you may already be familiar with iMovie. Create movie trailers and more from your video and picture stills.
  
PhotonAn app that allows you to view FLASH! (Audio could be slightly delayed.)
  
Puffin FreeAnother flash app- free; Also a paid version

 

Instruments

GaragebandFull featured recording studio.
  
MelodicaCompose music with lights and sounds
  
MusicStudioSimilar to garage band. Lite version free.
  
OcarinaBlow into your iPhone/iTouch to make the sound
  
OrphionA musical instrument with a unique sound between a string instrument and percussion.
  
Musical Flash Cards (Kids Place)Flashcards that has pictures of music instruments with their sounds and the instrument name.
  
Piano CarnivalA musical adventure- interactive storybook
  
WindyBlow in to your iOS device like you would a real wind or brass instrument

 

 

Metronomes and Tuners

A.P.S. Tuning TrainerProficient pitch tuner
  
BeatSpeakA metronome that counts for you!
  
iRhythmicLite version is free. Pendulum metronome
  
insTunerChromatic Tuner with Tone Generator
  
JoyTunes MetronomeA free metronome. Works with apple watch.
  
Metronome +Besides tempo, can change accents subdivisions, meter, sound, has tap tempo
  
PanoTunerListens to the sound you make and shows you the pitch.
  
Practice+Practice and performance toolkit (in app purchases)
  
ProTunerChromatic instrument tuner and pitch pipe using the built in mic. (Lite version is free)
  
Steinway Metronome

 

Basic metronome; Manual and Tap (free)
  
Tempo Advance MetronomeAdvanced metronome. Can even set it to stop after a certain number of bars.
  
tempoTeacherTeacher mode is what sets this app apart. Gives scores based on rhythm accuracy.
  
TunableTuner, metronome and recorder

 

Midi

AnyTuneMusic Slow downer app
  
AudioStretchChange audio files without changing pitch.
  
The Amazing Slow DownerCan slow down audio files without changing pitch. Lite version is free.
  
iReal ProCreate, edit, print and share chord charts. Practice with accompaniments.
  
Jam PlayerAllows you to change the speed, pitch and volume on audio files.
  
Home Concert XtremeBased on the software. Allows students to play along with accompaniment midi files. Will even turn your pages intelligently.
  
JammitAllows you to isolate or remove an instrument from the mix so you can jam with the original multi-track recordings.
  
Slow NotesCan slow down audio files without changing pitch
  
WavePadSound editor for recording, editing, adding effects and sending audio.
  
Yamaha Music Soft ManagerBackup MIDI or style data on the digital musical instrument to the app, or restore data to the instrument from the app.
  
Yamaha Visual PerformerUse your MIDI instrument to generate graphic animations, synchronized from playing.

 

Music Reader and Music Downloads

 

forScore

Includes free public domain music. Scan YOUR own pdf files and download from IMSLP- the free public domain music library right from within the app. Allows you to highlight, type notes, etc. Compatible with AirTurn and PageFlip pedals.
  
iBooksIncluded app on the ipad and iPhone. Download your own pdf files and download them in iBooks to view.
  
iClassicalScoresSearch, Play, Listen and Print over 200,000 public domain classical scores. Works with Bluetooth pedals.
  
NoteStarPlay your favorite pop songs and more with hands free page turns accompanied by backing tracks and vocals. App is FREE, but each song is $3.99.
  
Musicnotes, Sheet Music DirectMusic readers- browse, purchase, view
  
PiaScoreTurn the page with the turn of your head!
  
ScoreCloudRecords a melody that you sing, whistle or play on an instrument and turns it into notation.
  
Steinway EtudeComes with two free pieces of music.
  
SyncScoreClassical music +score
  
SymphonizerAll you got to do is smile J to turn the pages that is…
  
TonaraListens to you when you play, follows your playing on the score, flips pages for you.

 

Note Reading

Bass CatBass clef recognition
  
Flashnote DerbyHorse Race Derby style note drill game. Can customize what notes to drill.
  
LineSpaceSpace arcade style game, can have up to 3 notes at the same time.
  
Music Flash ClassNote drills in flashcard style. Can customize what notes to drill. Hot Potato game is a favorite!
  
Musical Notes Flash CardsAnother flashcard app for beginners, includes solfege
  
Music Note TrainerDrills notes and chords
  
  
My Note GamesLOVE! Drill notes by playing the note shown on your acoustic piano! Currently saves for up to 7 students.
  
