iPad for the
Elementary Music Classroom
Overview of Weekly Activities
Download the rhythms in various formats:
Sol, La, Mi Songs
Download the songs in various formats:
See "Good Morning Boys and Girls" on NoteFlight:
Recorder and Other Songs
Download the songs in various formats:
Link to the YouTube Video on How to Write Songs with GarageBand
Playing iPad Instruments (in-class demo)
(Songs - Individually)
Link to the YouTube Video on John Williams Is the Man
Link to the YouTube Music on John Williams Is the Man
How to Connect a MIDI Keyboard or Other MIDI Device to GarageBand
1. Select a MIDI device with
(a) low power requirements, or purchase a powered USB hub., and
(b) that uses the universal MIDI drivers (does not require custom drivers - which cannot be installed on an iPad).
2. Purchase the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
3. Plug the MIDI device into the USB Hub and the USB hub into the Apple Camera Connection Kit (or if the MIDI device is low powered, skip the USB hub and plug directly into the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
4. Plug the Camera Connection Kit into the iPad charging port.
5. Run GarageBand and select an instrument that can be controlled by MIDI (any of them except digital audio tracks).
Note: If there is no sound from GarageBand when playing the instrument, then
(a) check your volume level - GarageBand often resets the volume for the latest device connected,
(b) wait - sometimes it takes a while for everything to connect internallly,
(c) unplug and replug the Camera Connection Kit and wait again,
If no success, double check all steps above. MIDI devices can control iPad instruments in GarageBand and in many other sound apps - but try GarageBand first.
One last thought: some Camera Connection Kits have USB Audio out, and so the iPad audio is sometimes directed to that output instead. Be sure to listen for the sound where it is being directed.
A good place to buy cables:
Music TIPP Jingle
Click here - quarter = 120
Click here - quarter = 132
Click here - quarter = 144
How to connect a projector.
Forty Great Teaching Ideas
(presented at TMEA - open file, scroll down)
iPad App Demo - List from 2016
These are the top picks by Pinellas County Elementary Teachers - June 28, 2016.
Tonal Tuner - $3.99 - Floyd Richmond
A simple tuner with low, normal and high sensitivity with onscreen graphics that can be seen across the room. Excellent for any age instrumental ensemble.
XBeat - Free - Tammy F
Listen to music and determine its meter.
Music with Grandma - Free - Robin
Various and random musical tasks/puzzles.
Soft Kitty - Free - YouTube - Kendall
App - Acapella?
Pentatonix Evolution of Music - Free - YouTube
Rhythm Cat - Blair
Opus?? - Phyllis
Freddie the Frog - $1.99 - Phyllis
lots of games, musical actives
Pickup Tunes - Free - Carol
Fingertip Maestro - Free - Marie
Swipe and play
Auxy - Free - Steven
Program for composing/recording DJ style, and drum pattern editor.
Katie - educational technologies and mobile learning
Excellent annotated lists of iPad Music Apps
Mad Pad - 2.99 - Holly
Setup your own musical instruments for making music.
Percussives - $1.99 - Erin???
Has Orff Instruments for performance on iPad
iPad App Demo - List from 2015
These are the top picks by Pinellas County Elementary Teachers - June 16, 2015.
Drum Machine - Free
Use for K - steady beat on class entry,
Grade 5 have students compose beats
Educreations Interactive Whiteboard
Similar to Doceri and/or SmartBoard - Free
Carnival of the Animals
$3.99 - UPDATED LINK
Four Seasons - Vivaldi
$3.99 - UPDATED LINK
Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Blob Chorus Ear Training
Recorder Master by JoyTunes
Does pitch/dynamic recognition for recorder notes - Free
They also make Piano Master (link is for Piano Master, Record Master link not found).
Do Re Mi Zoo
Works well with boomwhackers - Free
DoReMi 1-2-3 Lite
maps orchestra, conductor - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Free
My Note Game
name notes on the staff, many levels - Free
Anyone Can Make Music
Basic Music Notation Program - Free
Mozart Dice Game
creates music videos with minimum input - $1.99
create music from videos and their sound. - create loops, record - $2.99
A website for collecting student feedback - orchestra example demonstrated
Teachers use create.kahoot.it to create tests.
