I am not an elementary music educator, and have taught secondary music for my entire career. I believe that education (as a whole) is going to experience an iPad revolution, placing iPads in all schools, many on a 1-to-1 basis. Knowing that iPads are used by people from age 2 to 99 (sounds a bit like “Chestnuts Roasting Over an Open Fire/the Christmas Song”), as long as an iPad (in the lower levels) is put into a sturdy case, there is no reason an elementary student could not use an iPad in their classes.
Many of the apps I suggest in this blog are best suited for students that are in secondary education or beyond. What about the good apps for elementary music educators? I asked the readers of techinmusic ed for their recommendations. Before I offer the lists, I would like to say that there seem to be limited blogs or resources for technology in elementary music education. There is a place for an elementary music educator that would be interested in creating an “iPad” focused blog specifically for elementary music education. That said, two music education blogs I’ve found are:
- Carol Broos (4th through 8th grade elementary music education teacher)
- Kevin Lane (Elementary music education teacher)
- Brenda Muench
If you can recommend other good technology-related elementary music education blogs, please let me know (send me an e-mail) and I will include them on this list.
+ indicates a universal binary [works on all iOS devices]
* indicates iPad only
– indicates iPod Touch/iPhone formatted (does not run full screen on iPad)
From Kevin Lane:
Music Drawing Full – $2.99
From Mary Kendall:
From Brenda Muench:
From Carol Broos’ Website:
From iPad Creative:
Other Apps I’ve Come Across:
And of course, the newest “big” iPad app for music (as of 3/12/2011):
I invite any music teacher (especially elementary music educators) to e-mail additional suggested apps to the list. Additionally, if you feel there is an app listed that should not be listed, please e-mail me and let me know why. Developers the intent for this list is for it to be a “recommended by teachers” list.