Music Reading EssentialsNotes, Rhythms, Intervals and Symbols
  
NinGenius(3 editions- student, studio or classroom available) Master your note ninja skills earning colored belts!
  
Note HitterAs notes move across the screen, the students will use their instrument and play (or sing) the notes before they hit the wall. When you play the correct note, the note will pop. Once you hit the wall, game over. As you improve the game will become more faster and challenging. Can create student profiles!
  
NotePerfectTimed note-reading drills.
  
Note Rush (iOS)

Note Rush (Android)

Timed note-reading drills. Fun background options encourage students to play again and again. Microphone enabled- play the note on your piano, the app will hear it.
  
Note SquishFun note drills.   This game reminds me of the gopher game at the arcade where you try to hit the hammer with the gopher before it goes down. The only thing I would like to see with this one is to have both treble and bass clef note drilling at the same time.
  
Note TrainerSight-reading notes. Tracks scores
  
NoteWorksHelp Hungry Munchy catch each note as quickly as possible. Totally customizable AND I LOVE that you can add unlimited players keeping track of their progress. I wish all apps would do this!
  
PianoFlash!Note flash cards with interactive piano keyboard
  
Piano MonkeyChoose the right answer in a multiple choice format.
  
Piano NotesIdentify notes names, reading staff line notation, rhythm, hand-eye coordination, etc.
  
Princess PianoStarts with one note and adds notes as you advance. Help Princess piano dance her way back to the cloud kingdom to rescue her family. Great for those little princesses in your studio!
  
SynthesiaThink Guitar Hero meets Piano…
  
Treble CatTreble clef recognition
  
Treble Kids DeluxeNote (including chromatic) recognition

 

Practicing

Music Journal FreePractice journal with metronome
  
PracticiaA cloud based app connecting teachers and students. Sign up at practicia.com
  
Yamaha Piano DiaryMIDI compatible app to record manage, archive and share your recordings.

 

Rhythm

AuralBook for ABRSM (This is also under ear training. Be sure to download all 8 levels!)Real time analysis of singing pitches and volume, clapping rhythm and intensity with comments offered simultaneously. Over 200 aural test questions including echo singing, clapping, listening, etc.
  
BeatDriftFast paced action game. Feel the beat, drift with the music.
  
Beat Sneak BanditEverything in this game moves rhythmically. Tap the beat to sneak and solve puzzles
  
Clap BackClap rhythms you can echo
  
DoRe RhythmDrag rhythm on staff, if note values match within time signature it will play.
  
Dr. Seuss BandSimilar game format to Guitar Hero but with fun Dr. Seuss songs and creative instruments.
  
GrooveMakerCreate and remix groovy rhythm tracks
  
Groove Coaster ZeroGroove roller coaster style game. Touch to the rhythm.
  
Loopy HDCreate music loops by singing, beatboxing, playing an instrument.
  
Monkey DrumA “copy cat” rhythm game
  
My Little RhythmRhythms up to sixteenth and triplets.
  
MyRhythm for iPadLearn and create your own rhythms. Call and response.
  
Rhythm CatRhythm exercises with soundtrack background. Lite version is free.
  
Rhythm ExpertRhythm exercises
  
Rhythm LabRhythm exercises
  
Rhythm PadJam along with your “band” Record your patterns. (Free version with ads available)
  
Rhythm Racer and Rhythm Racer 2Combining elements of Guitar Hero and F-Zero, fast paced 3D rhythm racing experience.
  
Rhythm Repeat“Simon” type game, lite version is free
  
Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer (aka ReadRhythm)(Shows up as ReadRhythm after downloading) Tons of exercises! 7 difficulty levels for 4/4, 4 levels for the 6/8 random generator and 3 levels for swing eighths. I even have used this app during interviews for transfer students.
  
Rhythm Training (sight-reading)Rhythm drills (free)
  
SymphonicaCombining game play and story, puts you in the role of a conductor
  
Tap the NoteTap on the characters as they appear in time with the music to uncover the correct note names on the C Major Scale.
  
The Most Addicting Sheep GameRun, jump, roll to the beat- very fun!
  
  
Treble Clef Kids RhythmLearn, practice and perform basic rhythm patterns with above plus triplets
  
Treble Clef Kids Rhythm 2, TripletsLearn, practice and perform basic rhythm patterns through sixteenth notes, triplets.
  
VidRhythmMusic remix with fun video clips you make

 

Sight-Reading

HanonPlusHanon exercises- Major/minor; Beginner to advance
  
Master PianoPlay piano guitar hero style.
  