Magic Piano by Schmule
Control rhythm/tempo of pieces such as Fur Elise
Type and the computer will speak
Classical Music Lite
Info about the composer, quiz
Is this the correct link?
piano app, shows fingering and teaches melodies
Easily create photo-animations
Game for music fundamentals - $.99
Introduction to music fundamentals in a sequential video format
Kids Jigsaw - Musical Puzzles
Assemble pictures of musical instruments from jigsaw pieces on screen. Reinforcing collaborative activity.
free app is C to G
Shown: Keynote presentation with links to recorder ensembles on YouTube
One person plays 5 voices (nice reverb and rich recorder sound)
How Music Affects Learning (Web Page)
Benefits of Music Education (Web Page)
Educational Music Technology (Web Page)
Freeze Frame Animation
5 minute slide show instructions
45 minute overview of iMovie for iOS
***Apple Tutorials for iOS iMovie***
***Apple Tutorials for Mac iMovie***
Scorch (viewer only)
(ProTools 11 Demo - 30 Days)
*Anyone who creates an account at my.presonus.com receives a 30-day demo of Studio One Professional 3, and a demo version of Notion. For the Notion demo, it is fully function but saving or exporting audio is disabled.
iPad GarageBand (in-class demo)
NoteFlight Embedded Files
Exploration for Show And Tell
Show and Tell
Show and Tell - 2016
Launch Pad - Free - like Apples new Live Loops in GarageBand, but should run on iPad 2 (unlike Live Loops)
SmartMusic - Free - accompaniment and performance assessment - can be used free for a limited repertoire
Extended repertoire requires yearly subscription.
Fuzzy Little Caterpillar
Socratives - assessment - like Plickers
oxy- teach form
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra - Free - Learn about the Orchestra
Yousician - Free - Learn an instrument (piano, guitar, bass, ukulele)
Fourchord - Free - Learn Guitar Chords
Tonedeaf Test - Free - take a pre-test at the start of the year
(uses pitches in better range than similar Blob Chorus)
Funny Pachelbel Canon
Classical Music Mashup - 33 composers
Plank Music publishing - Watch numerous videos
The Human Body - $3.99 - shows great breathing illustrations.
Dr. Suess Band - $0.99 - Like guitar hero for Dr. Suess-like instruments.
At Play Music Recorder (Free version & $3.99 version) - Recorder teacher - game - teaches everything -
The Nutcracker Musical Storybook- Ichiban Entertainment - $2.99
Mortimer - YouTube Story with sound effects!
Class Dojo - Free - Reward management and communication
Stop Dancing - musical chairs - $0.99
Help, I am an Elementary Music Teacher With One or More iPads - Free - by Amy Burns
Staff Wars - note recognition
iPad - $0.99.
Desktop - free - NOTE - UNVERIFIED DESKTOP LINK:
Vocal Warmup for singers or choir - $3.99 - outstanding warmups, with piano accompaniments.
FourChords - Free - - use for keyboards, boomwhacker a - pop music.
iDoceo - $11.99 - Teacher helper - scheduling, planner, seating chart, images
Treble Cat - $4.99 - identify notes - like note Wars
Rhythmtaps - Tap Rhythms
Holly - Aurasma -
Follow me at Aurasma on “Mullenix Music"
Holly Mullenix, Music Specialist, Curlew Creek Elementary
Show and Tell - 2015
Fifty-nifty states with flags - Developed by Kendall
Patriotic Presentation - Developed by Kendall
Contact Kendall for more info.
Little Kids Rock: http://www.littlekidsrock.org
This is an “up-and-coming" movement that is having a tremendous impact on music education across the nation. I fully expect there to be an increasing influence from this group in years to come.
Quaver Music - https://www.quavermusic.com/Default.aspx
Quaver has a lot to offer. On their web site, they have free games that students can play. It’s worth the time to explore!
Plickers Web Site: https://www.plickers.com
Download Plickers for iPad: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plickers/id701184049?mt=8
Plickers - lets you do quizzes and get immediate feedback from each member of the class. That and Kahoot.it (demonstrated by Nadine) provide two great polling options for students. Both permit formative assessment where the teacher may change the direction and focus of the class based on student performance and understanding, and summative assessment with a high degree of accountability for each student. Plickers only requires one iPad for scanning student responses, but you do have to print and/or laminate numerous response cards.