Note HitterEach challenge contains notes from a particular scale or arpeggio.
  
Piano Dust BusterFun Sight-reading app similar to Piano Wizard (or Guitar Hero). Students can play on the iPad or on the “real” piano.
  
PianoMaestroA MUST HAVE!!!
  
Piano Notes Fun or Piano Notes ProSight-reading trainer, includes 20 student profiles to set up.
  
Piano Sight ReadingTrains all key signatures.
  
Piano Tutor for iPadMidi keyboard support
  
PlayItYourself 4DYou see the score and the upcoming notes are highlighted for you to play on the built-in piano.
  
Princess PianoStarts with one note and adds notes as you advance. Help Princess piano dance her way back to the cloud kingdom to rescue her family. Great for those little princesses in your studio!
  
ReadAheadSight-reading exercises
  
SightRead4Piano by WessarComes with a few free pieces, but then you have to purchase if you want more.
  
SightReaderUse with over 20 instruments
  
SightReadPlusKeeps track of users progress and scores, motivating, interactive with piano (using iPad mic)
  
SightRead MinorFrom the makers of SightRead Plus!
  
SimplyPianoCreated by JoyTunes Step by step learning with adults in mind.
  
SingspielUse your acoustic piano to learn and play your favorite song.
  
Treble Cat HDNotes will go across the page and students are asked to find a particular note or series of notes in a timed setting.
  
WolfieFollows your playing. Can analyze, annotate, record and playback.

 

Theory

Dolce Music Flash CardsFlashcard style drilling symbols, key signatures, treble and bass clef
  
Dragon ScalesLearn and practice major and minor scales while slaying the dragon and stealing his treasure.
  
Glossary of MusicGreat Music dictionary
  
iHarmonyPlays and gives notes to scales, chords, and harmonies; including modes. (Free version available)
  
Music IntervalsInterval recognition
  
iLearnPiano50 Video Tutorials
  
Inversion InvasionSpace invasion game drilling inversions.
  
Jazz Scale HelperPlay, view and challenge jazz scales (lite- free)
  
Music Theory for BeginnersThis app is jammed pack and well worth the price. First you choose game mode. Lesson or Quiz. There are 22 lessons, 5 tutorials and 5 tests that cover all the major theory topics: staff, note names, treble and bass clef, rhythm, time signatures, intervals, expression, slurs and ties, pickups and repeats, scales, accidentals, syncopation, tempo and more!
  
Music Theory ProCovers Notes, Key Signatures, Intervals, Chords, Scales. In addition to Ear Training with Tempos, Intervals, Chords and Scales
  
Music Theory and Practice by MusicopoulosTheory exercises and drills.
  
NotaPiano chord and scale browser, piano and staff note locator, note quiz, reference library with 100+ symbols.
  
OctavianUltimate reference, learning and teaching tool. Covers Scales, chords, progressions, dictionary, display and playback.
  
Piano CompanionFlexible chord/scale dictionary
  
Piano Notes for PianoBasics of piano. Notation, theory and technique. Sight-reading, Ear Training, Line and Space notes.
  
Play ScalesInteractive scale exercises up to grade 3
  
Scale HelperInteractive scale exercises up to grade 8 (lite- free)
  
Scales & ModesInformation on every type of scale and mode you can think of!
  
Scales TutorInteractive tutorials and practice
  
SproutBeatWorksheets galore that you can do directly on the iPad! I have my students take a screenshot of the completed work when they are done.
  
TenutoStaff based exercises (notes, key signatures, intervals, chords), Keyboard based exercises (identification, interval, chord), Fret board based, Ear Training (interval, scale chord), Calculators (accidental, interval, chord, analysis, matrix)
  
Treble Clef KidsThis is a series of apps: Deluxe, Treble and Bass, Intervals and Ear Training, Rhythm, Triads, Keys and Scales.

 

Recommended products for iPad

AirTurn DUOWireless Page Turn Pedal
  
AirTurn PEDWireless Page Turn Pedal
  
AirTurn Manos Universal Tablet Mount 
  
New Trent KeyboardWireless keyboard/case (can find on Amazon)
  
Page Flip CicadaWireless Page Turn Pedal
  
Page Flip FireflyWireless Page Turn Pedal
  
PrintopiaAllows you to print to your printer from your iPad. (This is program you download on your Mac computer)

Updated 09/13/16