Kahoot.it has many uses in the classroom, and your example of a quizz on Sing, Sing, Sing was excellent! That, and Plickers (demonstrated by Tammy) provide two excellent polling options for students. Kahoot it requires an iPad for each student, but you do not have to laminate and distribute laminated response cards.
Jazzy Day: $4.99 iPad App - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jazzy-day-music-education/id493451508?mt=8
A great animated storybook with listening examples explaining the elements of jazz.
A web site about classical music.
Check out their many cartoon versions of famous operas.
Circle game greeting with Sibelius connection. Contact Eli for more info.
Loopy - iPad App - $3.99 - Records loops and lets you build a composition with many different layers.
Download on the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/loopy-hd/id467923185?mt=8
See Jimmy Kimmel and Billy Joel using Loopy to perform, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:
Similar to Everyday Looper - iPad App -
Download on the iTunes Store - $5.99
Download on the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/everyday-looper/id333298831?mt=8
Mario Demo with Everyday Looper - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWmhk8sxMy0
Creative iMovie trailer (Corn Maze) was a lot of fun and shows some wonderful creativity. Contact Shannon for more information.
SmartBoard options - contact Randy for more info.
Quizlet - Great web site for creating quizzes, flashcards, and games for free.
Snakes and Ladders -
4/4 Shuffle -
Carnival of the Animals -
Sing, Talk, Whisper, Yell -
What Do You See/What Do You Hear -
Fly Swatter Template -
Rhythm Koosh Ball -
18 New Musical Activities -
And more - contact Carol for more information
Backup and restore your iPad:
A YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/U3AitRBkDec
Backup and restore your computer using Time Machine
Apple Tutorial: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201250
Restore your entire system using Time Machine: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH18848?locale=en_US
Backup and restore your computer using CarbonCopy Cloner or alternatives to Time Machine:
The advantage of backing up with Carbon Copy Cloner is that your backup is immediately bootable on a new computer (usually), whereas time machine usually requires an afternoon for a restore.
Read this: http://features.en.softonic.com/3-alternatives-to-time-machine
Download CarbonCopy Cloner: http://bombich.com/
Creating an iMovie Trailer: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH14711?locale=en_US
Tips for using MusicFirst:
Create one class per grade for easier use of the system
Attach lessons to specific parts of the Focus on Sound.
See links at floydrichmond.com/pinellas2015 under MusicFirst.
Codes for demo (use within 2 weeks):
Mary Lou C
Sushi Monster - Math Software with Music - free iPad App.
Rhythm Trainer - free iPad App.
Recording Class Raps with GarageBand - Contact Debbie for more info.
Online lesson planning made easy: planbook.com
Smart Notebook - How to attach sounds
Contact Kay for more information.
Smart Notebook - How to attach sounds
NoteFunction - Developed by Amy
Reading Rhythm and Solfege - Developed by Amy
Contact Amy for more information.
First and Second Grade Notebooks - Developed by Crystal.
Contact Crystal for more information.
Rhythm Cats - Perform and assess rhythms
Facebook Pages to Join
iPads in music education
Other iPad Apps to Consider
TinyScan (Take a photo and save and share a PDF - There is a free version and a $4.99 pro version.)
Other Music Technology:
Choral Curriculum: floydrichmond.com/pinellas2015/smartmusic3.txt
Code Instructions: floydrichmond.com/pinellas2015/smartmusic1.pdf
Demo runs full features for four days after activation.
SightReadingFactory Demo: sightreadingfactory.com
Codes for demo:
pcsbstudent1, pcsbstudent1 (through 20)
Demo runs full access for two weeks beginning June 15.
Smart Notebook Express
Online Notebook player
Open and play existing Notebook files without installing Notebook on your computer.
Download Notebook templates for SmartBoard from their database of shared files.
Jeopardy - download the game
Connect Four - download the game
Classroom Feud - download the game
Dr. Jean's Songs - download the lyrics and songs (including 50 state song with map)
Sharing a Folder on Microsoft One Drive: